VIRGINIA – April 29, 2021 – Three…two…one… AeroFarms officially breaks ground on what is anticipated to be the world’s largest and most technologically advanced aeroponic indoor vertical farm. The new facility, located in Danville-Pittsylvania County in Cane Creek Centre, aims to reduce environmental waste while producing nutritious greens and bolsters the Commonwealth of Virginia’s status as the second largest food and beverage processing sector in the southeast.
Evans was fortunate to be awarded construction of the 136,000 square-foot facility which will come online in the second quarter of 2022. It will feature Aerofarms’ proprietary and cutting-edge agSTACK technology, creating a fully connected and digitally controlled farm that integrates hardware, automation, intelligent controls and sensors, machine learning, machine vision, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), and manufacturing execution systems to create a powerful data loop. With AeroFarms’ patented vertical farming technology optimal conditions are created for plants to thrive, increasing precision, food safety, and productivity. The process does not use pesticides, and up to 95% less water is used than in traditional field farming.
This next-generation Model 5 farm is expected to advance leadership in plant science and tech, drive continuous innovation, and expand leafy greens business in the Mid-Atlantic region. More than 1,000 food retailers in the region will be served along with increased capacity to provide existing brick-and-mortar retail and e-commerce partners such as Whole Foods Market, ShopRite, Baldor, Amazon Fresh and FreshDirect with sustainably grown, pesticide-free, and always fresh leafy greens.