X-Caliber Rural Capital, an affiliate of X-Caliber Holdings and a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-licensed lender for rural business and economic development projects, announced the closing of a $56MM bridge loan for a Hardee Fresh vertical farming facility in Americus, Georgia.
X-Caliber Rural Capital Closes $56MM Bridge Transaction for a Hardee Fresh Vertical Farm in Georgia
Irvington, NY -March 29, 2023 - X-Caliber Rural Capital, an affiliate of X-Caliber Holdings
and a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)-licensed lender for rural business and economic
development projects, today announced the closing of a $56MM bridge loan for a Hardee Fresh
vertical farming facility in Americus, Georgia.
The new vertical farm will be entirely enclosed, with every part of the growing and packing
process of its leafy and organic greens under continuous monitoring and active environmental
control to achieve the highest levels of product safety, quality, and environmental sustainability.
It is the latest evolution of fully-controlled environment agriculture.
X-Caliber Rural Capital provided a $56MM conventional (non-USDA) loan that will be used for
the new facility's ground-up construction while helping to support healthier and more
"Our team is pleased to have provided an effective financing solution to our client for the
construction of their new and much larger facility and the high number of construction and
production jobs that go with it," said Jordan Blanchard, Executive Manager, Co-Founder of XCaliber Rural Capital.
X-Caliber Rural Capital partnered with American Lending Center, an impact investor that seeks
to create jobs in rural locations.
"America Lending Center is proud to partner with X-Caliber on this transaction," said CEO John
Shen. "We are committed to economic development in rural communities, and we are excited to
see the impact this project will have on Americus and the surrounding communities."
The Hardee Fresh vertical farm facility in Americus will span nearly 340,000 square feet, include
more than 50,000 internet connected devices, produce more than 15 million heads of lettuce
annually, along with a range of mixed salads, and will use only 1% of the water of traditional
outdoor operations. Like the company's farm in Wauchula, Florida, the new Americus farm will
be powered primarily by onsite renewable energy.
"With this funding from our partners at X-Caliber Rural Capital and American Lending Center,
Hardee Fresh is transforming the way millions of Americans will be able to eat healthy produce,"
said Halton A. Peters, Ph.D. Co-Founder and President of Hardee Fresh, "We are expanding our
ability to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our leafy greens are all natural and organic."
"This new vertical farm is a critical step in Hardee Fresh's mission to transform the way
Americans eat produce, because it allows us to deliver affordable, sustainably grown, organic
greens and salads with zero pesticides and zero herbicides to consumers in the State of Georgia
and throughout the Southeastern U.S.," continued Dr. Peters. "In combination with our current
operations in Central Florida, South Georgia proved to be the perfect place for the next step in
our expansion, and we are appreciative to the Development Authority of Sumter County,
Georgia for helping us to realize this vision."
The new construction is expected to be complete by late 2024.