Growing Underground was set up to grow sustainable and mouth-wateringly fresh micro greens and salad leaves 33 metres under the busy streets of Clapham, London. Using the latest hydroponic systems and LED technology, crops can be grown all year-round in a perfect, pesticide-free environment that these forgotten tunnels provide.
TCE provided the tools, software and PLC panels to control over the subterranean environment, each tiny leaf tastes as amazing as the last and because they are unaffected by the weather and seasonal changes, this reduces the need to import crops and drastically reduces food miles for retailers and consumers.
"Our hydroponics system uses 70% less water than traditional open-field farming, and because all the nutrients are kept within the closed-loop system we run no risk of contributing to agricultural run-off. Food miles account for a huge amount of wasted energy in the industry. That’s why our produce will travel no further than the M25. Our leaves can be in your kitchen within 4 hours of being picked and packed. Initially we will be providing wholesale and local restaurants, and eventually the retail market. We are working towards carbon neutral certification." - Quote from Growing Underground