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Green Sense Farms, Portage, USA


Robert Colangelo and Carl Wenz wanted to show that fresh produce could be grown and distributed profitably all-year-round, providing a consistently fresh supply of food for consumers, and also dramatically reducing the emissions associated with long-haul food transportation.
Green Sense Farms, Portage, USA

By growing crops 
vertically,

we are able to achieve a higher yield, with a smaller footprint.”

-Robert Colangelo, Founding Farmer GSF
Robert Colangelo
Cultivation under LED lighting

The challenge

 

Green Sense Farms is located in Portage, IN only 40 miles from downtown Chicago. The operation is one of the world’s largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights. It grows micro greens, baby greens, culinary herbs and lettuces 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – and can produce around 1.5 million tons of produce annually.

Robert Colangelo

The right lighting 

 

Green Sense Farms leases a 30,000-square foot warehouse in a centrally located industrial park, which can serve a 5-state Midwestern region. It has built two climatecontrolled grow rooms, each equipped with seven 12-meter tall grow towers and 7,000 Philips GreenPower LED production modules. The cool burning lights require less climate control and use less energy, so they can be placed closer to the plants, allowing for more levels to be stacked. For Green Sense Farms this resulted in a cost savings and increased production.

 

Green Sense Farms can now bring affordable, fresh food all-year-round for customers in the Midwest. They make more efficient use of land, water and energy to grow food free of pesticides, herbicides, preservatives and GMO seeds. On top, they create dramatically fewer emissions caused by the transportation of food.

 

As the global population exceeds 7 billion people, this sustainable method of farming requires a small footprint to produce high volumes of quality leafy greens year round to local consumers while conserving energy and water. The future of farming is now.

  Philips GreenPower LED production module

 

The production module is developed for multilayer cultivation in conditioned environments with little or no daylight.

 

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