Soil and water

Using technology meant for space, Martian vertical-platform farms discover the key to growing plants 10 times faster: age-old opera music

Company chief scientist Matthew Mickens says data can be adapted for home gardeners

TORONTO, April 01, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Could it be that simple? Martian Farms, a vertical farming platform with a new location in Orange, NJ, is using opera music to grow its crops 10 times faster than traditional farming methods.

The company’s chief scientist, Matthew Mickens, who previously worked at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center developing food crops aboard the International Space Station and beyond, said leafy greens currently growing under the conditions led by Martian Farms proprietary LED technology are ahead of their maturation. cycle longer than three weeks. He credits his own personal playlist which includes opera music performed by Maggie Finnegan.

The typical growth cycle for bibb lettuce is 26 days; Martian Farms plants currently mature in less than 3 days. Although it hasn’t been tested in residential settings, Mickens says he thinks the science will hold up for the average home plant.

“For centuries, people have been working on ways to speed up plant growth, whether by placing them in controlled environments, adjusting fertilizer mixes or even playing with different light recipes. “is so simple and so logical: if I told you that we discovered something that beats them all…and that’s the music? It’s the high pitch of the arias,” says Mickens.

Last month, Martian Farms announced its first US-based project to bring a high-tech, efficient and ethical approach to farming. Its technology is based on 26 years of academic research and a combination of disciplines working at the forefront of their respective fields, including former NASA scientists and experts in agriculture and manufacturing.

Located about 20 miles outside of New York City, Martian Farms President and CEO Amin Jadavji said the site selection was aimed at showing the value of the technology to metropolitan areas. Using its proprietary LED lighting technology, photobiology, and automation, Martian Farms can optimize the production of its leafy green plants while manipulating diverse environments to adapt to changing climate, soil, and humidity. water.

The company’s goal is to cultivate a community to support an otherworldly solution to bring scalable, affordable and sustainable nutrition. Join us – and be part of the joke. Happy April Fools!

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Martian Farms is using its space-age technology to change farming as we know it on Earth. We grow local, sustainable, pesticide-free greens that are blockchain tracked from seed to sale in proprietary, closed-loop, state-of-the-art vertical farming facilities that use up to 99% less land and water than traditional agriculture. Join our mission at

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