Indoor farming, what is it all about?
You like food, and couldn't imagine a world without it. Neither could we! Urban Harvest wants to ensure that we can keep on feeding the world and do so in the most sustainable way possible.
Producing enough healthy and nutritious food is a growing challenge. We are facing global climate change, increasing population and strong urbanisation. These all clash with our rapidly expanding awareness of our footprint on planet Earth.
But we believe that by using indoor farming techniques, we can tackle these challenges successfully.
The main ideas behind indoor farming
An indoor farm constitutes a sustainable, healthy environment in which many types of crops can be grown. Urban Harvest creates growing environments in which temperature, humidity, CO2 and light are controlled to suit the natural needs of the crops. We aim for maximum output allowing us to supply the local market demand. And we do this with minimum input using:
- energy from renewable sources;
- 100% rainwater in a system with 100% recycling of irrigation water. This allows us to reduce our water consumption by up to 95% compared to traditional agriculture;
- CO2 from the air around us, not combustion; and
- efficient LED grow lights in a closed environment, making use of almost 100% of the available light.
Urban Harvest wants to build and operate farms around the globe with a network of farmers, innovators, consumers and, most importantly, people who care about the planet we inhabit.
Indoor farms should be built in cities or close to logistical hubs to drastically reduce transportation needs and guarantee freshness 365 days a year, regardless of location.
Indoor farming also gives new life to forgotten, empty spaces that are neither generating value nor particularly appealing in an urban environment. We can convert old buildings, cellars, metro tunnels and more into local and sustainable crop farms!
What about vertical farming?
Easy. More people + more food required + less available space = trouble in paradise? No! We stack growing layers on top of one another rather than having them spread out. Problem solved, the sky is not the limit!