We believe that large-scale indoor agriculture is the key to feeding the world’s rapidly growing population. That’s why we’re growing our business and our commitment to people, the planet and future generations. Our veggies come with a vision, and we’re working hard to see it thrive.
We’ve built our business on doing right by our people and our region. We’ve invested over $1 billion in Appalachia and created hundreds of sustainable, skilled jobs (and counting). Our workers are the heart and soul of our company, that’s why…
Our process and products are better for people and the planet. Resource efficient, climate resilient and locally grown means we’re sustainable in so many ways…
Up to 80% less water usage overall than traditional agriculture
Nutrients stay in plants, not local waterways
Growing food in an indoor environment provides a buffer against extreme weather events
Controlled environment agriculture nets far less food spoilage
The UN General Assembly designated 2021 the International Year of Fruits and Veggies.
SDG Goal 1: No Poverty
SDG Goal 2: Zero Hunger
SDG Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being
SDG Goal 4: Quality Education
SDG Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
SDG Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
SDG Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
SDG Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
SDG Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
SDG Goal 13: Climate Action
As of March 31, 2021, AppHarvest has created 500 jobs that pay a living wage. A single entry-level employee earns 74% of Rowan County’s median household income.
Our indoor farms are expected to yield up to 30x those of open-field agriculture on the same acreage. Our location in Central Appalachia is within a day’s drive of about 70% of the U.S. population.
We offer 100% company-paid premiums for medical, dental and life insurance plans to all employees their families, as well as retirement plans with a company match and company shares.
Since its creation, our education program has served over 236 high school students. Two additional programs will be created in 2021 through a $250,000 partnership with Cowen.
Irrigation for our indoor farm uses 100% rainwater. Our sophisticated circular irrigation systems use up to 90% less water than traditional open-field agriculture and are designed to produce zero agricultural runoff.
Our LED lighting achieves a nearly 20% reduction in energy consumption. In addition, our farm design captures passive solar energy across the full expanse of our 2.6 million-square-foot roof of glass (excludes the three acre packhouse).
AppHarvest is one of only a few companies to register as a public benefit corporation, meet the standards for B Corp certification and be a publicly listed company.
As an indoor farm in Kentucky with ample sun and annual rainfall, we’re more buffered from severe weather events such as massive droughts and fires than traditional agriculture. In addition, our central location reduces diesel use in transportation by up to 80%.
AppHarvest collaborates with Eastern Kentucky high schools to introduce and incorporate AgTech curriculum. The company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars providing high-tech container farms, retrofitted from shipping containers, to offer students the opportunity to grow their own food and learn about the importance of nutritious fruits and vegetables.