Gotham Greens Expands Into Chicago With New Rooftop Greenhouse
Gotham Greens, which built the nation’s first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouse, recently introduced its newest facility, the world’s largest rooftop farm in the historic Pullman area on Chicago’s South Side.
The company’s fourth greenhouse facility represents a massive expansion for the company, and its first outside of New York. The state-of-the-art, 75,000 square-foot Chicago greenhouse, located on the rooftop of Method Products’ manufacturing facility, is powered by 100% renewable energy, employs more than 50 workers, many from the Pullman community, and will produce nearly 10 million annual crops of local, premium-quality leafy greens and herbs.
“We’re proud to expand our footprint and bring Gotham Greens’ award-winning local produce into a new market, particularly Chicago, which is not only where I spent my early childhood, but also currently, perhaps, the most exciting city for culinary innovation, green development and urban farming,” says Gotham Greens co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri.
Through its unique brand of urban agriculture, now spanning two major cities, Gotham Greens’ expert growers are able to produce the highest-quality vegetables year round. Its proprietary growing methods yield up to 30 times more crop per acre than field production, enabling the Pullman greenhouse to produce yields equivalent to more than 50 acres of conventional field production. Because Gotham Greens recycles 100% of its irrigation water, it also uses 10 times less water than conventional agriculture, while also eliminating all agricultural runoff.By growingly locally, Gotham Greens eliminates the food waste and environmental footprint linked to shipping produce long distances.
Gotham Greens’ local produce will be available in select national and local retailers across the Chicagoland area, including Whole Foods Market, Peapod, Treasure Island, Sunset Foods, Plum Market, Target, and others. In addition, the company has partnered on programs with various Chicago institutions including the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Greater Roseland West Pullman Food Network, Pilot Light, Chicago Botanical Garden’s Windy City Harvest and more.