Organic Vertical Farming Startup in Arlington
New York’s Bowery Farming plans to place one of its newest indoor smart farms in Arlington, creating more than 100 jobs. Irving Fain, founder and CEO of Bowery Farming, says “The addition of Bowery’s Arlington farm to our network is a critical next chapter in our growth. It will expand our reach and ability to be a reliable and sustainable source of local produce for more communities. We’re leading the next generation of agriculture, and this new location further accelerates our momentum.” The vertical farm, set to open in the first quarter of next year, covers 159,000 square feet and will be located in a new industrial space on South Cooper Street to serve e-commerce and grocery stores within 200-mile radius.
The startup plans to use 100 percent renewable energy and water recapture technology powered by its proprietary BoweryOS farm operating system, which integrates software, sensors and machine learning to help automate production of local, pesticide-free protected produce. The Arlington City Council voted to approve an economic development incentive package that includes a 35 percent reimbursement on city ad valorem property tax revenue for the next seven years, as well as waiving building permit fees for equipment and machinery installation.