Edenworks is pioneering a new level of freshness and nutrition in local food by operating aquaponic vertical farms to grow ready-to-eat greens and fresh fish for grocers. Virtually all salad in America comes from California, Arizona, or Mexico — a journey that can last a week. Edenworks’ distributed production means they’re in store a day after harvest. As a result, Edenworks can grow crops that are flavorful and nutritious but delicate, like microgreens, rather than crops that are optimized for shipping but not very tasty, which is what dominates salad today. Edenworks both develops the technology and operates the controlled environment farms. Their engineering team focuses on two major themes: automation to improve efficiency, and using data to create the perfect spring day for each crop. Founded in 2013, Edenworks is based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and has a multidisciplinary team of architects, engineers, agronomists, and growers. Find them in NYC Whole Foods Market stores in 2017.