A vertical farming facility from the Netherlands is to open at Howard Co.

HOWARD COUNTY, MD – Netherlands-based global urban agriculture company Infarm will expand into Howard County by building its third US grow center in Colombia. The company already has a vertical farming facility in Seattle, Washington, and recently announced that it will build one in Austin, Texas.

Infarm plans to deploy its network of cloud-connected agricultural facilities covering more than 500,000 square feet from coast to coast. The new Maryland grow center will add approximately 200,000 square feet to Infarm’s US portfolio and produce up to 45 million crops per year. The growing center will create more than 50 jobs in Howard County.

“It’s exciting that one of the largest urban farming operations in the world is bringing its new facility here in Howard County, which is attracting innovative companies like Infarm,” said Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive. “Our Gateway District continues to be an engine of economic growth, and Infarm’s investment is creating more jobs in our community with a welcome focus on sustainability. Infarm is revolutionizing the way we grow and consume food locally and we look forward to a long partnership to advance the sustainability of our food system.

Erez Galonska, CEO and Co-Founder of Infarm, added that Howard County is “an excellent strategic location that will allow us to serve more than 23 million consumers in the Tri-State and Mid-Atlantic regions.” .

“With the opening of this new Grow Center, we are now entering a region where vertical farming is already widely adopted and green innovations are thriving. Once fully operational, our Growth Center will provide the North- is from the United States a new food production capability that minimizes climate and supply chain risk by growing more than 75 types of plants locally, sustainably and reliably 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year,” Galonska said.

Over 50% of the new grow center is already pre-ordered with the first harvest scheduled for spring 2023. The remaining capacity will be added in early 2024.

Infarm’s grow centers are made up of modular, cloud-connected farming units – each occupying 430 square feet of floor space and 33 feet in height – producing over 500,000 plants per year while saving 95% of space ground and 95% water. To date, Infarm has saved over 30 million gallons of water.

Infarm offers over 75 products, such as herbs, leafy greens, ready-to-eat salads, microgreens and mushrooms. This year, 40 additional products such as strawberries, peppers, cherry tomatoes and peas will be added.

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