Urban Farming is the future
Urban farming or city farming is the cultivation of vegetables and herbs in an urban environment. So not like most of us know it in a greenhouse or a field.
The advantages of urban farming are endless. No pesticides are used and the crops are grown directly at the market. It doesn’t get any fresher than this! As a consequence a lot of money and energy is saved on transport and storage costs. Most store-bought vegetables have traveled thousands of miles before being put up for sale. Usually, they have been stored refrigerated all this time, which in turn has an impact on the environment and freshness.
17 years of experience with indoor growing systems
Growing plants in an enclosed space is a discipline that we have mastered through a lot of trial and error. 17 years of designing, manufacturing and testing grow cabinets has resulted in an enormous wealth of knowledge. With this knowledge and experience, we can now quickly realize a design for an indoor city garden in which vegetables and herbs can be grown all year round.
In addition to know-how, we have our own workshop and a wide range of technical horticultural equipment. We can design a custom-made installation and turn any location into a city vegetable garden. This can be done at any desired location and for any desired purpose. For example a school where people want to cultivate for educational reasons. Or for aesthetic reasons in a shop, as a social activity and daytime activity in a nursing home. A restaurant where the chefs themselves harvest those special crops that are not available anywhere else. Or in a fully converted sea container that is placed in a place where there is a temporary need for fresh vegetables.
Most of our urban farming projects are multi layer grow systems.
By using multiple layers, a lot of cultivation surface is created per available square meter. The systems can be used to grow plants in pots with soil or hydroponicly in which case no grow medium at all is used.
Sustainable water and electricity consumption
Our grow installations are recirculating systems. Each drop of water not directly absorbed by the plants is returned to a water tank and offered to the plants again.
The energy-efficient LED grow lights that provide the plants with light give off little heat. Therefore water evaporation by the plant is kept to a minimum.
With relatively little power consumption, these LEDs create enough light in the right spectrum to grow all kinds of vegetables and herbs without the addition of external sunlight. This includes most leafy vegetables, herbs, but also edible flowers such as oxalis.
These factors make it possible for any unused space to be used as an urban garden. As long as there is water and electricity.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of our urban farming systems is that they are easy to maintain and operate. They are very “straightforward” and do not have complicated control software or other equipment that can only be operated by professionals.
The simplicity of our systems enables everyone to become an urban horticulturist. We are of course always available in the background to help and advise you.
Do you have plans to grow your own vegetables and herbs for yourself or your organization? Please contact us without any obligation. Based on your plans and the available space, we can discuss all possibilities.