Appleton International Airport (ATW) in Wisconsin this week announced a new on-airport Flex Farm hydroponic farming system, to provide fresh vegetables for its terminal restaurant to offer travelers.
ATW is working with Green Ba, WI-based Fork Farms on the hydroponic farming unit that uses only water, air, nutrients, and LED lighting to grow 300 pounds of fresh greens annually, and eliminates the need for soil, pesticides, and herbicides.
Thee fresh greens produced by the unit will be grown and harvested adjacent to ATW’s Fox Cities Eatery restaurant.
“Eating healthy on the go can be difficult with a lack of fresh, nourishing food,” said Abe Weber, airport director. “While eating at The Fox Cities Eatery, our ticketed passengers can see the Flex Farm hard at work – producing fresh greens just a few feet away!”