- What: Grand Opening of Beanstalk Farms
- When: September 13, 2022 @ 3:00pm
- Where: 251 Exchange Place, Herndon, VA
- Who: Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, Secretary of Agriculture Matthew Lohr, Herndon Mayor Sheila Olem Fairfax County EDA President Victor Hoskins
- Contact: Wendy Lemieux, Fairfax County 703-324-5194
On September 13 at 3:00pm Fairfax County will celebrate the expansion and relocation of Beanstalk Farms with a ribbon cutting by Governor Youngkin and other officials. This event will highlight the controlled environment farm technology that brings together innovation, sustainable agriculture production, education and local redevelopment to Herndon.
Beanstalk Farms is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund, and Fairfax County will contribute $100,000 as a local match to expand its innovative vertical farming company. Beanstalk will invest over $2 million and create 29 new jobs as it moves its headquarters to a formerly vacant data center in Herndon.
Beanstalk uses proprietary hydroponic technology and heirloom seeds to produce leafy greens, herbs and vegetables, which it currently sells to Harris Teeter and direct-to-consumers from its current location. In addition to growing crops in the new location, the new facility will house a larger storefront; space for research and development; and will offer spectators tours and a glimpse of the growing process through a large picture window into the farm. Their headquarters will also breathe new life into an empty space in the heart of Herndon. Beanstalk is a member of the Made in Fairfax network, which connects local small production manufacturers to networking groups, marketing opportunities and potential customers.
One of the Beanstalk founders, Jack Ross, was previously recognized by Governor Northam in 2018 with the prestigious STEM Catalyst Award for the development of an automated indoor growing prototype.