INFARM, the world’s fastest-growing urban farming company, has signed a contract for a new Growing Centre in Bedford which will measure 9,760sqm in size, offering more than 5,500sqm of growing space in Infarm’s cloud-connected farming units.
When fully equipped, the units – each occupying 25sqm of ground space and 10 metres in height – are able to produce up to 18 million plants per year and generate the crop equivalent of 360,000sqm of farmland. The Growing Centre is currently in construction and on track for a first harvest in Q4 of 2021.
Each Infarm Growing Centre can save up to 10 million litres of water per year, reducing water consumption by 95 per cent versus traditional agricultural methods.
Pentadel, appointed by Infarm to select a site as well as design and manage the construction of the new Growing Centre, has also integrated rainwater harvesting into the design of Infarm’s new facility. Implementing rain water harvesting is expected to capture a further 2.5 million litres of water per year, which will be used for conditioning plants.
Jeremy Byfleet, UK Country Director at Infarm, said: “Infarm has a clear goal to expand in the UK market.
“Our second UK Growing Centre located in the “golden triangle” allows us to significantly increase the amount of fresh produce grown year round in the UK.
“The location of the facility enables us to serve 90 per cent of the UK population within four hours, bringing the freshest plants just on time to our clients. Consequently, food mileage is substantially reduced.
“One of the largest indoor vertical farming facilities in Europe to date is going to deliver millions of plants and provide fresh and locally grown produce to even more consumers via our retail partners, restaurants and online food retailers.”
In the UK, Infarm’s herbs and leafy greens are currently found at Whole Foods Market, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Fortnum & Mason and Budgens as well at online retailers Weezy and Farmdrop.