Mod­u­lar Farms grow­ing in town

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BY STEVEN WARBURTON

Staff The former Alexan­dria Mould­ing lo­ca­tion will soon have a new lease on life now that the Dalkeith-based Mod­u­lar Farms Inc. is mov­ing into the prop­erty.

North Glen­garry coun­cil has agreed to rent a por­tion of the prop­erty at 95 Lochiel St. East, to the agri­cul­ture tech­nol­ogy and plant science re­search company. Firm CEO Eric Amyot ex­pects the move will al­low him to dou­ble his work­force from the cur­rent 19 em­ploy­ees, within the next year. Mod­u­lar Farms pro­duces ver­ti­cal farm­ing equip­ment for pro­duc­ing food and medicine in­side build­ings.

The new Alexan­dria fa­cil­ity will build mo­bile farm­ing units, which can be de­ployed any­where in the world.

Mod­u­lar Farms com­bines ver­ti­cal farm­ing ap­proaches with “con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment agri­cul­ture,” which aims to pro­vide pro­tec­tion and main­tain op­ti­mal grow­ing con­di­tions by grow­ing plants in­side an en­closed grow­ing struc­ture like a green­house or build­ing, reads a town­ship press re­lease.

“These farms, which are grown in spe­cially con­structed con­tain­ers that are sim­i­lar in ap­pear­ance to ship­ping con­tain­ers, can grow food vir­tu­ally any­where in the world. In ad­di­tion to man­u­fac­tur­ing and con­struct­ing these mo­bile farms, Mod­u­lar Farms Inc., will be the home base of op­er­a­tions for innovation labs and beta test­ing of new tech­nolo­gies,” the re­lease said.

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