In the press
Tennessean - Jim Meyers
Inside a nondescript warehouse off Murfreesboro Pike, leafy greens by the thousands push forth from their plastic trays, reaching toward the pink light of thousands of tiny LED bulbs.
This indoor “farm” is the largest venture of its kind in Nashville, expanding the boundaries of what it means to “grow local” in a truly urban setting.
Native Magazine - Andrew Sullivan
It's march, the weather is a warm tease, and Jeffrey Orkin is driving us to the site of what will be Greener Roots Farm, his newest project in hydroculture.
NPR - Caroline Leland
Vertical farming is like growing vegetables in a greenhouse on steroids. The industry includes methods like aquaponics, aeroponics and hydroponics. And it's predicted to reach almost $6 billion in revenues within the next five years.
One of the centers of vertical farming is Tennessee.
SeedStock - Jenny Smiechowski
When Jeffrey Orkin started the Urban Hydro Project, he knew he wanted to test the waters of hydroponic growing on a small scale, but didn’t know exactly what the end result would be—until now.
Urban Ag News - David Kuack
After six years of college and landing a position with a large architecture and engineering firm in Nashville, Tenn., Jeffrey Orkin thought his career as a landscape architect was ready to take off. Then the recession hit. In 2009, after only 1½ years of employment, Orkin found himself jobless with limited prospects in his field.
SeedStock - Abbie Stutzer
Nashville’s urban agriculture scene continues to grow.
In 2009, Nashville’s zoning ordinance was amended to allow both commercial and noncommercial community gardens as a permitted use.