Plenty commences construction of $300M strawberry vertical farm

Ground broken in Chesterfield County is set to grow fresh produce – 30 feet in the air.

Plenty Unlimited Inc., a San Francisco-based company, has begun construction on a vertical indoor farming campus that, when completed, is expected to be the largest such operation in the world.

The campus, to be developed in phases totaling $300 million, will sit on 120 acres in the Meadowville Technology Park. Several structures will be built, with the first planned to be a 100,000-square-foot vertical farm that’ll be used to grow Driscoll’s strawberries.

That 22-acre site at 13500 N. Enon Church Road was bought in April for $1.6 million by California-based Realty Income Properties. The remaining surrounding acreage for the later phases of the project is still owned by Chesterfield’s Economic Development Authority.

Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony, attended by Gov. Glenn Youngkin and state and local leaders, marked the beginning of the tech park’s newest development, where construction had already started. Most recently, vertical steel has gone up in the past two weeks.


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