Added by on 2016-07-22

The US city of Louisville, KY, is set to become home to a major new vertical farm. The FarmedHere facility will be part of the new 24-ac (9.7-ha) West Louisville FoodPort that will be home to a community of food-related businesses. It will grow microgreens, herbs and vegetables. The Louisville farm will provide 18.2 million people living within 200 miles access to freshly harvested, … The Louisville farm will produce microgreens, herbs, salad dressings, baby food and other produce FarmedHere’s facilities are said to produce 15 times as many crop cycles as traditional farms every … FarmedHere’s indoor facilities are controlled environments The new farm will cover an area of 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m). This will make it smaller than AeroFarms’ 69,000-sq ft (6,410-sq m) facility in Newark, New Jersey, which, at one point, was claimed as the biggest in the world, and indeed FarmedHere’s own 90,000-sq ft (8,361-sq m) facility in Chicago, which it says is currently the largest indoor vertical farm in North America. Nonetheless, FarmedHere expects the new farm to help the Louisville FoodPort become “one of the most transformative urban reinvestment projects of the decade.” It plans to hire 40 new employees from the local area, many whom it expects to be veterans and second-chance employees. In addition, the facility will contribute to fulfilling the company’s own long-term ambitions. “This new location will bring us one step closer to reaching our goal of building vertical farms in 18 cities across the country and feeding 75 percent of the United States’ population,” says FarmedHere CEO Matt Matros in a press release. “With a projected 9.6 billion people on earth by 2050, alternative forms of agriculture are becoming more important, especially in urban areas where adequate farmland is limited.” FarmedHere’s indoor facilities are controlled environments that […]

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