My company, CogniTek, specializes in energy efficiency. We are developing an LED panel for use in vertical farming configurations which will reduce capital costs by 10-25%, plus reductions in operating costs depending on the existing system. However, as our expertise is in energy (vs farming), we are searching for companies with LED vertical farming experience that are willing to share their knowledge, in particular business economics, energy and food growth issues. In exchange we could analyze your energy use and recommend ways to decrease related costs.
As a small-scale producer, I have recently experienced the lack of cold storage units in the Wayne County area when I was looking for a place to store poultry. With the growing number of other small-scale producers in the area, there has been a huge influx of seasonal, fresh produce and meat products. Producers have the opportunity to maintain premium prices over a longer period of time by storing their products for times of low supply of similar products.