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vertical farming

and has lost 70 to 80 percent of its nutritive value."
Altius Farms will charge a premium for its greens being local,
but Herbert says its customers will
be saving by reducing their waste.
"Restaurateurs are throwing away
20 to 50 percent of their produce because if it's not beautiful they can't
put it on the plate," she explains. "We
will be a reliable, local source with
fresh products that taste amazing."
When Altius Farms opens next
year, it will bring with it a social
element of training and employing
local youth, veterans and community members. Tower Gardens were
made first for residential use and are
now the fastest growing garden system in the U.S. "Part of the role of
being a 'pioneer' in this space is that
we must educate families/communities on how to grow themselves, at
home, and how to make good local
purchase decisions in restaurants
and grocery stores," Herbert says.

Altius Farms plans to have two to
three vans when it goes live in June
to make deliveries itself. "My background is in grocery and retail supply
chains, so we will get the right teams
together for that," Herbert notes.
Philadelphia-based
Metropolis
Farms does not deliver its products to
companies more than one hour from
its farm. "There are 6.5 million people within one hour of us," President
Jack Griffin says. "Is that not enough
mouths to feed? We are building more

>> Metropolis Farms is the world's first solar powered vertical farm that is 100 percent energy effiient.

Removing the Headache
Logistical problems can arise when
lettuce travels more than 2,700 miles
to get from California to New York.
"We like to say that the best supply
chain is no supply chain," Blume says.
"Metro Group, the German chain of
grocery stores, is growing produce
right inside its stores. That's a big
benefit to business because they
don't need to figure out where their
product is, how long it's been there
or if it got stuck in a traffic jam. You
get food waste and that's not good for
business or the environment."

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farms and a strategic network to produce green collar jobs, a term we
coined, and local food sources. We
are putting smaller, high-output farms
throughout the city and creating a cooperative to drive down the costs. We
are building the infrastructure of the
future - not some giant-ass farm that's
a vision someone had but not a practical reality."
Metropolis Farms is building the infrastructure for 10 vertical farms to expand its operation. The company can

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