Babylon Micro-Farms

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

Company overview

Date Established:
2017
Description:
An intelligent indoor farming system that makes micro-farming simple and accessible
Founder:
Founders:
Alexander Olesen
,
Graham Smith
,
Headquarters:
Charlottesville, VA
Industry:
Food
Health
Tech
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At the touch of a button, Babylon delivers a simple, yet engaging indoor growing experience. Babylon works with senior living communities, hospitals, schools, and hospitality companies to provide fresh, nutritious produce and sustainability to their residents, employees, and customers. Passionate about technology and reconnecting people to their food, Babylon offers a complete on-site farming service that makes growing simple for anyone, thanks to their proprietary plug-and-play Micro-Farms and Guided Growing App. With remote management through the cloud and with unparalleled customer service, Babylon provides the most affordable, efficient, and advanced vertical farming platform available. Babylon envisions a world where every community and organization has access to fresh, sustainably grown produce at the touch of a button. Having designed a software platform to reclaim the decentralized food system of the 21st Century - Babylon uses modular vertical farms that enables anyone to grow local produce on-site, all year round, indoors. Babylon's first products focus on the health care and senior living markets where its vertical farms provide access to food-as-medicine quality food and a variety of therapeutic activities. 

Babylon is on a mission to help people grow food, anywhere. Starting from humble beginnings as a social entrepreneur student project, Babylon has since attracted investors from Silicon Valley, been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to support continued research, patented a groundbreaking technology, and received recognition by Virginia's Governor Northam for its contribution as a technology innovator following a successful application for funding from the Center for Innovative Technology. 

 

 

 

 

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. They are proud to have partners who share the same vision as they do, and are working towards a healthier future for how food is grown together.

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Alexander Olesen
Co-Founder

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

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. 


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Babylon Micro-Farm
At the touch of a button, Babylon delivers a simple, yet engaging indoor growing experience. Babylon's micro-farms are self-contained modules that can be connected and designed to scale to meet the needs of businesses to offer the freshest produce available to diners, residents, or employees.

Babylon Micro-Farm

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Description:
At the touch of a button, Babylon delivers a simple, yet engaging indoor growing experience. Babylon's micro-farms are self-contained modules that can be connected and designed to scale to meet the needs of businesses to offer the freshest produce available to diners, residents, or employees.
Details:
Our micro-farms allow cultivation of a variety of curated selections year-round with limited space (15 sq ft), zero pesticides, using 94% less water, and creating less waste than conventionally farmed food. Babylon remotely manages the farms through our proprietary, cloud-based platform that regulates every aspect of the farm automatically to ensure consistent harvest yields.
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press releases

Press articles

Richmond Times Dispatch
The Future of Farming
Tech school partners with non-profit food pantry to feed community members
Senior Housing News
Rising Trends in Senior Living Dining
Micro-farming as a healthy, engaging alternative for senior living communities
Forbes
Modular Micro Farms: A New Approach To Urban Food Production?
How micro-farming can impact our food supply chain

testimonial

"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
System Director and Executive Chef, Centra Healthcare
"Our Micro-Farm shows our creativity and showcases our commitment to sustainability. We have a one-up on our competitors."
John Cario
Hotel GM, Area VP of HRI Lodging, Inc.
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
Vice President of Procurement and Dining Services, Commonwealth Senior Living