Indoor Farming Innovators to Open Their Newest Farm in Arlington — Bowery’s Produce Revolution Hits North Texas
Keeping It Green With High Tech ScienceBY Courtney Dabney // 06.30.22
Bowery Farming's Mustard Frills variety is dressed with caramelized onion and walnut relish.
Vertical farming is the wave of the future, using AI and technology to produce a sustainable harvest.
Soon DFW will be awash in organic greens from Bowery Farming.
Indoor farming powerhouse Bowery Farming started from the ground up (literally) in 2015 with its New York City debut. Now, the pioneer in vertical farming is preparing to open its first Texas farm. The next Bowery indoor farm is set for South Cooper Street in Arlington.
The greens grower will deliver fresh produce through e-commerce orders and direct to grocery retailers. Bowery Farming projects that it will serve some 16 million people within a 200 mile radius when it begins production in North Texas in early 2023.
Bowery’s 159,000-square-foot Arlington farm will be high-tech wonder and a source of reliable and sustainable local produce. Indoor vertical farming just may be the wave of the future. Bowery’s system integrates software with sensors and machine learning to automate the process. Since the produce is protected from outside elements, it is pesticide-free. The new Arlington indoor farm will utilize water recapture technology with LED lighting, and plans to operate on 100 percent renewable energy.
That’s a lot of green for your greens.
Bowery’s network currently includes farms in Kearny, New Jersey, Nottingham, Maryland and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania along with the New York original. Moving into Texas will expand Bowery’s network of smart indoor farms beyond the East Coast. It’s one of two new state-of-the-art indoor farms planned.
The other is set to open in Locust Grove, Georgia to serve the Atlanta area.
“We’re thrilled to announce our expansion beyond the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions,” Bowery Farming CEO and founder Irving Fain says in a statement.
In 2021, Bowery Farming opened Farm X ― its state-of-the-art innovation hub for plant science located in Kearny, New Jersey. The data Bowery collects there allows these farming innovators to improve on both the quality and yield its farms produce. Fain believes Bowery’s futuristic vertical farming model is positioned to address the challenges facing the world’s current agricultural system.
Vertical farms do not experience droughts, disease, or growing seasons. They can produce lettuces, herbs and berries 365 days a year, regardless of weather conditions.
“There is enormous economic opportunity that comes with supporting our mission to democratize access to local, pesticide-free Protected Produce, and now we are ready to continue our growth more rapidly,” Fain says.
As the world population continues to grow, the need for sustainable farming methods is growing too. Bowery Farming is leading the way. Next stop, Arlington.