GoodLeaf has completed the construction of a $56-million Calgary vertical indoor farm.
The facility is the first in Western Canada for GreenLeaf, a subsidiary of Bedford, N.S.-based TruLeaf. The Alberta government reported the completion on its major projects website.
The province provided GoodLeaf with $2.73 million in financing. Global engineering firm Stantec designed the development and Edmonton-based Fillmore Construction Management oversaw completion.
“Setting up in Calgary is a huge step forward for GoodLeaf to establish a truly national footprint as Canada’s largest commercial indoor vertical farm,” says Barry Murchie, the company’s president and CEO. “With Canada’s limited growing season, climate-controlled indoor farms offer Canadians access to fresh, locally grown leafy greens year-round. And Calgary is the perfect location for our first Western Canada location as it’s a main corridor and central access point.”
The Alberta government said the farm spans 96,000 square feet, but GoodLeaf says it comprises 74,000 sf, and the design allows for a future doubling of the size.
The farm is located in an industrial park on 108th Avenue S.E. and will produce about one million pounds of fresh leafy greens annually, said the company.
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