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BrightFarms Reveals That A&P Will Be Its Retail Partner for Sunset Park’s Massive Rooftop Farm
Posted By Holly McWhorter On June 21, 2012 @ 2:53 pm In Architecture,Brooklyn,Food,Green Space,Health,Sustainability Initiatives,Urban Farming | No Comments
We’ve been following BrightFarms’  plan to build the world’s largest rooftop farm  in Brooklyn, and now they’ve sent us word revealing who their long-term retail partner will be – A&P . The grocery mega-giant (formally known as the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company) has signed a long-term produce purchase agreement with BrightFarms for the Sunset Park  project, and will be the exclusive retailer of the up to 1 million pounds a year of lettuce, tomatoes and herbs produced at the farm. The veggies will then be sold locally at A&P’s various retail outlets, including The Food Emporium, Pathmark, Waldbaums, and grocery stores under the A&P name itself.
According to Paul Lightfoot , CEO of BrightFarms, “A&P is a superb partner because it shares our dedication to being good stewards of the communities it serves.” The 100,000 sq. ft., hydroponic greenhouse farm will be a huge asset to the city and its environmentally friendly goals, providing enough fresh veggies to feed up to 5000 New Yorkers, while also keeping as much as 1.8 million gallons of storm water out of sewers, and creating new jobs.
BrightFarms  plans to begin construction on the farm in the fall of this year, and the grand opening is planned for early 2013.
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 BrightFarms’: http://brightfarms.com
 the world’s largest rooftop farm: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/brightfarms-announces-plan-to-build-worlds-largest-rooftop-farm-in-brooklyn/
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 Paul Lightfoot: http://brightfarms.com/people/paul-lightfoot
 + Bright Farms: http://brightfarms.com/projects/sunset-park-brooklyn
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