Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

US (IN): Vertical farmer pushes the envelope

Robert Colangelo, Founding Farmer and CEO of Green Sense Farms, is no stranger to the environmental world or agriculture, having worked previously for Argonne National Laboratory where he tested the affects of acid rain on different crops and a variety of other environmental businesses. Prior to vertical farming, Colangelo was also involved in brownfield redevelopment, which takes contaminated properties and cleans them up, making the surrounding land more economically viable.

"I consider myself an environmental entrepreneur. [Vertical farming] is a new trend and everyone is talking about eating locally sourced foods that are pesticide free and I thought this was a great field to get into. I did the research and saw that the tech was robust and scalable and went about building our first farm in Portage, Indiana," said Colangelo.

"When we first started, Whole Foods has their Midwest Distribution Center in Munster and we knew we wanted to be close to the customer. Our model is to stay around 20 minutes away from the customer, whether that is a distribution center, hospital, college campus or military base," said Colangelo.

Not only innovative, Green Sense Farms is also dedicated to being eco-friendly, and is always working on new ways to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and minimize waste. Being so close to the businesses they serve reduces their ecological footprint by lessening the travel distance of their distribution, which also ensures a fresher product for the consumer. Green Sense designs, builds, and operates their farms in the USA and licenses their technology to third parties outside of the country. Building this network of locations around the country ensures that many communities around the nation have access to locally grown leafy greens.

Read more at (Peter Krivas)

Publication date: 1/11/2018



Other news in this sector:

8/14/2018 Aquaponics as a way to reduce food imports in the Caribbean
8/14/2018 Aruba government approves vertical farming project
8/13/2018 Video: Vertical farms on the rise in the UAE
8/13/2018 Kenya: Makueni enrolls 150 youths for hydroponics training
8/10/2018 Soil-less farming startup wants to solve India’s food crisis
8/10/2018 US: Indoor agtech producer providing lease-back program
8/10/2018 Singapore gets largest indoor farm at 20,000 m2
8/9/2018 UAE: Plenty builds 200,000 sq.ft. vertical farm in the desert
8/8/2018 US: 300 aquaponic signatures to Congress
8/8/2018 Growtainer 20’ micro greens factory introduced
8/8/2018 Malaysian farmers asked to adopt aquaponics system
8/7/2018 UK: Greenhouses to spring up on Manchester rooftops
7/20/2018 US (KS): Hydroponic leafy greens also successful in rural areas
7/20/2018 Chinese supplier provides full system from seed to crop
7/20/2018 CAN (QC): Montreal supermarket offers produce from rooftop garden
7/19/2018 Aquaponics real estate: Planting densities
7/19/2018 "Vertical farming has a place for nations struggling to produce food"
7/18/2018 US (NV): Indoor farm brings local produce to Las Vegas
7/18/2018 Meet the man who gave Singapore local strawberries
7/17/2018 Affinor Growers signs Tom Baumann to consult for agriculture development