Vertical farming outfit Geoponica Greens is expanding its existing operations in Chesilhurst to Hamilton Township, Choose New Jersey announced Aug. 4.
Geoponica Greens will open its vertical farm in the historic Mill One warehouse at 1 N. Johnston Ave.
“True to our nickname as The Garden State and the most densely populated state in the country, it is no surprise that New Jersey is on the forefront of the urban farm movement,” said Choose New Jersey President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Lozano. “Geoponica Greens is an integral part of that movement, and Choose New Jersey is proud to support their continued growth in our state as they bring agricultural innovation to Hamilton and its surrounding communities.”
Geoponica Greens is committed to conserving energy, reducing water usage, and providing more nutrient-rich foods. The company selected the 2,000-square-foot facility, which was once home to notable Atlantic Products Corp. during the World War II era in Trenton.
“Geoponica Greens is dedicated to changing the way food is both grown and realized through our low-waste model and our hyper-local interaction within nearby areas,” said Desmond Hayes, who founded Geoponica Greens in 2014. “New Jersey is strategically located between New York City and Philadelphia, making it the perfect place to reimagine farming. We are especially excited to reach minority communities, opportunity zones and food deserts, and introduce our sustainable methods of agriculture to new areas.”
Geoponica Greens plans to hire three to five employees and interns in the first year. The facility will be able to harvest two to three tons of greens per year at full capacity. It also plans to create a local subscription-based Community Supported Agriculture program.
Choose New Jersey provided Geoponica Greens with state resources information, economic development connections, and site selection assistance and will continue to support the company’s success in New Jersey, according to a statement.