Microgreens are the young, tender seedlings of salad greens and herbs, bringing an exciting, creative development to the culinary world through their intense flavours and aroma, with strong colours for maximum visual impact. Microgreens are particularly popular with chefs to garnish food and enhance salads but are also a very healthy foodstuff because seedlings at this stage of growth are packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants. Microgreens are typically harvested at the fully opened cotyledon stage or the first true leaf stage.
How we grow.....
Vertical farming using Aeroponic technology.
The following method allows us to produce clean, safe, high quality, sustainable and consistent produce all year round.
Vertical farming is the practice of producing food in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated in other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container). The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where many environmental factors can be controlled. These facilities utilize artificial control of light, environmental control (humidity, temperature, gases...) and fertigation. Vertical farming is 95% more efficient use of clean water than traditional techniques.
Systems can be lit by LEDs that mimic sunlight. Software can ensure that all the plants get the same amount of light, water and nutrients. Proper management means that no herbicides or pesticides are required meaning your food is clean and safe.
Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil. Aeroponic culture differs from both conventional hydroponics and aquaponic growing. Unlike hydroponics, which uses a liquid nutrient solution as a growing medium and essential minerals to sustain plant growth; or aquaponics which uses water and fish waste, aeroponics is conducted without a growing medium. It is sometimes considered a type of hydroponics, since water is used in aeroponics to transmit nutrients. Plants need oxygen for their internal processes, aeroponics delivers a far higher dissolved oxygen content to the roots for faster, healthier growth.
Why we grow......
"We cannot be radicle enough..." Sir David Attenborough.
Over population is fueling climate change. How we grow food to feed the population must evolve to be more sustainable, controllable and closer to the point of consumption. The chemicals used and food waste must be drastically reduced or eradicated. Vertical farming and LED's are part of the solution and the industries to produce and support them are growing rapidly.
Our aim is to be part of that solution. Starting small, we want to supply local busnesses in towns and cities first near Henley in Arden then expand to reduce food miles and add to food security. Consumers are more aware now than ever about where their food comes from and how safe it is to eat.
Our system is sustainable, low power and uses vital clean water resources in a smart way.