The concept of vertical farming is slowly starting to grow across not only the United States but the world. The reason stems from the need to feed a population that continues to grow and also limit the travel involved in that food production. In addition to saving money, it also offers local residents food that’s much more fresh.
One of the issues against vertical farming has been the amount of water needed to make it a viable enterprise. However, Newark, New Jersey’s AeroFarms has been able to sidestep that problem due to a root misting system it set up. This aeroponic-designed solution helps use water that combines it with oxygen and nutrients within a closed loop.
The end result is a system that now is able to re-use water, allowing for a 95 percent reduction in the amount needed for regular farming purposes. In addition, the amount is 40 percent less than those used in hydroponic systems. Finally, perhaps the best part of this is that no pesticides are needed.
That’s because all of the growing is done indoors in a warehouse under LED lighting, which means no destructive insects come into contact with the food. The technology with regard to lighting also helps cut electricity costs, which benefits their bottom line.
The 70,000 square foot facility only opened this year. Yet plans are already underway to construct another facility in Newark that’s expected to produce an annual amount of leafy greens that amounts to 1,000 tons worth of food.