Growing a better future while nourishing humanity.

Farmland is a limited resource. As populations grow, it is forecast that food production will need to rise by 70% by 2050 to feed an additional 2.7 billion people. 

Our hydroponic growing methods are soil-less, and our indoor vertical farms are situated in cities and use approximately 99% less land compared to traditional farming for the same quantity of produce. And because we’re local to the cities we service, our carbon footprint is smaller, too.  

Cleaner greens are better greens

Driven to transform the traditional food system

At Kalera, we are driven by our belief that vertical farming can play an important role in the coming years to secure access to fresh produce for a growing world population that is faced with climate change, reduction of fertile farmland, and soil erosion.

We also see the need to replace the current traditional system of transporting produce around the country rather than focusing on locally grown, fresh, and flavorful produce.

Vertical farming allows us to keep things clean. No big machines plowing earth around, no insects or animals populating the fields, no chemicals. Hence, no washing is needed, and our greens stay fresh longer. Perfect conditions for a perfect product.

Our plants grow undisturbed by pests, temperature swings, or pesticides and deliver accordingly: With a rich flavor and more nutrients compared to organic greens of the same variety (source). They also have a significantly higher dry matter which means you are buying less water. The result? A tastier, more nutritional product.

Our products are grown locally – that means they’ll come to you fresher, crunchier and with a way smaller environmental footprint saving land, water and CO₂ due to dramatically reduced distances to market. This allows us to serve our local communities, chefs and markets with accessible and affordable greens. 

Hyperlocal Solutions Across the United States

In March 2020, we opened a second, larger-scale farm in Atlanta, Georgia. 2021 saw the opening of Houston, Texas with very positive reactions by local communities.

In 2022, we opened Denver, Colorado and strive to open four additional farms in the US in the months to come.

10+ years of growing with the challenge

In 2010, a team of scientists and engineers, the Eco Convergence Group Inc., envisioned and developed a green city of the future in central Florida. Looking into ways to drive sustainability forward in an urban context, they identified vertical farming as one of the key technologies.

In 2018, this effort culminated in the first vertical farm in the hospitality industry, the HyCube at the Orlando World Center Marriott® – and just one year later, the first larger farm under our new name “Kalera” opened also in Orlando.

Founder Dr. Cristian Toma is still with Kalera today and serves as its Chief Science Officer.