New indoor farm helps revitalize Milwaukee area

A new indoor urban farm at Milwaukee's Century City Business Park will begin operations this summer. Known as Hundred Acre, it will grow fresh greens, including holy basil, spring mix, and baby kale, within an industrial building at 3945 N. 31st St.

The specialized farm will use a 5,000-square-foot controlled environmental system with vertical hydroponics. Hundred Acre's greens will be grown without pesticides or herbicides. They will be available year-round and harvested weekly. The environmentally sustainable farm’s goal is to improve access to fresh, healthy food while helping revitalize the surrounding 30th Street Industrial Corridor.

"Hundred Acre is uniquely situated to rebuild more resilient local communities through the power of fresh food. In doing this, it’s all about the little wins together as we look ahead," Planet to Plate founder Chris Corkery said in a statement. The building where Planet to Plate is leasing space is owned by an affiliate of Good City Brewing, which operates its distribution center and office there.

It has one other new business: Craft Beverage Warehouse LLC, a Milwaukee-based distributor of packaging materials to craft beverage makers. "We're excited to see the project activated," said Kyle Stephens of Good City Brewing. "It is the next step in building a food, beverage, and tech hub in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor," Stephens said in a statement.

Partnering with Building2Learn, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee Public Schools, and the 30th Street Corridor Corp., Hundred Acre also will serve as an agriculture education site for Milwaukee-area students.

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