Eighty Acres Farms, an indoor farm company based in Cincinnati, has announced plans to build a vertical farm in Hamilton, Ohio, which will be the nation's first fully automated indoor farm.
The vertical farm planting center will be equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as robots, artificial intelligence, data analysis, 24-hour monitoring sensors and control systems to optimize all aspects of crop planting.
A. a. 80 Acres Farms, whose current technical partner is Mr.
Another Dutch company, Priva, will supply environmental control systems and process management software for indoor farms.
The vertical farm will be built in four stages, covering more than 13,935 square meters (150,000 square feet).
The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Mike Zelkind, co-founder and chief executive of 80 Acres Farms, said vertical Farms were fully automated from planting to growing to harvesting, meeting high quality and food safety standards.
Once the farm is in operation, it is expected to offer new customers, Whole Foods Market, Dorothy Lane Markets and other retailers and food service distributors with plenty of fresh produce.
Zelkind also said that with the best cultivation techniques, 80 Acres Farms would be the next generation of indoor vertical Farms, which would prove fully automated, commercially scalable, more productive and profitable.
He thinks the vertical farm will be a prototype and the company plans to build similar plants in the same location as commercial customers in other parts of the country.