For Mike and Jack Ross, their business origins were simple: they couldn't find the healthy, nutritious, non-processed food they wanted in the grocery store, so they decided to grow it on their own.
Mike Ross has a background in Aerospace Engineering, while his younger brother has a degree in Computer Engineering. This pair teamed up to create Beanstalk, a soil-based vertical farm that makes healthy meals easy to come by.
"We grow and deliver heirloom salads the day after harvest," Mike Ross said. "All of our salads are pesticide-free, grown from natural seeds, and selected for nutrition and taste. And we invented a whole new method of farming to make that possible." The brothers first started experimenting in Jack Ross' college apartment and slowly started building bigger and better systems.
The Ross brothers then went out to Silicon Valley to participate in a startup accelerator program where they learned the tricks of the trade in the tech community. Moving back to Virginia with the knowledge and confidence to expand, they bought their first small warehouse and, as they put it, "built a ship in a bottle."
Fast forward to the summer of 2022, and they had built the 40,000-square-foot Beanstalk building that stands today in Herndon.
Beanstalk currently grows 20 acres worth of food in less than 5,000 square feet, using 99% less land and 95% less water than traditional outdoor farms.
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