By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 17:38 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 17:42 BST, 3 May 2019
Vegetables sold by California-based startup Iron Ox might be organic, but the farmer cultivating them is far from it.
The company behind the robotic and hydroponic farming system is now taking the first step towards going to market in California.
According to a report from The Verge, Iron Ox is partnering with Bay Area produce purveyors Bianchini’s Market, to put several varieties of its robot-grown leaf greens on shelves for the first time.
For now, Iron Ox's greens will come in the three different varieties: red-veined sorrel, Genevieve basil, and baby lettuce, at prices that are competitive with those at shoppers' average Whole Foods.
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Iron Ox will begin selling its robot-farmed produce in California for the first time. The startup is partnering with Bianchini Market
Iron Ox is an automated farming system capable of hydroponically growing plants.
While an automated porter delivers plants on a pallet, a robotic arm is capable of planting seedlings.
A computer then automates light, water, nutrients, and more to help raise the seedlings into full-grown plants.
While the system is mostly automated, humans hands still need to pick the produce and package it.
The company's robotic farms use a chorus of automated tools to bring their produce to life that include a 1,000 pound porter used