JetBlue Airways may have just eclipsed Virgin for most modern and conceptual airline with their latest endeavor at New York’s JFK Airport: they’ve opened a 24,000-square foot urban farm off Terminal 5.
The farm project is a partnership between JetBlue and GrowNYC, a non-profit environment group working to make NYC more green, and is meant to educate students and travelers about sustainable gardening as well as provide fresh “farm to tray table” ingredients for JetBlue flights, terminal restaurants, and local food banks.
Currently, the main crops are potatoes, beets, mint, chives, basil, carrots, onions, arugula, spinach, garlic, and other herbs, producing over 1,000 pounds of potatoes every 4 to 6 months. The plants are grown in plastic milk crates bolted together and tied to the cement floor, and it should be open to visitors this spring. Once open, the plan is to host educational programs for local students and to allow JetBlue passengers to sign-up for free visits. Eventually, they hope to include bees and butterflies, but only time (and regulations) will tell.
Learn more about JetBlue and GrowNYC’s farm and various sustainability projects at JFK here.