Jeff Bezos-Backed Farm Aims to Revolutionize Conventional Agriculture

Jeff Bezos-Backed Farm Aims to Revolutionize Conventional Agriculture

Foodable has reported on indoor vertical farming in the past, but this startup is getting a major boost early on as it expands to compete in new markets.

Plenty, a Bay Area-based, vertical farming startup, will be expanding into Washington state with the help of a $200 million investment from this summer.

The company is backed by Jeff Bezos among other investors, and it has set plans to open a 100,000-square-foot warehouse in greater Seattle area— in Kent, Washington, to be exact— to become Plenty’s second vertical farm location. The new facility will be twice the size of the original one.

Out of all the vertical farming startups, this company has been able to raise the most money. However, what is most significant about Plenty is not its ability to appeal to investors, but the fact that it will be able to grow 4.5 million pounds of greens annually.

As reported by “Business Insider,” the amount of produce that will be grown in this new facility will be “enough to feed around 183,600 Americans, according to the USDA.”

Founded in 2014, Plenty “claims to grow up to 350 times more greens than conventional farms of similar size, while using much less water and land,” according to “Business Insider.”

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Portland's Urban Farmer Stacey Givens Installs High Tunnel to Side Yard Farm

Portland is known as a city for its devotion to both eating sustainably and locally grown produce and meat products. Urban farmers, such as Stacey Givens, are thus having an incredible impact on the Portland culinary scene, popping up all over the city in order to supply some of the city's top local restaurants.

Recently, Ms. Givens was awarded funds by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in order to establish a 20-by-40 foot high tunnel in her urban farm. NRCS is also helping Givens work our a fertilizer and nutrient plan for the soil. Read More