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US (CA): Plenty Los Angeles as location for new vertical farm

Vertical farming company Plenty announced it will serve Southern California with its next farm. The farm, approximately the size of a soccer field, is planned to begin development in Compton later this year and bringing produce to communities in late-2020.

"Plenty Los Angeles will introduce produce to one of the most discerning food communities in the world, and we can't wait for residents to get to know us," said Matt Barnard, CEO and co-founder of Plenty. "In addition to bringing consistently amazing, clean produce to Southern California, Plenty looks forward to collaborating with the incredible community of Compton -- one with rich, agricultural roots. Working with this community to bring this farm to bear has been an experience nothing short of terrific, and we're eager to further the partnership."

"Utilizing local, flavorful, and high-quality ingredients has always been important to me, but especially now that we are being so much more careful about sourcing food that is not only good for our health, but good for the health of our environment," said Nancy Silverton, Los Angeles based chef, co-owner of the Mozza Restaurants and a member of Plenty's U.S. Culinary Advisory Board. "Knowing that Plenty is working to grow such clean, delicious produce, in a way that uses so little water and so sustainably, is what makes me excited about having a Plenty farm in LA."

Plenty Los Angeles is expected to create up to 50 new full-time jobs across a number of disciplines including growers, technicians and logistics and operations managers. Given the nature of indoor, vertical farming, jobs created will be high-quality, year-round, career-building positions.

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