Our goal is to be the leader in Agricultural Replacement Methodologies that deliver the lowest cost per square foot while providing the highest footprint yield by maximizing horizontal compression and vertical density. Our system designs produce efficiencies and yields per square foot that current methods of Urban or Vertical agriculture cannot equal.
Current agricultural methods to produce leafy greens for food consumption are no longer viable. The indiscriminate use of fresh potable water to produce soil based leafy greens can no longer be economically sustained.
The future production of leafy greens and medicinal herbs cannot rely on traditional agricultural methods tied to soil. Aside from the issues of fresh water supply, the safety of our food supply, and localizing production, there are other significant forces driving the abandonment of soil based leafy green agriculture.
In the United States, we consume 36 pounds of leafy greens annually per capita. That is roughly 3.4 million tons of leafy greens annually. With reduced supply caused by droughts and fewer arable acres available to meet the growing demand in this market segment the opportunities and new startup companies continue to grow.
Things to Consider:
As companies emerge with differing methods to replace the soil-based agriculture of leafy greens, which of those methods deserve investors’ attention? We offer the following points to consider:
Does the method employed for producing leafy greens scale to size?
What is the footprint yield produced by the method deployed? Is Horizontal Crop Compression maximized to reduce cost per foot? Is Vertical Crop Density maximized to reduce cost per foot? What are the Ratios?
What level of controls and automation are utilized in producing leafy greens? Automation is a key to best-in-class cost per acre.
What level of safety does the method achieve? For the consumer, eliminating human contact with the product to remove potential contamination is essential.
How is a crop generated? Multiple closed-loop processes within a larger closed loop environmental envelope remove or reduce contamination possibilities. Modular designs with higher compression and density ratios deliver on best-in-class cost per acre.
Is crop production repetitively sustainable? By how many cycles? What is down-time between cycles?
What is the soil substitute (if any) for developing plants through the vegetative process?
How is the harvesting method executed? Performing this procedure inside the grow area with zero-residual contamination, and preserving Grow Zone Environmental integrity is extremely challenging and expensive.
How are sorting, mixing, and packaging executed? Are these processes outsourced or performed within the controlled environmental envelope to further reduce possible contamination of product before reaching the consumer?
With square foot building costs increasing each year, what are the benchmarks for competitive production designs and how do you compare to best-in-class methodologies.
Early entrants into 21st Century methods for production of leafy greens have been propelled by novelty or a thought process of “we will just move the farm indoors”, or “on the roof”, or “into an empty building” mentality. A rigorous examination of current practices and the necessary replacement methodologies is mandatory.
As this market evolves, financial winners and losers will be determined by best-in-class processes and market strategy. Investors need a framework and benchmarks by which to evaluate market entrants for investment. As the novelty turns into competition, investors will lose real dollars on the wrong choices.