Food technology

Film exploring food technology, sustainability, diversity and inclusion available to the UNL community

Lincoln, Neb. – University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty, students, and staff are invited to view the “Hearts of Glass” documentary and participate in a panel discussion with writer, director, and producer Jennifer Tennican, Vertical employees Harvest and experts among the UNL faculty.

Click here to access the film from today until October 2n/a.

The roundtable will take place on October 1 from 3-4 p.m. (CT). The panel will include:

  • Richard Bischoff, Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Success of Professors and Academic Leaders at UNL (moderator)
  • Amanda Macfarlane, Senior Packaging Associate at Vertical Harvest
  • Jennifer Tennican, director and producer of Hearts of Glass
  • Robin VanHouten, Senior Producer at Vertical Harvest
  • Samuel Wortman, Associate Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at UNL

“Hearts of Glass” follows the first 15 months of operation of Vertical Harvest, a state-of-the-art, multi-story hydroponic greenhouse located in Jackson, Wyo. Vertical Harvest grows crops while providing meaningful, competitively paid jobs for people with disabilities. . The film addresses a range of issues including sustainable agriculture, availability of locally grown food, food technology, diversity and inclusion, disability rights and workforce development.

“‘Hearts of Glass’ touches on many central issues for the UNL community, particularly those related to the future of food production, farm-to-table business models, diversity and inclusion,” said Rich Bischoff, IANR’s associate vice chancellor for the faculty. and the success of university leaders. “It’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking film and a wonderful starting point for discussions related to sustainability, local food production, inclusion and a host of other important issues.”

UNL professors are invited to integrate the film and the discussion into their fall program. In addition, all UNL students, professors and staff can watch the film and participate in the discussion. The film’s producer has requested that UNL students, faculty, and staff not share the link with individuals or groups outside of UNL.

For more information or to see the trailer, visit For more information on the roundtable, film availability, or incorporating the film into a classroom curriculum, contact Rich Bischoff at [email protected] or 402-472-5801.