We believe that the key to making Controlled Environment Production (using vertical farming and aquaponics) commercially sustainable is SCALE. Our experience operating Unit 84 in London taught us lots about operating a CEP farm, and we're now applying that expertise and knowledge to the design and development of a much larger farm, one that could be replicated all over the world.
Unit 84 is currently closed as we are relocating the farm. Please see our blog for more news about our plans.
From 2015 to 2017, GrowUp operated "Unit 84" - a commercial-scale aquaponic urban farm. Based inside an industrial warehouse in Beckton, the farm combined two well-established farming practices – aquaculture (farming fish) and hydroponics (growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil) in a recirculating system. The 8,200 square feet of growing space could produce more than 20,000 kg of sustainable salads and herbs (enough for 200,000 salad bags) and 4,000 kg of fish each year.
The GrowUp Box is our community aquaponic urban farm capable of producing over 435kg of sustainable salads and herbs and 150kg of fish each year. From here we run engaging educational tours, workshops and volunteering opportunities. The GrowUp Box is run by our sister organisation GrowUp Community Farms.