AeroFarms, the Newark, N.J.-based indoor aeroponic grower of leafy greens and microgreens, has been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Best Inventions.
In the online listing, Time calls the company’s patented technology a key advance, specifically the growing medium: “rather than grow in dirt, these crops grow in a reusable cloth made from recycled water bottles. Instead of being doused with water, the crops are hydrated with a gentle mist.”
Co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg said the company has a culture of constant innovation, which is leading to a reduction in operating costs with its proprietary technology.
“We are working with great strategic partners and continue to welcome more on our journey, appreciating our ambitions are high and our impact is greater collaborating within the broader ag-tech and food ecosystems,” Rosenburg said in a news release.
The company has 70,000 square feet of product space at its headquarters with a capacity of two million pounds a year, and another Newark facility with 30,000 square feet of production space.
The company has received numerous other recognitions, from Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2019 and World Changing Ideas of 2019, a Thrive Top 50 agtech company and a Dell Tech Innovator Award recipient. In 2018, the United Fresh Produce Association named Ed Harwood, AeroFarms chief science officer, the United FreshTEC Achievement Award recipient.