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Whole Foods to Build Rooftop Greenhouse on New Brooklyn Store

Whole Foods’ new store in Gowanus, Brooklyn will have the capability for year-round production of vegetables and produce due to the integration of a rooftop greenhouse, which will be the first commercial-scale installation in the U.S..

With the growing interest and demand for local food, installing a greenhouse as a part of a retail grocery operation is starting to look like the next big thing, and Whole Foods Market is taking the plunge, in a big way.

The grocery giant is partnering with Gotham Greens to operate a 20,000 square foot greenhouse currently being built on the rooftop of their new store, which is due to open later this fall. The Gotham Greens will use the greenhouse to grow pesticide-free produce, year-round for that store, and other Whole Foods locations in New York City.

The greenhouse is said to integrate advanced irrigation systems that use up to 20 times less water (than conventional farming), as well as using enhanced building materials and equipment to reduce energy demand.

Once operating, the new rooftop farm will be able to take a big bite out of transport time (and cost and emissions), and at the same time, deliver some of the freshest produce available to local customers.

“Our greenhouse will provide Whole Foods Market shoppers with access to the freshest, most delicious leafy greens, herbs and tomatoes, year-round that will be grown right above the store’s produce department. We’re thrilled with this partnership and to be part of the growing national movement of farmers and food producers committed to providing consumers with high quality, responsibly produced food.” – Viraj Puri, Gotham Greens Co-Founder

Find out more about Gotham Greens at their website.

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