New York to get the world's biggest vertical farm which can produce 2m pounds of food a year – Daily Mail

The US loses at least 1.5 million acres of productive farmland to urbanization every year.

In order to combat the loss of land, AeroFarms builds indoor vertical farms and is set to open its ninth facility in Newark, New Jersey – one hour outside of Manhattan.

Believed to be the world’s largest vertical farm, this 70,000-square-foot facility has the potential to harvest 2 million pounds of food a year and will use 95 percent less water than field farmed-food.

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In order to combat the loss of land, AeroFarms builds indoor vertical farms and is set to open its ninth facility in Newark, New Jersey – one hour outside of Manhattan. Dubbed the world’s largest vertical farm, this 70,000-square-foot facility has the potential to harvest 2 million pounds of food a year

AeroFarms has been on a mission to combat the global food crisis since 2004 using its aeroponic growing systems.

This technology providers ‘faster harvest cycles, predictable results, superior food safety and less environmental impact,’ AeroFarms explains on the website.

Not only will this massive farm produce millions of pounds of nutritious greens and herbs, it will produce 75 percent more yield than a traditional outdoor farm that is the same size, reports Urbanist.

AeroFarms is able to achieve this by staggering crops, a strategy that allows them to switch between 22 crops per year – regardless of the season.

The cutting-edge farming systems that are used in all of the facilities do not contribute to the effects of soil erosion, pesticides, water overuse and carbon emissions are heavily reduced – and sometimes completely eliminated. 

The facility in Newark will be be 70,000-square-foot with the potential to harvest 2 million pounds of food a year and will use 95 percent less water than field farmed-food.

Specialized LED lights and climate controls have been specifically designed to grow a 250 variety of greens, all without the need for sunlight or soil.

These unique lights allow AeroFarms to control size, shape, texture, colour, flavor and nutrition of the leafy greens and herbs grown in the facilities.

AeroFarms uses aeroponic growing systems that mist the roots of the greens with 40% less hydroponics and zero pesticides.

Plant scientists monitor more than 30,000 data points from every harvest at each facility.

During this event, researchers will review, test and use predictive analytics to better improve the systems.

The firm has also developed a patented, reusable cloth medium for seeding, germinating, growing and harvesting.

Each cloth is developed using 24 post-consumer, recycled plastic water bottles, which can be fully sanitized after every harvest.

AeroFarms is able to achieve this by staggering crops, a strategy that allows them to switch between 22 crops per year during, including baby kale, regardless of the season. The aeroponic system is a closed loop system, using 95% less water than field farming, 40% less than hydroponics, and zero pesticides AeroFarms is able to achieve this by staggering crops, a strategy that allows them to switch between 22 crops per year during, including baby kale, regardless of the season. The aeroponic system is a closed loop system, using 95% less water than field farming, 40% less than hydroponics, and zero pesticides

Specialized LED lights and climate controls have been specifically designed to grow a 250 variety of greens, all without the need for sunlight or soil.

These unique lights allow AeroFarms to control size, shape, texture, colour, flavor and nutrition of the leafy greens and herbs grown in the facilities.

‘We use aeroponics to mist the roots of our greens with nutrients, water, and oxygen,’ explains AeroFarms.

‘Our aeroponic system is a closed loop system, using 95% less water than field farming, 40% less than hydroponics, and zero pesticides.’

The facility is getting closer to completion after a year of construction and the firm is opening up areas that are ready for operation. 

The aisles are filled with tall shelves that can only be accessed using a forklift crane and farmers must suit up before getting close to the produce – gloves, lab coat hairnet and disinfected shoes are mandatory attire. 

‘We are building the world’s largest indoor vertical farm in Newark, New Jersey, and we have farms in development on four continents,’ said AeroFarms.

‘There has never been a greater need for safe, dependable, nutritious food.’

‘That is why we are committed to growing locally on a global scale.’

The firm says the proximity to Manhattan will cut costs for transportation and holds a large market that is eager for fresh locally grown produce.

Plant scientists monitor more than 30,000 data points from every harvest at each facility.

During this event, researchers will review, test and use predictive analytics to better improve the systems.

‘With remote monitoring and controls in place, we have minimized the typical risks associated with traditional agriculture,’ explained AeroFarms.

The firm has also developed a patented, reusable cloth medium for seeding, germinating, growing and harvesting.

The firm uses specialized LED lights and climate controls, all without the need for sunlight or soil. These unique lights allow AeroFarms to control size, shape, texture, colour, flavor and nutrition of the leafy greens and herbs grown in the facilities The firm uses specialized LED lights and climate controls, all without the need for sunlight or soil. These unique lights allow AeroFarms to control size, shape, texture, colour, flavor and nutrition of the leafy greens and herbs grown in the facilities

'We are building the world's largest indoor vertical farm in Newark, New Jersey, and we have farms in development on four continents,' said AeroFarms. The firm says the proximity to Manhattan will cut costs for transportation and holds a large market that is eager for fresh locally grown produce ‘We are building the world’s largest indoor vertical farm in Newark, New Jersey, and we have farms in development on four continents,’ said AeroFarms. The firm says the proximity to Manhattan will cut costs for transportation and holds a large market that is eager for fresh locally grown produce

Each cloth is developed using 24 post-consumer, recycled plastic water bottles, which can be fully sanitized after every harvest.

This system also acts as a barrier between the mist and the plants, allowing the firm to harvest a clean, dry and ready to eat product. 

AeroFarms is able to grow over 250 different varieties of leafy greens and herbs, which they has has a longer shelf life and highest highest possible food safety controls from seed to package.

Chief Marketing Officer Marc Oshima (left) laid out the reasons why New Jersey is the perfect place to grow our company and even had governer Chris Christie (left center) stop in for a visit. Oshima (right) also took visitors on a tour of the new facility in Newark sometime in March 2016, dressed in the proper mandatory attire Chief Marketing Officer Marc Oshima (left) laid out the reasons why New Jersey is the perfect place to grow our company and even had governer Chris Christie (left center) stop in for a visit. Oshima (right) also took visitors on a tour of the new facility in Newark sometime in March 2016, dressed in the proper mandatory attire Chief Marketing Officer Marc Oshima (left) laid out the reasons why New Jersey is the perfect place to grow our company and even had governer Chris Christie (left center) stop in for a visit. Oshima (right) also took visitors on a tour of the new facility in Newark sometime in March 2016, dressed in the proper mandatory attire

AeroFarms has been on a mission to combat the global food crisis since 2004 using its aeroponic growing systems. It has also developed a patented, reusable cloth medium for seeding, germinating, growing and harvesting  The aisles are filled with tall shelves that can only be accessed using a forklift crane and farmers must suit up before getting close to the produce AeroFarms has been on a mission to combat the global food crisis since 2004 using its aeroponic growing systems. It has also developed a patented, reusable cloth medium for seeding, germinating, growing and harvesting  The aisles are filled with tall shelves that can only be accessed using a forklift crane and farmers must suit up before getting close to the produce AeroFarms has been on a mission to combat the global food crisis since 2004 using its aeroponic growing systems. It has also developed a patented, reusable cloth medium for seeding, germinating, growing and harvesting  The aisles are filled with tall shelves that can only be accessed using a forklift crane and farmers must suit up before getting close to the produce

The firm doesn’t just aims to make up for the farm loss in the US, but help combat the global food shortage.

The World Bank predicts that there will be a global population of 9 billion by 2050, which will require at least 50 percent more food than is needed today.

And climate change is also expected to cut crop yields by more than 25 percent over this time period, which is said to hit the poorest areas of the world the hardest. 

AeroFarms is able to grow over 250 different varieties of leafy greens and herbs, which they has has a longer shelf life and highest highest possible food safety controls from seed to package. Plant scientists monitor more than 30,000 data points from every harvest at each facility. During this event, researchers will review, test and use predictive analytics to better improve the systems AeroFarms is able to grow over 250 different varieties of leafy greens and herbs, which they has has a longer shelf life and highest highest possible food safety controls from seed to package. Plant scientists monitor more than 30,000 data points from every harvest at each facility. During this event, researchers will review, test and use predictive analytics to better improve the systems

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Southern Ag Center researchers look to vertical farms to end food desert – The Advocate

 

 Photo provided by the Southern University Ag Center -- James Henson, left, and Marlin Ford set up an aeroponics system at the Southern University Ag Center. The researchers say vertical farming could provide a solution to food deserts, areas where residents lack access to fresh food Photo provided by the Southern University Ag Center — James Henson, left, and Marlin Ford set up an aeroponics system at the Southern University Ag Center. The researchers say vertical farming could provide a solution to food deserts, areas where residents lack access to fresh food BY TED GRIGGS| tgriggs@theadvocate.com

 

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Seen At 11: Vertical Farming Is Revolutionizing The Way We Grow And Eat Food – CBS Local

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Fresh summer crops are starting roll in and this year the leafy greens you’re eating could be coming from a farm in Newark.

CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez explored how some farmers in New Jersey are growing crops in an innovative way.

A former paintball arena in Newark is not the most obvious place for a farm. You won’t see acres of farmland, but towers. It’s what’s known as a vertical farm.

“We define it as multiple levels of growing — one level on top of another approximately every three feet. The system behind us is 20 feet high and it has seven levels of growing,” AeroFarms co-founder David Rosenberg said as he stood in front of the setup.

There’s no soil and no sunlight, but Rosenberg said productivity fair exceeds the output of a conventional farm.

“Because of fully controlled environments, we have 22 crop turns a year versus typically three, and we do that additionally using 95 percent less water, typically 50 percent less fertilizers or nutrients, and zero pesticides, herbicides, fungicides,” Rosenberg said.

It’s done by delivering the exact spectrum of light the plants need, and by aeroponics — a system of growing that mists roots with water and nutrients.

“We study what the plant wants. What are those nutrients, micro-nutrients? And we’re able to deliver it to the plant,” he said.

Seeds are germinated on a reusable cloth that co-founder Marc Oshima said has been specifically created as the optimum growing medium for this type of farming.

“Here, we’re using 100 percent recycled plastic. We’re actually taking 24 water bottles out of the waste stream and creating something green and productive,” Oshima said.

The panels are transferred to the tower where over the course of only 12 to 16 days, they move along the row where they grow and are harvested.

“We’re able to give consumers products that are actually better and tastier and more interesting than something that they would find in the store,” dietitian and managing manager Alina Zolotareva said.

The methods can even make usually tough and bitter kale sweeter and more tender.

“Right now we are selling out. We have more demand than we have supply,” Zolotareva said.

Right now AeroFarms is growing more than 10 varieties of baby leafy greens such as romaine, arugula and watercress and there are major plans for expansion. In spite of the hi-tech growing, they’re priced competitively in supermarkets.

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Alaska-Based Vertical Harvest Hydroponics Commissions First Generation IV Containerized Growing System – PerishableNews (press release) (registration)

by Vertical Harvest Hydroponics
Posted: Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 9:07AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  Alaska-based Vertical Harvest Hydroponics (VHH) recently commissioned its very first Generation IV Containerized Growing System (CGS) in Dillingham, Alaska, marking a new chapter of scalable farming practices in harsh climates.

CGS is a hydroponic fresh vegetable production system housed inside a customized 40 foot insulated shipping container. Measuring only 320 square feet in size, each CGS can supply more than 23,000 pieces of produce annually, which typically requires one full acre of land when grown conventionally. Furthermore, growing in a controlled CGS unit provides the perfect environment to produce safe, clean, pesticide free, non-GMO food. Vegetable options currently include over 150 varieties of nutrient rich, high fiber leafy greens.  The CGS also ensures that produce is affordable, as growing food at the source of where it is consumed virtually eliminates transportation and packaging associated with conventional produce distribution.

After an extensive search, VHH selected CXT Inc., based in Spokane, Washington as its manufacturing partner. As a leader in modular building systems throughout the country, CXT brings a wealth of experience in manufacturing to VHH. “CXT is absolutely committed to the highest standards of construction. We are extremely excited to partner with them to make our dream of food security a reality”, says Dan Perpich VHH co-founder and CEO. 

“When approached by Dan and his team in November of last year, we were quickly intrigued not only by their business model, but their social mission to provide safe, affordable foods to consumers in hard-to-grow areas around the world. We are excited to be a part of their vision and look to support them for many years to come” stated Darren Stuck, Plant Manager for CXT Spokane.

Demand for local food has been rapidly increasing in the U.S. According to the USDA, the number of farmers markets has more than quadrupled over the past two decades. A 2014 Hartman Group study finds that local may even surpass organic as a principle of transparency and trust (know your farmer). The U.S. is seeing fundamental behavior changes away from big packaged mass-produced foods to locally grown, artisanal and highly nutritious options. 

In spite of growing demand and the success of the “Alaska Grown” program, food security due to lack of locally grown food in Alaska is a huge problem and has been a topic of conversation among many state leaders. This is evident, as only 1 percent of Alaska’s GDP is agriculture, which results in a dependence on the majority of its food needs on imported products.

Kyle Belleque, the owner of Belleque Family Farm, a Dillingham resident who purchased the system from VHH with the help of Bristol Bay Development Fund, is excited to add year round growing options to his farm. “This project has been a long time in the making. We are eager to install the unit at our place and begin providing fresh year-round produce to our family and friends around the region.”

As technology improves, the next step in an agricultural revolution is growing high quality food locally and sustainably on a commercial scale. According to an NPR piece on farm to school program in Washington, D.C., an interviewee said  “We’re not buying just from one vendor. Managing delivery schedules and matching growing seasons with menus takes a lot of planning and coordination”. This may be alleviated with a hydroponic farm such as Vertical Harvest Hydroponics’ CGS. No more summer versus winter produce variation and price volatility! No dependence on the supply chain or the price of oil! It is always sunny in the CGS – no need to worry about weather fluctuations either. A farmer can grow produce in consistent quantities for schools, year round. 

Alaska is one of the states that can benefit the most from a reliable internal food source (i.e. food security); thus we must be on the forefront of the “growing local” movement.

About Vertical Harvest Hydroponics:

Vertical Harvest Hydroponics (VHH) is a veteran-owned business, located in Anchorage, Alaska, that designs and builds Containerized Growing Systems (CGS), which allow produce to be grown on-site hydroponically and year round, virtually eliminating the expensive and lengthy supply chain.

Contact: Linda Janes. linda@vhhydroponics.com

Source: Vertical Harvest Hydroponics

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Vertical Farming Market: Type (Mixed-use, Despommier skyscrapers, others) Application (Agricultural, Aquaculture and … – PR Newswire (press release)

NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Vertical farming is a high-tech solution of controlled-environment agriculture. Vertical Farming is the practice of growing food in vertical stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces or integrated in other structures. It is an emerging trend in urban agriculture. The main advantages of vertical farming is increased crop production, protection from weather-related problems, conservation of resources, organic crops, energy production, etc. with basic technological requirement of artificial lighting, climate control and fertigation.

The overall market can be analyzed based on various types, technologies, components as well as applications. On the basis of types, vertical farming can be categorized as Mixed-use skyscrapers, Despommier’s skyscrapers and Stackable shipping containers. The increase in vertical farming is due to two technology i.e. hydroponics and aeroponics. The vertical farms consists of many components such as pumps, power adaptors, anaerobic digesters, solar panels, LEDs lighting, Wind turbines, etc. which increases the productivity. Vertical farming has various applications such as Agricultural sub system, Aquacultural sub system, Food Processing sub system, Waste Management sub system, etc.

The market is also analyzed based on geographic regions which are grouped into Americas, APAC, Europe as well as ROW regions. Due to developed and improved technologies in APAC countries such as Japan, China and South Korea, vertical farming has been enhanced to eradicate the problems of increase in population. In America, U.S.A. is biggest manufacture of these farms. Some ROW countries such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are also lead manufacturer of vertical farming.

The major driving factors for the vertical farming market are rapid progress in technology with improvement in irrigation techniques, development in synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, widespread of pesticides, advanced plant breeding, satisfy the rapid growth in consumer’s demand and other innovative factors.

The major companies operating in this market includes
AeroFarm LLC. (U.S.),
Mirai Co. Ltd.(Japan),
SkyGreen Co.Ltd.(Singapore),
FarmedHere LLC.(U.S.),
Sharp Co.(Dubai), Etc.
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US: AeroFarms building world's largest indoor vertical farm – FreshPlaza

Aiming for 2M pounds of fresh produce annually
US: AeroFarms building world?s largest indoor vertical farm Last summer, AeroFarms began work in Newark on what they plan to be the world?s largest indoor vertical farm, as well as their new company headquarters. AeroFarms will grow several varieties of salad greens, kale and herbs using large scale aeroponics systems, with a nutrient-filled mist and LED growing lamps in a high-tech, climate-controlled environment. The company aims to generate 2 million pounds of fresh produce each year at the new facility.CEO David Rosenberg says the gigantic Newark facility is just the beginning. ?Our mission is to build farms in cities all over the world,? he told The Huffington Post. ?We are very much building the infrastructure not to build one, two or three farms but to build 20, 30 or 50 farms.?First Lady Michelle Obama visited AeroFarms with Al Roker last month as part of her national garden tour. The two spent time with some students from Philips Academy Charter School, which has a rooftop garden and an AeroFarms growing lab where students learn how to grow food.AeroFarms joins a host of other companies seeking to grab a foothold in the burgeoning indoor vertical farm industry. As traditional outdoor agriculture suffers, there has been a rise in demand for locally grown, fresh, organic products, and the fresh greens and herbs that a company like AeroFarms can deliver tend to fetch a premium over lesser quality alternatives that come from farther away.Once the Newark farm is up and running, the 70,000-square-foot indoor facility will produce 75 percent more yield than a traditional outdoor farm of the same size. This is in part to the indoor vertical farm?s ability to stagger crops regardless of season, giving 22 crop turns each calendar year.Source: huffingtonpost.com/inhabitat.com

Publication date: 5/9/2016



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Vertical Farming Market: Type (Mixed-use, Despommier skyscrapers, others) Application (Agricultural, Aquaculture and … – PR Newswire (press release)

NEW YORK, May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Vertical farming is a high-tech solution of controlled-environment agriculture. Vertical Farming is the practice of growing food in vertical stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces or integrated in other structures. It is an emerging trend in urban agriculture. The main advantages of vertical farming is increased crop production, protection from weather-related problems, conservation of resources, organic crops, energy production, etc. with basic technological requirement of artificial lighting, climate control and fertigation.

The overall market can be analyzed based on various types, technologies, components as well as applications. On the basis of types, vertical farming can be categorized as Mixed-use skyscrapers, Despommier’s skyscrapers and Stackable shipping containers. The increase in vertical farming is due to two technology i.e. hydroponics and aeroponics. The vertical farms consists of many components such as pumps, power adaptors, anaerobic digesters, solar panels, LEDs lighting, Wind turbines, etc. which increases the productivity. Vertical farming has various applications such as Agricultural sub system, Aquacultural sub system, Food Processing sub system, Waste Management sub system, etc.

The market is also analyzed based on geographic regions which are grouped into Americas, APAC, Europe as well as ROW regions. Due to developed and improved technologies in APAC countries such as Japan, China and South Korea, vertical farming has been enhanced to eradicate the problems of increase in population. In America, U.S.A. is biggest manufacture of these farms. Some ROW countries such as Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are also lead manufacturer of vertical farming.

The major driving factors for the vertical farming market are rapid progress in technology with improvement in irrigation techniques, development in synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, widespread of pesticides, advanced plant breeding, satisfy the rapid growth in consumer’s demand and other innovative factors.

The major companies operating in this market includes
AeroFarm LLC. (U.S.),
Mirai Co. Ltd.(Japan),
SkyGreen Co.Ltd.(Singapore),
FarmedHere LLC.(U.S.),
Sharp Co.(Dubai), Etc.
Read the full report: http://www.reportlinker.com/p03759066-summary/view-report.html

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