“The addition of our new farm to the network is a critical next chapter in our growth,” said Irving Fain, founder and CEO of Bowery Farming. “It will expand our reach and ability to be a reliable source of local produce for more communities. We’re leading the next frontier of farming, and this investment further accelerates our momentum.”
Bowery Farming is building its newest commercial farm in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Joining its network of farms in Kearny, New Jersey, and Nottingham, Maryland, Bowery’s new Bethlehem farm will be its largest, most technologically-advanced commercial farm yet.
Driven by explosive demand for safer, traceable pesticide-free produce, and propelled by the BoweryOS- which integrates software, hardware, sensors, computer vision systems, machine learning models and robotics to orchestrate and automate the entirety of operations - the strategic location of Bowery’s Bethlehem commercial farm will expand the company’s reach in the region.
This farm will feature a number of developments that build on previous Bowery technology, further automating the growing process from seed to store, and enhancing the efficiency of Bowery’s network such as, Water Conservation: A state-of-the-art, comprehensive water transpiration system will recapture almost all water used throughout Bowery’s growing process, with the goal of reclaiming and repurposing nearly all of the water in the farm.
The facility will also focus on more efficient LED Lighting amplifying Bowery’s holistic approach to sustainability and features industry-leading environmental improvements like energy-reducing LED lighting throughout.
"It's the smartest farm yet, powered by the BoweryOS, this farm will leverage billions of data points collected from Bowery’s network of farms to grow a reliable supply of consistently delicious produce year-round. Laying the groundwork for the next chapter in smart, scalable indoor farming, the Bethlehem farm will feature next-level technological capabilities unlike any Bowery farm to date, deepening the integration of the BoweryOS across all aspects of the business."
Furthermore, it offers restoration to the community. Bowery is working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to transform the Bethlehem location from a non-arable industrial site into productive, modern farmland—stimulating economic revitalization that will provide year-round sustainable farming jobs for the community.
Since the beginning of 2020, Bowery has experienced more than 600% brick and mortar sales growth, and more than doubled sales with e-commerce partners, including Amazon. Bowery’s produce is harvested year-round at peak freshness and delivered to stores within a few days of harvest — a stark contrast to the 90% of leafy greens grown in the U.S., which are transported over 3,000 miles to consumers on the East Coast.
With this new farm, Bowery’s Protected Produce will be available to the 49 million people living within the farm’s 200-mile radius, advancing the company’s goal of expanding access to local, traceable, pesticide-free food to people in every major city in the U.S. and around the world.