Construction should begin this spring on Clearwater Organic Farms, a large hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester, NY where organic leafy greens will be grown year-round. The 475,000-square-foot greenhouse will sit on 13 acres at the Eastman Business Park, an industrial site built to supply Kodak's film products. The Park, and ensuing greenhouse, are part of a wider effort to revitalize areas of New York State.Read More
Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer valuable educational and psychological benefits by connecting urban people to the food they consume.
At the same time, there is little concrete evidence to show how so-called controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) compares to conventional field agriculture in terms of energy, carbon and water footprints, profitability, workforce development and scalability.Read More