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The world is getting smaller by this we mean that the population is growing and the availability of land that can grow crops is reducing in size. What does this mean to us as a species, well first it means we need to find another way to grow food, this sounds easy, but what foods can we grow?

Well if we take salads and leafy greens and Gourmet salads then we have a very large market to aim for and this we can grow indoors in an urban environment using methods that we have now and commercial growers have been using for over a decade. So we have technology that is proven technology that is available to the people who know it exist and where to get it from and how to use it. So do we go down the path of commercial growing in an urban situation or do we create a new band of growers to supply a market that is there with a product that is needed but in a new way.

So How do we do this you Ask ? A good question

It is my belief that this can be done exactly how people are trying to do it now it is just they do not know how to do it right for the masses as they have not got the commercial growing experience of large scale fresh produce handling. Most commercial growers do not make large profits from growing the margin comes from cutting cost and running the facility more efficiently, take a grower who grows 400,000 lettuce if we can get £0.01p more for the produce that equates to £4,000 if we can also squeeze £0.01p in savings from the box,bag,transport ect this can improve the margin by more than £12,000. Sounds easy well it is not as simple as that we need to have sales skills, marketing skills and know which companies to buyfrom as the cheapest it not always the best and the cheapest may not save you money.

Here at Vertical Growing we have these skills and we know the companies to use, we are also at the forefront of horticultural technology.

The design company is Hydroponic Growing Systems Ltd which is wholly owned by Grahame & Matthew Dunling.

So where do we start, first we have to build one unit this can be in a disused warehouse or a purpose new build, we install a unit that once the plants are on the system they move and at the other end of the process they are removed for either harvest or direct sale as a living product. This is where we come into our own

As we can remove the cost of labour and machinery for the first stage of plant growth we can do this as we have the technology that enables us to place the seed and media into a tray in one process without the need to sow the seed, Once sown they are germinated for 24hrs under controlled conditions. The plants are then placed onto the growing system once on this system they are watered and fed by delivering 300ml to every container on the system at the correct time that the plants needs it, this level is also programed to increase the amount of feed delivered as the plant grows. The water / feed is done through an automatic process that keeps the nutrient solution at the correct Ec & Ph levels, the levels can be altered anytime during the feeding so we can replicate nature by having stress days on the plant growth as this increases the volatile’s which increase’s the flavour of the salads.

This is built the same as a commercial glasshouse grower would build his nursery following the same flow process. We then put the processes in place that enable us to run a commercially viable growing system by this we can work with companies that enable commercial growers to save £0.01p per unit grown and by saving multiples of £0.01p this enables us to make our bottom line more attractive.
Once we have built the first company run unit we can the Franchise this model out and this enables us to help people produce local food for local people but with the cost savings of multiple purchase power, run under the Brand “Local Salads” this also gives us a recognised global brand but also gives us a personal brand for local people.
We have designed a small unit which is completely stand alone, but can be increased and added to. The way we see it working is that it will be fully interchangeable from a small unit that can work on an ebb-flood system. It could also work on the traditional Hydroponic system on a recirculation water system. The second and more suited to the larger grower and can be fully automated and user friendly, or it can be a manual system. It is based on a commercial Horizontal system that has been in use for over 20 years and has now been brought into the 21st century. The system can be as high as you want to go, the width is as wide as you want to go, but again we can join units together again this unit brings the plants to you

The most common crops that we see grown on this module are.

  1. All Lettuce Types
  2. Micro Herbs
  3. Herbs
  4. Fodder
  5. Pak-Choi Types
  6. It Can be used by Plant Raisers
  7. We Can also build systems that can grow Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Peppers
  8. This can be added to an Aquaponic System if required