Turning a City Green
At 212 Rome Street in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, growth is taking place. AeroFarms is the reason for that growth. As a leader in urban agriculture, the company utilizes state-of-the-art technology to grow leafy greens, herbs and micro greens in a process called “aeroponics”. In this process the seeds are placed on a cloth material and placed onto 5’-0” growing trays where they are misted with nutrient rich water. The trays are placed on growing racks under integrated LED lighting. Once the seeds have germinated and reached maturity, the trays are removed from the racks and taken by carts to the harvester. The harvesting machine removes the greens from the cloth and packages the product into plastic containers. From here, the greens are packaged for shipment.
KSS is designing the flagship headquarters for Aerofarms, and the aeroponic urban farm. The farm will be completed in phases, culminating in three independent buildings. Building 1 will be processing, shipping and receiving, and farm related support areas; Building 2 will be comprised of growing and cooling space and a laboratory; Building 3 will contain additional growing space, germination, event space and corporate offices.
The facility will operate on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule. Local delivery of the produce will occur 4 times a week to local food markets and restaurants throughout Newark.