Kappa Farms Invests $865,000 For New Aquaponics Farm in Sterling, VA
Kappa Farms is a group of farms in the D.C. area that is focused on organic and environmentally friendly farms in urban areas. As part of their newest project Kappa Farms invests $865,000 dollars towards a new aquaponics farm that will employ 21 local residents.
As per their website, “We grow in urban areas close to our markets to reduce fuel required for shipping. Our hyper-local urban farm is located 10 miles outside of DC and utilizes aquaponic farming techniques without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.”
The company plans to produce more than $7 million worth of Virginia-grown lettuces over the next three years, which it will then sell to consumers and restaurants in the DC metro area.
Kappa Farms worked with the office of the Governor Terry McAuliffe who approved a grant of $40,000 from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund which the Loudoun government will match.
“We’re proud to welcome Kappa’s expansion into Loudoun County,” said Loudoun Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer. “Theirs is the type of unique, science-based innovation that sets Loudoun businesses apart.”