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This Week in Indoor Farming: Expansions Through Collaboration
Plenty Unlimited Inc. has significantly expanded its retail presence in California by doubling its availability of pesticide-free leafy greens through partnerships with Whole Foods Market and Gelson's Markets. With the opening of a commercial-scale farm in Compton, Plenty aims to produce up to 4.5 million pounds of leafy greens annually, offering a unique indoor farming approach that ensures high-quality, unwashed produce. The expansion covers over 180 locations in California, with plans to extend further, including a new farm in Richmond, Virginia, partnered with Driscoll's for strawberry cultivation in 2024.
The partnership between Eden Green Technology and PathoSans showcases how innovative solutions can revolutionize indoor agriculture and enhance food safety, sustainability, self-sufficiency, and social responsibility. Eden Green's "Greenhouse-as-a-Service" concept produces fresh, locally sourced food in versatile vertical greenhouses, addressing food deserts and reducing carbon footprints. PathoSans' electrochemical-activation technology generates eco-friendly cleaning agents using salt, water, and electricity, aligning with Eden Green's commitment to safety. The collaboration promotes self-sufficiency and sustainability by enabling on-site generation of cleaning solutions, minimizing waste and environmental impact. This synergy of values establishes a precedent for reshaping industries and securing a resilient future in the face of population growth and climate change challenges.
Vertical Future, a UK-based company, is revolutionizing strawberry cultivation through vertical farming technology. Supported by a DEFRA-funded project, they're optimizing strawberry growth in controlled indoor vertical farms to boost yields and decrease reliance on imports. By cultivating strawberries in vertical farms and transferring them to traditional setups, yields could rise by up to 40%, transforming the UK's strawberry industry and enhancing sustainability. Collaborating with research institutions and industry experts, Vertical Future's initiative exemplifies technology's potential to address agricultural challenges and ensure a more secure future.