Lipinski Celebrates Grand Opening of Innovative Indoor Farm in Bedford Park
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) was joined by local officials and area business leaders for the recent grand opening in Bedford Park of FarmedHere, a vertical, soil-free indoor farm – the first of its kind in the nation. The facility, which is housed in a former industrial warehouse, will create an estimated 200 jobs and supply nearly a million pounds of produce and greens to the Chicago area at full production.
“As someone who has long advocated the promotion of new, innovative ways to create jobs and generate economic development in our communities, I welcome FarmedHere to Bedford Park and the 3rd Congressional District. Growing up in this area I would never have imagined a farm in the Clearing Industrial District. That is why I have been especially happy to work with the FarmedHere team for more than two years to help make this project a reality,” said Rep. Lipinski. “The entire Chicago area will benefit by having fresh, nutritious food grown literally right in our backyard. And the energy saved by shipping produce a few miles instead of a few thousand miles will also be a benefit. I look forward to FarmedHere’s continued growth and anticipate similar, creative approaches by other start-up companies also finding success in our communities.”
FarmedHere is the largest indoor aquaponic vertical farm in the United States and the first to receive National Organic Certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To maximize growing operations, beds are stacked vertically and, instead of soil, water from fish tanks delivers nutrient to the plants through an aquaponic or aeroponic system. Water pressure, humidity and atmospheric pressure are set to create optimal growing conditions.
Among the plants that are grown for local restaurants and grocery stores are various types of basil, arugula, mints and other greens. The benefits of the approach include higher yields, cheaper delivery costs, fresher products and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels by cutting down on shipping distances and eliminating the use of traditional farming equipment.
Through a partnership with the Chicago Botanic Garden, FarmedHere will help train local children in urban farming practices.
For more information about FarmedHere, visit www.farmedhere.com.
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