Vertical indoor farming coming to Compton
Plenty Unlimited vertical farming, the brainchild of billionaire Jeff Bezos, signed a lease to begin growing fresh produce for Compton and Southern Cal by the fourth quarter this year. Photo courtesy Plenty Unlimited Plenty Unlimited will
Plenty Unlimited vertical farming, the brainchild of billionaire Jeff Bezos, signed a lease to begin growing fresh produce for Compton and Southern Cal by the fourth quarter this year. Photo courtesy Plenty Unlimited
Plenty Unlimited will sprout, cultivate, harvest pesticide-free leafy greens beginning late this year
COMPTON – The City will be home to the first large-sale, indoor vegetable farm in the greater Los Angeles area and one of the largest vertical farms in the entire nation.
Operating on vertical hydroponic planes, the farm will be about the size of a soccer field and will produce delicious, pesticide-free leafy greens. The company, Plenty Unlimited, plans to begin construction on the project later this year and officially open its doors late this year.
“The Compton community is excited to welcome Plenty Farms to our great city,” said Mayor Aja Brown. “The city negotiated a robust Community Benefits Agreement with Plenty, solidifying our partnership to deliver dozens of well-paying jobs, millions in capital investment, and fresh delicious produce to Compton and Southern California.
“Compton has rich agricultural roots and Plenty Farms is continuing that tradition, while delivering one of the largest vertical farms located in an urban area in our nation,” Brown added.
The Compton farm is expected to create approximately 50 new full-time jobs across a number of disciplines including growers, technicians, and logistics and operations managers.
Given the nature of indoor, vertical farming, jobs created will be high-quality, year-round, career-building positions. The farm will also be sustainable, using less than one percent of the land and less than five percent of the water compared to an outdoor farm.
“In addition to bringing consistently amazing, clean produce to Southern California, Plenty looks forward to collaborating with the incredible community of Compton – one with rich, agricultural roots,” said Plenty Chief executive and co-founder Matt Barnard. “Working with this community to bring this farm to bear has been an experience nothing short of terrific, and we’re eager to further the partnership.”
The Compton City Council unanimously voted to approve Plenty’s proposal to open the Compton farm in 2019.
For more information, visit: http://www.comptoncity.org/