The Rashti brothers are aiming high with their new venture UP Vertical Farms in Pitt Meadows. Bahram Rashti explains they are not only stacking their trays of crops 12 levels high, but their goal is to produce enough greens to supply all the bags of salad the province needs. That accomplished, they plan to expand to have a similar indoor operation in every province in Canada.
Bahram left his career as a dentist to pursue this ambition with his brother Shahram, who has a doctorate in business administration and a background in information technology. Their ambition is nothing less than to become the world’s largest, most sustainable grower of post-organic super greens by 2023.
UP Vertical Farms is owned by Fresh Green Farms, an agriculture technology company founded by the brothers.
UP Vertical Farms will roll out the first phase of operations at its Pitt Meadows location in the spring of 2022, with projections to produce 0.9 million kilograms, and 6.3 million bags of salad greens per year. The second expansion phase will be completed in late 2023. It will produce 1.8 million kg per year from a 75,000 square foot facility, making UP Vertical Farms the largest vertical farm in the world. A planned third phase expansion will double the size of the facility to offer a total output to 3.6 million kg of greens per year.
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