GoodLeaf Farms, Canada’s leading commercial vertical farm, has been at the forefront of this movement, using cutting-edge technology and innovative growing methods to provide fresh, locally grown produce year-round. One of the critical advantages of vertical farming is that crops are shielded from extreme weather conditions, making them less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, storms, and droughts. In addition, vertical farms do not require the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides, which can make the products healthier and safer for consumption.
“Among the leafy microgreens and baby greens we harvest daily, we are also cultivating massive amounts of data,” says Barry Murchie, Chief Executive Officer of GoodLeaf Farms, Canada’s leading commercial vertical farm. “Data is our most valuable asset and is revolutionizing the way we farm.”
GoodLeaf Farms has embraced these benefits and has developed a complex system of cameras and sensors to optimize all aspects of the farm. In addition, the data collected is analyzed using Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics and Microsoft Power Platform, which allows the farm to make informed decisions about its operations. The farm’s use of data has also caught the attention of Microsoft Research, with whom they collaborate to explore new opportunities and contribute to developing new technologies that could benefit the entire agricultural industry.
GoodLeaf Farms’ commitment to innovation doesn’t stop there. They are also exploring ways to grow existing plant varieties with higher nutrient values using all-natural processes. This approach could lead to a range of new and healthier produce options, benefiting both consumers and the environment.
Currently, GoodLeaf Farms specializes in growing microgreens and baby greens year-round using hydroponics and specialized LED lights. In addition, the farm grows various crops for grocery stores and the hospitality sector, offering fresh, locally-grown produce that is healthier and more sustainable.
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