80 Acres Farms is revolutionizing the way Americans grow, sell, buy, and eat food. Based in Ohio, the company converts urban spaces into ultra-efficient farms that maximize energy and space. It is on a mission to provide accessible, nutritious, tasty, and affordable local food to everyone, using fewer resources in the process. The company has facilities in Ohio, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Alabama, from which it sells leafy greens, tomatoes, micro greens and herbs to national grocers, local retailers, restaurants, and food service providers. It expects to add grapes and strawberries in the near future. The crops it produces are free from pesticides and GMOs, picked and delivered within days. In December 2018, 80 Acres raised $40 million in equity capital to create the first fully automated indoor farm. The facility will optimize every aspect of growing produce indoors, including seeding, growing, and harvesting. It will include handling robotics, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and around-the-clock monitoring sensors and control systems to create food that is truly local and honestly fresh, 365 days a year.
Converting urban spaces into ultra-efficient indoor farms that produce accessible, tasty, and affordable local food year-round.
Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Mike Zelkind (CEO at 80 Acres Farms) has been an Unreasonable Fellow since October 2019 and most recently participated in The Unreasonable Impact COVID-19 Response Global Summit, created with Barclays.