Touch the Soil News #940 (Feature photo – Greenhouse Lettuce – CCA SA 2.0 Generic)
Indoor agriculture is not an inexpensive proposition. Founded in 2011, Gotham Greens locates its urban indoor farming operations near large population centers – and has had success in selling its production.
Gotham Greens made news recently, when the Chicago Tribune announced the company’s plans for a new 105,000 square-foot greenhouse in the Chicago area. The cost of $12,500,000 comes to a noticeable $120 per square foot.
At present the company operates three indoor farms in the New York area:
- A 15,000 square foot facility that produces 100,000 lbs. of leafy greens a year.
- A 20,000 square foot facility atop a Whole Foods store that produces over 200,000 lbs. of leafy greens a year.
- A 60,000 square foot facility that produces over 5 million heads of leafy greens a year.
Based upon their production averages, the new facility could potentially produce 9 million heads of leafy greens a year.