US: Aquaponic vertical farm holds ribbon-cutting in Hanover

Jason Green, Co-Founder and CEO at Upward Farms, Thursday said 40% of all food is wasted within the American supply chain, and 40% of the world’s soil has been eroded due to the overuse of chemicals.

“More people and more consumers have been engaged in where their food comes from now than ever,” Green said. “Consumers and individuals are demanding solutions that are better for people and better for the planet. At Upward Farms, sustainability is at our core, it drives our purpose, and it drives our product.”

NorthPoint Development and Upward Farms held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at Upward Farms’ newest 250,283 square-foot indoor farm in Hanover Township — billed as the world’s largest facility of its kind, which is nearing completion.

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After the completion of Tradeport 164, their investment into Luzerne County is expected to create over 6,707 direct and indirect jobs — bringing more than $121.2 million in annual permanent wages.

“I’m excited to welcome Upward Farms and its 125 full-time, family-sustaining jobs to the growing number of successful economic development projects that have found a home here in the South Valley of Luzerne County,” said State Sen. John Yudichak, I-Swoyersville. “The economic success of the South Valley communities of Luzerne County is emblematic of the region’s economic resurgence and a reflection of NorthPoint Development’s commitment to northeastern Pennsylvania.”

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