Upward Farms, an aquaponic vertical farmer, announced the opening of its new headquarters. Located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York, the new facility utilizes Upward Farms' technology in both commercial production and R&D. The operation is USDA-Certified Organic, which according to the company, makes Upward Farms the first and only Certified Organic vertical farm in the Northeast region.
“Upward Farms’ new facility successfully scales our vertical farming model,” said Jason Green, Upward Farms CEO and Co-founder. "Controlled environments and ecological farming are not at odds but are powerful compliments for the next generation of farming."
The new headquarters include a fishery that is Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and its sustainably farms mercury-free, antibiotic-free and hormone-free striped bass. Jason said the company is delivering higher yields, disease resistance, safety, and sustainability in a platform that can be deployed anywhere in the world, regardless of climate.
“The pandemic underscores the importance of shoring up supply chains to be more local for transparency, safety and efficiency. Localized produce is especially important from a food safety standpoint. As vertical farms scale, we can create a supply chain that’s fundamentally more resilient than shipping produce around the country, if not around the world.”
The company anticipates further growth to answer demand in the US Northeast and beyond. Upward Farms has raised approximately $150 million to date from investors that include Prime Movers Lab, Tribe Capital, and strategic investors from the food, agriculture, and consumer packaged goods spaces.
Upward Farms ready-to-eat microgreen mixes are currently available in all Brooklyn Whole Foods Market locations and are expected to be available in all New York City Whole Foods Market locations in the coming months.