Robbinsville, New Jersey home to new box farm

Robbinsville, New Jersey home to new box farm

The city plans to grow lettuce, kale and herbs in the 320-square-foot facility.

December 4, 2017

The town of Robbinsville says they're the first municipality in New Jersey to take delivery of a portable, hydroponic box farm from which they plan to grow leafy greens.

The farm - located in a 40-foot metal shipping container and can produce an assortment of lettuce, kale and herbs - arrived Tuesday from the Boston company Freight Farms. It's called a Leafy Green Machine.

It's the future, Robbinsville says: the "vertical" farm can pump out leafy greens all year round without the worry of weather or the need for soil or pesticides from a 320-square-foot space. Hydroponics is the science of growing plants in nutrient-rich water.

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