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The freshest herbs in Manhattan were grown in this office building basement

By Siyi Chen

New York City’s discerning high-end chefs often ship in rare herbs and edible flowers from other states or even overseas. But Farm.One, an organic farm in the basement of an office building in Manhattan, can pick and deliver the precious leaves and flowers within the same day, says Robert Laing, the company’s CEO.

With its stacked shelves of hydroponic plants and grow lights, Farm.One is part of a growing movement of vertical farming across the world. The tech-enabled system uses less space and water than traditional farming.

Watch the video above to learn more about how it works.