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BrightFarms Plans to Construct a Greenhouse Classroom as Part of its Proposed Greenhouse Farm

 
 

Classroom would provide a local food production experiential learning center for Lower Makefield Area Schools

NEW YORK, March 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- BrightFarms, Inc., a 365-day per year producer of fresh, locally grown tomatoes, lettuces and herbs, announced today it plans to construct a greenhouse classroom as part of its proposed greenhouse farm in the Lower Makefield area.  The greenhouse classroom would be available by the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year for field trips on local food production, hydroponics and sustainability.

BrightFarms has a history of science education. It was commissioned to design an environmental education center and local food production facility on the roof of the Manhattan School for Children (MSC) on the Upper West Side of New York City. The center utilizes hydroponic greenhouse technology, powered by renewable energy, to grow food in the heart of the city.  It was created in collaboration with New York Sun Works, a 501©3.

The MSC project was created out of the school's desire to cultivate a more sustainable campus and environmentally focused curriculum. The center is based in a high performance greenhouse and features sustainable food production systems with differentiated planting zones for individual and grade projects, a composting center, insect growing areas, a weather station and an indoor classroom.  The rooftop greenhouse also serves as a unique science laboratory for teaching plant science, nutrition and environmental sustainability.

In addition, members of the BrightFarms team have provided an educational experience through the Science Barge since 2007. The project is a prototype, sustainable urban greenhouse farm and environmental education center on the Hudson River. 

Interested Lower Makefield area schools can contact BrightFarms at 215-821-8684 or send an email to feedback@BrightFarms.com.

It has been announced that BrightFarms has partnered with McCaffrey's Market. The proposed greenhouse farm would be built in the area to provide fresh, locally grown produce to their stores. Fresh produce from BrightFarms would be available 365-days per year starting in the second half of 2012.

About BrightFarms

BrightFarms, Inc. is a 365-day per year producer of fresh, locally grown tomatoes, lettuces and herbs. BrightFarms created a breakthrough business model, the Produce Purchase Agreement (PPA), to partner with supermarkets to build greenhouse farms at, or near stores.  BrightFarms has cut the centralized 5-step produce supply chain to 2 steps. Its farm-to-store, 2-Step Produce Distribution method reduces time, distance, greenhouse gases, and pesticides by decentralizing production. Each BrightFarms greenhouse farm is co-owned and managed by local farmers. For more information contact info@BrightFarms.com.

Media Contact: Kate Siskel BrightFarms, Inc., 646-480-5269, ksiskel@brightfarms.com

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SOURCE BrightFarms, Inc.

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