US: New Avondale business develops advanced indoor farming system

Combining proprietary robotics, analytics, and plant-cultivation technology, OnePointOne grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in San Jose. Now, leaving the market in California, brothers and co-owners Sam and John Bertram are relocating their business to Avondale with the mission to fundamentally rethink how plants are grown, utilized, and optimized. 

“OnePointOne develops automated indoor plant production technology, it’s a bit of a mouthful,” Sam Bertram joked. “Vertical farming is another way to describe it. But essentially, we developed technology to produce plants indoors. We develop the ability to produce the plants at the highest quality, we develop the technology to automate the production of plants, both from a software perspective and a hardware perspective.”

By selling and licensing farms, OPO can become the platform upon which the world’s plants are grown. OPO’s mission is to build the world’s largest network of automated indoor farms to nourish and heal 1.1 billion people. OPO has a farm in San Jose, and another, an 80,000-square-foot warehouse under construction in Avondale.

Using robots and artificial intelligence, OnePointOne grows plants indoors away from nature’s unpredictability. Its plants grow without soil or sunlight, replaced with high-precision irrigation and illumination systems. 

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