Our specialism at City Farmstead is Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), an exact and automated approach to indoor growing based on the latest AgriTech methods, referred to simply as Vertical Farming. A Vertical Farm is a closed system housed within a superstructure or building. It has fully controlled lighting, heating, ventilation, irrigation, and airflow. Farming in this way presents the opportunity to home-grow seasonal produce all year round while sustainably reducing the carbon footprint of food production – we believe this is the future of farming.
City Farmstead can help shape this agricultural future through pioneering urbanised Vertical Farming, growing fresh produce from city-centre locations across the UK. Our vision is to lead innovation in controlled environment food production, establishing an integrated network of ecologically aware, carbon-neutral, high-yield, profitable Vertical Farms across metropolitan areas. In addition, we want to repurpose retail shops into urban farms, adding value to the appeal and sustainability of town centres over the long term. We are a leading-edge company driven by the importance of innovation and collaboration, aspiring to build and operate these ‘Farms of the Future’, growing food sustainability and efficiency. We bring together academics, innovators, and entrepreneurs to overcome industry challenges, drive research, and promote workable solutions for market adoption. As a result, we can optimise crop growth beyond just producing biomass of acceptable quality by increasing quality crop productivity in volume to feed future generations.
Through pragmatic thinking we have devised a profitable model to stand on its own without subsidy, and, to achieve this, we’ve taken the decision not to wholesale. Instead, we will retail all the food we grow from our Farm Shop Café as packaged fruit in punnets and as main ingredients to high-value café shop menu dishes or deli consumer items to take away. Under this model, we can retain maximum profit from the sale of produce and have a commercially viable farm.
The Princes Quay Shopping Centre in the great City of Hull is positioned to establish our landmark and flagship Vertical Farm, research centre and base headquarters.