Salad project wins celebrity backing

A project to grow fresh salads hydroponically deep underground in a disused London air-raid shelter has gained support from television chef Michel Roux Jr.

Zero Carbon Food, set up by entrepreneurs Steven Dring and Richard Ballard, produces a range of leafy crops including rocket, lettuce, coriander and tatsoi. They are lit by LEDs but, true to its zero-carbon ethos, the energy comes from a supplier of windand solar-generated electricity, while the firm claims that water use is 70 per cent lower than with conventionally-grown crops.

Roux, now a director of the company, said he was "blown away" by the quality of the crop. The short times from harvest to plate is a main selling points. "We can get it to the market in four to eight hours, that's what's really interesting to our customers," said Dring.

The firm is seeking £1m in crowd-sourced funding to expand production.


Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Sign up now
Already registered?
Sign in

Read These Next

What should growers make of the Government's migration report?

What should growers make of the Government's migration report?

By holding out the "possibility" of a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS), the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) long-awaited final report, published this week, makes an exception for fresh produce amid its wider call for a shift away from low-skill immigration.

Tractors: market roundup

Tractors: market roundup

Manufacturers are working to provide solutions to many challenges. Sally Drury looks at their newest models.

What does the Agriculture Bill mean for growers?

What does the Agriculture Bill mean for growers?

The publication of the Agriculture Bill this week formally kick-starts the Government's plans to implement a "green Brexit" for farming, the area of the economy most impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU from next March.


Follow us on:
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • Google +

Horticulture Week Top UK FRUIT PRODUCERS

See our exclusive RANKING of UK Fruit Producers by annual turnover plus the FULL REPORT AND ANALYSIS.

Horticulture Jobs
More Horticulture Jobs

Pest & Disease Tracker bulletin 

The latest pest and disease alerts, how to treat them, plus EAMU updates, sent direct to your inbox.

Sign up here

Professor Geoffrey Dixon

GreenGene International chair Geoff Dixon on the business of fresh produce production
 

Read Professor Geoffrey Dixon