US (VA): In Arlington, from farm to table with a kosher certification

At an indoor farm in an Arlington warehouse, hundreds of varieties of produce grow on vertical conveyors under LED lights that mimic a plant’s day cycle.

The mission of Area 2 Farms is to move the farm closer to people living in urban areas. “We harvest right here, and then we deliver to within a 10-mile radius of the farm,” said Liz Epstein, 20, community outreach director.

Co-founder Oren Falkowitz, a member of the Orthodox Ohev Sholom Congregation in the District, wanted to know if his year-old venture of growing crops on top of each other was kosher.

He called in Rabbi Jack Moline, the retired Conservative spiritual leader of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, to get a kosher certification.“We wanted to assure community members that we were kosher,” said Falkowitz, 41. “We actually got a lot of questions, and a big thing for us is that we really value our community and want to make sure those concerns were met.”


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