Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, left, joins groundbreaking ceremony for vertical farm Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, left, joins groundbreaking ceremony for vertical farm. (Steve Lubetkin Photo/ Used by permission)

NEWARK, NJ—A novel approach to the challenge of creating urban agriculture got underway in a heavily industrial section of New Jersey’s largest city today. State and local officals joined executives of AeroFarms for the groundbreaking of the company’s 69,000 square-foot, $30 million vertical farm facility in the Ironbound section.

The vertical farm takes advantage of AeroFarms’ advanced aeroponic technology for growing vegetables. Plants are grown on a recyclable cloth medium that allows the roots to be misted with a blend of nutrients and water. Special LED lights deliver the exact spectrum of light the plants require for most efficient photosynthesis.

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