Welcome to the Web Site for
The Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture!
We want to create a Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture that would serve as a national hub for CEA investment, production, distribution, logistics, research, development, and training. See our Overview of the Project.
Help us by providing input on the feasibility and design of the Center. Participate in our online survey!
A Center for Best Practices
Growing in Urban and Peri-Urban areas
Advanced LED Lighting
A Center for R&D
Some of the Possibilities We Envision for the Center
Conduct research on new CEA production and distribution methods, best practices and technologies
Facilitate the training and workforce development for both the mushroom industry and new CEA crops.
Metrics and Standards
Lead the development of standards and metrics for lighting, energy and other operational parameters
Pilot the introduction of crops such as lettuces and herbs into the existing mushroom-based production and distribution infrastructure
Coordinate regional economic development in terms of its impact CEA, including transportation infrastructure and workforce housing.
Serve as a clearing house for expertise on the production, distribution, and the business aspects of indoor ag.
Coordinate investment opportunities in CEA and related industries for primate companies, and venture capital firms.
Grants and Loans
Obtain government investment (e.g., USDA, etc.) through grants and loans. Help match applicants to opportunities
Encourage and showcase existing and emerging technologies to facilitate efficiency and economies of scale
Contributors (partial list)
University of Delaware
Route 1 Economic Development Initiative
Urban Crop Solutions
Indoor Farms of America
Chester County Economic Development Council
House of Representatives-State of Pennsylvania
Chester Water Authority