Vertical farming company Bowery Farming is building its newest “smart” indoor farm in Locust Grove, at 2855 GA-42, the company announced Wednesday.
Joining its network of vertical farms in Kearny, New Jersey; Nottingham, Maryland; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Bowery plans to power its new Georgia farm with 100 percent renewable energy. Additionally, Bowery announced Wednesday that it is also building a new farm in Arlington, Texas, which will serve the Dallas Fort-Worth metropolitan area.
Bowery’s Locust Grove commercial farm will serve a population of 20 million people within a 200-mile radius. The farm is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023. Bowery’s smart indoor farms grow local, pesticide-free Protected Produce 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions.
“The addition of Bowery’s Locust Grove farm to our network is a critical next chapter in our growth,” Irving Fain, founder and CEO of Bowery Farming, said in a press release. “It will expand our reach and ability to be a reliable and sustainable source of local produce for more communities. We’re leading the next generation of agriculture, and this new location further accelerates our momentum.”
By opening its smart indoor farm in Locust Grove, Bowery will be creating more than 100 year-round green jobs in Henry County.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Bowery Farming to the Peach State, where agriculture is our no. 1 industry, and where countless hardworking Georgians go to work each day to grow food for families all over the globe,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp said. “I look forward to seeing the ways Bowery Farming will continue to make a difference and to seeing the opportunities this creates for the people of Locust Grove.”
This farm will feature a number of industry-leading developments that build on Bowery technology, further automating the growing process from seed to store, and enhancing the efficiency of Bowery’s network including renewable energy, water conservation, more efficient LED lighting, and its “smartest farm yet” — powered by the BoweryOS, this farm will leverage billions of data points collected from Bowery’s network of farms to grow a reliable supply of consistently delicious produce year-round and will lay the groundwork for the next chapter in smart, scalable indoor farming.
In 2021, Bowery doubled revenue and opened Farm X, a state-of-the-art innovation hub for plant science in Kearny, NJ. Bowery’s produce is harvested year-round at peak freshness and is delivered to stores within a few days of harvest — a stark contrast to the 90 percent of leafy greens grown in the U.S., which are transported over 3,000 miles across the country.
Within this new farm, Bowery’s “Protected Produce” will reach a new region of the U.S., advancing the company’s goal of expanding access to local, traceable, pesticide-free food to people in every major city of the U.S. and around the world.