6/21/2012

Brooklyn Will Soon Be Home to the Largest Urban Farm


BrightFarms has ambitious plans to build the world's largest rooftop farm in Brooklyn, New York.  The hydroponic greenhouse company announced back in April that Sunset Park was chosen as the location of the future 100,000 square-foot, multi-acre rooftop farm, which would be able to grow enough food to meet the fresh produce needs of 5,000 New Yorkers.


The Farm will be built on top of Liberty View Industrial Plaza, an 8-story, 1.1 million square-foot warehouse building in Sunset Park.  Sunset park is home to a large Chinatown neighborhood as well as many grocery stores.  The farm will be constructed by BrightFarms, Inc in partnership with Salmar Properties LLC.  The revolutionary rooftop farm is part of the Bloomberg administration's plan to revitalize Brooklyn's industrial waterfront.


The new farm will have the ability to grow up to 1 million pounds of local produce per year, including tomatoes, lettuces and herbs.  The rooftop's greenery can also prevent up to 1.8 million gallons of storm water from going into local waterways.

BrightFarms announced recently that their long-term retail partner will be A&P, the grocery mega-giant formally known as the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.  They will be the exclusive retailer of up to 1 million pounds a year of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs produced at the farm.  The produce will then be sold locally at A&P's various retail outlets including The Food Imporium, Pathmark, Waldbaums, and grocery stores under the A&P name itself.

News via Inhabitat