AeroFarms is creating 150K sq. ft. vertical farm in Midwest


AeroFarms, the Newark-based indoor vertical farming company, is expanding into the Midwest with a new farm in the St. Louis metro area, it announced Thursday.

The project with the World Wildlife Fund and St. Louis Controlled Environment Agriculture Coalition is designed to demonstrate strategies to minimize the environmental footprint of indoor farming, AeroFarms said in a news release.

“Customer demand for our award-winning greens has been accelerating across the United States, and this latest farm expansion will allow us to serve our retail partners and their customers throughout the Midwest,” David Rosenberg, AeroFarms’ co-founder and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “Farm development in the Midwest is part of our business model based on our proven success in the Northeast, and as a Certified B-Corporation, we are equally excited to be able to create a more sustainable food system in the St. Louis area that has incredibly deep roots in agriculture and is home to an amazing agtech community, as well.”

The 150,000-square-foot site would represent AeroFarms’ largest vertical farm to date.

Rosenberg, along with co-founder Marc Oshima, was recently named to the Top 15 of the ROI Influencers: Food & Beverage list for 2021.