Neatly cultivated rows of vegetables. A tractor moving deliberately across green acres. Amber waves of grain. Those are the bucolic images usually conjured by the idea of farming. But one of the most innovative farms in New Jersey operates inside big box building in Newark.
The plants are tended by employees of AeroFarms, a vertical farming company based in the city. In this edition of NJBIZ Conversations, Editor Jeff Kanige spoke with AeroFarms co-founder and CEO David Rosenberg about the company’s approach, its plans to go public through a merger with a SPAC and what vertically grown kale tastes like.
“My 14-year-old eats it like popcorn. If he’s watching a movie I’ll take a clamshell of kale give it to him and he he just eats it like at a movie, like popcorn,” he said. “It’s that good.”