The new farm will cover an area of 60,000 sq ft (5,574 sq m). This will make it smaller than AeroFarms' 69,000-sq ft (6,410-sq m) facility in Newark, New Jersey, which, at one point, was claimed as the biggest in the world, and indeed FarmedHere's own 90,000-sq ft (8,361-sq m) facility in Chicago, which it says is currently the largest indoor vertical farm in North America.
Nonetheless, FarmedHere expects the new farm to help the Louisville FoodPort become "one of the most transformative urban reinvestment projects of the decade." It plans to hire 40 new employees from the local area, many whom it expects to be veterans and second-chance employees. In addition, the facility will contribute to fulfilling the company's own long-term ambitions.
"This new location will bring us one step closer to reaching our goal of building vertical farms in 18 cities across the country and feeding 75 percent of the United States' population," says FarmedHere CEO Matt Matros in a press release.