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Eko Company Hopes for New Rochelle Expansion

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Eko Director of Social Media Lou Guberti became involved with the environmental company in July after catching up with Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity brother and Eko Chief Investment Officer Luke McGeehan this past summer. The two decided to join forces and work to help expand a company, which promotes healthy eating, throughout communities in Westchester County such as New Rochelle.

The company also mixes historical farming techniques with innovative new materials and ecological science to create high-yielding farm ecosystems according to its Facebook page.

While the company currently caters to 18-24 year olds, Guberti hopes Eko attracts older people as well.

“Eko is for everybody,” said the New Rochelle resident                                    .

The company also links real estate developers, architects, biologists, and agricultural specialists in a network of urban rooftop farms. Each has a uniquely customized rooftop farm to supply nearby restaurants and specialty stores with sustainable, local produce as well as exotic fruits, vegetables and flowers and other ecological goods typically lost in urban environments. The company's sole mission is to restore and enhance ecological systems for human spaces, according to the page.

Eko currently has a pilot site in Ridgefield Park, N.J., along with a site in Brooklyn. The team comprised, of Guberti, McGeehan, Chief Operating Officer Dylan Brown and Chief Marketing Officer Libby Klein, are currently working on one in Manhattan before making their way out to Westchester County and the rest of the tri-state area.

Guberti hopes to bring the concept to New Rochelle within in the next six to nine months, pending a variety of factors such as obtaining the necessary permits. The company’s immediate goal, however, is building capital in order generate a revenue stream.

Guberti is proud of how far the company has come in the short time it has existed.

“It’s like every couple months there's a big progress forward,” he said.

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