Canadian vertical farming company Elevate Farms Inc. has its sights set firmly on cost-effectively growing leafy green vegetables at mass scale. This week the tech-patent owning business announced the commencement of operations at its first wholly-owned US-based farm, located in Orange, New Jersey.
The entire Elevate New Jersey facility measures 14,000 square feet (1,300sqm) which includes 4,750 square feet (441sqm) of unmanned, fully autonomous, grow room space along with processing, packaging and administration.
The farm has a capacity to produce up to 11,000,000 plants, or equal to 500,000 pounds (227,000 kilograms) of plants, annually.
Located only 20-miles from Manhattan, Elevate New Jersey is exceptionally well positioned on the US Eastern Seaboard. The vertical farm has access to a local market of some 19 million people – all within a one-hour drive of the facility.
”The entire team has been working relentlessly to bring this latest farm on line. We are extremely pleased with the early results from New Jersey” said Kevin Epp the Chief Operating Officer of Elevate Farms.
“At over 100 pounds per square foot of grow space, Elevate Farms is among the most efficient vertical farms in the world. This latest farm will be supplying high quality leafy greens directly to wholesale distribution in the North East, a model which we expect to replicate around the world in the near future” said Amin Jadavji, the Chief Executive Officer of Elevate Farms.
Elevate Farms has an existing 5,000-square foot vertical farm in Niagara, Ontario and is developing another in Hamilton, New Zealand. It plans further expansion in the US and Central Europe with the objective of becoming one of the largest producers of leafy greens in the world.