aGRO Systems Green Expansion

Build Her Business , Environment , Food , Social Business , Science
285160 RANGE ROAD 282 SITE 1 RR 1 PO BOX 4 CROSSFIELD AB T0M 0S0

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Brewery Tour -In Person

Brewery Tour -In Person

Pledge: C$50.00
Come join the aGRO team for a tour of one of their customers breweries and enjoy some tasty beverages with fresh ingredients. Your dates will be announced in August!
Come join the aGRO team for a tour of one of their customers breweries and enjoy some tasty beverages with fresh ingredients. Your dates will be announced in August!
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Research Ranch Tour -In Person

Research Ranch Tour -In Person

Pledge: C$75.00
Join team aGRO for a day at the farm to meet all the animals and learn about the regenerative and sustainable practices aGRO is trying to accomplish! Also meet some of our farm customers and learn about their products! End the day with some farm fresh snacks and fresh beverages. Please note only specific days of the week will be available. Transportation will not be provided--please note we can offer multiple days of the week to conduct the tour during the summer months
Join team aGRO for a day at the farm to meet all the animals and learn about the regenerative and sustainable practices aGRO is trying to accomplish! Also meet some of our farm customers and learn about their products! End the day with some farm fresh snacks and fresh beverages. Please note only specific days of the week will be available. Transportation will not be provided--please note we can offer multiple days of the week to conduct the tour during the summer months
Pledge: C$75.00
Estimated Delivery: 2022-08-20
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Farm Fresh Gift Basket

Farm Fresh Gift Basket

Pledge: C$500.00
Cooler Basket of a variety of meats, beer, eggs, jam, teas and honey---comprised from the farm and brewery customers/partners of aGRO Systems Inc.
Cooler Basket of a variety of meats, beer, eggs, jam, teas and honey---comprised from the farm and brewery customers/partners of aGRO Systems Inc.
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Campaign Description

aGRO Systems Inc. is in the midst of changing its operational layout and expanding its services to create more impact for Albertans.aGRO Systems currently operates collecting spent grain byproducts from local breweries of Calgary and repurposes them into feeds for local ranchers. The service and process provides breweries with a responsible and reliable disposal method that keeps spent grain out of landfills andor ensures they are not underutilized as a compost.Spent grain as a feed provides cattle and other similar livestock with a high protein ration while reducing methane emissions from the animals themselves. Ranchers save money using it as feed alternative to whole grains, and can mix the ingredient with other byproduct organics such as straw to achieve an affordable feed budget, while maintaining a rich nutrient diet and improving their environmental stewardship at the same time. Currently, the aGRO team spends about 16 hours a day hauling this spent grain from Calgary to its Research Ranch in Crossfield Alberta where farmers come to pickup the feed or its used in aGROs feeding program. Half the day is spent just simply driving on Deerfoot due to the large distance between the ranch and the city. In order to keep up with the demand of breweries and farmers--and increase its capacity to upcycle other food wastes--aGRO needs to make a change What is this change aGRO requires an inner-city warehouse transfer station to help reduce its fuel and labour costs and carbon footprint of excess driving. Through achieving the goal of this campaign, aGRO intends to set up a warehouse location within the city of Calgary so it may transfer byproducts from its small brewery containers into bulk trailer loads that can travel to its farm location. Meanwhile the saved travel time will allow aGRO more time to expand its service range to more cities and for the collection of more food wastes and byproducts. This will not only allow aGRO to keep more organic wastes out of landfills, reduce carbon, and reduce burnout of its own organization--but it will help more of our local farmers and ranchers.

aGRO Systems' Green Expansion--We Need Your Help!

aGRO Systems Green Expansion! 

Our aGRO Systems team is currently in the midst of a major production increase of its exisiting customers, and we need YOUR help to manage the growth! 

A little history on aGRO:

aGRO Systems operates collecting spent grain byproducts from local breweries of Calgary and repurposes them into feeds for local ranchers. The service and process provides breweries with a responsible and reliable disposal method that keeps spent grain out of landfills and/or ensures they are not underutilized as a compost. Spent grain as a feed provides cattle and other similar livestock with a high protein ration while reducing methane emissions from the animals themselves and keeping feed costs low for farmers.

Currently, the aGRO team spends about 16 hours a day hauling the spent grain from Calgary to its Research Ranch in Crossfield Alberta where farmers come to pickup the feed or its used in aGRO's feeding program. Half the day is spent just simply driving on Deerfoot due to the large distance between the ranch and the city. In order to keep up with the demand of breweries and farmers--and increase its capacity to upcycle other food wastes--aGRO needs to make a change! 

What is this change? 

aGRO requires an inner-city warehouse transfer station to help reduce its fuel and labour costs and carbon footprint of excess driving. 

Through achieving the goal of this campaign, aGRO intends to set up a warehouse location within the city of Calgary so it may transfer byproducts from its small brewery containers into bulk trailer loads that can travel to its farm location. Meanwhile the saved travel time will allow aGRO more time to expand its service range to more cities and for the collection of more food wastes and byproducts. This will not only allow aGRO to keep more organic wastes out of landfills, reduce carbon, and reduce burnout of its own organization--but it will help more of our local farmers and ranchers!

In addition, we eventually intend to use the store front of the warehouse as a farm store. This farm store will give aGRO's farm and ranch customers access to market their farm fresh products and truly make aGRO a closed-loop system. 

 

 

aGRO Systems Backstory!

Who We Are

aGRO Is an engine managing the inputs and outputs of the agriculture industry to generate sustainable closed-looped systems within Canadian food and beverage production.

Why We Exist

aGRO was created for John Ross, and the countless men and women who work hard to feed our world, but do not receive the financial reward or stability they deserve. aGRO’s founder, Victoria Ross, hated seeing her father John having to work full-time as a rancher and take a second job to keep the bills paid. Completing an entrepreneurship project in 2015, Victoria learned that nearly 50% of Canadian farmers need a second job, and that the smaller-scaled producers like her father, were in fact part one of the most environmentally sustainable classes of farm food production.

Back row: John Ross Front row (left to right): Victoria, Natalya and Jessica Ross 

 

José Graziano da Silva, director general of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has said that “Nothing comes closer to the sustainable food production than family farming. The preservation of natural resources is rooted in their product logic; and the highly diversified nature of their agricultural activities gives them a central role in promoting the sustainability of our food systems and ensuring food security”

Since then, a fire in her belly ignited. The men and women who put food on our plate—and intend to do it sustainably—do not deserve to question how they will afford to put food onto their own plates. That was why aGRO was born.

What We Believe In

aGRO holds a vision for Canadian agriculturalists to be progressive and profitable at the grassroots so community health, the environment, and our global food system can thrive.

We believe providing products and services that improve the profitability of local food and beverage producers will create healthier foods for consumers, create better quality jobs and improve the environment all in the same instance.  Through encouraging diversified family farms, better connecting farm to table, and reducing emissions and wastes that procure in the supply chain, we can reverse climate change and end food insecurity.

What We Do

Our expertise includes managing and transforming organic waste outputs into value, building farm to table connection, and creating sustainable inputs to cultivate healthier and more productive farms and ranches. Simply put, we aim to be a closed-loop service provider conducting the following operations:

Byproduct & Food Waste Rescue N’ Removal Services
We provide the food and beverage industries with waste removal services to upcycle or repurpose damaged foods and by-products rather than using the landfill. We work with craft breweries, distilleries, cider houses and food processors to turn their waste into livestock feeds. We intend to also rescue damaged wholesale items for local food charities like Leftovers when possible!

Craft Feed & Compost Provider
We transform waste outputs from our waste rescue services info affordable feed and composts for farms and ranches.

Craft Feed Gardens: Custom Drylot Feeding Services
As of 2022, we have begun running a small-scale feedlot operation, focused on providing producers with a dedicated partner to finish their animals. Our program holds a high regard for animal welfare and happiness—with cattle having full access to pasture, along with nutrient rich rations. Through utilizing the correct feed ingredients, pasture rotations, and wetland conservation practices, aGRO and our farmer partners, will eventual be part of new sector of carbon neutral beef production.

Farm Fresh Food Provider
Through aGRO’s own farm production—and in collaboration with other ranches that use our craft products and services—we can provide small businesses and consumers with farm fresh beef, eggs, jams, honey and teas.

aGRO Systems Offerings!

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Beer to Steer Spent Grain Removal Service

• Operating Tuesday – Friday, additional days upon request
• Flexible Payment/Service Plans Available
◦ Daily Caster Bin Pickups*
◦ Weekly Bulk Trailer Loads
◦ Emergency One-time Pickups

* Caster Bin Pickups utilize trucks with liftgates, no forklift required


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Craft Livestock Feed/Feeding Services

• Raw Spent Grain
◦ High Protein and moisture content
Great additive for dry feeds and forage
◦ Pickup via tote exchange or bulk trailer load deliveries
• Novel Feeds & Composts Coming Soon!**
• Feed Gardens: Custom Drylot Feeding Services

Focus on carbon reduction in livestock production & improved meat quality.

 


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Farm to Table Initiatives

• Seasonal & Holiday Farm Fresh Food Gift Baskets

• Year-round: Beef Products, Eggs, Jams & Honey

Reducing wastes & emissions by buying direct from farms and local business!


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Food Waste Rescue & Recovery Services

Recently, aGRO has learned of the overall food that is lost or wasted in Canada sits at approximately 58% per year. When our founder came to learn this fact, she was outraged. Why do almost 50% of Canadian farmers need to struggle with a second job, while over half of the food they produce just ends up going to waste? Moreover, why are one in eight Canadian households experiencing food insecurity while 11.2 million metric tonnes of this lost and wasted food could be saved every year?

As such, Victoria decided she needed to do something. The application of the disposal/upcycling model from the Beer to Steer Spent Grain Removal program to other businesses in the food and beverage industry launched at the end of 2020. First it started with a little cidery and aGRO repurposing its apple waste into snacks for pigs to then working with the local restaurant chain Red’s Diner and taking their vegetarian food waste to be used as livestock feed supplements where possible. aGRO now hopes to expand to larger corporations that are involved with food processing and distribution to help them manage their waste in the most impactful ways for the community.  

Current Offering:

• Flexible Payment/Service Plans Available
◦ Daily Caster Bin Pickups*
◦ Weekly Bulk Trailer Loads
◦ Pallet Stack Collection
◦ Emergency One-time Pickups

* Caster Bin Pickups utilize trucks with liftgates, no forklift loading required

The Food Waste Rescue & Recovery Service is intended to replace or compliment a firm’s existing composting service and food donation program. 

aGRO is partnered with food charities to sort, clean and take damaged food parties to hungry people. In terms of food waste recovery, we will aim on upcycling as many food items as possible to be used for people, then livestock feed, and finally composting. Food packaging will be managed and responsibly recycled within the service as well.  

The goal of our offerings is to help follow The Federal Government’s Solution to Food Waste & Loss!

Meet the Team

Victoria  Ross

Victoria Ross

CEO

Boss Woman--always hustling because 24 hours isn't enough for one day. Born and raised in beautiful Westwold, British Columbia, but ready to take on the world in the great wild west of Alberta! The brain child that started aGRO Systems from the idea of a science fair experiment in grade 9 and then took it into an entrepreneur class during her BCOMM degree at the University of Calgary. Her ideas may have morphed, pivoted and transformed over the years but she has always stuck true in her vision to support farmers and the environment. You will see her running trucks, picking up grain, washing equipment, feeding livestock, sending company emails, texts, managing invoices, and everything else in between. She is passionate in improving food production and distribution to make a more equitable world for all and reverse climate change in the process. She believes the men and women who put food on our plates deserve not to question how they will keep the lights on in their homes.
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Joenel  Alcantara

Joenel Alcantara

CTO

The mad scientist (actually just a really sweet man who is also a genius) behind the scenes that helped aGRO develop from class project into a legitimate business. He is also moving through other schooling and research that will help advance aGRO in its future endeavours with biotechnology in regenerative agriculture. Fun fact: Joenel is a big suphero nerd, and also holds a doctorate in molecular plant biology and is finishing his program to receive his general practitioner as well!
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John  Ross

John Ross

Manager of Ranching Operations

Papa John, the real deal cowboy. He is the man who inspired aGRO Systems, by busting his butt with a second job on top of farming while Victoria was growing up. He now works alongside Victoria everyday. In the summer of 2018, John moved to Calgary to help Victoria expand her client base of 3 breweries to 25 in under 18 months. He is the rock that keeps the aGRO engine running by wearing many different cowboy hats–mechanic, truck driver, salesman, problem solver, customer service rep, and handyman. He is one of the best people you will ever have the pleasure to meet and have a laugh with. Fun Fact: He loves country music, but is also the biggest fan of Katy Perry and Jesse Reyez.
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Mike Szoke

Mike Szoke

Environmental Services Operation Manager

Mike has an Undergraduate Degree in Economics (Concentration in Energy, Minor in Business) and a Graduate Degree - MBA (Concentration in Global Energy and Sustainable Development. ● Mike is the newest member of the aGRO team and we are so happy to have him! He is a joy to work with and has been nothing but a positive light in the work day! Mike’s ambition is an asset to the company with his enthusiasm for the potential growth ideas and business opportunities for aGRO. As Mike is a part of aGRO in the early stages, he knows that there will be plenty of different business aspects that he will have the opportunity to be a part of and learn about as aGRO continues to grow. Mike is devoted to ensuring the success of aGRO in the short and long term and for that we are so grateful to have him on board! Mike, like all of our employees, is thankful and amazed by the leadership within aGRO. We are absolutely delighted to have Mike on our team and are excited to see where he will help us grow!
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Jun 17, 2022
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