Salinas, California Where Farming
Meets The Future

The Epicenter of AgTech

Salinas, California — also known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” — is quickly transforming into a global hub for agriculture technology.

From drones in the fields to robots packing lettuce, farms are getting smarter – and Salinas is ripe with opportunity for innovation and investment in agtech.

Why Salinas, CA?

Where Agriculture & Innovation Collide

Salinas is the nation’s fresh food capital located in the backyard of Silicon Valley.

Feeding the World with Smarter Farms

Salinas companies are using technology to solve the world’s most critical challenges in food production and sustainability.

Fertile Ground for Startups

Our local innovation center, incubator and accelerator programs are dedicated specifically to agtech companies.

From Pickers to Programmers

Salinas is dedicated to educating our workforce and cultivating the high-tech, high-skilled farmers of the future.

Facts & Stats

News Feed

Fast Company Features WGCIT Startup Resident FarmWise

This month, Fast Company touted agtech startup FarmWise – a resident at Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT) – and its weedkilling robots that are helping save farmers billions of dollars in an article, “These giant robots are death machines for weeds.” In the article, Fast Company writer Adele Peters explores how FarmWise’s...

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Ripe.io CEO Shares Three Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

The Salinas Valley is home to major growers, industry veterans and serial entrepreneurs eager to share their land, resources and knowledge with aspiring agtech leaders. Among them include Raja Ramachandran, serial entrepreneur and co-founder of foodtech startup Ripe.io, a resident at Salinas-based Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT). Ripe.io is making waves in...

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Salinas Valley Family Farms Spur Innovation in AgTech

  The Salinas Valley has long been home to innovation in the agricultural industry – from its claim to fame as the first region to successfully ship lettuce on ice across the country (iceberg lettuce), to the invention of bagged salad, to now integrating a host of technologies ranging from data sensors to blockchain into...

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