Our Growing Method
Don’t plants need sun?
In fact, no. Plants don’t need sun, they need particular combinations of the sunlight’s spectrum – certain frequencies of light. By providing just the frequencies they need, using LED lights, the plant grows more efficiently. We also use spectrum to adjust aspects like color, flavor, and texture.
Don’t plants need soil?
They don’t actually. Plants need water and nutrients – which are traditionally stored and provided by soil. As commercial agriculture has strained to produce enough food for our growing population, and pesticide-use has increased, the soil has been taxed beyond what it can naturally reverse. Much of our arable land lacks essential nutrients and contains toxic substances.
We grow our greens in a BPA-free, post-consumer recycled, reusable cloth. Below the cloth, we create a mist environment, containing the exact amounts of water and nutrients the plants need, when they need it. Then we filter and recirculate the water and nutrient solution. Above the cloth, the leaves stay completely clean. Our plants receive all the benefits of soil, with none of the risk.
Is this hydroponic?
No. Hydroponic growing is a popular form of indoor agriculture that involves submerging the roots in water. The term is often used to describe all indoor growing methods, but this is not accurate. We use our own unique Aeroponic method providing water to the roots in a mist, using 40% less water than hydroponic farms.
How can you grow without pesticides?
You only need to use pesticides if you have pests. Every aspect of our operation is optimized to ensure that pest life cycles never get started. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is built into our design and methods so that we will never need to use pesticides.
Why collect 30,000 data points on every harvest?
AeroFarms is a marriage of data science, engineering and biology. Even with exacting techniques and precise recipes for nutrients and light, biology introduces infinite variables. By monitoring every aspect of the plant at every moment, we can address the whims of biology in real time to make sure that our leafy greens are uniformly delicious and always up to our high standards.
How many acres of land is equivalent to one of your farms?
AeroFarms uses less than 1% of the land required by conventional growing to achieve the same harvest volume. That means we are over 130 times more land efficient than field farming annualized based on our vertical nature of growing and up to 30 harvests per year.
Can I have a tour?
We are not offering public tours right now in order to protect our carefully controlled growing environment.
Will you build a farm in my town?
Everyday we have tremendous demand from around the world about bringing a farm to a new market. We are busily working to develop additional farms. If you or your organization would like to help finance a farm and help speed up on our farm development process, please get in touch with us here.
Can I buy an AeroFarms system for personal use?
We are exclusively focused on large scale commercial farms so that we can help have a bigger impact on transforming agriculture around the world. However, please keep us informed about your interest for personal use, and we will keep you posted on any developments.
How to Support AeroFarms
Can I buy your stock?
Thank you, but we are a privately held company.
Can I invest in AeroFarms?
We are always looking for project farm partners. Please contact us here for more info.
Do you use genetically modified seeds (GMOs)?
No. We only work with trusted partners and never use genetically modified seeds.
Is your product organic?
Not yet. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the government body that oversees organic certifications, has been inconsistent in its evaluation of soilless methods of farming. We meet all criteria for organic certification. In fact, we go further by using zero pesticides ever and do not strip the soil or contribute to any kind of dangerous run off.
Will you donate greens to my charity?
We love partnering with the community and supporting Newark, NJ area by making donations to local food pantries when possible.