With technology evolving quickly enough for science fiction to become an overnight reality, it’s not surprising that news outlets seem to feature vertical agriculture, indoor farming, or hydroponic growing every few days. Futuristic urban buildings that contain lettuce grown in plastic pipes and farmers dressed in lab-coats do make for a great story, after all.
MILLIS — FreshBox Farms CEO Sonia Lo was among the panelists at VERGE 16, exploring how innovation can improve food safety and provide for those in need. VERGE 16 is a global event series focusing on the technologies and systems that accelerate sustainability solutions. The Sept. 19-22 conference was held in Santa Clara, California.
The vertical farm’s entire product line, while always free of genetically modified organisms, is now Non-GMO Project verified. The Non-GMO Project supports providing consumers with clearly labeled non-GMO food and products, and is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to best practices for GMO avoidance.
Jul 6, 2016, 2:02pm EDT For a few weeks during the frigid winter of 2015, otherwise known to Bostonians as the infamous “Snowmageddon,” Sonia Lo stood at a supermarket handing out samples of leafy greens. Customers with snow-crusted boots and ski jackets marveled when Lo told them the lettuces had been harvested within the past few hours in the town of Millis in the MetroWest suburbs. Since then, Lo has seen increased demand for heirloom lettuce, arugula, spinach and herbs that can be grown without soil, indoors, at any time of year using the method of hydroponics.