Grow Profitable and Sustainable Indoor Farm Ventures from Start to Finish

 

We provide business expertise and analytical advisory services to investors, entrepreneurs, industry partners, and community organizers to de-risk the process of building sustainable and profitable indoor vertical farms and greenhouses. We offer the following services:

Start-ups and Investors

  • Venture Strategy
  • Financial Feasibility, Risk Mgt and Due Diligence
  • Market Research

Established Companies

  • Farm Operations Sustainability and Optimization
  • Training and Workforce Development
  • Marketing Surveys and Promotion

Our expertise is grounded in data-driven knowledge, business modelling and evidence-based industry experience. We are tech agnostic and driven by a desire to realize profitability for our clients.

Eric W. Stein, Ph.D.

Eric W. Stein, Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Venture Strategy

Not sure what your venture will look like? We can help you articulate your vision, assess your assets, and find a path from idea to farm.

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Financial Feasibility and
Due Diligence

Will the farm venture generate sustainable profits and a reasonable return on investment? We will model and help you assess the economic feasibility of the project, from yields to capital costs to the costs of the operation. You will know if the project is a winner.

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Farm Operations Sustainability and Optimization

Are your farm operations efficient and sustainable?  Using our assessment model, we can help you establish unit metrics and benchmark your farm operations relative to other producers.

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Training and Education

Need help training employees to work on your farm? The Center and its partners provide a variety of training and education services. We can assess the need for training, develop a training and education plan, and help you develop a path forward.

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We believe that the establishment of the Center of Excellence will propel the overall development of the indoor agriculture industry.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Market Research

What products are you selling? Lettuce, tomatoes, herbs or something else? We research the markets for your products at different price points and help you identify your target customers.

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Marketing Support

Want to better understand your customer needs? We can design, implement, and analyze custom-built surveys of your client needs.  Hoping to get the word out on your products and services? We offer promotional opportunities to increase your visibility in the marketplace. 

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Water Analysis and Managment

Need to check the quality of your water supply? The Center and its partners offer offer water testing and analysis services. Are you using water efficiently and sustainably? We can analyze and develop a water use plan for your farm operations.

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Knowledge Center

Seed World:  Can Indoor Farming Feed the World?

Seed World: Can Indoor Farming Feed the World?

Summary: An article on food production and indoor farming by Melissa Shipman ( “There’s Room for Everyone to Feed the Globe“) was published on January 18, 2023 in Seed World. The focus of the article is on how indoor farms such as greenhouses and vertical farms can...

Top 5 Elements of a Successful Vertical Farm Building Retrofit

Top 5 Elements of a Successful Vertical Farm Building Retrofit

by Erika Summers, Guest Industry Expert So, you want to build a vertical farm or are thinking about it?In an industry sometimes referred to as the “wild west” of agriculture, once you have decided to commit to building an indoor farm, planning and implementation can...

What Indoor Agtech Can Learn from Mushroom Farming

What Indoor Agtech Can Learn from Mushroom Farming

Over the last decade or so, advances in areas such as lighting, robotics, optical sensors, climate control, plant nutrition, genetics and data analytics have helped to launch a new high-tech industry - indoor agriculture. The race is now on to develop sustainable and...

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Research Model to Rank Energy Production

Research Model to Rank Energy Production

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 22 (2013) 640–654 Eric W. Stein    A comprehensive multi-criteria model to rank electric energy production technologies The purpose of this research was to develop a model for decision-makers to rank various renewable and...

Center Announces Partnership with ASW Journal

Center Announces Partnership with ASW Journal

For Immediate Release   Media, PA – March 15, 2021: The Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture, a U.S. based company that supports the growth and development of the vertical and indoor farming industry, announced a partnership with Air, Soil and Water...

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