Hydroponics start-up Iron Ox automates indoor farming

American robotic farming system could be the answer to labor shortages

Start-up, Iron Ox, founded by Brandon Alexander and Jon Binney, uses two robots and a cloud-based “brain” to grow lettuce, tomatoes, basil and more in a hydroponic system in its first production farm in San Carlos, California. Alexander and Binney claim is the first indoor, fully autonomous robot farm.

The company, which started in 2015, is now growing 8,000 square feet of produce, and plans to begin selling to chefs and restaurants later this year, then local grocery stores in 2019. Eventually, the start-up wants to open farms across the country, offering local produce year-round.

Source: smithsonianmag.com

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