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V-Farm is collaborating with developers from around the globe.
In Norway and Sweden, planning exciting, large-scale V-Farm installations in cold climate locations. In USA and Spain on medicinal plant production units In India, China, Singapore and Australia on urban farm projects.
James Koch, a Bristol based restauranteur, has enhanced Bristol’s exciting vegan scene by opening Suncraft. A forward thinking, 100% plant based gluten free restaurant situated on Gloucester Road.READ MORE
Pershore College is a national centre for horticulture situated on a 60-hectare site near Evesham, at the heart of this is the new £6 million Agri-Tech Centre, combining state of the art equipment, laboratory, teaching facilities and a brand new STEM Centre.READ MORE
V-Farm together with our education partners are training the farmers of tomorrow. If you would be interested in following a career in future farming then follow the link below.
Pershore College, Worcestershire. Whether you are interested in crop production and improving profitability or precision systems such as drone technology, vertical farming, high tech crop monitoring, lighting, then this could be the course for you.FIND OUT MORE
Brackenhurst Campus in Southwell, focus on teaching modern production methods and management of plant crops, agronomy and post-harvest issues. We also specialise in delivering the knowledge and skills needed to implement safe practices in the production of food, as well as understanding microbial food spoilage and toxin production.FIND OUT MORE
Since 1854, UniLaSalle trains executive engineers in agriculture, the food-processing industry, food & health and geology & the environment. The school is supervised by the French Ministries of Agriculture and of Higher Education and Research.
UniLaSalle is also a member of one of the biggest educational worldwide networks. This network accounts for 1600 education centers in 82 countries. In agreement with its principles, the school makes every effort for the development of the personal values of its students as well as their managerial skills. The students have a multitude of opportunity to put all these skills into practice on both campuses where 2800 French and international students live and study.
UniLaSalle offers courses in engineering, bachelors degree, masters, specialized masters and masters of science in the fields of agriculture, agri-food, food-health, environment and geosciences. (MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities, MSc Agricultural & Food Data Management, Erasmus Mundus Master Program in Plant Breeding – emPLANT, BSc + MSc i-SAFE International Sustainable Ag & Food Entrepreneurship, Master of Science: Sustainable Management and Eco Innovation). The program is based, in particular, on research carried out within the institution itself.
The urban environment is composed of a series of interlinked cultural systems: architectural concerns (integrating new buildings) are closely entwined with environmental, agronomic, health, energy, social and economic concerns. This has an impact on all stages of projects, from design to execution and management.
The MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities is designed to train up future managers who see urban agriculture as an integral component of the entire urban life cycle. This cross-disciplinary program touches on several disciplines, including agronomy, architecture, planning and geography. As well as incorporating economic, political and social aspects, it prepares students for decision-making in a complex environment where the future may be uncertain.
The program aims to provide future managers with training in professions involving urban innovation strategies and sustainable environmental development while incorporating and applying innovative horticultural solutions to the built environment.
The MSc anticipates future needs, giving engineers/project leaders, consultants and analysts the hybrid skills they need for a successful career in the public or private sector.
Dr. Marie Asma Ben Othmen
Head of the MSc Urban Agriculture and Green Cities
“The V-Farm is an excellent system for demonstrating the current state-of-the-art in hydroponics. We have searched for demonstrator and research systems and the V-Farm is, in our opinion, the best, most cost-effective solution available. In addition to our research use, the V-Farm will provide a great focal point for engagement events.”
Iain young PhD FSB – Institute of Integrative Biology and Institute of Risk and Uncertainty, University of Liverpool
“The V-Farm mini is the next step in urban farming. it provides an exceptionally compact, highly productive system using leading led technology. this system can transform small, underused urban spaces into the farms of the future. HydroGarden’s V-Farm is allowing us to develop our farms at a rate that wouldn’t be possible with any other system or technology currently available to us.”
Dr. Paul Myers - Managing Director, Farm Urban
“When I visited HydroGarden to see the project in action I was very impressed. It’s great to see how far hydroponics has come and we’re looking forward to keeping in touch about future projects. It’s even better when our animals get treats as a result!”
Julian Chapman – team leader of large mammals, Twycross Zoo
“Our company was set up to make it easier for restaurants and caterers to source salad locally. HydroGarden’s vertical farming solution makes it possible for us to reduce food miles to zero - and what’s more, crops can be easily grown all year round.”
Dr Ian Tennant - Local Roots Limited
“Whilst at first glance growing inside closed environments, independent from the natural sunlight, may appear counter productive, in extreme temperature climates it is the environmental control, not the light costs that are critical. Added to this, humidity control in such climates is often even more difficult than temperature control...” Read More
Dr Phillip Lee - Evolve Growing Solutions
“This is a great hydroponic system for growing leafy vegetables under led light. It is a simple system, but is efficient for plant growth. The roots are constantly fed by the fresh nutrient solution, resulting in fast root growth, high yield and high quality crops.”
Chungui Lu - Head of Centre for Urban Agriculture, University of Nottingham
“We are delighted to be working with HydroGarden on this exciting and timely project. This is a great opportunity to investigate the energy and building integration issues associated with moving food production into our cities. We see this as part of a potential solution for ensuring global food security in a world with an expanding population and increased pressure on land use and resources.”
Professor Mark Gillott, University of Nottingham
“The ultra-low energy V-Farm helps us grow locally. It’s the first commercially available, plug and play hydroponic farm that runs off the same electricity as a small domestic appliance. This hyperlocal approach reduces our transport fuel costs and emissions...” Read More
Jules Bagnoli, Founder of Refarming Ltd and Lecturer in Food Business Entrepreneurship at Manchester Metropolitan University
“The HydroGarden V-Farm system was installed in the AgriTech Centre at Pershore College (part of Warwickshire Colleges Group) in 2017 and immediately demonstrated its flexibility and reliability in hydroponic plant research and in horticultural degree courses. I would highly recommend the system to other teaching and research organisations who require environments capable of growing a wide range of horticultural crops under controlled conditions to a high standard.”
Professor Roy Kennedy - Director of the Agritech Research Centre, Warwickshire Colleges Group
“V-Farm have enabled us to start a thriving new business by providing us with the right advice, support and equipment. Thanks to the team there we are on the best possible footing for future growth.”
Steven Drew - Founder and Managing Director of the Yorkshire Salad Company
“We can only grow a fraction of the food we will be serving but our own V-Farm growing system will set the scene for conversation with our customers about the importance of local food and the role we are playing in creating a more sustainable and transparent food system. It also produces fast growing, high quality, pesticide free produce of course”
James Koch, Suncraft
“Stephen and the team at V-farm have been invaluable in the development of our Urban Farm at Belvedere College in Dublin. Even with the added complication of running our V-Farm units in an aquaponics system, they are performing fantastically well. As we look to expand and develop our systems, the incorporation of more V-Farm units are central to our plans”