The Farm of the Future
In San Fransisco AeroFarms is creating a massive indoor farm. With urban populations on the rise, the innovators are looking beyond traditional farming methods to provide consumers with fresh and nutritious crops. With their vertical farming approach, they can produce crops in stacked layers in a controlled environment.
AeroFarms grows a variety of leafy salad greens using a process called “aeroponics,” which relies on air and mist. AeroFarms’ crops are grown entirely indoors using a reusable cloth medium made from recycled plastics. In the absence of sun exposure, the company uses LED lights that expose plants to only certain types of spectrum. AeroFarms claims it uses 95% less water than a traditional farm thanks to its specially designed root misting system.
AeroFarms is now building out a new 70,000 square foot facility in a former steel mill. Once completed, it’s expected to grow 2 million pounds of greens per year, making it the largest indoor vertical farm in the world. They are not the only ones, BrightBox and PlantLab are undertaking similar initiatives. Check out this great video!