What does 80 Acres Farms have in common with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum? Tomatoes.
80 Acres Farms, based in Hamilton, is part of a new exhibition at the Guggenheim and will be growing cherry tomatoes in an indoor grow module right outside the museum on Fifth Avenue in New York City, the company said.
“Countryside, The Future,” is an exhibition “addressing urgent environmental, political, and socioeconomic issues,” the Guggenheim said.
80 Acres Farms is a completely indoor and artificial intelligence-powered farm and this part of the exhibition will mimic the technology used by the company.
“People in New York will be able to look through a large window in the indoor farm to view a crop of fresh tomatoes being grown continuously during the next six months under precise LED lighting and other controlled conditions,” 80 Acres farms said.
“The grow module will demonstrate how indoor farming can benefit the world through growing fresh, nutritious, and pesticide-free food near populations, anywhere in the world by using fewer natural resources,” 80 Acres Farms said.
The project is expected to grow 50,000 tomatoes. The first tomatoes will be ready for harvesting and consumption by late-March. Officials said most of the tomatoes will be donated to City Harvest, a New York City food rescue organization.
“We believe that what we are doing is about the future of food,” said Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms. “Our participation in this exhibition will allow New York residents and visitors to experience how the freshest, tastiest locally-grown tomatoes can be grown year-round indoors in one of the busiest cities in the world.”
Want to see it? “Countryside, The Future” will be open to the public through Aug. 14.
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