Philadelphia is the Home of North America's First Vegan Certified Farm
Metropolis Farms in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is truly the farm of the future. The indoor, vertical gardens take up only 36 square feet of space and a fraction of the water needed to produce their herbs and vegetables. Compared to traditional farms, their system uses up to 98 percent less water and 82 percent less energy – all while producing 1,200 times as much produce per square foot.
Astonishingly, all of this is accomplished on the second floor of a building in southern Philly. The first vertical garden in the area, the team believes that urban gardening can be taken to a whole new level if more people adopt similar technology. Not only can food be grown all year round, but one can hold serious control over the success of Mother Nature’s yields when indoors and eliminate the need for extra measures most farms use in outdoor gardens.
Metropolis Farms is the first in North America to meet the rigorous standards of the American Vegetarian Association to be considered “vegan certified.” Not only are zero pesticides and zero herbicides used in production, there is also zilch in the way of animal manure, blood meal, fish meal, or any other animal bi-product in the soils or fertilizers. Let Metropolis Farms be an inspiration to other veggie producers so the future can hold less animal suffering and more healthy veggies on people’s plates.
Photo credit: Metropolis Farms