Company developing $3.3M farm
A company is planning to invest $3.3 million to develop a new farm in the area.
The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted last month to award Always Local a $50,000 performance-based grant to construct a modern 55,000-square-foot Venlo-style glass greenhouse and a 35,000-square-foot warehouse in Caledonia, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, or MDARD.
An aquaponics system will be used to raise local lettuce and fish, which will be listed under the brand name Revolution Farms.
The lettuce and fish are expected to be ready for consumption late this summer.
There is no set completion date for the project.
The warehouse will include the aquaponics system, an assembly line, space for packing, logistics and eight greenhouses. The greenhouses will produce fresh salad mix.
Ninety-five percent of the lettuce in Michigan comes from outside of the state, according to the department.
“The Revolution Farms team is extremely excited about developing a cutting-edge sustainable farm to deliver fresher and healthier produce to our fellow citizens in West Michigan and beyond,” said Tripp Frey, CEO, Always Local. “We are ecstatic about being a part of the farm revolution and being a leader in sustainable agriculture.”
The operation is expected to create 12 jobs in the first phase.
“Whenever we have the opportunity to help Michigan food and agriculture businesses expand, improve their operations and create more jobs, that’s a good day,” said Jamie Clover Adams, director, MDARD.