Can hydroponics be a key to making produce local?
In 2007 I was among a group of local permies who visited something called the Science Barge floating in the Hudson River. It got a lot of media attention. It focused on using solar power to do a lot of things, including growing vegetables with hydroponics.
Somehow, this little barge morphed into a big outfit called Bright Farms. They're still based in NYC, and one of their first projects was supposed to be in Sunset Park on the roof of a manufacturing loft. As far as I know, that never happened. They do appear to have a large operation in Bucks County, and are gearing up for greenhouses in Wash. DC, St. Paul Minn and a number of other cities.
They have a large staff and are based in lower Manhattan with lots of money from venture capitalists.
Ok, I get this all sounds too weird to be true, but there’s a lot to like in what their CEO Paul Lightfoot is saying. My key question: how do we feel about hydroponics?