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June 23, 2020 | Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News
SV Chat: Bay Area brothers hope to feed the world with their robotic indoor farming technology
You’ll forgive the Bertram brothers if their Silicon Valley elevator pitch is as fast-paced as a doubles match. After all, they moved from Melbourne, Australia, to the United States to play collegiate tennis, then developed a love for engineering and robotics — and a lofty goal to meet the world’s nutritional needs. Less than a decade after arriving in California, they co-founded OnePointOne, an agricultural technology company, and Willo…
June 15, 2020 | Specialty Food Association
Indoor vertical farming startup offers DTC produce
Willo, an indoor vertical farming startup, has launched a direct-to-consumer delivery program in California. Residents within 20 miles of Santa Clara, California can subscribe to an exclusive plot in Willo’s farm starting at $99 a month, which grants access to regular deliveries of customizable packaged salads starting in August. Currently available crops include Toscano Kale, Red Mizuna, Pea Shoots, Protein Crunch, and Genovese Basil.
June 11, 2020 | Adele Peters, Fast Company
This vertical farm lets you subscribe to your own plot of indoor-grown greens
At a new vertical farm inside a warehouse in San Jose, consumers can subscribe to their own “plot,” where kale and mizuna grow under LED lights. It’s the 21st-century version of a CSA: Greens grow in towers with no pesticides and almost no water—and when they’re harvested, they’re delivered directly to consumers living within a 20-mile radius. Willo, the startup behind the farm, wants to push people to adopt healthier eating habits.
June 11, 2020 | Cromwell Schubarth, Silicon Valley Business Journal
High-tech vertical farming startup takes root in San Jose warehouse
A new technology startup is taking San Jose back to its roots in one of the warehouses that took the place of the orchards that used to cover the city. Willo plans to sell what it grows on its LED-lit walls direct to consumers within a 20-mile radius on sections devoted to just what they want, using no pesticides and very little water. The startup says that its automation and AI technology gleans unique cultivation insights from every plant.
June 11, 2020 | Dan Berthiaume, Chain Store Age
Bay Area startup delivers personalized produce
Willo is rolling out a direct-to-consumer (DTC) fresh produce platform it calls “farming as a service.” San Jose-based Willo, an indoor vertical farming startup, is debuting a DTC delivery program in San Jose. Willo’s mostly automated farm grows organic plant produce, and residents within 20 miles of Santa Clara, Calif. can subscribe to an exclusive plot in the farm starting at $99 a month. The membership grants access to regular deliveries of customizable packaged salads starting in August 2020…
2020 | Heidi Williams, School of Engineering, Santa Clara University
Alumnus seeks to feed the world
Imagine an indoor agricultural system that uses 99 percent less water and zero pesticides, and yet yields 250 times more plants per square foot twice as quickly as traditional farming. Imagine location, climate, and soil fertility are no longer pervasive inhibitors. Now envision that system is fully automated and producing 5 million pounds of food per year in a footprint smaller than a football field. What you’re seeing in your…
June 11, 2020 | Willo Press Release, Business Wire
Willo’s personalized cultivation and delivery service brings the highest quality plant produce on Earth directly to consumers