If you want to get a glimpse at the future of agriculture, look up. Vertical farms, a category of aeroponics agricultural systems (a method of growing crops in mid-air or in a misty environment), could be an innovative solution to worldwide hunger. Vertical farms are ideal for growing crops in urban places where space is limited. Right now, the world’s largest indoor vertical farm is being built in Newark, New Jersey.
AeroFarms, an aeroponics company, is spearheading the project, which was announced earlier this spring and just broke ground today. The 69,000-square-foot farm will cost $30 million, and is expected to open in stages. The first phase will be open by the end of 2015.When it’s completed, the facility will be capable of growing two million pounds of baby leafy greens and herbs annually, and will provide healthy greens to surrounding community, as well as ship crops to markets further away.
The farm will not need any soil, and will instead use LED lights and nutrient-rich mist to foster plant growth, making the whole process more efficient and less wasteful than traditional farming methods.