Urban, vertical farming is alive and well at MetroGrow Hawaii in Kakaako, Honolulu.
MetroGrow began growing produce in 2013 when Kerry Kakazu, MetroGrow’s founder, acquired the farm’s urban facility, although Kakazu had wanted to grow fresh, sustainable food for quite a while.
“I had been interested in hydroponics as a hobby since my education was in plant physiology, and I was interested in technology,” Kakazu says. “But I didn’t think a vertical farm could be economically feasible because of the energy cost of lighting at the time. The events that triggered the start of the farm were the rising interest in local food production, the introduction of LEDs to lower the energy cost of lighting, and wanting to be involved with the local restaurant industry.” Read more