Sam Stoltzfus and Frank Fendler, co-owners of AERO Development Corp, share a vision for the next generation of growing. In 2009, Sam began a venture towards cleaner agriculture that could be carried beyond the fields, onto the rooftops, and into the homes of people all over the world.
Sam and Frank are not the first people to try to grow plants without soil. Hydroponics is the process of growing plants with their roots submerged in water rather than dirt. This developed into aeroponic growing, which is essentially hydroponic growing with moving, nutrient-rich water. AERO systems take this idea further by utilizing vertical space and maximizing produce per square foot. The onsite greenhouse at AERO Fresh Farms became a laboratory to design and test a system that could grow food commercially.
Sam’s original introduction to aeroponics came through a small, residential tower garden. From there a unique, one-of-a-kind, commercial system was developed and has evolved to implement big savings of time and money along with an accelerated volume in production. Ultimately, what has emerged is a square vertical column that maximizes the number of growing spots per column, furthering AERO’s reputation for a constant commitment to innovation.
The commercial systems represent significant profit potential for investors and/or growers interested in purchasing a greenhouse, but Sam and Frank also wanted to have a system that could be used by anyone interested in growing their own healthy food. So they worked to develop smaller systems that can be used in restaurants and kitchens, called AERO Gardens. These systems are perfect for herbs and have enormous aesthetic appeal.
With hearts for people all over the world, these men see these systems being used in greenhouses, rooftops, store fronts, food banks, kitchens, and backyards, both locally and globally.