10 Mar You've probably heard of farm-to-table, or even farm-to-fork, agricultural movements that emphasize the connection between producers and consumers. But what about factory farm-to-table? Spread, a giant factory farm that grows lettuce in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture, is just one of more than “plant. Japan-based Spread Co. is building a farm in which every step of lettuce growing will be automated, from planting and growing through harvesting. Conditions including light, humidity, and temperature will also be automatically controlled, reducing the need for fertilizers or pesticides. Spread was founded in and. 31 Oct At the beginning of I wrote an article about indoor or vertical farms being the future of growing produce, describing the progress of Spread in Japan with the creation of the world's first farm manned entirely by robots capable of harvesting 30, heads of lettuce per day. Fast forward to July , and a.