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Las Vegas has a new $30 million vertical farm that aims to produce over 1 million pounds of produce every year — take a look

Las Vegas has a new $30 million vertical farm that aims to produce over 1 million pounds of produce every year — take a look

Las Vegas isn't the first place that springs to mind as a hub for sustainable agriculture. But the city could soon become a major purveyor of fresh greens, thanks to a new $30 million vertical-farming facility. At 215,000 square feet, it's one of the largest indoor vertical farms in the US.

The facility is home to Oasis Biotech, a startup that transformed a vacant Las Vegas industrial property into a center for hydroponic farming, a process of growing plants without soil to conserve water and speed up the maturation process. The technique has become quite popular in recent years as farmers look for ways to deliver food year-round, within hours of harvesting their crops.

Though several vertical-farming companies have failed in recent years, Oasis Biotech is leveraging the resources of Las Vegas, a city known for its high-end cuisine and celebrity restaurants.

In July, the company hosted a grand opening featuring local chefs and mixologists who prepared salads and cocktails using in-house produce. Since then, Oasis crops have been sold to Vegas restaurants and casinos under the name Evercress. Prices are similar to what a customer might pay for an organic or specialty product, according to Oasis.

As its business continues to grow, Oasis Biotech could revolutionize the way Vegas — and other cities — approach agriculture. Take a look at its process below.

The company's agricultural system recycles 100% of its unused water and nutrients. In turn, it saves about 90% more water than traditional field-grown crops. The LED lights also use 50% less energy compared with traditional indoor growing systems, Oasis says.

The company's current list of produce includes epicurean treats like green sorrel and mizuna, and it plans to eventually introduce "fruiting crops" such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.

While the produce isn't sold to the general public, it may soon be distributed to local grocers.

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