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!