New York City is one of the most densely populated cities in the United States. Given the size of the city, it is no surprise that hydroponic farming (a method of growing plants in a soilless mineral nutrient solution) is becoming an increasingly popular option to cater to the high demand for fresh produce.
A Manhattan-based hydroponic farm is providing pesticide-free fresh produce grown within the city. Farm One produces a variety of herbs, edible flowers, and microgreens. Working with some of the best chefs and NYC restaurants, the sustainable farm claims to reach 90 percent of its buyers by bicycle within 30 minutes.
Built in April 2016, Farm One is part of the Institute of Culinary Education. The farm plants over 150 different varieties of crops on rotation. In addition to delivering fresh produce, Farm One conducts regular tours and offers classes on hydroponics and indoor farming for both budding chefs and home cooks.
100 percent pesticide-free produce that uses 95 percent less water than traditional gardens
The indoor hydroponic gardens are lit by LEDs. High-tech systems monitor the correct levels of moisture and nutrients all round the clock. The plants are fed with nutrients carefully calibrated to provide specific growing conditions for even the rarest of greens.