A firm in Kotzebue, Alaska, is growing kale, leafy greens, basil, and other greens vertically, hydroponically, and intensively -- much in the style of UrbanFresh. In fact, this indoor farm is the first hydroponic venture north of the Arctic Circle.
Like UrbanFresh, they are finding success. That may be where the comparison ends.
Where the Alaska group is serving a community of 3300, UrbanFresh is poised to serve the 3-state region.
Where the Alaska group has an operation that is currently held in a 12-meter shipping container, UrbanFresh will be utilizing warehouse space upwards of 10,000 square feet -- and is slated to open several facilities in the next five years.
Where startup and production costs are prohibitive in Alaska, UrbanFresh has cut costs and continues to make plans to reduce waste by applying Lean Farming principles.
Where the air in Alaska is frigid and makes moving product difficult, UrbanFresh is situated in pleasant South Carolina, and movement of the product is a breeze.
The time for vertical, intensive, hydroponic growing has come. We at UrbanFresh wish Alaska well in this venture and look forward to serving the Columbia community soon.