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

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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 Charlottesville, VA
Industries
Food, Tech
Website https://www.babylonmicrofarms.com/
Press Contact Sharon Rettinger
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Babylon Micro-Farm
Babylon Micro-Farm

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

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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. 

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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

The Spoon Babylon Micro-Farms Bets on Automation for the Future of Vertical Farming

The latest from the founders of Babylon Micro-Farms, on how they intend to impact the future

Vertical Farm Daily Babylon Farms focusing on automation

Babylon Micro farms has over the last few years garnered quite a bit of attention for its controlled-environment farms the company now licenses to hospitals, cafeterias, and other foodservice operations.

Fredericksburg.com Learning opportunities grow at Brooke Point High School's vertical garden
iGrow News Babylon Micro-Farms Establishes New Corporate Headquarters In Richmond, Virginia

Babylon Micro-Farms has chosen Richmond, Virginia as the site for their corporate headquarters, opening a new office and R & D space in historic Scott’s Addition. The move from Charlottesville was driven by the company’s growth and need for a larger talent pool - they had been courted by California and Arizona as an up-and-coming tech company in the indoor ag-tech space.

FoodBev Indoor farming firm Babylon Micro-Farms secures $3m in funding

Indoor farming firm Babylon Micro-Farms has closed a $3 million seed funding round, which will fund the company’s national expansion efforts.

Forbes Modular Micro Farms: A New Approach To Urban Food Production?

How micro-farming can impact our food supply chain

The Spoon Babylon MicroFarms Closes $3M Seed Round

Virginia-based Babylon MicroFarms announced this week it has closed a $3 million round of seed funding to expand its controlled-environment farming business.

AgriTech Tomorrow BABYLON MICRO-FARMS ESTABLISHES NEW CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS IN RICHMOND, VA

Babylon Micro-Farms has chosen Richmond, Virginia as the site for their corporate headquarters, opening a new office and R & D space in historic Scott's Addition.

Medium Five Things I Learned As A Twenty-Something Founder

As a part of our series called “My Life as a Twenty Something Founder”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Olesen, CEO, and Co-founder of Babylon Micro-Farms, 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.

AgriTech Tomorrow How Vertical Farming Will Shape The Post Pandemic Food Supply

We're building for a future where modular vertical farming solutions are an accessible means of food production in urban areas. By modular vertical farming solution, we are referring to turnkey grow systems from the size of a shipping container down to a household appliance.

Vertical Farm Daily Responding to local- and sustainable food sourcing

Babylon Micro-Farms is dialing in recipes, support software for specific crop types, and even for specific markets

Senior Housing News Rising Trends in Senior Living Dining

Micro-farming as a healthy, engaging alternative for senior living communities

Thrive Global Alexander Olesen of Babylon Micro-Farms: “We love what we do”

As a part of our series called “My Life as a Twenty Something Founder”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alexander Olesen, CEO, and Co-founder of Babylon Micro-Farms, 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.

Food Navigator Babylon Micro-Farms attracts $3m seed funding to scale nationally

Richmond, Virginia-based Babylon Micro-Farms Inc., closed a $3m seed round to fund the company's national expansion of its indoor micro-farming technology.

AgriTech Tomorrow BABYLON MICRO-FARMS CLOSES $3 MILLION SEED ROUNDBABYLON MICRO-FARMS CLOSES $3 MILLION SEED ROUND

Richmond's latest addition to it's fast growing tech scene, has just closed a $3M seed round to fund their move into the national market and continue developing game-changing technology for the rapidly expanding ag tech industry.

Richmond Times Dispatch The Future of Farming

Tech school partners with non-profit food pantry to feed community members

Testimonials

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