Significant changes are taking place with how we live and use the land around us. Changing demographics, such as an ageing population and increased urbanisation means more people living in smaller spaces and a greater need for public spaces in which to socialise and congregate.
Sustainability concerns are causing some consumers to prefer mixed use developments where they can live, shop and work all within walking distance. The growing middle classes in Latin America and Asia maintain a strong association between consumption and pleasure, driving the need for more engaging shopping experiences. And finally, the e-commerce revolution and the rise of digital technologies are fundamentally reshaping consumer expectations and shifting the function of stores toward useful and entertaining customer experiences.
V-farm urban farms can differentiate the consumer offering, with a focus on experience and convenience. Educational units where families can come and learn, experience, eat freshness on site, link with mall based chefs for cooking lessons and of course, buy fresh produce to take home.
In turn, urban and peri-urban expansion is placing increasing strain on the food industry and associated resources such as water, energy and arable land. As a result, the global market is experiencing increased food price volatility and Governments around the world are taking drastic steps to mitigate the future risks and challenges associated with their development goals.
Feeding the world population is now becoming practically "feeding the cities" bringing huge opportunities within the agritechture sector and for V-Farm and our Clients. V-Farm systems are modular and designed specifically with standard building floor to ceiling levels in mind so as to utilise existing buildings as well as fitting perfectly into new build projects, basement area and social spaces.
When choosing to mix in vertical farming units into your build then existing multi level buildings bring far more flexibility as you can adapt the growing to seasonal market value effect and have different environments on different levels, plus if you have a crop problem or need to wash down your facility you can do so at a floor at a time and part can still be producing crop. In a large scale single warehouse (grand room) style solution you do not have this flexibility, it is a fixed environment and fixed crop.
With an existing building is can be adapted to crop growing much faster than a new build and possibly attract local government funding support.