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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Denver's Flourish Farm Featured in FoodableTV's Soon to Be Released "Sustain"

Alternate ways of farming have risen to the forefront as sustainability continues to become more of a conscious effort in today’s food system. Enter Flourish Farm in Denver, CO — a 3,000-square-foot aquaponics farm where fish and plants are raised together. “In aquaponics, you can use five to ten percent of the water that you would otherwise use in traditional, soil-based agriculture,” says JD Sawyer, who created the farm with his wife, Tawnya.

Flourish Farm services restaurants and markets within a five-mile radius. “All of our chefs, they want to have a personal connection with the farm,” says Sawyer. “A lot of what we do is based upon their demands, the products that they really need, week in and week out.”

Check out the sneak peek below of Foodable’s new show, “Sustain,” and be on the lookout for the full first episode, coming soon!

Boulder County Farmer's Market To Come to Denver

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Boulder County Farmer's Market is well renowned within the state for offering a wide array of local, sustainably grown produce. While Denver has its own similar market, chefs and residents alike have decried the market for its lack of healthy foodstuffs. Luckily for Denver-ites, they will soon not have to make the long trek to Boulder for their produce shopping as the Boulder County Farmer's Market has just announced a partnership with Denver Union Station which will be bringing the growers-only, organic market to Denver as of June 2016.

The market is set to run from June-October, and Boulder County Executive Director Brian Coppom hopes that similar markets such as this will eventually spread to other Colorado cities. Read More

Urban Farming Expands to Aquaponics in Denver

With urban farming becoming all the rage as a source for local restaurants, some Denver entrepreneurs have turned to an even more innovative farming system: aquaponics. Aquaponics is essentially a farming system in which the waste from farmed fish and other aquatic animals is utilized to supply nutrients for plants, which then in turn purify water. An entirely sustainable aquaculture system, aquaponics seems poised to offer local restaurants and chefs access to a number of locally produced foodstuffs that are beneficial to the environment.  

As Colorado's climate is incredibly arid, which limits traditional water-reliant fish farming, the Colorado Aquaculture Association has stated that the move towards aquaponics has fueled an expansion of the number of fish species farmed within the state lines. Read More