If one container farm = two acres of farmland, imagine what we can grow with 80 Acres.
We are revolutionizing the way we grow, sell, buy and eat our food. Our mission is to provide accessible, nutritious, tasty and affordable local food to everyone. We convert urban spaces into ultra-efficient farms, that maximize energy and space, and use far less resources and transportation. Our crops are free from pesticides and GMOs, picked and delivered within days, not weeks.
We are truly local and honestly fresh, 365 days a year.
These six values embody our culture, spirit and dedication to doing what’s right. They keep us aligned and help us make decisions about everything from the seeds we grow to the packaging we choose.
How do you create a plant paradise?
Just like people, plants prefer to live in paradise. For most people, a paradise would include the ocean, 80 degree temperature, lots of sunlight and usually a Mai Tai. Plants prefer a very different paradise. Plants prosper in slightly cooler temperatures than people. They also need plenty of water, nutrients, CO2, and the energy that comes from light. Unlike people, plants don’t love all the light that comes from the sun. Plants prefer light spectrums that we see as red and blue, much more than others.
We grow our plants in a fully protected environment. Using our hydroponic grow systems, we feed the plants the perfect amount of water, nutrients, and light they need to flourish.
How are you sustainable?
- - We use much less water than traditional farming.
- - We don’t use any pesticides because they are harmful.
- - We don’t produce agricultural runoff.
- - We drastically reduce food miles, and therefore, pollution.
- - We reduce food waste by delivering fresher produce to stores & restaurants.
- - We use much less land, that can be used for forestation and natural habitat.
How are you using 90% less water than conventional farming?
Most of the water used for outdoor crops never gets absorbed by the plant roots. Water dissipates into the soil and eventually dries up. That’s why so much more water is used in traditional farming than plants require. Plants also evaporate the majority of this water. Plants act as little nutrient pumps, pulling the nutrients they need to grow, along with the water. Then, they evaporate the water as they absorb the nutrients and some of the water through photosynthesis. Because we grow all our plants in a fully enclosed and controlled environment, we only feed the necessary amount of water for photosynthesis directly to the plant roots. We can then recapture the evaporated water and reuse it, wasting nothing.
How are you energy efficient?
Energy usage is the biggest challenge facing our industry. We use LED lights to provide the required energy for our plants. LED lights cost a little more than conventional lights but they are much more energy efficient than high pressure sodium (HPS), fluorescent, incandescent and other lights. Additionally, we are drastically reducing the food miles that our produce travels from farm to table, as well water usage and waste. Finally, we are always looking to use renewable energy whenever possible. This all adds up to a gentler environmental impact, compared to traditional farming. As technology develops, we are motivated to make the right choice for a greener future.
How does this growing method affect nutrients & flavor?
There is a science behind nutrition and flavor. Like humans, plants have a hierarchy of needs. Plants need a fundamental level of energy for survival. This level of is the minimal amount of energy necessary to maintain all basic plant functions. All plants must get at least this amount of energy or they will not survive. Once this need is satisfied, the remaining energy is used by the plants to grow and flower and eventually, produce fruit. Most plants never get past this point. The reason is that in most uncontrolled environments don’t provide enough water, nutrients, light, energy, and CO2 to enable the plants to thrive, instead of just survive.
Most fruits or vegetables that we all eat today are picked at this point and shipped long distances to us, the consumers. Because of the long shipping distances, fruits and vegetables are picked before they are ripe, allowing them to survive the voyage without turning to mush.
Our Plant Paradise not only provides enough energy for the plant to survive, grow, and produce fruit, but also to create secondary metabolites and phytochemicals. That’s the stuff that for generations has been linked to “Healthiness”. Because our plant paradise is local, we don’t have to ship long distances or pick our fruits and vegetables before they are ripe. This enables us to grow the best tasting, most nutritious produce right in your neighborhood.
How are you always fresh & local?
Typically, average produce travels over 1500 miles in season from the farm to your table. Off season, those miles are drastically increased as produce has to be grown further away, where the outdoor environment is conducive to growth. To get the product from farm to table, in many cases, produce must be harvested weeks to months before it is ripe. Because of our fully controlled environment, we can create a plant paradise virtually anywhere, drastically reducing food miles, storage, and waste.
What are your growing practices?
We grow without pesticides and soil contamination. We grow healthier plants that are more resistant to pests and disease. By setting the cleanest standards from seed to harvest, we eliminate nearly all risks present in conventional farming. Growing plants in a ‘paradise’ means they do not need the genetic modification (NO GMOs!).
How can you grow local varieties all-year long?
In our Plant Paradise, it’s always peak season! We can set warm temperatures in the winter, milder temperatures in the summer, and we always have a perfect combination of light, nutrients, and water for our plants. This allows us to grow what we want, where we want, 365 days a year.
We are not just growing plants, here at 80 Acres Farms. Through our everyday actions, we seek to support and empower our communities with healthy, fresh, and local foods. We are looking for Team Members who are energetic and encouraging to put down roots with our team.