Huge vertical farm venture will raise strawberries to a new level

Huge vertical farm venture will raise strawberries to a new level

Plenty Unlimited Inc. recently announced that it has secured up to 120 acres of land near Richmond, VA, to build the largest, most advanced indoor vertical farm campus in the world. The centrally located Plenty Richmond Farm Campus marks Plenty's expansion beyond the U.S. West Coast and will bring fresh, healthy produce to the East Coast year-round. Plenty plans to deploy several large-scale vertical farms on the campus in the coming years, with a potential annual production capacity exceeding 20 million pounds across multiple crops including strawberries, leafy greens, and tomatoes.

"Through more than a decade of investment in research and development, Plenty has cracked the code on a scalable platform that makes indoor farming increasingly economical," says Arama Kukutai, CEO of Plenty Unlimited. "That innovation makes it possible for us to grow a wide variety of crops with a fraction of the land and up to 350 times more yield per acre than conventional farms. Channeling that into the largest vertical farm complex in the world propels us to the level indoor farming has to operate at to truly transform our food system."

The campus' first farm will grow Driscoll's strawberries, and be the first in the world to grow indoor, vertically farmed berries at scale. The farm is designed to grow more than 4 million pounds of strawberries annually, helping to meet growing demand for flavorful, fresh berries in the Northeast, the largest berry consumption region in the U.S. Plenty has broken ground on the farm and the first crop of Driscoll's strawberries grown by Plenty will be available in winter 2023-2024 at retailers throughout the Northeast.

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Source: Growing Produce

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