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Community & farming

Farms for urban spaces

Urban farms are special. They can be built in basements, rooftops and other spaces that are often unused in our cities.

Vertical farms are especially powerful, because they can be operated without outdoor light, in tight spaces that are hard to use for other purposes. We’ve proved this with our TriBeCa basement farm, which is a truly tight squeeze, sharing a building with a 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, an eye hospital, and a vet!

Our vision is to use the power of vertical farming to re-connect people to where their food comes from, and provide new employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The power of small farms

We can work at large or small scales to create transparent, open farms that relate directly to their communities, and which are physically accessible to all visitors. 

Small farms are powerful because they can be built quickly, do not require huge investment, and are much more ‘human’ in scale. Small farms are peaceful, inviting places for young people and adults to connect to food.

Small farms bring us closer to the vision of a food system that closely connects farmers to real eaters and real cooks.

Food values

In line with our Diversity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism efforts, our opportunity as a company is to build farms which not only spread our values but which also create opportunities.

These opportunities are open to Black entrepreneurs, indigenous entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs of color and other underrepresented groups whose communities are defined by nonconforming gender expression and other non-geographic definitions.

The power of openness

Unlike most vertical farming companies, we open our farms to the public for visits and experiences.

This not only achieves our aims of transparency and openness, but also makes our farms viable in many different places, as they have a broader revenue base.

We believe vertical farms have to be sustainable financially as well as environmentally. Tours, classes and events are a great way to help achieve this goal.

Beyond Manhattan

We started in Downtown Manhattan, because of its concentration of chefs and foodies, making it a perfect place to prototype the idea of sourcing specialty produce locally. Chefs and visitors love the quality of our produce and the delight of being surrounded by plants. We’re able to deliver easily by subway and bike due to how connected our neighborhood is.

Farm.One is now expanding into other neighborhoods of New York, so that we can provide food, education, experiences, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in local neighborhoods. These farms will be supported by and contribute to our larger central farm.

Flagship farms, new cities

We’re also now ready to open up new Flagship farms in other cities across the US and the world.

Flagship farms serve as hubs in major cities, allowing us to build other outposts in the same city that serve specific neighborhoods and purposes.

Farm.One operates best in larger city environments or places where specialty produce is in demand, such as resorts or tourism destinations.

Each farm we build is designed to represent a city’s community, its architecture and its people — it’s not a cookie-cutter approach.

Talk to us today if you have an interesting idea about how to work with us.

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