The United Nations expects the global population to surge to nearly 10 billion by 2050, creating many more mouths to feed and putting more pressure on natural resources. In addition, climate and labor concerns, supply chain issues and the COVID-19 pandemic have forced governments, scientists and businesses to reassess how we feed the world.
Undeterred by the complexity of the problem we encourage the agricultural community to join us as we work to create a more resilient food system designed for the long-term wellbeing of people and the planet.
AppHarvest uses approximately 2.08 gallons of water per pound of tomatoes; over 90% less than the global average of 25 gallons per pound.
Our controlled indoor environment promotes climate resiliency. Our hybrid lighting allows us to use LED lights that are 40% more efficient than traditional lighting.
We use rainwater for our crops and up to 90% less water than traditional agriculture
Facilities designed to produce up to 30x more on the same amount of land without agricultural runoff
System set up to grow in all seasons and to help protect our produce from extreme weather
Pesticide-Free Goal: We use a combination of high-tech and low-tech solutions to avoid pests and to ensure the health of our plants. Our first line of defense is advanced integrated pest management(IPM) with a team that includes an IPM manager and IPM scouts.
We prioritize our people so they can provide for their families and yours.
The AppHarvest Foundation directly supports bringing cutting-edge agricultural practices into Kentucky classrooms and communities, providing learners a foothold into one of the fastest growing industries and creating hands-on learning for the local food system.
Visit AppHarvest Foundation for more information and to get involved.
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 competitive 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%.
We are both a certified B Corp and Public Benefit Corporation because improving the lives of employees and the communities in which we operate and driving environmental change in agriculture is core to our business values. AppHarvest is uniquely positioned to redefine agriculture.