Food for thought: airport farm to educate students and travellers

Many flight passengers think airline carriers should spend more time on making their food palatable, but one company is now focusing on growing it.

In an effort to educate passengers about farming, JetBlue airline has opened a farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In an effort to educate passengers about farming, JetBlue airline has opened a farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Image by BriYYZ / CC BY 2.0

JetBlue Airways has opened a 24,000-square-foot farm at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City.

The purpose is to educate people about farming and improve the look of the airport terminal, but the company has expressed hopes to eventually grow produce for restaurants in the airport, according to the Associated Press, and to potentially create potato chips that could be served on flights.

The farm is limited to certain plants, which will not attract wildlife to the area, like blue potatoes, arugula, beets and basil. It took three years for the airline to get the necessary approvals to start the project, and the plants selected have the ability to deter birds and animals from the area, according to DNAinfo New York.

The project is a partnership with a non-profit environmental group called GrowNYC, which tries to improve the city of New York through various projects.

The farm will not immediately be open to the public, but the airline hopes to bring students to the farm starting in the spring for education programs.

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