Press Release 08 04 2020

Ag-Tech startup, Fork Farms, Brings Sustainable Food Movement to TitletownTech

TitletownTech invests in growing happier, healthier lifestyles

Green Bay, Wisconsin – TitletownTech today announced their investment in Fork Farms, an ag-tech startup that revolutionizes the future of fresh food production. Fork Farms’ flagship product, the Flex Farm, is an indoor vertical hydroponic system that is energy and cost efficient. The Flex Farm makes sustainable food practices both easy and accessible for everyone; from educators and home growers to commercial users and nonprofits.

“We’re excited to partner with Fork Farms and continue to see the impact they will have on the market,” said Craig Dickman, Managing Director at TitletownTech. “Low accessibility of fresh food is a huge problem for many people, and Fork Farms is a great example of local entrepreneurs chasing a big opportunity to make positive change.”

The Founder of Fork Farms, Alex Tyink, has a background in urban agriculture and has witnessed the challenges surrounding availability and access of fresh food. With Tyink’s decade of experience in the social services sector, he set out to help people lead healthier and happier lifestyles through the disruption of the traditional food system. Fork Farms was the winner of the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Award for product design and is recently published in Placemaking Postcards blog series from the Bass Center at Brookings Institute.

“TitletownTech is an incredibly innovative model that will significantly bolster the local start-up economy. It provides an exemplary blueprint that should be followed by other organizations around the country. The depth of support is unprecedented and will provide Fork Farms significant acceleration and lift to our organization’s mission of unleashing the power of fresh food production. Fork Farms’ is looking forward to exponentially growing our business and focusing on ways that we can create transformative social benefit,” said Alex Tyink.

Vertical hydroponic systems are at the forefront of eco-friendly growing initiatives. The Fork Farms’ Flex Farm eliminates food transportation costs, consumes 97% less water than traditional agriculture practices, and is 40% more energy efficient compared to hydroponic systems in the market. The Flex Farm is also a versatile hands-on learning tool and comes with robust educational opportunities and lessons. TitletownTech is excited to partner with Fork Farms to bring sustainable, environmentally conscious Flex Farm systems into more markets across the U.S.

About Fork Farms

Fork Farms started on the principle that growing fresh and healthy food is a vehicle for positive change in the world. We believe that having consistent access to the freshest, highest quality food is a human right. That’s why we created the Flex Farm, a highly efficient, indoor vertical hydroponic system that is easy to use and continually provides harvest after harvest of fresh produce. Our patented technology is the product of more than a decade’s worth of continuous research and development of prototypes. The Flex Farm can produce up to 3,400 plants annually, requires less than three hours of maintenance per month, and costs less than $1.00 per pound to operate. The Flex Farm is 40% more energy-efficient than other hydroponic systems, uses 97% less water than traditional agriculture and has zero food miles and minimal waste. We know our technology can be a true conduit for social change. We at Fork Farms envision a future with a food system that places the benefits of nutrition into the hands of every person. forkfarms.com.

About TitletownTech

Formed out of a partnership between the Green Bay Packers and Microsoft, TitletownTech builds, enables and invests in early-stage and existing businesses. The organization identifies solutions, develops startups, and funds entrepreneurs across five key verticals: sports, media and entertainment; digital health; agriculture, water & environment; advanced manufacturing; and supply chain technology. Through a three-part structure, TitletownTech enables innovation, exploration, and disruption to address industry challenges. The Innovation Lab identifies and explores digital, transformative solutions. The Venture Studio develops creative market solutions with new and existing startups. The Venture Fund invests in high-growth scalable ventures that leverage the region’s strengths. titletowntech.com.

The Fork Farms team at the Wisconsin Innovation Awards 2019

Fork Farms LLC Announced as Winner of the Wisconsin Innovation Award

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Media Contact:
Ashley Ponschok – Operations, Fork Farms
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 920.562.5878

MADISON, WI – During the Wisconsin Innovation Awards ceremony, Fork Farms LLC received the Wisconsin Innovation Award for product design. The event was held at the Wisconsin Union Theater, located on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus on October 9, 2019.

Of the thirty-one companies and nonprofit organizations selected as finalists for the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Awards, Fork Farms LLC was the sole representative of Northeast Wisconsin. Over 400 businesses, products, and services from around the state were nominated. The finalists were selected by a panel of twenty-one statewide industry experts.

Fork Farms LLC is an innovative agriculture technology company specializing in indoor hydroponics. Flex Farms, the indoor hydroponic systems developed by Fork Farms, are safe, simple, and versatile. They produce leafy vegetables and herbs for a fraction of the price when compared to alternative traditional and hydroponic growing methods. Driven by their mission to unleash the power of food production for happier, healthier people, Fork Farms LLC partners with schools, food service companies, nonprofits, commercial growers, and more across the United States.

President of Fork Farms Alex Tyink is thrilled that the company has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s innovative industry leaders.

“I knew we were onto something when we discovered the Flex Farm was more resource-efficient and cost-effective than any other indoor farming system on our radar,” said Tyink. “Being able to help change the lives of so many through relationships with all of our wonderful partners is extremely rewarding.”

The Fork Farms team hopes being recognized as a 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Award winner creates excitement for growing a fresher future throughout Wisconsin and beyond. Every person, business, or organization that joins the Fork Farms community brings us one step closer to repairing our broken food system and growing a fresher future for all. Anyone interested in supporting or partnering with Fork Farms is encouraged to get in touch today.

Fork Farms LLC is an agricultural technology company based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Our flagship product the Flex Farm is a highly efficient indoor hydroponic growing system that puts the power to grow fresh, affordable produce into the hands of our partners all across the nation. Fork Farms has been involved in hundreds of indoor farm installations throughout the United States with partnering schools, nonprofit organizations, families, corporate cafeterias and more. We believe in the power of good food, and we have made it our mission to unleash the power of food production for happier, healthier people.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) connects and showcases innovators throughout the state of Wisconsin, across industries and organizations of all shapes and sizes. By producing and providing educational media content, organizing a statewide network of experts willing to mentor and support each other, and hosting events that highlight groundbreaking work, WIA is building a lasting legacy of instruction inspired by Wisconsin’s thinkers, makers, creators, and designers. WIA fosters innovation in this state and helps shine a light on companies throughout the state that have transformational ideas. For more information on the Wisconsin Innovation Awards, please contact Molly Walsh at 608.698.5890 or [email protected]

WIA Finalist

Fork Farms LLC Announced as Wisconsin Innovation Award Finalist

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Media Contact:
Ashley Ponschok – Operations, Fork Farms
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 920.562.5878

APPLETON, WI – Fork Farms LLC is among the thirty-one companies and nonprofit organizations selected as finalists for the 2019 Wisconsin Innovation Award. In total, over 400 businesses, products and services from around the state were nominated.

Nominations came from all across the state and represent companies of all sizes, startups and established businesses from a wide variety of industries. The finalists were selected by a panel of 21 statewide industry experts. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison on October 9, 2019.

Fork Farms LLC is an innovative agriculture technology company specializing in indoor hydroponics. The company partners with schools, food service companies, nonprofits, commercial growers, home users and more across the United States. Next year, Fork Farms partners will produce more than 200,000 servings of leafy greens utilizing the Flex Farm developed by Fork Farms. Flex Farms are safe, simple and versatile hydroponic growing systems that produce leafy vegetables and herbs for a fraction of the price when compared to other traditional and hydroponic growing methods.

President of Fork Farms Alex Tyink is thrilled the Fork Farms has been recognized as one of Wisconsin’s innovative industry leaders.

“I knew we were onto something when we discovered the Flex Farm was more resource-efficient and cost-effective than any other indoor farming system on our radar,” said Tyink. “Being able to help change the lives of so many through relationships with all of our wonderful partners is extremely rewarding.”

The Fork Farms team hopes this nomination helps create excitement throughout Wisconsin for growing a fresher future. Anyone interested in supporting or partnering with Fork Farms is encouraged to get it touch today.

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Fork Farms LLC is an agriculture technology company based in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Flex Farm, our flagship product, is a highly efficient indoor hydroponic growing system that puts the power to grow fresh, affordable produce into the hands of our partners all across the nation. Fork Farms has been involved in hundreds of indoor farm installations throughout the United States with partnering schools, nonprofit organizations, families, corporate cafeterias and more. We believe in the power of good food, and we have made it our mission to partner with others to Grow Happier, Healthier People.

The Wisconsin Innovation Awards (WIA) connects and showcases innovators throughout the state of Wisconsin, across industries and organizations of all shapes and sizes. By producing and providing educational media content, organizing a statewide network of experts willing to mentor and support each other, and hosting events that highlight groundbreaking work, WIA is building a lasting legacy of instruction inspired by Wisconsin’s thinkers, makers, creators, and designers. WIA fosters innovation in this state and helps shine a light on companies throughout the state that have transformational ideas. For more information on the Wisconsin Innovation Awards, please contact Molly Walsh at 608.698.5890 or [email protected]