In Ohio, 80 Acres Farms, a fast-growing indoor vertical farming firm, announced it is building the first fully-automated indoor farm in the United States. The initial phase is expected to complete later this year and feature state-of-the-art grow centers to produce specialty greens that include microgreens, culinary herbs, leafy greens and kale.
Building on this, three additional phases are planned for the site, ultimately comprising over 150,000 square feet of fully-automated indoor farming. The site will be automated from seeding to growing to harvesting for highest quality and food safety standards. The facility will feature robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and around-the-clock monitoring sensors and control systems to optimize every aspect of growing produce indoors.
80 Acres Farms currently serves Cincinnati-area customers just-picked, year-round produce from its facility in the Cincinnati community where it grows microgreens, culinary herbs, leafy lettuce, kale, and vine crops like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers.