VF opens in Avondale to boost sustainable food production

VF opens in Avondale to boost sustainable food production

PHEONIX — A new vertical farm in the Avondale Industrial Park opened last week with the goal of sustainably producing pesticide-free food.

Vertical farms grow produce year-round by controlling light, temperature and water indoors, which allows crops to flourish in urban areas regardless of seasonal or environmental impacts, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Avondale's 12,000-square-foot farm aims to grow food using 99% less water than crop fields while avoiding the use of chemicals or topsoil, the city announced in a press release.

Silicon Valley-founded vertical farm technology affiliates OnePointOne and Willo Farm partnered with the city to design the aeroponics system used to grow the produce. The farm facility will also operate as their new headquarters.

"With our rich history of farming and agriculture, Avondale is pleased to welcome OnepointOne and Willo Farm to the city," Mayor Kenn Weise said in the release. "As Avondale and the West Valley continue to grow, we recognize it is increasingly important to create and preserve a sustainable local food system."

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Source: Ktar News

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