GoodLeaf Farms‘ third Canadian location is set to begin full production with initial test crops planted at the facility. The new vertical farm in Montreal follows last year’s financing deal and the opening of GoodLeaf’s second facility in Calgary during the Autumn.
The 96,000 ft² vertical farm in Montreal is not quite finished but the business has already planted the first baby and microgreens for its test rounds in readiness to start shipping produce to Quebec and Eastern Canada. The farm will produce more than two million pounds of leafy greens each year with 40 annual harvests of microgreens expected as well as 20 annual harvests of baby greens.
“This is a significant milestone for GoodLeaf Farms as we build a truly national footprint of indoor vertical farms that provide fresh and local leafy greens that are typically imported to Canada,” said Barry Murchie, president and CEO of GoodLeaf Farms, in a statement. “As import replacement products, the foods we are providing are critical to our food security and sovereignty. We are excited to begin ramping up production in Montreal to serve markets in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.”
GoodLeaf Farms grows Micro Radish, Micro Arugula, Micro Broccoli, Micro Asian Blend, Pea Shoots, Spicy Mustard Medley, Baby Spinach, Baby Arugula and Crisp Lettuce, as well as a variety of blends such as Sweet & Spicy Mix, Four Seasons Mix and Crisp Spring Mix.