In recent years, food deserts have become increasingly problematic. Not only do they make it more difficult for families to source products, but in times of COVID-19 they also make it almost impossible to start a family and eat nutritious meals.

Recently, AeroFarms, a vertical farm based in Newark, partnered with Hortifruit to improve the lives of people in food deserts.

If you’re unfamiliar with vertical farming, this is the process of growing crops in vertically stacked layers in highly controlled environments. And you’d better learn because it’s the future of farming. AeroFarms covers an area of ​​over 70,000 square meters and is currently the world’s largest vertical indoor farm. Within the farm, a range of fruits, vegetables and vegetables are grown using a patented aeroponic system, resulting in faster harvest cycles, food safety and lower environmental impact.

Hortifrut, the company AeroFarms just worked with, is best known for its blueberry production. Side by side, the two companies plan to develop both blueberry and cane berry production in these controlled indoor spaces and vertical farms.

In an article on, David Rosenberg, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroFarms, David Rosenberg stated, “Our partnership with Hortifrut allows us to identify and optimize blueberry and sugarcane plants for indoor growing in order to learn and scale production these types of speeding up harvests. “AeroFarms has spent a lot of time searching for the perfect way to grow sweet and nutritious fruits. This partnership will pave the way for delicious fruits and more.

Both companies hope to improve the use of technology and thereby make Americans feel better about food security.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of talk show host Judi Franco from New Jersey 101.5. All opinions expressed come from Judi Franco.

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