Labor makes up over 50% of the price of veggies, and this is even more relevant to countries with low labor availability. Plus, StackGrow has the added bonus of removing most manual labor from the process, making jobs at such farms more appealing. The GrowTune online interface automates all the key processes involved in vertical farming: climate, lightning, nutrition, troubleshooting, and optimization. It also helps with planning, monitors soil nutrients, sends notifications for harvest, and even provides video surveillance for security.
“Getting 1.5X the crop yield from a given facility drastically changes the economics of farming greens indoors, lowering the barrier to entry for businesses, and expanding the selection of financially feasible crops. While the initial set-up cost of an automated farm is slightly higher than a manual one, the pay-back period to recoup this investment is very low, often in the 4-5 year range. In some cases we are looking at the extra investment on automation paying itself back already in the first year of operation.” Timo Koljonen – iFarm, VP Sales
After intense testing, the StackGrow technology is now going to market, with several commercial projects already being built or designed. Some already have recurring contracts in place for their herbs and greens. iFarm invites all those interested in getting in the action or just learning more about StackGrow to get in touch with the team.