In our opinion, vertical farming is the evolution of agriculture.
Recent reports predict that by 2050, the world’s population is expected to grow by another 2 billion people and in addition, we’re losing land as a result of industrial development. This is where we see the demand for alternative solutions such as vertical farming coming in.
But what does it entail? Here’s the lowdown:
What is vertical farming?
Traditionally, people associate growing crops in large volumes in fields, being picked or harvested during the warmer months of the year and then shipped out to businesses all around the country.
However, a vertical farm grows the plants and produce all year round in a secure chamber with LED lighting and strategic placement within a solid structure. These seeds are bedded into the finest substrate so our produce can begin its journey in a cosy germination chamber. We like to call this process ‘pampering to perfection’.
Each row of substrates is then stacked and transplanted into trays to allow them to spread their leaves and mature into greatness. Stacking the trays uses much less space than growing the plants on the ground, maximizing the available space and allowing us to grow so much more produce!
What are the advantages?
Vertical farming is a solution for the future and is a great alternative to having to rely on the scarily decreasing amount of rural land predicted for 2050.
The process offers a larger volume of product production as vertical farming allows us to produce more crops from the same square footage of growing area.
Vertical farming actually allows us to produce crops with 70-95 percent less water than required for normal cultivation; another step in the right direction towards ethical farming.
Vertical farming is protected from the brunt of the unfavourable UK weather, providing greater certainty of harvest output throughout the year. As we like to say, the crops enjoy the benefits of ‘Summer’ all day every day!
Crops are produced in a well-controlled indoor environment and the system allows us to grow pesticide-free and organic crops.
Interestingly, the process doesn’t require soil for growth as the crops are grown hydroponically. It’s good to avoid soil so as to keep the process clean and control the nutrient cycling and water cycling efficiently.
Our vertical farm works hand in hand with our sister brand, Lab Culture! The microbrewery hosts a delicious range of delicately crafted brews, linked to the vertical farming process.
You can find out more information about Lab Culture here.