The awards continue to roll in for CubicFarms.
The Langley-headquartered startup has been selected as winner of the Overall Indoor Farming Solution Provider of the Year Award in the 2021 AgTech Breakthrough Awards.
Founded by farmers, CubicFarms provides automated, onsite commercial-scale food and livestock feed technologies.
The CubicFarm System and HydroGreen Grow System indoor growing technologies convert wasteful long supply chain agriculture into local chains, enabling farmers to grow more with significantly less land, water, waste, and physical labour in any climate, year-round.
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Earlier this year CubicFarms was honored by Fast Company magazine with a 2021 Fast Company World Changing Idea Award andpicked up a Nexus Innovation Award for HydroGreen’s Vertical Pastures Grow System.
The HydroGreen Grow System technology for fresh livestock feed was designed for areas impacted by water scarcity and uses 90% less water than conventional irrigated field crops.
Farmers using HydroGreen’s technology can harvest fresh livestock feed daily, exponentially increasing output by producing up to 360 harvests annually, compared to two harvests per year using traditional farming methods.
For fresh produce, CubicFarms’ unique patented Crop Motion technology moves the plants, maximizing cubic square footage while moving trays to the front of the module for seeding and harvesting.
The CubicFarm System uses significantly less land compared to field farming to grow the same amount of fresh produce. The volume grown in only one CubicFarm module is the same amount that can grow in an area the size of a football field.
To grow a head of lettuce in a CubicFarm System it only takes two bottles worth of water, compared to 40 bottles of water needed for field farming. Fresh leafy greens are harvested with the root attached, retaining 45% more nutrients than field farming and staying fresher for longer.
“Most food requires long-distance shipping. By 2050, more than half the world’s population will rely on food sourced outside their country. Being dependent on long supply chains has resulted in food scarcity and waste, contaminated food, and depleted farming resources,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of AgTech Breakthrough Awards.
“CubicFarms technologies can significantly improve independent access to quality food and maximize crop yield all while reducing the environmental cost of food and feed production in a meaningful way. We are so pleased to present CubicFarms with the highly competitive ‘Overall Indoor Farming Solution Provider of the Year’ award for 2021. CubicFarms is truly changing the world one innovation at a time.”
CubicFarms currently has more than 187 modules under contract with deposits in locations across Canada, the U.S., and Australia.