AeroFarms is an award winning company that aims to solve many of today’s most pressing agricultural needs by building vertical aeroponic farms in sustainable models across communities. On November 9th, 2022, AeroFarms Chief of Staff and Director of Community Farms Jason Ginsberg arrived with his team to inspect the installation of the two farms located in Central High School’s greenhouse, as well as the units housed in George Washington Carver, Sir Isaac Newton, and Michelle Obama Elementary Schools.
According to Director Ginsberg, each farm uses standard electrical inputs and is capable of producing up to 550 pounds of fresh produce annually. In partnership with Central High School’s Environmental Studies Academy, students will soon be able to select among a variety of seeds to plant and harvest. Students can select from baby greens, such as baby kale, watercress, and bok choyto micro greens, such as micro arugula, broccoli, and kale—which can be harvested in just two weeks of planting.
The first priority of the harvests is to provide students with healthy servings of vegetables to take home, produce that replicates farm to table models without any use of chemical pesticides or other harmful inputs used in commercial farming. Other priorities include the educational component of sustainable farming and how modern technologies can improve age-old practices. We look forward to AeroFarms’ partnership growing and providing Central High School’s students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be forward, creative thinkers ready to solve our world’s most pressing needs.