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UP Vertical Farms— Canada’s first hands-free vertical farm—begins operations in B.C.

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Shahram & Bahram Rashti, co-founders of UP Vertical Farms

After nearly a decade of research and development, UP Vertical Farms has officially commenced operations at Canada’s first hands-free vertical farm.

UP Vertical Farms aims to provide a viable locally-grown solution to many of today’s industry challenges by employing advanced, high-density growing technology that uses 99 per cent less land, water, and fertilizer; grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.

UP farms employs recycled CO2 and proprietary lighting technology, the leafy greens are grown to custom brix levels and flavour profiles while lasting 22+ days refrigerated. And because UP’s greens are never touched by human hands and undergo rigorous food safety testing, the products are ready to eat right out of the package.

“We are honoured to do our part to help Canada navigate its food security issues by providing a healthier, more sustainable local farming solution that reduces farming’s impact on the environment and Canadian consumers’ dependence on imports from the US,” said Bahram Rashti, co-founder of UP Vertical Farms. “Over the next few months, more Canadians will be able to enjoy our fresh and delicious salad greens as our distribution continues to grow across Western Canada.”

Forecasting production of approximately 2 million pounds or 6.3 million bags of salad greens per year, UP Vertical Farms also has the unique ability to fully customize packs specific to the individual needs of retailers and restaurants. Because crops are grown in an automated 13 to 21-day period, blends can be tailored and grown instantaneously to keep pace with ongoing trends, which adds to the quality and consistency only UP can deliver to its partners.

“We strongly believe vertical farming is essential to the future of agriculture and we’re thrilled to become a Canadian first, as the country’s only hands-free vertical farm,” added Rashti. “We are confident that the expansion of our operations will only go ‘up’ from here as we strive to deliver healthier food to more Canadians across the country in a much more sustainable way.”

UP salad greens will be available at select Western Canadian retailers within the next few weeks.

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