This week KETOS, Inc announced that the largest vertical farming company in the U.S, Bowery Farming, is expanding its use of KETOS to autonomously monitor water quality in real-time across its farm locations.
Bowery builds smart indoor farms near cities, growing fresher, pesticide-free protected produce in precisely controlled environments, 365 days a year. The KETOS SHIELD solution supports Bowery’s process optimisation, eliminates lab costs related to manual water testing, and offers lab-accurate water quality data to support crop yield, while managing nutrient concentration and product quality.
“Integrating the KETOS units into our farms enables us to maintain the highest quality of water, plant, and nutritional health,” said Tyler Anderson, Lead Agricultural Systems Manager, Bowery. “Understanding water composition for a wide variety of characteristics in near real time is an important enabler to achieving the kinds of high quality, pesticide-free, and nutritious food Bowery would like to make available to all.”
Taking a comprehensive approach and using KETOS at all farms brings Bowery a full 360-degree view of data. KETOS also supports Bowery’s water reuse efforts. Bowery’s local indoor farms grow with over 90% less water than conventional or organic farms.
“Bowery is a leader in vertical farming and we look forward to continuing support of their mission to make fresh, locally-grown food more accessible to communities across the U.S.,” said Meena Sankaran, CEO & Founder of KETOS. “With water composition continuously monitored, Bowery can make immediate amendments to nutrient composition without prolonged subpar conditions for their crop. This means overall better crop quality.”
Bowery, the largest vertical farming company in the United States, designs and builds smart indoor environments to reimagine the future of food. Through its network of smart indoor farms and proprietary end-to-end technology, Bowery is transforming the entire fresh food supply chain to be simpler, safer, and vastly more sustainable. Bowery’s farms are 100x+ more productive than traditional agriculture while using a fraction of the resources – all enabled by leading-edge technology.
Bowery is scaling quickly with five farms in operation, including a state-of-the-art R&D and innovation farms for pioneering indoor Agriculture Science, and two commercial farms under development that will more than double the company’s total production by 2023. Bowery’s brand has been in the market since 2016 and is currently sold in over 1,400 locations including Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize, Amazon, Safeway/Albertsons, and Walmart.
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