Living Greens Farm, one of the largest indoor vertical aeroponic farms in the U.S., is expanding its Midwest operations with a new innovative indoor facility in Muncie, Indiana. The project is expected to create 120 jobs.
The location will open in early 2023 and will occupy a 200,000 square-foot industrial building built in 2015 but yet to be occupied. The facility will be turned into a state-of-the-art, vertical, aeroponic farm for growing and processing a variety of better tasting leafy green product offerings.
"The Muncie facility is in an ideal location to take a significant step in our national geographical expansion," said George Pastrana, CEO of LGF. "It will help us to better supply our current retail partners, such as Walmart, Whole Foods, HyVee, UNFI, and others, as well as allow expansion into additional leading retail and wholesale customers across the Midwest and Midsouth."
Once the new indoor farm is fully constructed, it will have the capacity to grow and harvest five million pounds of leafy greens each year without the use of pesticides. Additionally, the advanced farming system can produce these nutrient-rich greens using significantly less water than traditional farming methods, saving 103 million gallons per year. The facility will provide fresh leafy greens, from harvest to shelf within 24 hours, to markets as far east as Pittsburgh, north as Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and the Twin Cities, and south to Nashville and Charlotte, and all markets in between.
"Indiana is leaning into the future of agriculture technology, with company-partners, like Living Greens Farm, choosing to grow next-gen solutions here in the heart of America's largest commodity crop production region," said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers. "Living Greens Farm's investment in Indiana builds momentum in the agtech sector for even more innovation and growth to follow."
Headquartered in Minnesota, Living Greens Farm is Earth friendly using 95% less water and 98% less land compared to traditional farming and can grow safely, consistently, and locally year-round. All products are considered better than organic because they’re grown in a controlled environment without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or other harsh chemicals and are non-GMO. Living Greens Farm has a full product line that includes bagged and clamshell salad greens, premium microgreens, and delicious herbs available to customers throughout the Midwest.