Babylon Micro-Farms finds new space to grow in Richmond

Room to grow is important for bok choy, red butter lettuce and for Babylon Micro-Farms, a startup that recently relocated its headquarters from Charlottesville to Richmond.  

The company, which creates indoor hydroponic farming systems powered remotely by cloud technology, was co-founded in 2017 by University of Virginia classmates CEO Alexander Olesen and CTO Graham Smith. 

As the Babylon team outgrew its Charlottesville space and began looking for a new location for its HQ, other states beckoned, eager to see a player in the vertical farming industry land on their soil. 

“It’s an industry in demand, basically, as people see that this is a viable alternative for them to source their food more locally,” Olesen said. 

But staying in Virginia, home to many of Babylon’s earliest supporters, including Lighthouse Labs, Startup Virginia and the Center for Innovative Technology, was the best path forward for the company, he said.  

So, Babylon decided to plant its new roots…

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