The need to adopt sustainable practices is fuelling innovation in urban farming.
One of the most exciting projects we follow is Growing Underground, the world’s first underground farm! The futuristic farm is located 40 metres beneath the streets of Clapham in an abandoned air raid shelter. Employing hydroponics, the farm produces micro greens and salad leaves using 70% less water than traditional in-field techniques. The carefully controlled environment means that all food is produced without pesticides and its prime city centre location ensures that food miles are drastically reduced.
According to Architecture and Food (a specialist design consultancy dedicated to delivering high-tech urban agriculture projects) the fresh produce requirements of everyone in London could be met if just 5.6% of the available roofscape were committed to greenhoused hydroponic farms.
We are really excited by the potential of these new techniques and are keen to learn more.