Backyard Farms in Madison is looking to expand its tomato-growing operations by building a new research and development building. The company would add several jobs in the new facility.
The company has filed a permit application with the town to develop about 0.75 acres on its River Road property, building a 15,200-square-foot research building and a 4,800-square-foot office, according to the Kennebec Journal. Employees would use the research facility to test new tomato varieties and growing methods. Currently, Backyard Farms has two greenhouses that encompass 24 acres and 18 acres; the company did not reveal how many tomatoes it produces. It has about 200 employees.
The company will soon file an application with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.