Bowery Farming wants to trade your green for their greens. Based in New York City with their first farm-warehouse located in Kearny, NJ, Bowery uses the latest in LED and robotics technologies to grow leafy greens. Unlike traditional Organic farming, which uses approved organic pesticides to deal with unwanted six-legged, non-paying customers, Bowery applies literally 0 (zero) pesticides to their produce. By utilizing vertical farm techniques, purified water, and gobs of data from sensors located all over the place, Bowery can totally control the growing environment to prevent infestations. In fact, Bowery Farming is the first farm with it’s own Operating System called BoweryOS. This system allows them to constantly improve their automation and perform valuable analytics on the continuous flow of data from their farm systems. This leads to what they call “smarter harvests” which allows them to harvest at just the right time.
Whether you’re for or against Genetically Modified Organisms, you can’t deny the power of the careful and steady cultivation of better crops that we have been doing for thousands of years. You could call this “slow genetic modification by artificial selection”, and Bowery only sources their seeds from partners who have been in the SGMAS business for decades.
Bowery also only delivers to local grocers, keeping the distance from farm to table under 10 miles, which keeps transportation costs to a minimum and that Cobb salad fresh and crisp. Local delivery also allows for produce to reach the grocer’s shelves the same day it’s picked. With this model, vegetables avoid storage damage and rot, and fruits are allowed to ripen longer on the branch or vine. This improves flavor and reduces waste, a major issue with current agricultural practices. Bowery Farming’s vertical farming design also allows 100x more produce to be grown per square foot of area, which is an ideal future for the inevitable rise of densely packed cities and the rapid desertification of arable farmland.