80 Acres Farms to increase output by 700% amid vertical farming boom



June 15 , 2022


U.S. vertical farming company 80 Acres Farms has announced a plan to increase its production output by 700% within the next 18 months with the construction of two new indoor facilities in Boone County, Kentucky and Covington, Georgia.


The vertical farms, measuring more than 200,000 square feet each, comprise a multi-million dollar investment that will initially focus on leafy greens, tomatoes, micro-greens and culinary herbs, with strawberries and blackberries likely to be added in phase two of their development.


The announcement marks the latest move in the company’s rapid expansion. Although formed in 2015, 80 Acres’ flagship commercial farm in Hamilton, Ohio only began production in early 2021, and the Kentucky and Georgia sites – which are on course to be completed by Q4 2022 and early 2023 respectively – are expected to be followed with further investments across the U.S.


The upcoming Kentucky and Georgia farms, which will mark 80 Acres’ first production sites outside Ohio, will add to 80 Acres’ five production sites located close to Hamilton, as well as a further three research and development facilities in other parts of the country.


According to the company, the indoor farms can produce up to 300 times as much food per square foot as a traditional farm, using 95% less water per pound of produce and minimizing food waste and miles.


80 Acres CEO Mike Zelkind, who founded the company with business partner Tisha Livingston, said the decision was make to expand after proving the effectiveness of its business concept and technology at the Hamilton facility, as well as hitting target yields, quality and product consistency.


“We started with very small farms from containers, and then built our first fully-automated farm in Hamilton, Ohio and we’ve been running that farm for close to two years,” he said...