There are 50 workers employed at the GoodLeaf Farms facility in Guelph.

Automated Guelph vertical farm supplies retailers with local, leafy greens

The newly opened farm grows crops 40 to 50 per cent faster than traditional crops

Reading Time: 3 minutes An automated vertical farm in south Guelph is now fully operational. GoodLeaf Farms has the capacity to produce 800,000 units of locally grown leafy greens for Ontario retailers — including Loblaw banners, Longo’s and Whole Foods — 12 months of the year. “It’s really unique for Canada that we can grow 365 days of the […] Read more

Michael Taschuk, chief technology officer and founder of G2V, with Ryan Tucker, chief executive officer, talk at the G2V production facility.

G2V Optics shows power of light with new ag technology

The company’s lighting can help grow high value, rare crops in indoor vertical farms

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A quickly growing Canadian tech company is set to expand its agricultural platform, using the power of light to help the industry diversify. G2V Optics is launching perihelion light systems, and planned to present it at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco on March 17-18, although the summit was cancelled […] Read more

The production system at back40growers employs towers to grow herbs.

Ontario’s first vertical farm produces local herbs

Herbs have proved more profitable for the company than growing salad greens

Reading Time: 3 minutes An unobtrusive warehouse in a commercial-industrial area of Burlington houses Ontario’s first year-round supplier of locally grown herbs. Back40growers is also Ontario’s first vertical farm. Vertical farming is an emerging production system – plants are grown entirely indoors without sunlight and everything from temperature and humidity to light, irrigation and nutrients is precisely controlled. Why […] Read more

Plenty CEO and co-founder Matt Barnard says his company is now competitive with organic competitors but critics say vertical farms are simply too expensive to run.

Are vertical farms ready for prime time?

Indoor farm companies say they’re scaling up, but many question their business model

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters – Leafy salad greens grown under banks of LED lights, with mist or drips of water are having their day in the sun. Several top U.S. indoor farms say they are boosting production to a level where they can now supply hundreds of grocery stores. Plenty, Bowery, Aerofarms and 80 Acres Farms are among young companies […] Read more