The mayor of Jersey City announced a partnership with AeroFarms to develop the country’s first municipal vertical farming program. At 10 sites across the city, approximately 19,000 pounds of vegetables will be grown yearly. The program is part of a larger initiative by the World Economic Forum called Healthy City 2030. Jersey City is one of four cities participating globally; its selection is related to its status as a “food desert.” Residents will have access to free produce, but in return, they must attend healthy eating workshops and consent to regular health screenings.
- There will be 10 vertical farms throughout the city growing 19,000 pounds of vegetables yearly.
- Jersey City is one of four cities worldwide participating in the program on behalf of the World Economic Forum.
- Jersey City has been identified as a food desert with minimal access to supermarkets or large grocery stores.
“The public will get access to free fresh vegetables grown in Jersey City through the nation’s first municipal vertical farming program, according to an announcement by Mayor Steven Fulop.”