Commercial-scale outdoor agriculture is one of the nation's biggest sources of non-point source air and water pollution due to the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. In contrast, our greenhouses use zero pesticides and capture and recycle fertilizer inputs.
Reduced Land & Water Footprint
Thanks to high growth rates, year-round production, rainwater catchment, and water recycling, our greenhouses use 1/20 of the land and 1/12 of the water of California-grown produce.
During the winter months, our combined heat and power systems allow us to simultaneously meet our heating and electrical needs, reducing our energy use by 50%. To power our lighting and operations during the warmer months, we are entering into agreements to purchase renewable electricity from the ISO New England grid. In addition, growing our produce here in New England allows us to reduce trucking-associates emissions by over 90% compared to produce grown in California.
In developing our greenhouses, we place a special emphasis on partnering with local governments and ensuring that we are operating in communities that want us there.
Rural areas in New England have been suffering in recent decades from industrial decline. Our greenhouses support the development of a sustainable, modern industry that empowers communities with increased tax revenue, desirable jobs, and no adverse impact on natural resources.
Outdoor agriculture, particularly out west, is notorious for low pay and poor working conditions. In contrast, our greenhouses provide a pleasant and dynamic work environment with top quartile wages and benefits.
Grown in New England
Currently, New England states source an estimated 95% of their tomatoes and lettuce from California, Arizona, Florida, and Mexico. It's time to change that.
From Farm to Table
Most of the tomatoes you see now in the supermarket were in a truck for a week before getting to you. Beyond the environmental impacts of trucking, this delay has several other downsides, such as encouraging growers to pick produce before peak ripeness and increased risk of food spoilage. With our greenhouses, vegetables are delivered to stores on the same day they are harvested.
Clean and Healthy
By avoiding the use of soil, we drastically mitigate the risk of E. coli contamination in our produce. Our produce is also more nutrient dense than remotely grown outdoor lettuce due to losses of nutrient value in shipping.