July 1, 2020
In 2016, Farm.One set out to use vertical farming technology to offer chefs high quality specialty produce without food miles, packaging waste, and harmful chemicals. This method of growing meant that production could be located near population centers. Having farms located near customers meant that we could leverage reusable packaging to reduce waste and deliver products the same day they are harvested. Growing in a controlled environment would allow us to limit pest pressure enough to eliminate the need for pesticides and other harmful chemicals. And growing to order for chefs would help eliminate food waste.
Over the next several years, we have come to appreciate that real sustainability is dependent on a vertical farm’s construction and operation, like any other business.
We do not assume that because we are
a vertical farm, we are sustainable.
Today, we are still faithful to our mission of providing produce that is rare, local and fresh year round. We have also evolved our business to include on-farm and virtual experiences such as tours and classes. With each step we take, we strive to embed sustainability into our decisions. This has allowed us to discover ways to improve our impact beyond the ‘basics’ of vertical farming and has illuminated where we need to do more work.
For instance, our farms use materials in the construction and operation that make it far from zero-impact. In addition, changes to our business model forced by COVID have led to some unavoidable waste. We feel it is critical to be honest and transparent about where we stand and where we are headed in order to achieve the greatest sustainable benefits.
Over the next few months, we will be publishing more details on Farm.One sustainability covering the following areas:
- Procurement Practices
The scope of the report will start from material sourcing all the way to consumer use of products and post-consumer waste. We hope this will add accountability and bring transparency to our business and enable our community members to make informed decisions about engaging with us.
Please use the newsletter form below left to be notified when we publish more details. We look forward to continuing the conversation.