How Google Is Growing Its Own Food
The tech giant is using the leafy green machine from Freight Farms to feed and educate its employees
To bolster its farm-to-table vision, Google has recruited the Leafy Green Machine to grow food onsite its campus. An idea from startup Freight Farms, the machines are built from up-cycled refrigerated freight containers. Using pink lights, controlled temperature and water instead of dirt, it can efficiently grow vegetables right in the Googleplex backyard.
The plants grow horizontally and a single freight grows a week’s worth of herbs for the cafes. Programs for employees are available to show how food is grown and cooking classes drive home the point of freshly picked food.
Google—among other internet giants—are known for offering free breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and more to those individuals who walk within their hallowed halls. It’s not just boring cafeteria food; in fact there are 30 cafes to feed 20,000 employees at the main campus in Mountain View.
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