AeroFarms will establish a vertical grow operation in Danville-Pittsylvania County. The grow facility will be constructed in Cane Creek Centre industrial park which is a joint project of Danville and Pittsylvania County, Governor Ralph Northam announced Wednesday.
AeroFarms is expected to invest $42 million in the facility and create 92 new jobs once the facility is operational.
The tobacco commission approved a $190,000 Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund grant to assist with this project.
Tobacco Commission Vice-Chair Senator Frank Ruff said, “The tobacco commission has always supported Virginia’s agriculture industry, the backbone of our state’s economy, and attracting AeroFarms to Danville-Pittsylvania County is a big win. AeroFarms’ technologically advanced approach to farming is an example of how the industry is adapting to meet the demands of modern consumers, and I am pleased that they chose to grow their business here in Southside Virginia.”
Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, AeroFarms is a global, Certified B Corporation on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish communities with safe, nutritious and delicious food.
The company disrupts traditional supply chains by building farms on major distribution routes and near population centers and defies traditional growing seasons by enabling local farming at commercial scale year-round.
AeroFarms sets a new standard for traceability by managing its greens from seed to package, all while using 95% less water than field farmed-food and with yields 390 times higher per square foot annually.
David Rosenberg, co-vounder and CEO of AeroFarms, said, “We are excited to expand to Virginia, an incredible state with a strong farming tradition, and we have been honored by the amazing reception at all levels. We want to thank everyone for helping bring our tenth and largest, most advanced indoor vertical farm to life to create new jobs and increase access to healthier foods with better flavor. We are also excited about the future collaboration opportunities with The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to build on our work with Fortune 100 companies to solve broader ag-related supply chain issues.”
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is committed to developing a diverse economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia. Agriculture has always been an important part of Virginia’s economy and the commission is proud to support companies, like AeroFarms, that will continue that tradition, officials said.