"Our system is like a 1950s Cadillac: Real and sturdy"

Seedlings have begun sprouting in a Century City industrial building in Milwaukee. Hundred Acre, an indoor farm located in the city’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor, is prepared to begin supplying customers next month with its fresh greens.

The farm, which is run by New York-based Planet to Plate Inc., is located in a 5,000-square-foot controlled environment within a 10,000-square-foot space, which also includes a warehouse and front-of-house events area. The industrial building at 3945 N. 31st St. is owned by an affiliate of Good City Brewing Company, which has offices and distribution operations in the same space.

The vision of the enterprise is to address food insecurity and build a more sustainable supply chain for food businesses, according to Planet to Plate Inc. founder Chris Corkery. “We have a triple bottom line: We have a quality product that’s competitively priced. There’s an insurance policy with this because it’s down the block. And then the social impact. It’s hitting all three,” Corkery said.

Since announcing its pilot project in May, the Hundred Acre team has encountered a series of challenges, including numerous supplier issues. The team had initially planned to install off-the-shelf vertical hydroponics grow system, but then the supplier announced it was pulling out of North America.

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