Little Leaf Farms to Open New State-of-the-Art Greenhouse in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, Expanding Production and Retail Presence

Little Leaf Farms to Open New State-of-the-Art Greenhouse in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, Expanding Production and Retail Presence

Little Leaf Farms, the leading brand of sustainably grown packaged lettuce using controlled environment agriculture (CEA), has announced the opening of a new state-of-the-art greenhouse in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, scheduled for this fall. This marks the fifth greenhouse for Little Leaf Farms and the second one in Pennsylvania. With an additional 10 acres of indoor production capacity, Little Leaf Farms will significantly increase its retail presence, making its fresh, sustainably grown lettuce available in nearly 5,000 grocery stores across the Midwest and Southeast.

The expansion was unveiled at a ceremony attended by Governor Josh Shapiro and other state representatives, celebrating Little Leaf Farms’ growth in Pennsylvania. The company owns 180 acres in McAdoo and has rapidly become the largest producer of indoor-grown leafy greens in the state. Since opening its first 10-acre greenhouse in July 2022, Little Leaf Farms expects to employ over 170 individuals by the end of 2023.

Paul Sellew, Founder and CEO of Little Leaf Farms, highlighted the company’s commitment to sustainable produce production and its mission to provide fresh and delicious leafy greens to consumers. He stated, “We continue to build on our ambitious plans for growth, and our expansion in Pennsylvania demonstrates how we have been able to scale our efficient production and operations. We are proud to have increased our retail sales by over 50% in the past year and to be the number one brand of packaged lettuce sustainably grown through CEA in the country.”

The 10 additional acres of greenhouse space will allow Little Leaf Farms to produce over 20 million pounds of leafy greens annually across its sites. The new greenhouse will feature advanced heating, cooling, and lighting systems, as well as leverage solar power and rainwater for sustainability. Little Leaf Farms will also implement its hands-free automated grow system, ensuring that the lettuce remains untouched from seed to packaging and eliminating the need for washing. With year-round farming and daily harvesting, Little Leaf Farms can deliver its lettuce from greenhouse to grocery store within 24 hours.

Governor Josh Shapiro expressed his support for the agricultural sector and innovation in Pennsylvania, stating, “Little Leaf Farms’ investment in our Commonwealth is proof that the future is being grown right here in Carbon County. Pennsylvania is open for business, and my Administration will continue to support our farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs who want to grow and thrive here in the Commonwealth.”

During the ceremony, Little Leaf Farms presented a $10,000 donation to Feeding Pennsylvania, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing hunger and food insecurity across the state. The funds will be distributed to member food banks, supporting individuals facing food insecurity in the area.

Little Leaf Farms remains committed to its mission of transforming food production and bringing fresh leafy greens to consumers. The company projects retail sales to exceed $100 million by the end of 2023 and plans to further expand its greenhouse footprint in both Pennsylvania and Devens, Massachusetts, where it currently operates three greenhouses.

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