AppHarvest is opening a 60-acre greenhouse in the fall of 2020 in Morehead, Ky. ( Photo courtesy AppHarvest )

AppHarvest, Morehead, Ky., has added food icon Martha Stewart, Impossible Foods chief financial officer David Lee and author-investor J.D. Vance to its board of directors.

The additions come as the company prepares to open a 2.76-million-square-foot indoor farm this fall in Morehead, according to a news release.

“The future of food will be, has to be, growing nutrient-rich and delicious produce closer to where we eat,” Stewart said in the release. 

Planting of beefsteak tomatoes and tomatoes-on-the-vine will begin in the fall for availability by the end of year at retailers not yet named, said Scott Sloan of AppHarvest.

Also joining the board is Anna Mason, partner at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, the fund led by AOL cofounder Steve Case. 

The company has been certified as a B Corporation, passing a rigorous audit of sustainability practices, according to the release. 

Also, AppHarvest hired: 

  • Marcella Butler as chief people officer, formerly at Impossible Foods and Google;
  • Jackie Roberts as chief sustainability officer, formerly at The Carlyle Group and the Environmental Defense Fund;
  • Geof Rochester as chief marketing officer, formerly of The Nature Conservancy, WWE, Showtime, Comcast and Procter & Gamble.

The company is finalizing a $28 million Series C funding round to hire more talent while preparing for more farms in Central Appalachia, according to the release.

AppHarvest has attracted more than $150 million in investments, according to the release.

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