AppHarvest Opens New Strawberry and Cucumber Production Facility

AppHarvest has opened its latest facility in Somerset, KY, a 30-acre high-tech indoor farm that can develop strawberries and cucumbers. The firm additionally confirmed it has begun industrial shipments of strawberries.

The AppHarvest Somerset farm is designed to develop almost 1 million strawberry crops at a time, that are anticipated to supply for about eight months of the yr. AppHarvest is rising WOW Berries for Mastronardi Produce. The crop is predicted to alternate seasonally with English cucumbers.

The AppHarvest Somerset facility is designed to leverage sunshine and rainwater boosted with know-how when wanted and is automated for lighting, humidity, and temperature. The farm makes use of a closed-loop irrigation system, which permits anticipated water financial savings of as much as 90% in comparison with open-field farming and permits for precision dosing of vitamins.

The high-tech farm additionally encompasses a blast chiller that quickly lowers the temperature of harvested strawberries previous to packaging to increase shelf life. With its central location in Appalachia, AppHarvest is inside a single day’s drive of about 70% of the U.S. inhabitants, which helps cut back vitality consumption required to move the produce and is a key profit with extra extremely perishable crops, reminiscent of strawberries, to ship them recent and with an extended shelf life.

“The AppHarvest group has set a brand new bar within the managed atmosphere agriculture sector by bringing these new high-tech farms on-line rapidly and by diversifying our crops so as to add washed-and-ready-to-eat salad greens and strawberries to our present tomato providing,” says AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb. “We are wanting to see these new farms begin producing income for the corporate whereas they assist construct a climate-resilient, extra sustainable home meals provide offering good jobs within the U.S.”

With the Somerset farm opening, AppHarvest now has three farms transport produce to nationwide clients this fall. Last week, AppHarvest introduced the opening of its Berea salad greens farm, which is opening on a phased method and could have the capability to develop about 35 million lettuce crops at a time, with such capability renewing each three to 4 weeks. The AppHarvest Morehead farm expects to start its third harvest shortly, and the corporate expects to start out planting the brand new 60-acre Richmond tomato farm in November.

AppHarvest Opens New Strawberry and Cucumber Production Facility

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