Dan Vukcevich admitted that his only previous farming experience was growing up on a cattle farm that never made any money.
However, Vukcevich does have extensive experience in manufacturing, which he directly applies to his job as chief operating officer of Revolution Farms LLC in Caledonia.
The company’s indoor hydroponic farm grows premium lettuce varieties and field greens year round, and is capable of producing 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of produce each week. A few months ago, Revolution Farms unveiled Phase 2 of its operation, which consists of 2 acres of growing space with an automation system to execute tasks like planting seeds, cutting the lettuce and disposing of waste to be shipped to a nearby farm.
“If you control all the inputs, you should get a pretty steady output,” Vukcevich said. “It’s not the sexy way to say it, and no one really describes it like this, but it should turn into a widget. We should be able to manufacture the same size plant all the time — it’s just a question of how much technology we have to put around it.”