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Babylon Micro-Farms

An intelligent indoor farming system that makes micro-farming simple and accessible

Overview

Date Established 03/2017
Founder Alexander Olesen, Graham Smith
Headquarters Richmond, VA
Industries
Food, Tech, Hospitality, Health & Wellness
Website https://www.babylonmicrofarms.com/
Press Contact Chris Hollomon
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About

At the touch of a button, Babylon Micro-Farms delivers a simple, yet engaging indoor growing experience. Babylon helps senior living communities, hospitals, schools, and hospitality companies showcase their commitment to providing fresh, nutritious produce and sustainability to their residents, employees, and customers.

They have designed a complete on-site farming service that makes growing simple for anyone, thanks to their plug-and-play Micro-Farms and Guided Growing App. Babylon offers the most affordable, efficient, and advanced vertical farming platform available, remotely managed through the cloud with unparalleled customer service. Since their humble beginnings as a social entrepreneur student project, Babylon have attracted investors from Silicon Valley, been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support their research, patented a groundbreaking technology, and received recognition by Virginia's Governor Northam for their contribution as a technology innovator following their successful application for funding from the Center for Innovative Technology. 

Babylon have designed a software platform to reclaim the decentralized food system of the 21st Century - using modular vertical farms that enables anyone to grow local produce on-site, all year round, indoors. They launched their first products focusing on the health care and senior living markets where our vertical farms provide access to food-as-medicine quality food and a variety of therapeutic activities. 

Founding Story

Founders Alexander Olesen and Graham Smith met at the University of Virginia where they first designed a low-cost micro-farm to provide nutritious produce for food-insecure refugees in the Middle East. Alexander and Graham were initially inspired by the desire to bring the benefits of sustainable hydroponic farming to those who need it the most. They set out to develop technology that would automate the complex aspects of indoor farming and in doing so make this transformative method of crop production accessible to anyone. The Babylon team has expanded this desire to bring hydroponic farming to not only include those in food-insecure regions, but also those seeking sovereignty over their own food here at home. Babylon has leveraged its remote management technology to develop a complete indoor farming platform that will power a distributed network of Micro-Farms across North America. We are proud to have partners who share the same vision as we do, and we are working towards a healthier future for how food is grown together.

Bios

Alexander Olesen

Co-Founder

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Alexander Olesen, CEO, and Co-founder of Babylon has embraced and excelled at every opportunity he has encountered, from academic challenges to bootstrapping his second company, Babylon Micro-Farms, at the age of just 21 while still taking a full course load at the University of Virginia. Originally from England, Alexander relocated to attend the University and was actively involved in the Social Entrepreneur Program, a reflection of his values and determination to incubate a socially good company. The original research into the technology that became the basis for Babylon's success was based on research to provide low-cost food systems for refugees. He maintains the vision for the company and is an expert at managing people and bringing on partners and investors. 

Graham Smith

Co-Founder

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Graham Smith is the CTO and Co-founder of Babylon, a graduate of the University of Virginia in Biomedical Engineering.  He and Alexander Olesen met during a Social Entrepreneur class at the University of Virginia and recognized their shared vision for advancing a systemic change in food systems, beginning with a test case around a tabletop hydroponic farm for use in refugee camps. Prior to co-founding Babylon as a student in 2017, he was the lead in developing machine learning algorithms to identify breast cancer biomarkers from mass spectrometry data and invented two separate medical devices that were submitted for clinical testing. Graham’s broad skill set and experience is ideal for bringing together hardware and software in a research setting. Graham leads Babylon's R & D team of engineers and has developed the machine learning algorithms and design the physical systems necessary for the Micro-Farm platform. 

Press

Food Management - Nov 12, 2021 Greens are growing—right in the dining hall
ECON FOCUS - Oct 26, 2021 Bringing the Farm Indoors
Food Management - Oct 13, 2021 5 tech things: Aramark installs high-tech micro-farm units on campuses
Produce News - Oct 12, 2021 Babylon Micro-Farms partners with Aramark, expands healthy influence
WTVR (CBS-Richmond) - Oct 12, 2021 Babylon Featured on WTVR CBS-6
Fredericksburg.com - May 05, 2021 Learning opportunities grow at Brooke Point High School's vertical garden
FoodBev - Mar 23, 2021 Indoor farming firm Babylon Micro-Farms secures $3m in funding
Food Navigator - Mar 22, 2021 Babylon Micro-Farms attracts $3m seed funding to scale nationally
Vertical Farm Daily - Mar 18, 2021 Responding to local- and sustainable food sourcing
AgriTech Tomorrow - Mar 15, 2021 BABYLON MICRO-FARMS CLOSES $3 MILLION SEED ROUNDBABYLON MICRO-FARMS CLOSES $3 MILLION SEED ROUND
Thrive Global - Mar 14, 2021 Alexander Olesen of Babylon Micro-Farms: “We love what we do”
The Spoon - Mar 12, 2021 Babylon MicroFarms Closes $3M Seed Round
HortiBiz Daily - Mar 08, 2021 Providing fresher food to top universities across America
AgriTech Tomorrow - Feb 24, 2021 BABYLON MICRO-FARMS ESTABLISHES NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN RICHMOND, VA
Medium - Feb 11, 2021 Five Things I Learned As A Twenty-Something Founder
AgriTech Tomorrow - Feb 04, 2021 How Vertical Farming Will Shape The Post Pandemic Food Supply
Vertical Farm Daily - Dec 07, 2020 Babylon Farms focusing on automation
The Spoon - Dec 04, 2020 Babylon Micro-Farms Bets on Automation for the Future of Vertical Farming
Richmond Times Dispatch - Sep 11, 2020 The Future of Farming
Senior Housing News - Dec 04, 2019 Rising Trends in Senior Living Dining
Forbes - Nov 25, 2019 Modular Micro Farms: A New Approach To Urban Food Production?

Testimonials

"We've gotten a huge response about the flavor of the lettuce. There's a huge difference - it has such a fresh taste. Once people see me harvesting, they go out and wait for us to serve it. It'll be gone within the hour - people seek it out specifically and keep an eye on it when it's going to be harvested."

Tim Schoonmaker

"Our Micro-Farm shows our creativity and showcases our commitment to sustainability. We have a one-up on our competitors."

John Cario

Consumption of leafy greens has gone up 35% since our Micro-Farm was installed. Our resident population will be changing, and it is changing today. And what works today may not work tomorrow, so you have to continually look at different opportunities.

Bob Raymond

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