Made up of 5,000 stacked milk crates planted with flourishing vegetables, herbs and blue potatoes, JetBlue’s 24,000-square-foot T5 Farmat John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York is the first of its kind in the world. Inhabitat recently had a chance to sneak a peek inside what is truly a “departure” from the traditional farm.
etBlue launched the T5 Farm in 2015 as an experiment in urban farming that pushes the boundaries of the local food movement.
“An airport seems like an unexpected place for a farming experiment, but what better way to explore our role in the food cycle than to harvest right in our own back yard at JFK?” said Sophia Mendelsohn, JetBlue’s head of sustainability.
Planted in collaboration with NYC nonprofit GrowNYC, the farm is made up of 3,000 crates of the airline’s signature blue potato plants and 2,000 crates filled with veggies and herbs ranging from mint to lettuce to basil to kohlrabi.
While the farm grows a large variety of species, special care was taken to exclude berries and other plants that could attract birds and other wildlife that could pose a danger to departing aircraft.
The plants are grown in organic soil composted of food waste that was actually collected from Terminal 5 and made into compost at McEnroe Organic Farm in Millerton, NY.