America’s only soil-based, indoor farming company – Soli Organic Inc. has today announced plans to build a high-tech, automated indoor farm and co-located packing facility in the Brooks community in San Antonio, Texas. The firm previously announced new organic indoor farms in the Seattle area and in Anderson County, South Carolina.
This new announcement follows on from last month’s news that the firm had closed a Series D funding round totalling nearly US$125 million to fund the continued build-out of additional large, high-tech, soil-based indoor farms.
With plans on adding a total of fifteen new farms in strategic locations across the United States, Soli Organic™ selected San Antonio and the Brooks community for to its ability to serve 3,000 retailers and millions of customers across the fast-growing Texas Triangle and across the Southwest region. The company claims to already deliver fresh, organic produce to over 20,000 retail stores nationwide.
“As Soli Organic continues to grow and scale operations around the country, we couldn’t be more excited to be expanding in Texas,” said Matt Ryan, Chief Executive Officer of Soli Organic. “We began our transition to indoor farming because we recognized early on some of the coming challenges of traditional outdoor farming, along with its adverse environmental impacts. As record-breaking heat, drought, wildfires and other extreme weather events take a mounting toll across the Southwest and other parts of the country, we aim to ensure consumers throughout the region have year-round access to the best-tasting, freshest and most affordable organic produce on the market.”
Founded in 1989 as Shenandoah Growers, Inc., Soli Organic Inc. is the leading grower and marketer of fresh organic culinary herbs in the United States, providing sustainable, USDA-certified organic, regionally grown produce to retailers coast-to-coast. Their closed-loop indoor growing system naturally recycles water and nutrients so they can be used again and avoids the use of harmful pesticides or fertilisers.