You may have recently seen our posts on social media talking about the fortunate opportunity to meet the co-founder of GrowUp Urban Farms, Kate Hofman. Attending the Asian Young Entrepreneur Club event in Mayfair, Kate presented an introduction into GrowUp Farms, following their passion to build sustainable commercial urban farms growing food for local markets. So impressed were we by this innovative approach to urban farming, agritech and can-do know-how, we have decided to feature GrowUp Urban Farms in this week’s Focus on Friday feature.
What they say: “GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in a way that is positive for communities and the environment, today and in the future. We produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies.
We lower the environmental impact of agriculture by building and operating farms that take unused urban space and use it to grow produce. Through the use of aquaponic technology and protected cropping, we can produce a year-round harvest of fresh, leafy vegetables and fish.
We’re changing the way food is grown and distributed in cities and we’re reconnecting people with the story of food from farm to fork.”
What we like about GrowUp Urban Farms: There’s not much we don’t love about this initiative. It’s sustainable, it’s productive, it’s growing, and it’s being led by a passionate entrepreneur who is feeding, through innovation – a great example of seeing a need, and doing something to satisfy that need, and doing it in a sustainable way with as little impact as possible on the world around us. Founded in 2013, GrowUp Urban Farms kicked off with a great kickstarter campaign, and the backing of 300 supporters, they raised enough funds to transform a disused car park in London and turn it into a food-producing, fish-growing power engine. Now that the business has been going for 4 years, the team are ready to expand and are looking to replicate their business model in major cities all over the UK.
For more information about GrowUp Urban Farms, visit their website here: http://growup.org.uk/
If you’re doing something innovative, and you’d like your business to be featured in the next Focus on Friday feature – then get in touch with us today.