US (CA): Fresno startup creates automated modules for growing microgreens

Based in Fresno, Vertical AgriTech is an agtech startup developing cultivation software and smart devices for Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The team at Vertical AgriTech has developed a flagship product, the “Alchemist,” a programmable indoor garden.

CEO Ethan Mora is an attorney, blockchain expert, and founder of the company with renowned chef and CIO Cassidy Hallman and computer scientist and CTO Allesandro Bassi. “These technologies are really the foundation upon which we’re building a data-driven, self-reliant food community that’s capable of quickly exchanging information across the globe while also producing exciting, nutritious ingredients hyper-locally,” Mora said.

As a Fresno native, Mora wanted to move back to the Central Valley with the ultimate goal to create a decentralized farming community based around its network of programmable, modular, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing indoor gardens that are space and resource-efficient.

Mora had met Vertical AgriTech CIO Hallman through friends of his wife. Last year he asked Hallman if he had any experience with microgreens, and it turned out Hallman had worked with microgreens while employed at the 5-star hotel Pulitzer Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The team expects to be able to expand the technology to large-scale operations such as greenhouses and is working on that aspect through the Valley Ventures program.

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