The Farm.One offering is now closed and is no longer accepting investments.

Farm.One

Urban Chef's Farms of the Future

Small OPO
New York, NY
Agriculture
Accepting International Investment
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Farm.One grows rare produce in New York City urban vertical farms using hydroponics and LED lighting. In just a year, we have some of the top chefs in the world as our customers.

Invest in the team building the most exciting farms in the world.


At a farmer's market two years ago, I came across a herb called papalo. I had never tasted anything like it before. Its citrus peel aroma and cilantro-like freshness blew me away. Wow.


But a week later, the weather had changed, and papalo wasn't on sale. 


I asked myself - why is the best produce hidden from foodies and chefs? Why are we all stuck with the same boring herbs?

Why do chefs have to use produce grown thousands of miles away?

I decided to start Farm.One, using innovative vertical farming technology to grow rare produce in the heart of New York, year-round. I hustled to build software, hardware, gather a great team, make sales, find space. 


Just over a year later, we are now the tastemakers. We have two farms in downtown Manhattan. We sell an enormous range of rare herbs, edible flowers and microgreens to NYC's best chefs. All grown locally, without pesticides, just minutes away. They love us for it.


I'm now opening Farm.One to investment, to build new farms beyond New York and continue to improve our farm technology.


We plan to add 10+ new farms in US and global cities over the next 4 years. Farms with a diverse range of truly exciting, life-changing produce. 

We don't care who has the "largest" farm. We're building the best farms. 


Join us and be part of an exciting food future.



Investment Overview

With funds raised, Farm.One will continue to build our own technology, and build future farms in additional US and global cities.


Convertible Note | Minimum $500 Investment. Note converts to equity when the company raises $5M.

Maturity Date: November 30, 2019

$7M valuation cap, 20% Discount

2% yearly interest rate



Investors in Farm.One Receive Unique Perks

All investors of $5,000+ get a free guided farm tour for up to 4 guests. Higher-level investors get these additional perks:

$10,000+

A generous Farm.One fresh 
herb and flower gift box

$20,000+

A signed print of a custom Farm.One Instagram "Plate"

$50,000+

Special dinner at Double Zero
in NYC for 4 guests

$100,000+

Private dinner at Atera
in NYC for 4 guests

Note: See Terms section below for additional details.  All perks occur after the offering is completed. 


Farm.One: Start to 14 Michelin Stars in Just a Year


April 2016: Small Prototype

Just as Tesla started with a sports car, I decided to focus first on the high end chef market in New York City. I decided to start small, to rapidly react to customers' needs before making big bets, to build a prototype farm to test the market.


I was determined to find a great central location in NYC to test our theories out. With hard work, I managed to secure a space in downtown Manhattan at ICE, one of the world's best culinary schools.

In 3 Months, Sold Out

Within just three months, we had sold out all available product to some of the best restaurants in the city - who are now our recurring customers. 


  • First sale: Michelin ✩✩ Daniel
  • Now serving customers with a combined total of 14 Michelin stars
  • Average customer order size has increased each quarter
  • Strong revenue growth, even while sold out of space
  • Added Tour & Event revenue streams with huge growth potential 


Unique Software & Process 

No off-the-shelf solution was capable of managing 100s of products grown at one time within a small farm - so we built our own software and hardware. We have developed unique processes for agile farming in small spaces.


  • Successfully grown over 500 plant varieties 
  • Growing around 200 varieties at any one time
  • Powerful farm management software on desktop and iPad
  • All batches tracked with QR codes - total traceability
  • Unique processes for farming in small spaces

2017: 2nd Farm in Tribeca!

We've just completed our second farm, in the exclusive Manhattan neighborhood Tribeca, underneath Michelin ✩✩ restaurant Atera.


The new farm is the latest iteration of our hardware with over 1,200 square feet of vertical racks. At full capacity, this farm will allow us to serve around 4x as many customers, with increased revenue to match.


Our Tribeca farm is the model for future farms to be built in locations around the US and the world.

  





We Grow 500+ Botanical Ingredients

We grow and sell rare herbs, edible flowers and microgreens (very young crops). Our products are all rare, high-quality, 100% pesticide-free and delivered same day, so we command a price premium. For example, regular Genovese basil on the wholesale market is around $12/lb, whereas our Blue Spice Basil goes for $40/lb. 


Our products are sold by weight or by "count", for specific leaf sizes or edible flowers. 

A tiny selection from our product range...

PURPLE OXALIS

With a sour, green-apple tang


MICRO MAGENTA SPREEN

For a bright dash of color


NEPITELLA FLOWERS

A fragrant, forgotten Tuscan herb


BORAGE FLOWERS

Bright, cucumber-flavored petals



We Have the Trust of Top Chefs


Consistency Builds Trust

We deliver to most of our customers 2x per week, via subway or bike, in Manhattan and Brooklyn only. Tuesdays and Fridays are busiest.


An example delivery might include several pounds of our Pluto Basil, 50-count of Thai Basil Flower Stems, and several trays of spicy microgreens. We do not charge for any delivery over $50. 


Consistency is key for restaurants. A typical customer will spend hundreds of dollars per week: $10,000 to $40,000 per year.

We sell primarily to restaurant chefs and bars, but in the future we may sell to other large-scale produce buyers, and home cooks, either direct or through premium grocery-store partners. 


Stay tuned to our updates for more films about our work with chefs.

Building the farm in Tribeca, Underneath Restaurant Atera

In November 2016, Chef Ronny Emborg invited us to build our second farm in the basement underneath 2-Michelin Star restaurant Atera


Working with Ronny and the team at Atera is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to have a unique chef's farm growing indoors just steps away from such a respected restaurant kitchen. As a chef in the Danish tradition of foraging for prize ingredients in woodland near the restaurant, Ronny said "I was excited at the opportunity to have a farm just like this, in the middle of New York." 

Ronny says "When you walk inside Farm.One, it's like happiness. You have these colors, the flowers, you can't help but be happy". We are proud to provide ingredients for a number of Ronny's award-winning dishes.


Watch the short film below for more on how Atera works with Farm.One:


 We Go Beyond Chef Sales: Premium Culinary Experiences


Our "Edible Bar" is a huge hit, bringing the flavors of dozens of live rare herbs and flowers to corporate events, parties and product launches. 

Tasting tour visitors become instant fans: "truly blown away by the entire experience", "an absolute blast", "the worlds flavors within arms reach".

 


Vertical Farming: Sustainable, Fresh, Clean.

ALWAYS PEAK SEASON

Growing indoors means it's a summer's day, year-round. 

ZERO FOOD MILES

Our city-center locations mean we can deliver by bike and subway.

TRACED & TRACKED

All crops tracked seed to harvest via our proprietary software.

EFFICIENT GROWTH UNDER LED

We use the latest LED technology for efficiency and perfect flavor.

100% NASTY-FREE

No pesticides, pollution, soil contamination or manure.

RECYCLED WATER

We use ~95% less water than an equivalent conventional farm.

FAR, FAR FRESHER

All our produce is delivered within a few hours of harvest.

COMPOSTED WASTE

Our farm produces minimal waste, most of which goes to compost. 



How We Do It: Farm.One Technical & Design Innovations


Custom-Designed Hardware

We combine off-the-shelf components with custom-built plumbing and racking solutions, with the latest LED lights. We are now on version 4.0 of our hydroponic system design, which incorporates multiple improvements for plant health and operational efficiency.

Maximum Growth in Small Spaces

Our newest farm is in a basement of a landmark building in Manhattan. Construction involved renovation of the space, custom design of two rooms, and design of packing and storage areas. We are now ready to roll out multiple farms across US cities, no matter the location.

Batches Grown to Order & Tracked

Each batch is grown to order for a customer, giving us predictable revenue, enabling us to grow to exacting specifications, and minimizing waste on the farm. Our farm team tracks the growth of each batch, giving data to our software, and notifying Sales when necessary.

Tailored Nutrient Solutions

In our systems we can pinpoint different nutrient mixes for different groups of crops. 


Our database stores growing recipes for each crop type, ensuring each farm uses the same recipe, no matter the location or staff. Over time we improve on the recipes and store the data, creating continuous improvement.

Tailored Light Spectra

LEDs allow us to use different light spectra for our 500+ crops, giving them the exact light intensity and quality they need to thrive. We can even adjust the spectrum throughout the growing cycle, for example, to promote flowering at the correct time. Even in the summertime, our LED lighting can ensure better performance than outdoor growers.

Comprehensive Software

We built our own database and software to manage our farm and the thousands of batches planted each month.


The software connects to our accounting systems, Ecommerce website, barcode scanners and printers, for a powerful suite of tools allowing each farm to be run efficiently and in a uniform way.

Plant & Fungi-Based Mixes

Our nutrients are an environmentally friendly alternative to normal chemical fertilizers, not derived from harmful chemicals such as urea and ammonia nitrate. We add beneficial bacteria and fungi to our nutrients and root zones to create healthy, safe growth with minimal negative waste going into the sewer system.

 



A Unique Approach in a Fast-Growing Industry



Demand for local food increased 7x 2005-2014

The market for specialty produce is traditionally controlled by distributors who try to source product from all over the world. Specialty chefs' farms tend to grow in soil and ship product overnight, often with significant packaging. So restaurants are pushing back:


  • “Local food” demand has increased rapidly, from $1 billion in 2005 up to $7 billion in 2014 * 
  • "Hyper-Local Sourcing" is the top trend for 2017 according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). 
  • 92% of fine-dining restaurateurs surveyed by the NRA planned to add a locally sourced item to their menus in 2016.*

Organic food sales grew 8% in 2016 (5% of total sales)

The American organic sector stayed on its upward trajectory in 2016, gaining new market share and shattering records, as consumers across the United States ate more organic products than ever before, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Survey*


This trend is expected to continue, as natural and organic food sales are projected to grow by 70% between 2016-2021*


Consumers tend to choose organic because of the lower pesticides * - although the "Organic" label allows for some pesticide usage. Farm.One's farms use beneficial insects instead of pesticides, easily exceeding this standard.

$220M invested in vertical farming companies in 2017

Over $220M in 2017 alone has been invested in vertical farming companies, showing considerable interest among investors including Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt and Tom Colicchio.


As Henry Gordon-Smith says, "Investors are really seeing that there is a case for growing indoors and growing near cities".


But all investments to date have been "Big Ag", mass-market leafy greens farms.


Farm.One is the only vertical farm building a premium brand based on quality, by growing a wide range of specialty produce.

As a chef with an eight-year tenure as Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin, recipient of three coveted Michelin stars, and now as Creative Director of the Institute of Culinary Education, Chef Michael Laiskonis knows the power of sourcing the right ingredients. 


Laiskonis says "A lot of cooking is simply finding the best ingredients you can, and not screwing them up. Having access here in the city to Farm.One can make a chef's life incredibly easy. Farm.One provides a really interesting blueprint for where agriculture, and especially urban agriculture will be going in the future, by using small urban spaces to provide high-quality ingredients."

Henry Gordon-Smith is the founder of industry consultants and commentators Agritecture, and a founding member of the Association for Vertical Farming. As such, he is exposed to a large number of vertical and indoor farming projects around the world. 


"One of the concerns about vertical farming is the lack of diversity of crops. Farm.One is the exact opposite of that, it's creating diversity, creating new flavors, and bringing the joy of a unique, locally-grown product to the customer"


"This idea that you could take unused properties in New York, Chicago and LA and convert them into Farm.One locations to produce on-demand products for chefs really helps Farm.One stand out from rest of the world of vertical farming"

As CEO of one of the world's leading horticultural LED manufacturers, Nick Klase has broad oversight over the vertical farming industry. He mentions that "Vertical farms can be up to 10x more productive from the same land, and use around 95% less water compared to traditional field farming, with less pesticides or no pesticides at all".


Among the hundreds of companies on Nick's radar, Farm.One stands out. "What we love about Farm.One is they are not trying to be the biggest vertical farm, they are trying to be the best. It's a very exciting time to be in the commercial agriculture space, and Farm.One is well equipped with a diverse team to take it to the next level."





Hear the full interviews with industry experts Michael Laiskonis, Henry 
Gordon-Smith and Nick Klase:

 

A Team of Diverse, Relevant Backgrounds

CEO Rob Laing was founder and CEO of innovative translation technology startup Gengo.com, accelerating the company to $10M in annual sales, and managing a team of over 50 staff and over 15,000 remote workers. 


Previous direct reports and coworkers have the following praise:

  • "Rob is able to drive passion, focus and vision", "is a world class leader"
  • "incredibly effective CEO"
  • "a natural leader who knows how to rally his troops"
  • "created a strong culture of openness and responsibility at all levels"
  • "hugely motivational", "consistently instills clear strategic direction"
  • "deep awareness of competitors and the industry as a whole"
  • "successfully led the company through rapid growth and change"

Just as fast food restaurants revolutionized how food is produced, the Farm.One team combines a technological approach with best practice from other industries, to quickly build processes in the brand new world of vertical farming. 


Operations at Farm.One are aided by the following 

  • Continuous improvement by breaking down each process
  • Quick prototyping of farm management software
  • Continual evaluation of equipment for efficiency and sustainability
  • Task management systems integrated with training materials
  • Steady cadence of team feedback with weekly retrospectives





A Timeline of Rapid Expansion

In the Press

Modern Farmers: The Future of Farming is Sprouting Up Where You'd Least Expect It
September 19, 2017

Beneath one of NYC's best restaurants, down a hallway you could find only if you knew where to go, rows of heady, hydroponic herbs, sticky with residue, grow under LED lights.

No Soil, No Sunshine, No Problem! Indoor Farming and the Future of Real Food
July 26, 2017

Rob is pioneering the world of hydroponics, a system of growing plants without many of the traditional inputs. Basically, using just a finely tuned solution of water, Farm.One can grow crops without soil or even sunlight. In fact, Farm.One is a unique indoor farm in downtown Manhattan, which uses hy

Edible Takes a Tour of Farm.One
March 2, 2017

Edible takes a tasting tour of our farm at ICE

Rising Entrepreneurs Tell Us How They Did It
May 1, 2017

After seven years spent as CEO of a language startup, Rob Laing decided to take time off to travel and study the culinary arts. “These courses and locations really opened my eyes to new ingredients, especially local, unusual plants from different farmers’ markets,” he says.

A Company in Manhattan’s Financial District is Bringing Rare, Local Herbs to NYC Chefs
April 27, 2017

Farm One is growing specialty herbs, ones that are native to all different parts of the world. The number of plants they grow now numbers somewhere around 300. These include workhorse herbs like basil (Farm One lists 16 unique basils on their website), to more obscure herbs like garlic mustard.

Best Gardening Classes to Take This Spring
April 19, 2017

Describing our Intro to Indoor Farming Class

Farm.One Delivers Herbs to Your Door
March 2, 2017

"Did you ever taste wasabi arugula?" Rob asked me. "Taste?" I thought to myself. "I've never even heard of the plant. That was, until I met Rob Laing, who is the founder of Farm One, a relatively new hydroponic farm in NYC specializing in fresh, local, and unique herbs, like Diplotaxis erucoides.

Offering Summary

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Convertible Promissory Notes

Note converts to equity when the company raises $5,000,000 in a qualified equity financing

Maturity Date: November 30, 2019

$7,000,000 Valuation Cap

20% Discount Rate

2% Annual Interest Rate

Maximum ($1,070,000) of Convertible Promissory Notes

Minimum ($10,000) of Convertible Promissory Notes

Company
Farm.One, Inc.
 

Corporate Address
15 William Street Apt 14B, New York, NY 10005
 

Description of Business
Farm.One builds and operates indoor farms, growing specialty produce for chefs.
 

Type of Security Offered
Convertible Notes
 
Minimum Investment Amount (per investor) 
$500









What is a Convertible Note?

A convertible note offers you the right to receive shares in Farm.One, Inc. The number of shares you will receive in the future will be determined at the next equity round in which the Company raises at least $5,000,000 in qualified equity financing. The highest conversion price per share is set based on a $7,000,000 Valuation Cap or if less, then you will receive a 20% discount on the price the new investors are purchasing.  You also receive 2% interest per year added to your investment. When the maturity date is reached, if the note has not converted then you are entitled to either receive your investment and interest back from the company or convert into equity.

Perks*

$5,000+ A guided tour of the Farm.One farm in Tribeca for up to 4 people. Date and time of tour to fall on a Monday-Thursday between 4pm-8pm. Investor is responsible for booking the tour, through a web link provided by Farm.One at a time after investment has been received. Tours must be booked before May 31, 2018, and the last eligible tour date is June 28, 2018. Investor may invite additional guests, at a standard price of $50 per guest, by giving Farm.One at least 24h notice upon booking, via email or phone call. Duration of tour is 60 minutes. Farm.One reserves the right to combine tour groups together, and there is no guarantee that the tour will be private. 

Investors unable to visit New York before June 28, 2018 may opt to substitute this Perk for a Farm.One T-shirt.

$10,000A gift box of fresh herbs and flowers, delivered to any US address. The gift box features a generous selection of Farm.One produce, giving the Investor a taste of the variety and visual appeal of the company's product. Product selection within the box to be determined by Farm.One staff. 

Investors unable to receive fresh product due to a non-US location may opt to substitute this Perk for a Farm.One T-shirt.

Investor must indicate their mailing address using forms provided by Farm.One, before May 31, 2018 to receive this Perk.

$20,000+ A custom framed and signed print measuring 24x24", consisting of a Farm.One plate, example here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaHG4hHnONH/?taken-by=farm.one. The print is guaranteed to be in an edition of 1. Cost of shipping print to any reasonable worldwide address is included. While the Investor may indicate a preference, final choice of print is at the discretion of Farm.One staff. For a sample of additional Farm.One "Plates" view the company's Instagram account at http://instagram.com/farm.one.

Investor must indicate their mailing address using forms provided by Farm.One, before May 31, 2018 to receive this Perk.

$50,000A special dinner for up to 4 persons at Double Zero, 65 2nd Avenue, New York. Menu items to feature a special selection of Farm.One ingredients. The investor can order any dish as they please, up to $500 in total costs for the entire party dining ("Purchase Limit"). Any and all additional food or beverage orders during the meal beyond the Purchase Limit are at the expense of the Investor. All reasonable dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Date and time of the dinner to fall Monday through Saturday, on an available evening as mutually agreed with Double Zero. At the Investor's request, Farm.One staff may join the meal. Any Farm.One staff dining are not included in the maximum 4 persons and do not impact the $500 limit.

The Special Dinner Perk must be booked before May 31, 2018, and the last eligible dining date is June 30, 2018. Investors unable to visit New York in time to take advantage of this Perk may receive a Perk of equivalent value, as agreed with Farm.One.

$100,000A private dinner for up to 4 persons in the Private Dining Room at Atera, 77 Worth Street, New York. The dinner features a set menu featuring Farm.One ingredients by chef Ronny Emborg, and beverage pairings. Any and all beverage orders during the meal beyond standard pairings is at the expense of the Investor. All reasonable dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Date and time of the dinner to fall Monday through Saturday, on an available evening as mutually agreed with Atera staff. At the Investor's request, Farm.One staff may join the meal. Any Farm.One staff dining are not included in the maximum 4 persons.

The Private Dinner Perk must be booked before May 31, 2018, and the last eligible dining date is June 30, 2018. Investors unable to visit New York in time to take advantage of this Perk may receive a Perk of equivalent value, as agreed with Farm.One.

*All perks occur after the offering is completed.

Irregular Use of Proceeds

The Company might incur Irregular Use of Proceeds that may include but are not limited to the following over $10,000: Vendor payments and salary made to one's self; Any expense labeled "Administration Expenses" that is not strictly for administrative purposes; Any expense labeled "Travel and Entertainment"; Any expense that is for the purposes of inter-company debt or back payments.

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Most recent fiscal year-end:
Prior fiscal year-end:
Total Assets
$143,686.00 USD
$39.00 USD
Cash And Cash Equivalents
$47,489.00 USD
$39.00 USD
Accounts Receivable
$3,208.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Short Term Debt
$20,973.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Long Term Debt
$115,028.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Revenues And Sales
$5,293.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Costs Of Goods Sold
$24,188.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Taxes Paid
$0.00 USD
$0.00 USD
Net Income
-$142,657.00 USD
$0.00 USD

Risks

A crowdfunding investment involves risk. You should not invest any funds in this offering unless you can afford to lose your entire investment. In making an investment decision, investors must rely on their own examination of the issuer and the terms of the offering, including the merits and risks involved. These securities have not been recommended or approved by any federal or state securities commission or regulatory authority. Furthermore, these authorities have not passed upon the accuracy or adequacy of this document. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission does not pass upon the merits of any securities offered or the terms of the offering, nor does it pass upon the accuracy or completeness of any offering document or literature. These securities are offered under an exemption from registration; however, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not made an independent determination that these securities are exempt from registration.


Updates

July 2018 Investor Update: Download Now

8 months ago

Hi Followers!

Hope you are having a great summer. Farm.One has gone from strength to strength since we finished our campaign.

We've produced an investor report for you, looking back on our progress over the past six months. This includes customer updates, press appearances (including the New Yorker) and expansion plans.

You can download the update on our Investors page.

Best wishes,

Rob Laing, CEO

Just a few hours left to invest! Close to $450K!

11 months ago

Hi Followers,

Over the past few days we've had a huge boost in investments - everyone's taking the last chance to invest in Farm.One.

We'd love to see your support, so if you've been considering investing, now's the time.

Thanks!

Rob

Just 6 Days Left! Over $400K Raised

11 months ago

Hi Followers!

Thanks for supporting us throughout the campaign! We have just a few days until we close - and we have raised over $400,000. There is still time to invest - don't miss out! Make sure to share our video and let your friends know too :) 

Rob


Notice of Funds Disbursement

11 months ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Farm.One has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Farm.One be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Update from the last 3 months at Farm.One

12 months ago

Hi Followers!

Read my new article on LinkedIn for a detailed update on the last 3 months at Farm.One, and a look to the future.

Investment keeps rolling in - thank you so much for your support. As always, if you have any questions for me, I'd love to answer them.

Best wishes,

Rob Laing

CEO & Founder

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Farm.One has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Farm.One be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Farm.One Featured on Cover of Produce Grower Magazine

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers,

We are featured on this month's cover of Produce Grower Magazine, the publication for the indoor growing industry. This is an in-depth article covering a number of aspects of our operation. Read more at the link

My Book is Published Tomorrow

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers,

Back in mid-2017, Dovetail Press approached me to write a book about hydroponics and the culinary plants we grow at Farm.One. I was excited to accept, partly because their books are beautiful, but partly because it was a chance to share hydroponics with the rest of the world. So I set about writing the manuscript, while we worked with their team to produce the stunning photos.

Several months later, the book is now available online (and on-site on the farm if you take a tour!). Ditch the Dirt features an in-depth guide to the history of hydroponics, instructions on how to grow at home, and detailed descriptions of dozens of culinary plants. 

You can order your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Ditch-Dirt-Edible-Hydroponic-Plants/dp/0998739960

I'd love to know what you think! Happy Growing!

Rob



Farm.One in the News

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

Farm.One has had a lot of media interest lately, from all around the globe. Some of the more notable publications who have featured us include the following, below.

All this is great for tour + class traffic especially. Keep sharing the Farm.One story, and consider investing!

Rob


Cool Hunting

http://www.coolhunting.com/food-drink/tribeca-farm-one


Atlas Obscura

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/underground-farm-one-new-york-herbs


ZDF (German TV station)

http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=71820


Sustain Magazine

https://www.sustainthemag.com/stories/botanical-basement


New Customers / Farm.One on Reuters TV

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers! 

We have a number of updates to give you, but I'll keep it brief for today. More to come this week.

New Customers

We're proud to start working with Indian Accent this week, as well as XYST by Matthew Kenney. Check them out in NYC!

Reuters TV

We were filmed by Reuters last week, in a segment syndicated to a number of news outlets worldwide. You can see me chewing a papalo leaf, and (probably more interestingly) see a sneak peek inside Jungsik's kitchen, where pastry chef Eunji Lee makes her creations:

http://www.reuters.tv/v/NGR/2018/03/04/growing-delicate-flavors-in-nyc-s-urban-jungle

Thanks for following!

Rob

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Farm.One has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Farm.One be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

Notice of Funds Disbursement

about 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Farm.One has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Farm.One be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

$210K+ ($310K!)! Remember to reconfirm your investment today!

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers,

Great news - we are now past $210K in funds raised. Actually we have really passed $310K but the platform has not shown these two investments yet - you'll see the total update very shortly. 

IMPORTANT - RECONFIRM YOUR INVESTMENT 

If you made an investment before last week, you will have received an email from StartEngine asking you to reconfirm your investment. It's essential you do this TODAY so that we can receive your funds. Follow the instructions in their email to confirm.

Please make sure you aren't missing their email! Thank you :)

What else is going on?

We've seen even more growth in Sales as well as Tours and Classes during January. So much that we are hiring for a new part-time courier, and a part-time Tour Guide. If you know someone great living in NYC, send them along to the Farm.One website!

Farm.One will be appearing soon on the cover of a top trade publication. Below is our favorite shot from the photoshoot, featuring our head of Operations Dana Mitchell, and Executive Chef of Atera, Ronny Emborg. 10 points if you can identify the plant Dana is holding.

Until next time!

Rob


 

Amending our Securities Offering

about 1 year ago

Hello! Recently, a change was made to the Farm.One offering. Here's an excerpt describing the specifics of that change:


Farm.one, Inc. is extending their campaign to April 30th, 2018 and raising their maximum funding amount to $1,070,000.


When live offerings undergo changes like these on StartEngine, the SEC requires that certain investments be reconfirmed. If your investment requires reconfirmation, you will be contacted by StartEngine via email with further instructions.

LAST DAY of $107K Crowdfunding Stage - WAY over goal - Still time to Invest!

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers,

WOW! The response to our campaign has been amazing. 

We thought once we passed our goal of $107K, the investments would slow down. But no! We have raised more in the past three weeks than the entire previous period of the campaign and we are well, well over our goal :) 

You and your friends still have a few hours to invest in Farm.One

Your investment will 100% be received despite the fact we have surpassed our first goal.

And stay tuned in the next couple of days, as we will have fresh news about our fundraising!

Customer News
We have a number of new customers, all of which we can't announce yet! One we are very excited about has over 30 Michelin stars to their name around the world, which is a relationship we hope to grow over the next few years. We also had a visit on Friday from one of the best restaurants in the world. You have definitely heard of them. It went very well. Fingers crossed for us.

Recent MediaI appeared on the Why Food? podcast from Heritage radio show - catch it here to hear about the history of Farm.One and more! My co-hosts Jenny Dorsey and Ethan from Burlap and Barrel are also interesting food innovators in their own right.
http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/rob-laing-agricultural-innovation-within-city-limits/

We also appeared on the By Chloe blog with an interview:
https://eatbychloe.com/2018/01/chloe-x-farm-one/

And German TV channel ZDF turned up to shoot the farm with painstaking efficiency!

Stay tuned for a bunch more media appearances for Farm.One over the next couple of weeks!

Rob

We did it! $107K Goal Achieved!

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

I'm happy to say we have now hit our goal of $107,000 invested. Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us by sharing and investing in our company. We are more than one month ahead of schedule, too! Everything happened very quickly at the end here, so give us a couple of days to regroup and plan for the next stage - you'll certainly be hearing from us very soon about our plans.

A particular shout-out to Henry for being our first investor, to Andrew & Jen for being our largest ("**** ****, bro!"), and for Jason for coming through to push us over the top! We love you all. The team is very excited to have such a great group of backers behind us.

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

Happy New Year!! Passed $60K!

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

A happy 2018 to you all!

I'm happy to say we have now passed $60,000 in total investment, so we're well over the half-way point. If you're considering investing, now is the time. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer them for you.

I hope you had a great chance to relax over the holidays, look back on 2017 and celebrate your achievements!

For us, we started out 2017 by planting some Thai Red Stem basil for Jungsik, and finished 4,068 batches later by planting Marigold Flowers for Ai Fiori. We harvested over 15,419 line items (each package of product we deliver), compared to just 476 in 2016. I don't have the exact statistics on "hours spent mopping up spills during equipment testing" and "times bargaining with plumbers on how exactly to install a floor drain" but they are significant :) 

More stats to come in a blog post this week, but I can't reinforce enough how hard the team has worked, how creative everyone has been, and how much patience, intelligence and persistence they have already shown in getting Farm.One off the ground from the beginning, and fully operating in our new Tribeca location. I am so proud of the whole team and excited about our ability to build the company to multiple locations and beyond. 

The team is ready to get back to work tomorrow with a busy week of new deliveries. We have a lot of stories and content coming out in January for the fresh new year. In addition, we have new internal updates of our software that we're using to speed up farm management, which should reduce labor hours on inessential tasks, a big win.

Hope to hear from you soon. If you haven't yet shared our message, now's the time! Happy 2018.

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

Happy Holidays! Help Us Get From $50K to $60K!

about 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

Firstly a huge thanks to all those who have invested over the past week. The team appreciates your support! We are now at $50K! If you're considering investing, this week is a great time to do it. Pop some champagne, relax by the fire, think of herbs and flowers and regale guests with tales of Farm.One :) 

The team is finishing off the year strong, with deliveries to new customers including The Marshal, a farm-to-table restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. We are pretty sure we are the most local of all their great providers being just 3.3 miles away :) 

We have also had to add new class and tour dates due to outsized demand. On the subject - if you are looking for the perfect last-minute gift, gift cards for our tours and classes are available. Or, more straightforward - just invest at the level of $5,000 to receive a free tour.

Reading ideas

We're closed for the next couple of days, so I'm enjoying reading a holiday gift - Something to Food About by Questlove. Apart from being an amazing drummer and DJ (great interview with him on Alec Baldwin's podcast), Questlove is also obsessed with food and the work of chefs. The book features him interviewing luminaries like Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park, and Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine fame. Recommended.


Smoothies in Progress

We're working on a press piece around a very special smoothie using our produce. We won't give it away yet, but we're collaborating with the very talented Jenny Dorsey. Here's a sneak peek at her preparation:

Jenny takes on all kinds of creative food projects, but she also writes. Hear about her experience being "Chopped" from primetime TV :) 

New Flowers

Finally, our Pluto Basil plants are now flowering - a new product for 2018. Expect to see these on the dishes of some of your favorite restaurants soon. Happy holidays!

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 


Farm.One Featured in NowThis News

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers! 

We're featured in NowThis News, a hugely popular viral Facebook news outlet:

Visit https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/1728543843902399/ for the video.

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

Passed $40K!

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

It's been a busy past week as we've been handling a lot of attention since our New York Times article. Stay tuned this week for a further major media appearance! The press attention has sold out most of our classes and tours, and we've added a bunch of extra dates to keep up with demand.

If you haven't yet shared the Farm.One campaign - now's the time! Share our video with this link: https://youtu.be/dpNcwKir9fE

The weather's cold in NYC - below freezing! But deliveries carry on as usual from our indoor farm. The past 3 weeks for both Chef Sales and for class and tour revenue have been our best weeks ever. 

We also passed $40K on the fundraise! To celebrate (as you'll have seen) we are disbursing the first of our funds. Perhaps celebrate with us with a cocktail - our video shoot for cocktails will come out soon - just in time for the holidays. Below is Misha making a special nepitella-based drink :) 

We were lucky enough to receive more photos from behind the scenes from the NYT, courtesy of the amazing Sarah Blesener

We were also featured by Cherry Bombe magazine's instagram, with Michele Tanenbaum's candied flowers made from our ingredients: 

Stay tuned for more updates!

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 



Notice of Funds Disbursement

over 1 year ago

[The following is an automated notice from the StartEngine team].

Hello!

As you might know, Farm.One has exceeded its minimum funding goal. When a company reaches its minimum on StartEngine, it's about to begin withdrawing funds. If you invested in Farm.One be on the lookout for an email that describes more about the disbursement process.


This campaign will continue to accept investments until its indicated closing date.


Thanks for funding the future.

-StartEngine

The New York Times Features Farm.One

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

We're excited to say the New York Times has written a feature piece on our farm.

Check out the article at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/nyregion/herbs-from-the-underground.html

Please share.

That's enough for today!

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

James Beard House Event / What's it like to work on a vertical farm? / School Visits

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

Happy Monday. The team is gearing up with a very busy week, with multiple photo shoots and media appearances, so you can expect a lot more press about Farm.One in the upcoming days.

James Beard House

We have been invited to show our Edible Bar at the James Beard House tomorrow evening, for their "Repeal Day Cocktail Party". Not familiar with the James Beard Foundation? A bit of history from Wikipedia:

"The Foundation was started in 1986 by Peter Kump, a former student of James Beard and founder of the Institute of Culinary Education. At Julia Child's suggestion, Kump purchased Beard's New York brownstone at 167 West 12th Street in Greenwich Village and preserved it as a gathering place where the general public and press alike are able to appreciate the talents of established and emerging chefs. The first such dinner was at the suggestion of Wolfgang Puck in 1987. Puck cooked a dinner to raise money and Kump later established it into a monthly event."

Guests can taste dozens of rare herbs straight off the 'mini farm' we bring with us — example below.

School visits

On a regular basis, we open our doors to school tours to share our operation with the young farmers of the future. See how the students of St. Saviour School in Brooklyn, NY enjoyed their visit to our farm at the Institute of Culinary Education.


What's it like to be a vertical farmer?

As promised, we sat down with Tom, the Shift Manager for our Tribeca location, to talk about what got him into farming and how he works. Read our full interview on Medium.

That's it for today!


Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

Reached $20K! New Customers, Photos & More.

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers, 

Fundraising progress: We have now raised over $20K! Thank you to those who just joined us :)

Keep sharing the video and our fundraising page - you can also use the shortcut http://farm.one/invest

Best sales week + Best sales day ever:

This week we outperformed again, with 20 deliveries going out today (a record) and the highest ever revenue week and day. Next week looks equally busy so we expect this growth to continue. New customers are also coming on board, which we'll tell you about soon.

New customer

We're now delivering to the amazing Sakara, which provides organic, plant-based meals by delivery across the US.

Photoshoot

Yesterday and today we were working on two photo and video shoots - one on the streets, and one making cocktails in the farm. Here's a sneak peek!

Enjoy the weekend! Keep sharing :)

Rob Laing, CEO, Farm.One 

Food Tech Connect Event, More Funding, Podcasts & More Podcasts

over 1 year ago

Hi Followers!

Fundraising progress: We are now up to over $16K! 

Keep sharing the Farm.One story with your friends - our whole team is on a mission to make the future of agriculture more interesting, exciting, diverse and flavorful. Who are the most passionate foodies you know?

I know some of you have expressed a couple of difficulties investing from overseas - any issues please contact StartEngine support - I'm sure we can figure things out. 

Events!

We had a great time last night sharing samples at the Food Tech Connect event in Brooklyn. See the video below for a taste - including an unsuspecting visitor trying our Toothache Plant. We created bruschetta with lemon basil, nepitella and summer savory, plus baked dates with pine nuts, garnished with oxalis and anise hyssop flowers. These disappeared quickly!

Sorry for the vertical video :) borrowed from the amazing Food Tech Connect Instagram!



Podcasts and Podcasts!

I appeared on the Namely Marly Podcast this week, talking about food, diet, eating plants, starting Farm.One and other things. This is a relaxed chat and a great way to understand some of the personal motivations for starting Farm.One. Check it out!