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   New Jeff Bezos-Backed Warehouse Farm Will Grow Enough Produce To Feed Over 180,000 People Per Year
by Leanna Garfield, Business Insider
Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:06AM EST

Following a $200 million investment this summer — the largest agriculture-tech funding round in history — vertical farming startup Plenty is expanding beyond its Bay Area roots.

The company is opening a second farm in the greater Seattle area, Plenty CEO Matt Barnard told Business Insider. Located in Kent, Washington, the 100,000-square-foot warehouse facility will grow 4.5 million pounds of greens annually, which is enough to feed around 183,600 Americans, according to the USDA.

The new farm will officially start production in spring 2018.  Instead of growing outdoors, Plenty grows its crops on glowing, LED-lit 20-foot-tall towers inside a former electronics distribution center in South San Francisco. The towers do not require soil, pesticides, or even natural sunlight.

To read the rest of the story, please go to: Business Insider


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