Martha Irvine (Associated Press) published a long story about indoor farming and FarmedHere:
“Farming in abandoned warehouses has become a hot trend in the Midwest — with varying degrees of success — as more entrepreneurs worldwide experiment with indoor growing systems in attempts to grow more food locally.
Now one facility, FarmedHere LLC in suburban Chicago, is attempting to take indoor warehouse farming to the “mega farm” level, in a region of the country known more for its massive hog, corn and soybean farms than for crops of boutique greens.”
Here is a video from the Grang Opening event:
Huffington Post also has a story about FarmedHere:
“Celebrating its grand opening in Bedford Park, Ill., on Friday, FarmedHere utilizes a soil-free, aquaponic process to grow organic greens that are both tastier and more sustainable than traditional farming.
Here’s how it works: Plants are grown in beds stacked as much as six high by using a mineral-rich water solution which is derived from tanks of hormone-free tilapia offering up nutrients to the plants in a controlled environment that ensures optimal growing.”
Read the full story and see more pictures from the farm: FarmedHere, Nation’s Largest Indoor Vertical Farm, Opens In Chicago Area
Paul Hardej, our Vice President of Production and Development, talked about FarmedHere with Turi Rider on her show at WGN radio, you may listen to the full interview by clicking here or by visiting WGN’s website at http://wgnradio.com/2013/03/28/chicagos-own-indoor-farm/
Paul was also on WBEZ’s Morning Shift Show, listen here:
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Bob Benenson writes at Examiner.com:
“During the opening ceremony, Jolanta Hardej noted the role of vertical indoor farming in the broader trend of urban agriculture that also includes traditional in-ground cultivation in city lots, greenhouses, rooftop container gardens, community gardens and even homeowners’ backyard gardens.
“Why not farm here, in urban settings, where most of us live?” she said, citing a United Nations report that predicted a world population of 10 billion by 2050, with more than 80 percent living in cities.
Environmentalist advocates of vertical farming hail it as the ultimate in “green” growing. Because the indoor environment protects the plants from insects and weeds, no chemical pesticides or herbicides are used, making the process inherently organic. The plants are grown hydroponically, with their roots in water, or aeroponically, with nutrients spray onto the roots.”
Ben Schiller at Co.Exist writes:
“The latest addition to the crop is this 90,000-square-foot green-growing factory, about 15 miles from downtown Chicago. Making use of an abandoned warehouse, it is a vertical indoor farm for producing arugula, four types basil, and a whole bevy-ful of fish. Most ingeniously, the water from the tilapia tanks is used in the aquaponic (when plants grow in water) and aeroponic (sprayed) systems, so that very little water is ever wasted.”
Read more here: Inside A Nondescript Chicago Warehouse Hides An Enormous Farm
At BusinessInsider.com, Dina Spector writes about Jolanta Hardej, our CEO:
“Hardej started reading books and attending seminars on vertical farming, a kind of urban farming that saves space by growing crops in flat beds stacked on top of each other, typically inside tall buildings.”
And they have even more pictures! Full story here: We’ve Run Out Of Farming Land, So Here’s How One Company Is Growing Vegetables Without Dirt
And in ChicagoGrid, David Roeder writes about our neighborhood:
“Home to a vast switching yard for the Belt Railway Co. of Chicago, Bedford Park historically has promoted its transportation connections to companies looking to set up a factory or a warehouse.
It’s not normally thought of as a place for food production, but two such developments have started there. They occupy opposite ends of the healthy eating spectrum, but both are impressive because of their size and audacity. One place produces salad greens, the other doughnuts.”