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FarmedHere to open food processing facility in Louisville, Kentucky

Published 29 January 2016

North American organic indoor vertical farm FarmedHere is planning to open a new food processing facility at the West Louisville FoodPort in Louisville, Kentucky.

FoodPort

The West Louisville FoodPort is a new growing region where the FoodPort will be located on a 24-acre campus. The FoodPort will bring all the food-related businesses under a single umbrella, where food from local farmers can be purchased and also facilitate hiring of neighbours for jobs.

The new 60,000sqm farm will include 10 rows of vertical grow beds and a separate area for sorting and packaging of microgreens, herbs, salad dressings, baby food and more. With this arrangement, Louisville and people living within 200 miles of the place will gain access to freshly harvested, USDA-certified, organic produce all through the year.

The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) has also awarded FarmedHere preliminary approval for tax incentives up to $400,000 under the Kentucky Business Investment program.

The performance-oriented incentive enables the company to retain a part of its $23.5m investment over the agreement term through corporate income tax credits and wage assessments by reaching investment and recruitment targets.

FarmedHere plans to employ 40 new people in Louisville, most of whom would be veterans and second-chance staff.

FarmedHere CEO Matt Matros said: "This new location will bring us one step closer to reaching our goal of building vertical farms in 18 cities across the country and feeding 75% of the United States' population. With a projected 9.6 billion people on earth by 2050, alternative forms of agriculture are becoming more important, especially in urban areas where adequate farmland is limited. We are grateful for the support of Seed Capital Kentucky, KEDFA, Governor Bevin, Mayor Fischer and Louisville Forward as we begin the process of creating Louisville's first commercial-scale vertical farm. "


Image: The new 10 farm will have separate area for sorting and packaging of microgreens, herbs, salad dressings, baby food and more. Photo: Courtesy of FarmedHere.