An indoor-farming facility is bringing new food options to Indianapolis' east side. Uplift Produce grows, harvests and packages leafy greens in a renovated 60,000-square-foot facility in Indianapolis.
“We say that we’re fresh-to-market in hours and the reason for that is we actually harvest, pack and ship within a matter of a few hours into distribution channels,” Chris Arnold, CEO of Uplift Produce, said.
Keith Cooper, Uplift Produce location manager, said depending on the product, they grow from seed to finish in 14-21 days, with a “100% controlled environment. So, we’re controlling the CO2, the humidity and temperature to be exactly at the set points that the plant needs.”
The business is a joint venture with a Dutch company called PlantLab. The first product launched from the Indianapolis facility in October. Arnold said the company is committed to uplifting the community.
“It’s working well here in Indianapolis to have that partnership, meaning that every dollar that’s ever made here, a portion of those goes directly right back here into the community,” Arnold said.
They’ve got 11 employees right now. Uplift produce donates about 150 pounds of food a week to places that include Second Helpings hunger relief and the Cafe Patachou Foundation. This area is in the midst of revitalization.
Uplift Produce is in stores in seven different states. You can find their products online at Green Bean Delivery and hope to sell on retail shelves in Indianapolis soon.
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