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Backyard Fresh Farms:

"100,000 square foot facilities near every major US city"

"We're doing for farming what Henry Ford did for the automobile," said entrepreneur Jake Counne.

Counne has found a way to grow produce locally, even when it's below 50 outside. He said the answer is using cameras, software and a conveyor belt in what's called a vertical farm.

"I came across vertical farming and I was just enamored with the ability to exponentially out-produce the natural ability of that land," said Counne, who is the founder and CEO of Backyard Fresh Farms.

"The pilot farm has produced 3 tons of greens in its current footprint. With its current yield per sqf, what a field farmer could grow in Soldier Field Stadium, Backyard fresh Farms can grow in four parking spots"

Some of the cities' high-end restaurants are already using Counne's produce and when put to the taste test, it's clear this is not your average lettuce.

Counne's plan is to expand and open 100,000 square foot facilities near every major metropolitan area around the country.

Read more at ABC 7 Chicago (Meghan Kluth)


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