Indoor vertical farms barge into empty office spaces

Just outside the nation's capital, in the urban enclave of Arlington, Virginia, a new purpose is in bloom.

"Above me, we have leeks and carrots — and we actually have some basil and radishes and turnips and other things," said Jacqueline Potter of Area 2 Farms, a Virginia-based vertical farming operation.

Area 2 Farms grows more than 180 different varieties of herbs and produce.

"Baby kale, we have spring mix, we have rosemary, thyme, oregano," Potter said. "So, growing potatoes, tomatoes, leeks, onions, radishes, and turnips indoors is really, really incredible."

Yet, it's where all of this is happening that makes it unusual.

"The building that we're in today was that of a paper storage company," Potter said. "And the landlord was like, 'Come on in' and invited a farm, which was really incredible."


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