DelFrescoPure, CubicFarms partner for vertical farming machine
DelFrescoPure and CubicFarms have collaborated to create LivingCube – a system of automated vertical farming machines that continuously produces living lettuce, living basil and microgreens all year long. The LivingCube system has 12 mechanized growing, germination and irrigation machines, each built inside proprietary insulated 40-inch stainless steel growing chambers.
The growing machines are all individually climate controlled to optimize the environment for each crop and then connected to a fully enclosed climatized common work area, all coming together to create a complete stand-alone growing system and independent growing facility, the companies said.
“CubicFarms is thrilled to be supplying DelFrescoPure® with one of our commercial-scale growing systems and to be partnering with them to bring locally grown produce to DelFrescoPure customers year-round,” said Dave Dinesen, CubicFarms CEO.
LivingCube is powered by DelFrescoPure, which produces power by using an off-the-grid electrical cogeneration system. This company said the new growing system is environmentally sustainable due to its minimal land footprint, a reduction in greenhouse gases, the usage of recycled water and pesticide-free integration.
“We wanted to offer our retail partners new, innovative and local commodities and the ideal solution was to partner with CubicFarms”, said Carl Mastronardi, president of DelFrescoPure. “With the introduction of the vertical farming growing system, we offer a large quantity of locally grown living lettuce, living basil and microgreens.”