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    A zero-touch vertical farm using Philips LED production module to grow fresher, tastier, and more nutritious produce

    December 21, 2020
    Goodleaf Farms Sustainable Agriculture

    A zero-touch vertical farm using Philips LED production module to grow fresher, tastier, and more nutritious produce

     

    Vertical farming operation GoodLeaf Community Farms (Guelph, Ontario) brings a unique perspective to its little corner of controlled environment agriculture. That is clearly by design, according to company leadership.

     

    For one, the group initially set out to do indoor, stacked micro and baby greens production differently: with business people, horticultural scientists and engineers running the show instead of traditional farmers. Starting out, they were more interested in smartly addressing the labor and food safety woes plaguing much of the segment (particularly outdoor operations) than pumping out the most yield per square foot.

     

    Hear Jeff McKinnon speak about growing under Philips LED production module grow light

    GoodLeaf Fam: Greatly improve the predictability of its fresh produce!

    Our business today is a marriage between engineering and horticulture – we’ve done it and we’ve done it well, and we know it works. Now, it’s just about how do we do it better?"

     

    Jeff McKinnon

    GoodLeaf VP and Chief Financial Officer

    Read the entire GoodLeaf Farms story on Produce Grower
    Vertical farm local pesticide free

    The GoodLeaf vision

     

    What GoodLeaf wants to do better entails scaling up production of locally grown, pesticide free leafy greens across Canada for its large retail partners, which include grocery giants like Loblaw and Sobeys, as well as Amazon’s Whole Foods and some smaller regional players like Ontario’s Longo’s. The farm has been working with several restaurant food service distributors, as well, although McKinnon readily admits that channel has taken a bit of a hit of late due to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders.

     

    Learn more about Philips LED production module grow lights

    We don’t necessarily need or even want to achieve 100% market share (in leafy greens), we’re just looking for our piece of the market locally where we can serve our customers efficiently and at scale across Canada."

     

    Jeff McKinnon

    GoodLeaf VP and Chief Financial Officer

    The GoodLeaf play is one of consumer preference for locality, as McKinnon says that today upwards of 90% of the leafy produce sold in Canada is imported in from large outdoor operations in California and Arizona.

     

    Read the rest of the story on Produce Grower

    Local Grown under Philips Led grow lights

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