Inside Gotham Greens' Rooftop Greenhouses

You have to look up to find lettuce grown by urban farming company Gotham Greens. The company has rooftop greenhouses that span more than 170,000 square feet in Chicago and New York City.

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Gotham Greens' climate-controlled commercial greenhouse produces leafy greens year-round -- even through Chicago winters -- for customers including local restaurants and grocery stores.
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Gotham Greens co-founder and CEO Viraj Puri (left), co-founder and CFO Eric Haley and Chief Agriculture Officer Jennifer Nelkin Frymark stand in one of the company's greenhouses.
A salad made with freshly harvested lettuce from Gotham Greens sits on a kitchen counter at the LUXBAR Chicago restaurant on Feb. 10, 2016. The restaurant was one of the first customers of produce from the 75,000-square-foot local rooftop greenhouse, which opened in October 2015, atop a soap factory.
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This greenhouse sits atop a Whole Foods Market in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and supplies the store directly beneath it, as well as other Whole Foods stores in the region.
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A Gotham Greens employee releases beneficial insects into the greenhouse which helps combat pests.
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Gotham Greens lettuces, like this butterhead lettuce, are packaged in clamshells and sold locally in Chicago and New York City.
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Rows of Gotham Greens basil.
A Jan. 14, 2016, photo shows a giant rooftop greenhouse owned by New York-based Gotham Greens atop a factory where Method brand soap is made. Heat from the factory helps make heating the 75,000-square-foot greenhouse easier in the winter.
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Pictured is a clamshell of Windy City Crunch, just one of the lettuce options consumers can select when purchasing Gotham Greens produce.
Viraj Puri, CEO and co-founder of Gotham Greens, stands in the company's Chicago rooftop greenhouse on Feb. 10, 2016.
Young lettuce plants sit in slots to grow in the Gotham Greens greenhouse in Chicago on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016.
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An aerial photo of the Gotham Greens greenhouse in Queens shows the expansive greenhouses where several varieties of greens are grown.
Chief Agriculture Officer Jennifer Nelkin Frymark points to lettuce crops at the company's Chicago rooftop greenhouse on Feb. 10, 2016.
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