US: Winnipeg Greenhouse growers to install vertical farming system modules

CubicFarm announced the sale of 27 CubicFarm System modules in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at a sale price of CAD$5.13 million.

Greenhouse farmers Sheldon and Carrie Enns operate the Green Valley Garden Centre, supplying high-quality vegetables and ornamental plants in Southeastern Manitoba for the past 12 years. The growing season in Manitoba is impacted by climate change, with farmers experiencing significant drought, stormy weather, and cold winters. The Enns will use the CubicFarm Systems automated indoor growing technology to grow commercial-scale amounts of leafy greens, herbs, and microgreens in the Winnipeg area for the surrounding communities.

“We’re farmers first and care about the environment and feeding our community. With the addition of the CubicFarms technology, we’re growing our business in a sustainable and responsible way.  This allows us to maximize production of fresh, more reliable, locally grown food,” said Sheldon Enns.

In addition to the purchase of 27 modules, the Enns will work with CubicFarms Garden, the Company’s produce brokerage team, and use the ALLWays Local produce brand. “CubicFarms is the best local chain ag-tech solution we’ve found,” said Enns. “We aren’t just purchasing equipment; we’re starting a long-term relationship and joining a network of seasoned Cubic farmers. The brokerage team, ongoing research and development, promotional support, and a program to purchase inputs and packaging were significant in our decision. It’s important for us to be a part of CubicFarms mission and commitment to improve food security.”

“Sheldon and Carrie Enns are leading our expansion into central Canada with a large CubicFarms installation,” said Dave Dinesen, Chief Executive Officer, CubicFarms. “Manitoban consumers, stores, and restaurants will enjoy even more delicious, high-quality produce grown locally year-round with significantly less waste and harmful climate-changing emissions from long supply chains. We’re thrilled to support the Enns’ goals of providing local jobs growing for their local community, inspiring others to choose more sustainable farming practices, and growing their family farming operation for generations to come.” 

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