AeroFarm's aeroponic smart farm is officially open in Cane Creek Centre industrial park. Local, state, and company officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for AeroFarms' new 138,670-square-foot facility Monday afternoon.
The company plans to have 48 plant-growing towers four-and-half stories high, with the operation entailing the equivalent of a 1,000-acre farm, company officials said during a tour of the facility at Cane Creek Centre Industrial Park off South Boston Road in March. Leafy greens that will be grown aeroponically inside the building include micro arugula, micro wasabi mustard, micro kale, and other vegetables.
"It's not just about growing a plant, but creating a business," AeroFarms CEO and co-founder David Rosenberg said during the ceremony Monday.
The vertical-farming facility began production in August and has hired about 80 employees from Danville and the surrounding area. All of the promised 158 workers will be hired by the end of the year, Chief Marking Officer Marc Oshima told the Danville Register & Bee after the ceremony.
"We're really excited by what we've done," Rosenberg said. "It's nothing short of game-changing." The community has accepted AeroFarms with open arms, "and we accept them, we embrace them, and we're so thankful for the quality of people we have. They're hard-working," Rosenberg said.
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