AeroFarms is leading the battle to combat the global food crisis since 2004 using its aeroponic growing systems. Its ninth facility in Newark, New Jersey is the world's largest vertical farm. By disrupting traditional food supply chains and defying traditional growing seasons, they are enabling year-round farming in city centers. By using 95% less water with 75 times higher yields per square foot, every city can have their own, locally grown fresh food. Their new 70,000-square-foot facility in Newark has the potential to harvest 2 million pounds of food a year. The aisles are filled with shelves so tall, they can only be accessed using a forklift crane and farmers must suit up before getting close to the produce. 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.
The world's largest vertical farm, this 70,000-ft facility can produce 2 million pounds of food a year and uses 95% less water than field farmed-food.