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BrightFarms, a Manhattan-based company that designs, builds and operates hydroponic rooftop greenhouses for others, is planning to build one for itself. The company will build a 25,000-square-foot greenhouse on top of a building near LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, according to an article in the New York Daily News. The facility — slated for completion by March of next year — is expected to produce 200,000 pounds of fresh produce annually for the local markets. If built as planned, the hydroponic greenhouse will be the largest in the country.
In an interview with New York Bounty in July, BrightFarms discussed its plans for marketing rooftop greenhouses to supermarkets. The company was in talks with a dozen national supermarket chains, eight of which had signed up for the facilities.
BrightFarms will move its headquarters to the Long Island City rooftop location. It will build a 7,000-square-foot office space on the 32,000-square-foot roof it plans to lease.
After years of frustration, urban rooftop farmers now have reason to celebrate. Last month, the New York City Council passed legislation that will make the lives of rooftop growers a little easier. The legislation will help both greenhouse farmers and those that grow outdoors on soil-covered roofs. (more…)
Convincing supermarkets to build hydroponic greenhouses on their roofs might seem like a tough sell, but not for Benjamin Linsley, vice president of Business Development and Public Affairs at BrightFarms, a New York City-based operator of rooftop greenhouses.
Onsite greenhouses, Linsley tells prospective clients, will save them truckloads on their produce by eliminating the high shipping costs that jack up produce prices.
Linsley argues that most vegetables on New York City supermarket shelves are shipped from the West Coast. Take lettuce, for example. About 95 percent of all lettuces sold in the U.S. come from California and Arizona.
By the time they reach New York, “lettuces are nearing the end of their natural shelf life,” said Linsley. (more…)