Urban Vertical Farming through Aero Farms

 

Vertical Farming tends to save space but with 70 times greater yields with no pesticide, fertilizer and etc.  From being an old steel factory in New Jersey, this 69,000 square foot space is the new home of the world’s largest vertical farm. It is predicted to grow 2 million pounds of pesticide-free produce every year, making it 75 times more productive per square for than open fields.

Called AeroFarms, the facility can accomplish the same output as s farm field while using 95% less water. The company explains, “We use aeroponics to mist the roots of our greens with nutrients, water, and oxygen. Our aeroponic system is a closed loop system, using 95% less water than field farming, 40% less than hydroponics, and zero pesticides.”




Moreover, the vertical farm boasts of a smart pest management and detailed data feedback loops to monitor efficiency and provide opportunities for improvement. Another factor is that the facility is close to the Big Apple which lowers the transportation costs and attracts a large urban market wanting fresh local produce.

AeroFarms aims to produce safe, dependable, nutritious locally grown food by transforming technologies related to agriculture. Their work now depends on specialized LED lights and climate controls that remove the need for sunlight or soil

Need for Vertical Farms in times of growing population

 

Vertical gardening are not traditional methods of gardening. It is a system for gardening usually for small scale. It usually practice by hobbyist in urban areas as escape from stress. However, in the recent times it is continually developed and turn into a profitable farming. Moreover, this system helps farmers to have more produce for less space. In agriculture, space is need in order to have significant amount of produce. Sadly, with current demand for food, land use of agriculture is converted by different sectors. It is converted into housing projects, business districts and many which commonly happens in populated areas. Land conversion limits agricultural production. Vertical farming is a must be in order to produce more with less space.

 

Greater Yields

In 2014, AeroFarms repurposed their current space into a research and development for vertical farm facility. “Out there, in nature, we don’t have control over sunlight, rainfall,” Oshima said, “here, we are giving plants what they need to thrive.” Marc Oshima is the chief marketing officer at AeroFarms.David Rosenberg, the company’s CEO, calls “precision agriculture” for he believes his team is pushing the limits. He envisioned of a farm which is full of engineers, technicians and researchers rather than the traditional ones. Aero farm is the future of farming with multi-colored LED lights and computers. The company promises that there system has increase crop yields by as much as 70 times compared to traditional field farms.

Better Farm Produce

Vertical Farming has low water consumption and no soil usage increase positive environmental impact. The produce of the farm is currently sold at a 20% better and which similar to organic and locally produced food.However, since there is no soil is involved, the farm cannot get any organic certification. Although, some retailers consider them to be beyond organic, Rosenberg explains. Moreover, the closed-loop system uses only non-GMO seeds and no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Which mean it reduces the harmful agricultural run-off into the environment, says Rosenberg.”I think we are going to have a bigger and bigger impact on leafy greens and other crops in the future. And the future is going to be very different, in large part because of data.” Vertical Farming is a good concept that should be explored more. Lastly, this system should developed properly in order to have better yields.