HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — We’ve been hearing a lot in recent months about food supply chain issues across our region and the nation. But a company located in Luzerne County could be the key to helping resolve those issues in the future.
The company is called ‘Upward Farms’ and it’s is based in New York. They will soon operate a unique indoor farming operation that they say could be key to solving many of our food supply chain problems.
“We think this is a critical project in making America’s food supply chain more secure, safer really, up-leveling quality and access,” said Jason Green, Co-founder, and C.E.O. of Upward Farms.
Jason Green is the Co-founder and C.E.O. of Upward Farms, based in New York. They will operate the indoor farm in the Northpoint Development in Hanover Township. It combines modern vertical farming with the traditional farming techniques of aquaponics.
“It’s a combination of ecological farming and guarantees that we’re always going to have product available, fresh for the consumer. Combined with that whole good system approach that what your getting is sustainable, a great delicious product,” explained Green.
The operation is based in a 250,000-square-foot building in Hanover Township. That will create 125 new jobs.
“This is going to be the largest vertical farm in North America and the largest organic farm in the world,” Green explained.
And logistics played a big factor in Upward Farms’ location in Luzerne County.
“One of the reasons the company chose here is because of their location. We can reach one-third of the U.S. And half of Canada in one day’s drive. So what that means for Upward Farms, they can get their product to market very quick,” John Augustine the President and C.E.O. of Penns Northeast.
And this new type of farming is located on land that many had given up or lost.
“I looked across the valley’s vast acreage my entire life. It was abandoned coal land, abandoned mine lands, polluted streams, now its an economic opportunity for families of Northeastern Pennsylvania.”
The operation should be up and running in several months.