"World's biggest" indoor farm gets under way in US

Construction has begun on what is claimed to be the world's largest indoor growing facility in Newark, New Jersey.

Image: AeroFarms
Image: AeroFarms

AeroFarms' 6,400 sq m plant will use aeroponics and LED lighting to grow year-round of baby leafy greens and herbs amounting to nearly 1 million kg per year when in full production, and will also include its new business headquarters.

The company claims its year-round growing leads to 75 times more productivity per sq m than a traditional field farm while consuming more than 95 per cent less water.

Chief executive officer David Rosenberg said: "Today's groundbreaking takes us one step closer to addressing the tremendous demand for our locally grown produce that is setting a new culinary standard for freshness and taste. It allows us to bring our global headquarters and the world's largest indoor vertical farm close to where the consumer is, while also creating jobs."

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority awarded AeroFarms a a $6.55 million (£4.2m) grant tied to the creation of approximately 70 jobs.


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