Our partnership with Gordon Food Service — one of the country’s leading foodservice providers, with distribution operations spanning North America as well as 175 retail locations across the US — will see new campuses of Square Roots’ indoor farms built on or near Gordon Food Service distribution centers and retail stores across the continent.
The Michigan farming campus marks the first expansion for Square Roots outside its New York City home market. It will occupy less than two acres of the Gordon Food Service HQ’s fifty-acre site in Wyoming, Michigan, include ten modular, hydroponic farms, and initially grow 50,000 lbs of non-GMO, pesticide-free herbs and leafy greens per year.
This partnership with Gordon Food Service also marks the first significant deployment of our own proprietary cloud-connected, modular, indoor farm design, which utilizes a water-efficient hydroponic growing system along with vertical growing walls — requiring significantly less water and space than outdoor farms.
Thanks to the unique design of our technology platform, Square Roots farming campuses can scale rapidly and cost-effectively in any location to meet growing customer demand. And as our network of distributed farms gets larger, it also gets smarter: more connected farms means more feedback loops, which increases our rate of learning dramatically. Ultimately this means we can develop optimum growing recipes for more and more types of foods — strawberries and tomatoes, for example, in addition to the delicious herbs and greens we currently specialize in.