US (HI): Billionaire’s greenhouse now exporting produce statewide

A pioneering hydroponic greenhouse farm on Lanai established by tech billionaire Larry Ellison has begun to export produce statewide.

The enterprise, Sensei Farms, announced this month that it is now supplying all 32 Foodland Super Market Ltd. stores in Hawaii with “premium” leafy greens.

The expansion follows initial commercial sales on Lanai early this year, and represents a step toward a much larger goal to expand Sensei’s greenhouse farm model globally, especially in places where water and land limitations hamper traditional farming.

However, one element from the early Sensei vision — to produce a higher-­quality product that is sold at a lower price than imports — is not quite being met.

Read more at West Hawaii Today (Andrew Gomes)

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