Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Breaks Ground in Newark

Largest Indoor Vertical Farm Breaks Ground in Newark

Tara Bellucci
Jul 12, 2015
(Image credit: AeroFarms)

Looks like there will be a lot more green in Brick City. AeroFarms broke ground in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday on what is set to be the largest indoor vertical farm in the world.

The 69,000 square foot space in a former steel mill is slated to grow 2 million pounds of leafy greens a year using aeroponics, a process where a plant's roots are exposed to the air and sprayed with nutrients instead of planted in soil.

Vertical farming is a way to grow produce in an urban environment instead of having to ship produce to it. It allows for up to 75 times greater productivity per square foot than traditional farming, because plants can be stacked, and can produce up to 30 crop turns per year instead of 2 or 3 outside.

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