"We see the urgent need for a rapid and radical change in the way the world produces and supplies its food. A solution that ensures…"
Cities around the globe, especially large ones, are facing evergrowing risks to their food supply chain. Farming land around the edges of cities is being taken over by urban sprawl which paves over and pushes the arable land further away from the bulk of consumers. This adds longer food travel and bigger distribution centres as well as added cartage cost for farm inputs.
Climate extremes are making exposed food production unpredictable and ever vulnerable to all manner of reoccurring hardships like drought, fire, floods, unseasonal hail and snow. Such conditions may lower world production by 25% in the near future.
Indoor climate controlled environments are rapidly being implemented in future aware cities. This is where food can be grown horizontally and vertically in a variety of spaces made available within new or repurposed buildings like abandoned inner city warehouses. They can also be modulated and stackable like shipping containers.
A drawback to wide adoption is the considerable upfront capital costs which includes the housing for the growing environment hand and the internal shelving structure to support the plants to be able to grow in the air. Additionally, many container farming solutions require high energy input from water reticulation, lighting and temperature control. Our future ready innovative farming concept is able to greatly reduce these prohibitive costs and ensure we can meet the demand requirements set for a smooth transition away from Global Food Supply Threats.
We fitout new and secondhand shipping containers with everything needed for vertical farming. They require minimal input of external water and energy to function so as to provide rich and profitable greens, herbs, vegetables and even fruits.
We can also make the system work well inside larger building spaces that don't involve shipping containers. These are ideally suited to high roofs and become dense food forests that grow larger plants like bananas and paw-paw. These can also be located in cities.
Our plants are growing in an enclosed environment, unaffected by outside climate conditions to ensure a stable, maximum outcome. The climate in the container is controllable via our own software to monitor and adapt temperature, moisture content, CO2, airflow and light. The plants benefit from adjusted light modifications to support the certain growth state. The light sources are sitting directly above the plant trays so that all units get the sufficient light spectrum. We can also modify our containers to certain plant needs and expand our product range by adapting the growing medium, temperature and other parameters.
To make our own rich soil, we developed a process to turn common subsoil into fertile organic hummus soil by adding a microbial inoculant.The high quality of our soil is satisfying the organic standards of Australia. We place the plants in shallow troughs filled with naturally derived water. The liquid plant food we use is a by-product of making our soil and provides an ideal feeding ground. When we harvest the plants for delivery to the customers, they stay in their soil to continue their life as long as possible. Since our containers can be placed in high proximity to residential areas, short delivery times also ensure the highest freshness and quality.
We are using a vertical, lightweight structure to support the plant trays. There are several rows designed to be movable so that we can make use of the maximum space while still leaving enough room for planting and harvesting. To make it even more cost-effective, our containers can be stacked to reduce the required space especially in big cities. We use proprietary technology to fulfil any power and water requirements so that our system doesn’trely on external supply. This significantly reduces the running costs of our concept compared to conventional farming methods as well as comparable vertical solutions.
Broad acre industrial scale distance farming. High reliance on fossil fuels for machinery, fertilizers and pesticides.
Exposed to climate change disaster threats like drought, fire, flooding.
Bigger trucks and longer hauls vulnerabilities to fuel disruption, and road blockages.
Heavy reliance on centralized distribution means high potential for choke points if system fails at any number of exposed points in the transport chain.
With indoor climate controlled farming you do not need heavy farming machinery like plows and crop dusters. You don't need heavy inputs of fertilizer to replenish the mined ground and pesticide sprays to keep pests and diseases at bay. You have a protective environment layer between the crop and extreme weather events and are less likely to be affected by droughts, floods and fires due to the proximity to better services and systems near the city precints. You don't need large trucks or trucks at all. People can easily walk to where the food is produced. You are not reliant on large market chains as the retail outlet. People can purchase at the farm in person or have a smaller delivery vehicle bring it directly to them for a small fee. The table below shows the economic comparison of both systems.
We can design and build new or retrofit shipping containers with climate controlled fully automated systems with only the seedling and harvesting stages requiring manual labor. An internet of things computer base can send live data to your phone app for adjustment.
These containers can be stacked on top of one another with a mobile ladder or scissor lift for access without having to move them again. They can be in a building with a high roof or outside in a disused vacant lot.
Spaces not commonly thought of as food growing spaces like indoor mulit-level carparks can be repurpposed.
Colour variance for different plants and stages of growth. The latest lighting technology can be tweaked to achieve optimal growing conditions. This translates to a premium product with many-fold beneficial characteristics.
Each containers plants growing medium, light, temperature and humidity can support one variety of crops or as can be seen above, multiple types, in the same space.
Plants that thrive in white light similar to open air outdoor setting can reap the energy harvest from next generation lighting technology that emit an almost identical spectrum to sunlight.