Square Roots and GFS host ribbon cutting for indoor farm

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Square Roots' indoor farm uses a proprietary, cloud-connected software to constantly monitor and control multiple climates, enabling its farmers to grow a wide range of crops to meet a variety of local market needs. Courtesy Square Roots

Gordon Food Service and New York-based Square Roots held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of their two-story indoor farm at the grocery distributor’s headquarters in Wyoming.

Square Roots, an urban indoor farming and technology company, and Gordon Food Service (GFS), a grocery distributor and retailer, held a celebration of their new indoor farm on Monday, Oct. 26, at GFS headquarters at 1300 Gezon Pkwy. SW in Wyoming.

“In partnering with Square Roots, we are delivering on our ambitions to make nutritious, local produce available to everyone, throughout the year, regardless of the local climate,” said Rich Wolowski, CEO of Gordon Food Service.

Tobias Peggs, co-founder and CEO at Square Roots, said the new indoor farm means fresh food all year-round on a smaller footprint.

“We have an exciting roadmap to build additional indoor farms across the continent with Gordon Food Service as we work to ensure that the future of food can be good for people and the planet, as well as good business,” Peggs said.

The indoor farm was deployed in three months using Square Roots’ modular smart-farm technology platform. Inside the farm, Square Roots uses its proprietary, cloud-connected software to constantly monitor and control multiple climates, enabling its farmers to grow a wide range of crops to meet a variety of local market needs.

Square Roots produce is widely available at grocery stores including GFS stores and through GFS customer restaurants as well as on e-commerce platforms across the Great Lakes region.

In addition to its farming operations, Square Roots continues to invest in the Midwest — recently opening a 5,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the region, where it now creates and assembles key components for future farms.

Square Roots facts

  • Square Roots operates two indoor farms in Michigan with the capacity to produce over 2.4 million packages of herbs and leafy greens annually. Approximately 50,000 plants are grown at any given time in each farm, including herbs such as basil, dill, parsley and cilantro; microgreens; and salad mixes.
  • Square Roots has created over 30 jobs in the Great Lakes region, including farm managers, growers, engineers, delivery drivers, technicians, produce packers and more. The company offers training opportunities for employees, in addition to full benefits, ownership in Square Roots and accelerated career paths to propel professional advancement.
  • Square Roots farms are built in cities to reduce food miles and ensure “ultra-high-quality” produce for consumers, as well as practically eliminate food waste in the supply chain. The company’s hydroponic growing systems recirculate the water used to grow crops, allowing for the use of 95% less water than conventional farming methods. All Square Roots produce is sold in 100% recyclable packaging.
  • All Square Roots farms are harmonized good agricultural practices (GAP) certified, in line with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s standards, and operate to strict COVID-19 protocols to keep farmers and the local community safe.

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