A garden at an airport? JetBlue opens a potato farm at New York JFK

JetBlue has a new garden at New York John F. Kennedy Internatonal Airport. Photos: JetBlue. 

JetBlue has a new garden at New York John F. Kennedy Internatonal Airport. Photos: JetBlue. 

Can you grow potatoes at an airport?

Thanks to JetBlue, we will learn the answer to that question. The airline on Thursday unveiled a new produce garden at Terminal 5 at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

JetBlue is opening it with The Hain Celestial Group, which owns Terra Chips. As you know if you have flown JetBlue, the airline gives Terra Chips - the blue potato version - to passengers on its flights. If all goes well, this garden will grow potatoes that will be used for the chips.  [Last year, JetBlue says it gave out 5.8 million bags of blue chips.]

Here are the details on the farm:

  • It is 24,000 square feet.

  • It features 3,000 crates of potato plants, herbs and other produce.

  • Each harvest should produce more than 1,000 pounds of blue potatoes.

  • JetBlue will also grow arugula, beets, mint and basil. And probably other stuff too.

  • It is the first blue potato farm at an airport. [Why does this not surprise me?]

  • Some of produce will go straight to airport restaurants. 

  • JetBlue will also donate some produce to local food pantries.

  • JetBlue will also grow other plants chosen to deter birds and other wildlife from the area. 

JetBlue considers itself New York's hometown airline, so I realize why the airline picked New York for the special garden. But it would make more sense in Long Beach. In California, we have year-round sunshine. Is there enough sun in New York to grow produce? Will the produce smell like jet fuel?

What do you think this of this idea? It's a great marking move. But will it actually produce potatoes, herbs and vegetables?


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