Jersey City Chosen for Global Vertical Farm Program
In partnership with the World Economic Forum (WEF) and AeroFarms, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop is overseeing the development of 10 vertical farms that will be located in senior centers, schools, public housing complexes and municipal buildings across the city.
The farms are expected to produce a combined 19,000 pounds of vegetables a year, using just water mist and minimal electricity. The produce will be free to any resident who agrees to participate in five healthy-eating workshops and quarterly health screenings.
Jersey City was one of four cities chosen worldwide to participate in the program, which will target measurable changes to the health of the community. The other participating cities are Moscow, Mumbai and Austin.
According to the mayor’s office, Fulop and David Rosenberg, the CEO of AeroFarms, are working together to find new ways to improve the community’s health, with Jersey City being the first partner in the WEF’s Healthy Cities and Communities 2030 Initiatives.
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