The day is coming when the lettuce on a Lake Houston family’s salad may have been grown on a farm in – Humble!
A hydroponic farm, that is.
Kalera, a “vertical” farming company based in Orlando, is customizing an 83,436-square-foot building at Parc 59, a 19-acre urban industrial development located on Rankin Road in Humble.
The CEO of Kalera is enthusiastic about establishing his fourth “farm” in Lake Houston.
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“Humble’s proximity to Houston and beyond will provide an incredible market for Kalera’s produce,” said Daniel Malechuk, the company chief executive officer.
Kalera’s product is lettuce which includes the company’s signature Kalera Krunch, among other varieties. The method for growing the lettuce is hydroponics.
Hydroponic farms don’t need soil. They don’t need the sun. Instead, the plants’ roots grow using cleanroom technology eliminating harmful pathogens and destructive bugs and insects. No pesticides. No insecticides.
The lighting is low-energy, LED, artificial lighting. Kalera, in fact, can manipulate the color of the lettuce as it grows. And the size of plants is extremely uniform – a consistent product every time.
The farms use more energy than traditional farming, but they also use less water and they get higher yields.
Kalera grows safe, highly nutritious, pesticide-free, non-GMO, high quality lettuce that has a longer shelf-life year-round.
“We operate a high-yield, automated, data-driven hydroponic product facility, designed for rapid rollout with industry-leading payback times to grow vegetables faster, cleaner, at a lower cost, and with less environmental impact,” Malechuk says.
The Humble “farm,” when completed in Spring 2021, will be the largest of Kalera’s four facilities and the largest vertical family facility in Texas. Kalera has two “farms” in its hometown of Orlando and one under construction in Atlanta, also scheduled to open in Spring 2021.
“We selected the Humble location because of the frontage on Highway 59/Interstate 69, the access to the Beltway and, because the development is in Humble. It has competitive expenses due to the city’s low tax rate.”
Malechuk, the Kalera CEO, praises the Humble location.
“Our proximity to Houston will provide an incredible market for Kalera’s produce,” he says. “From Humble, Kalera can access and service cities throughout the region besides Houston including Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and New Orleans.”
Within hours of harvesting in Humble, Kalera will be able to provide lettuce to restaurants, hospitality clients other industry clients, and home chefs, Malechuk predicts, and perhaps, even, to tables in the homes of Lake Houston.