Urban farming underneath the streets of London
Growing Underground grows sustainable and mouth-wateringly fresh micro greens and salad leaves 33 metres under the busy streets of Clapham. Using the latest hydroponic systems and LED technology, their crops can be grown year-round in the perfect, pesticide-free environment that these forgotten tunnels provide. With total control over the environment, each tiny leaf tastes as amazing as the last and because they are unaffected by the weather and seasonal changes, they can reduce the need to import crops and drastically reduce the food miles for retailers and consumers. The farm’s mission is to deliver fresh produce with no effect on the environment and all energy is sourced from green suppliers. Their hydroponics system uses 70% less water than traditional open-field farming, and because all the nutrients are kept within the closed-loop system they run no risk of contributing to agricultural run-off. Food miles account for a huge amount of wasted energy in the industry. Their produce will travel no further than the M25 and their leaves are delivered within 4 hours of being picked and packed. In the future, Growing Underground could spread out to many other disused spaces. They are gearing up towards full commercial production, and will eventually provide to the retail market as well as local restaurants and wholesale.
Merging the latest technologies with plants and flowers