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Gotham Greens

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:

  1. A 15,000 square foot facility that produces 100,000 lbs. of leafy greens a year.
  2. A 20,000 square foot facility atop a Whole Foods store that produces over 200,000 lbs. of leafy greens a year.
  3. 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.

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