Fork Farms won an award for product design while the Kohler WasteLAB won in the manufacturing category.
More than 400 companies and nonprofit organizations from across the state were nominated for the Wisconsin Innovation Awards.
Fork Farms’ indoor hydroponics system, Flex Farms, uses innovative technology. The system is easy to use and produces leafy vegetables and herbs. Fork Farms partners with schools, food service companies, nonprofits, commercial growers and more across the United States so they can produce food onsite at a cost lower than growing traditional vegetables or other hydroponic growing methods.
“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 Alex Tyink, president of Fork Farms. “Being able to help change the lives of so many through relationships with all of our wonderful partners is extremely rewarding.”
The Kohler WasteLAB’s primary focus is to inspire and engage others to rethink the manufacturing process by applying design, engineering and craftsmanship to what would otherwise be landfill bound materials. The WasteLAB is applying new product development processes to imagine new uses for waste materials from manufacturing such as broken clay parts, glaze wastes, foundry dust and enamel powders.