Living Greens Farm expands grow room for vertical plane aeroponic farming
Aeroponics is the practice of suspending a plant’s roots in the air and spraying them with a nutrient-rich solution instead of burying them in soil.
Living Greens Farm, a Faribault, Minn.-based vertical, indoor aeroponic farm that provides fresh salads, microgreens and herbs year-round, is set to become what is said to be the largest vertical plane aeroponic farm in the world. That’s because Living Greens Farm is opening a third grow room, bringing its farming operation to 60,000 square feet.
Aeroponics is the practice of suspending a plant’s roots in the air and spraying them with a nutrient-rich solution instead of burying them in soil. Living Greens Farms’ patented vertical plane design allows one acre to produce the equivalent of hundreds of conventional acres. A high-tech computer system manages the plants’ growing conditions for variables such as light, temperature, humidity and CO2. Overall, Living Greens Farms’ system uses 200 times less land and 95% less water than traditional growing methods.
“Our patented growing technology has changed the game of aeroponics. Within one year, our new farm will save 24 million gallons of water and several hundred thousand miles of shipping, saving over 35,000 gallons of diesel and nearly a million pounds of CO2 emissions," says Dana Anderson, chairman and CEO. “With our third grow room, Living Greens Farm will nearly triple its capacity, move into major market segments and position the company for even stronger growth in 2019. The expansion places Living Greens as the world’s largest vertical plane aeroponic farm in the world.”
Living Greens Farm’s new grow room will expand its consumer product line into new states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota by February.