As a leader in vertical farming technology, TerraSphere Systems provides an innovative and sustainable solution to food supply challenges facing the world’s growing population. TerraSphere has the power to supply fresh, pesticide-free produce to urban and remote communities worldwide, while dramatically lessening agriculture’s impact on global climate change.
TerraSphere was established in 2003 to develop a highly efficient, environmentally superior, urban-based produce growth system. Between 2003 and 2007 the Founders invested $3M to build a pilot facility in Vancouver, Canada and spent the next several years perfecting the system design and conducting research and growth trials to prove the fundamentals of the business model.
TerraSphere has since signed several license agreements, including a worldwide non-exclusive agreement in August 2014 with Biocube Green Grow Systems Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Abattis Bioceuticals Corp. (ATTBF) (CSE:ATT).
TerraSphere operates out of its corporate office in Boston, Massachusetts.
TerraSphere’s vertical farming technology is a highly efficient, automated plant production system that cost effectively grows crops in compact, safe, pollutant-free environments. It can be used to grow a variety of crops — from lettuce to tree seedlings to rare medicinal plants. The TerraSphere technology has clear competitive advantages over traditional agricultural methods, which include:
- Generating significantly larger crop yields per square foot;
- Full control of the growth environment (water, nutrients, light, temperature);
- Full containment so that the plants are not exposed to pollutants or field-growth hazards;
- Continuous, year-round growth; and
- The ability to site facilities in virtually any location.
Multiple production systems and multiple genotypes are required to fill consumers' demand for year-round availability of fresh strawberries. However, environmental conditions and temperature limit the time strawberries can be grown in a geographic region to one to two months per year.
USDA's Agricultural Research Service and TerraSphere are involved in a collaboration to develop new, controlled-environment production systems that incorporate novel ARS technologies for propagation of clean, pest-free strawberry transplants for year-round strawberry production.