Hamilton Twp. welcomes Geo Greens, a vertical hydroponic farm
Hamilton Township Mayor Jeff Martin, Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes and Lilian Maura, regional directors of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center, welcomed Geo Greens, a vertical hydroponic farm, to the township on November 12th.
Owner Desmond Hayes founded Geo Greens (formerly Geoponica Greens) in Allentown in 2014 before expanding to this new location. The new 2,000 square meter space in Mill One on Johnston Ave in Hamilton happened to already be equipped with the equipment for a vertical farm by a previous tenant.
Coupled with its location in Mercer County, which fulfilled Desmond’s desire for a central location in the state, it was the perfect solution for expanding his hydroponics business, according to a press release.
With degrees in architecture, civil engineering and environmental science, Desmond knew that the environmental industry would become a major factor in society as a whole and has always paid close attention to sustainability. In particular, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.
He knew he couldn’t influence every point, but if he addressed one thing, Desmond would influence others too. Desmond was inspired when he met various indoor urban farms in the New York boroughs with hydroponics.
Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants with only water, nutrients, and a growing medium, and is superior to growing in soil, according to a press release, because it provides the plants with the maximum amount of accurate nutrients and plants can be grown without pesticides.
Desmond began experimenting with hydroponics and saw its untapped potential in serving various markets in atypical climates. With the growing population, hydroponics offered the opportunity to directly influence food and water, land use and deforestation, and their carbon footprint.
“We’re changing the way food is grown and distributed, and bringing people back to the history of food from farm to consumer,” said Desmond. “By delivering the nutrients directly to the roots of the plants, we can shorten harvest cycles and produce the best flavors.”
In addition to supplying the community with nutrients and sustainability, food insecurity is also a focus of Geo Greens. Geo Greens was recently approved as a Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provider. SNAP provides grocery shopping assistance to people with low or no income and families.
“We are delighted that GeoGreens has moved operations to Hamilton to serve the community and expand hydroponic agricultural innovation in our garden,” said Martin. “I wish Desmond and his team every success in their endeavor to offer healthy food in a sustainable way.”
GeoGreens offers guided tours that allow visitors to experience the growing process firsthand, including education about the nutritional benefits that come specifically from their growing methods. Visitors also have the opportunity to purchase products and take them home with them.
Visit www.HamiltonNJ.com/EconomicDevelopment to learn about the new businesses that have recently opened or moved to Hamilton, and read why Hamilton is a great place for businesses to call home!