PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A new farm could turn farming into a year-round operation and bring nearly 100 jobs with it.

Gov. Ralph Northam (D-Va.) announced plans by AeroFarms to invest $42 million in a facility at the Cane Creek Centre industrial park, which is a joint venture between the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County. The investment is expected to create 92 jobs once the indoor farm opens.

AeroFarms is a Newark, New Jersey-based company “on a mission to transform agriculture by building and operating environmentally responsible farms throughout the world to enable local production at scale and nourish communities with safe, nutritious, and delicious food.”

The company says it uses significantly less water and no pesticides in its operations while maintaining food safety.

“AeroFarms is a leader in agricultural innovation with farming technologies that make high-quality, local produce available to more communities,” Northam said. “We are bringing capital investment and economic opportunity to rural Virginia by recruiting innovative companies like AeroFarms. I thank the company for choosing Virginia for this important venture and commend Danville-Pittsylvania County for helping to secure this project.”

The Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission has approved a grant for $190,000 from the Tobacco Regional Opportunity Fund for the project. Northam has also approved a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund and $200,000 grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund.

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