Urban or Vertical Farming is becoming a reality. An Urban Farm can be built anywhere, but the general trend is to build them close to urban centres utilising brown space such as existing warehouses. Within the existing building an insulated box, similar to a supermarket fridge, is built to contain the vertical farm. This box eliminates all the ambient influences such as sunlight and therefore complete climate and enviromental control can be achieved.
The introduction of commercially affordably LED lights has made it possible for crops to be grown on stacked benches in multiple layers, thereby reducing the footprint required to grow crops. The computer control of temperature, CO2 levels, air velocity and the LED’s themselves has created an environment where crops can be grown to very exacting standards, homogenous in size and colour, free from disease, insects and bird mess. Importantly, the crops can be grown in precise quantities on the exact day required by your customer.
The benefits are obvious with reduced food miles, improved food security, disease reduction, reduction in food waste and the ability to feed the world when land is becoming a scarcer resource.
The worlds water resource needs to managed intelligently and an urban farms water usage can be 90% LESS water than conventional greenhouse or farm grown crops.
CambridgeHOK are building these facilities now and have the experience and capability to integrate all of the environmental factors to help maximise crop production.
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