May 24, 2021

Vertical farming taking root across the commonwealth

Source: Fauquier Now

“This is a really exciting industry that’s rapidly entering the mainstream,” said Alexander Olesen, CEO and co-founder of Babylon Micro-Farms, a Richmond-based startup that develops indoor growing systems for institutional food service settings, such as hospitals, schools and universities. Babylon, which in 2020 was the recipient of a $75,000 grant from the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund that aims to support small businesses in emerging research and technology sectors, builds small-scale vertical farms “as a sustainable amenity for these locations.”

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