On my trip to NYC, I had to stop by a mythical urban farm on top of a Whole Foods in Brooklyn, NY, where they grow 13+ different types of greens and herbs. It was called Gotham Greens, which is just about the best name for a hydroponic greenhouse you’ll ever hear.

They use nutrient film technique (NFT) channels to grow basil, arugula, leaf lettuce, and more. And better yet, it’s all automated, down to CO2 monitoring, shade clothes, and more. They even make their own line of salad dressings, pestos, and other value-added products with the produce they grow!

There’s so much to learn in this episode, and I’m gonna have to go back to learn about the nuts and bolts of the hydroponic operation as well.

I think urban farming models like this will soon become the norm as we move into a future of food that is going to require MUCH smarter use of our natural resources.


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  • Chowdary Y J

    It seems not useful to learn in the Physical tour .. you would have done this interview on the road also — it is same as this — is it not

  • Brooks Anderson

    I really like the concept. With simplification it might solves some food problems here in water scarce Northern Mexico. What kind of plastic is used for the channels to avoid its leaching into the irrigation water? Would it be the same for an aquaponic system with fish?

  • Stacey Here we grow again

    Great video! So happy you did this on hydroponics! I've only grown in soil but I've heard this is such an amazing method, especially for increasing growth and yields. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Sir. SmokAlot C

    Man I really love this Green house. Only thing I don't understand is , I thought whole foods was big on organics and natural food. That being said Hydroponics is not natural. it's the complete opposite. I mean don't get me wrong I grow hydroponically but don't claim organic. Hydroponically is a really cool awesome way to grow .

  • Joe Barron

    Very cool. But… I imagine the infrastructure for the one location must go into the 100ks of dollars. Seems well worth the investment though to bring super fresh nutrient dense food to urban areas. Much better than big ag model of shipping thousands of miles degraded food grown in polluted depleted soil using tons more water.

  • Pseudo Nym

    Fit for purpose growing. That's what it's all about. Local distribution supporting independent sellers is key.
    Nice one Kev

  • omfug

    Hydroponic veg tastes bland IMO, not a fan. That said, I can see the need for an application like this in some places–food deserts for example, but I am interested in growing my own for taste JMHO.

  • Forage Forage

    People really, really, really should learn how to do something like this, of course on a smaller scale. Reducing The amount of time from farm to fork.. is an awesome concept. This would create a lot of jobs, industry and should drive the price of food down.

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