KETOS, Inc. recently announced that Bowery Farming, one of the largest vertical farming companies in the United States, is expanding its use to monitor water quality in real-time across its farm locations. Bowery’s innovative smart indoor farms near urban centers grow fresher, pesticide-free, Protected Produce in controlled environments throughout the year.
The KETOS SHIELD solution enables Bowery to optimize its processes, eliminate manual water testing, and obtain lab-accurate water quality data to support crop yield, manage the nutrient concentration, and ensure product quality. According to KETOS, With its water monitoring technology, the vertical farming company can continuously monitor water composition, make immediate adjustments to nutrient composition, and prevent prolonged subpar crop conditions, leading to better overall crop quality, commented the CEO of KETOS, Meena Sankaran. Bowery’s use of KETOS at all of its farms offers a comprehensive 360-degree view of data, which is vital to support its water reuse efforts. Bowery’s local indoor farms use over 90% less water than conventional or organic farms.
“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 at 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.”
Bowery’s brand has been in the market since 2016 and is currently sold in over 1,400 locations, including major retailers like Whole Foods, Ahold Delhaize, Amazon, Safeway/Albertsons, and Walmart. The partnership between KETOS and Bowery demonstrates the potential for technology to revolutionize agriculture and create more sustainable practices. Using KETOS, Bowery can efficiently manage its resources, improve crop quality, and reduce its environmental impact, while increasing its productivity and expanding its market reach.
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