Can hydroponics be a key to making produce local?

Drawing of south facing greenhouse with solar collectors

In 2007 I was among a group of local permies who visited something called the Science Barge floating in the Hudson River.  It got a lot of media attention.  It focused on using solar power to do a lot of things, including growing vegetables with hydroponics.

Somehow, this little barge morphed into a big outfit called Bright Farms.  They’re still based in NYC, and one of their first projects was supposed to be in Sunset Park on the roof of a manufacturing loft.  As far as I know, that never happened.  They do appear to have a large operation in Bucks County, and are gearing up for greenhouses in Wash. DC, St. Paul Minn and a number of other cities.

They have a large staff and are based in lower Manhattan with lots of money from venture capitalists.

Ok, I get this all sounds too weird to be true, but there’s a lot to like in what their CEO Paul Lightfoot is saying.  My key question: how do we feel about hydroponics?

Hydroponic greenhouses
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