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Princeton University's Vertical Farming Project is growing food crops indoors on stacked shelves to generate accessible and up-to-date research for the industry. Princeton's model vertical farm is used to identify the optimal conditions for growing food indoors, and that data is then shared with the public. Researchers experiment with various crops, techniques, technologies, and nutrient solutions, with a focus on getting the best harvest with the least amount of resource consumption. They're also testing unusual crops such as edible flowers and wheat. One student researcher is evaluating the environmental impacts of growing kale and lettuce in a vertical farm versus a conventional farm. Another student is examining the costs associated with running a small vertical farm and the feasibility of scaling them up to the community level.