Farmers growing vertically, in a warehouse, say they can grow 100 times more greens per square foot than traditional farms.
Videos and articles are popping up everywhere about new vertical farms opening. An article from Business Insider features a new farm called Bowery, located in New Jersey. Using LED lighting that mimics natural light and instead of soil, growing hydroponically, they are producing over 80 different varieties of greens. Watering, moving plants, changing lighting, or atmosphere are being automated to save labor and energy costs.
Growing 365 days a year
Other indoor growers include AeroFarms, Edenworks, Freshbox Farms, and Green Sense Farms. They can grow 365 days a year, and each incorporates different types of growing such as aeroponics and aquaponics. And these new farms are allowing fresh vegetables to be brought to the table in a very short span of time.
Time will tell if the farms will continue after the seed money is gone. The best way growers can continue to see a bright future is to continue to cut costs by automating the processes that lack in efficiency. The lowest hanging fruit in the automation curve is the nutrient delivery or fertigation process. This is where the Dosatron Nutrient Delivery System (NDS) comes in to play.