Square Mile Farms has opened its first vertical farm in the UK at the Paddington Central development in West London. Square Mile Farms grow crops ‘hydroponically’ meaning they are
grown inside in nutrient-rich water and using artificial light. The farm will grow crops such as kale, fennel and basil for sale to local businesses.
Square Mile Farms will also offer tours and events at the farm. Priced between £5 and £25, the events will include talks on nutrition and managing stress, seminars on reducing food waste and workshops on growing one’s own micro-greens with the farm’s chief grower. It is also possible to arrange private appointments at the farm.
The Paddington Central development at which the farm is based is a mixed-use campus of 800,000 square feet comprised of office space, retail and 200 residential units. It is used by numerous international corporations including Microsoft, Kingfisher (the parent company of B&Q and Screwfix) and the hotelier Accor.
‘Square Mile Farms is a business passionate about the food we eat, the impact it has on our environment and the growing demand to bring the farm back to the centre of the community it feeds.’ Jonathan Ransom, co-owner of Square Mile farms said announcing the project adding, ‘We take pride in offering professional insights and specialist expertise, as consultants, nutritionists and growers.’
Paddington Central is located around Sheldon Square, just off the Bishop’s Bridge Road and is easily accessible from Paddington Station. For more information or to book tickets please refer to www.paddingtoncentral.com