Food Tech Wednesdays

March YFood Tech Wednesdays: Meet Growing Underground's Richard Ballard

Wednesday 29th March, 18:45 PM to 21:00 PM

Work.Life Bermondsey, 5 Tanner St,, London SE1 3LE

YFood Tech Wednesdays is a free monthly Meetup for Food Tech founders, in London and across the world.

This month join us in conversation with Richard Ballard, filmmaker and co-founder of Growing Underground, an underground farm, which grows micro greens and salad leaves right here in London, 33 metres beneath a disused Clapham WW2 Air Raid Shelter tunnel. Now temperature controlled, this urban farm uses hydroponics and LED technology.

Growing Underground have harnessed the power of hydroponics to grow food in a prime location whilst also using 70% less water than traditional open-field farming, being pesticide-free, and dramatically reducing food miles for retailers and consumers. Moreover, the produce is picked, packed and delivered within 4 hours of ordering thanks to a very lean supply chain model.

 The project has been strongly backed by former Masterchef judge and Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr and has also received great support by ex-mayor Boris Johnson.

Putting sustainability and transparency at the core of their business, Growing Underground is now working towards a carbon neutral certification and currently serves wholesalers, local restaurants and Londoners using the Farmdrop platform, with plans to expand into the retail market.

This month we will be hosting this event in partnership with Work.Life Bermondsey, a dynamic co-working space just 10 minutes away from London Bridge station. 

Drinks are kindly provided by the lovely chaps of Forest Road, a boutique brewery located in east London which crafts a top-notch 6-grain unfiltered IPA.

We look forward seeing you all in March!



Richard Ballard

Co-founder, Growing Underground

Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of Growing Underground. Located 100ft under the streets of London in disused WW2 Air Raid Shelter, this subterranean urban farm sustainably produces microgreens using the latest LED technology. The duo is now delivering fresh hyper-local produce, within just four hours of picking, to the London wholesale markets who supply the city's restaurants. Sustainability feeding the city from within the city, Richard is obsessed by all things green tech and the future of cities.


Forest Road

Boston born brewer Pete Brown moved from Denver to London in 2012 into the emerging brewing scene in Englands capital. After 3 years at Camden Town Brewery he defected to start his own brewing company named after the house he brewed the original batches of his now and only core beer dubbed WORK, a 5.4% unfiltered IPA. Pete is fundraising now to build London's most state of the art brewery and bar located close to the Thames.

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Wednesday 29th March, 18:45 PM to
21:00 PM

Work.Life Bermondsey, 5 Tanner St,, London SE1 3LE