(DNAINFO) Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | February 3, 2016 — The new 60,000-square-foot Gotham Greens facility will produce vegetables and herbs.
A 60,000-square-foot rooftop greenhouse that will produce more than 500 tons of fresh vegetables a year finally opened this week on Jamaica Avenue in Hollis, officials said.
The new hydroponics facility, operated by Gotham Greens, will allow the Brooklyn-based urban agriculture company to triple the amount of fresh produce it currently provides to its customers in the New York region.
The greenhouse, built on the roof of a four-story manufacturing building at 184-60 Jamaica Ave. which used to house the Ideal Toy Company factory, will grow pesticide-free lettuce and herbs using efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
“Opening this new state-of-the-art greenhouse facility in the middle of winter underscores the innovative story of Gotham Greens,” Gotham Greens CEO Viraj Puri said in a statement. “Never before have consumers in our marketplace been able to get locally grown produce this fresh at this time of year.”