Bowery Farming Expands With The Addition Of A New Farm
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
NEW BETHLEHEM, PA - If the new year has you thinking about all things bigger and better, you’re not alone. Bowery Farming announced its expansion with a new farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the company’s largest commercial farm yet.
“Adding our newest, most sophisticated, smart indoor farm in Bethlehem to our network is a critical next chapter in our growth,” said Founder and CEO Irving Fain. “We’re proud to transform a former industrial site into productive, modern farmland, which will create year-round sustainable farming jobs for the community and expand access to a reliable source of traceable pesticide-free produce across the region.”
The farm, which is the most technologically advanced of Bowery’s farms, features industry-leading improvements like LED lighting that reduces energy consumption and a water transpiration system designed to recapture nearly all of the water from the plants, a press release revealed.
Bowery is working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to transform the non-arable industrial site into useful, modern farmland. The grower is also partnering with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Governor’s Action Team to bring the new farm to fruition. Because of its strategic location, the farm will bring local produce to the surrounding population of over 49 million consumers and provide year-round farming jobs.
“Pennsylvania welcomes Bowery Farming to our commonwealth’s rich and diverse agriculture industry and looks forward to supporting the company’s growth as it reimagines how farming can be more sustainable and impactful on our communities,” said Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. “Bowery’s expansion will generate new opportunities by establishing this indoor vertical farm, and will create innovative farming practices, new jobs, and a chance to address food insecurity in the Bethlehem area.”
We at AndNowUKnow will keep our eye on the newswire as more and more growers continue to push for expansion in new markets.