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Vertical urban farms - a new business idea

Vertical farms are automated systems for growing food at several levels, in vertically stacked layers.Vertical farming has been gaining momentum lately, so we have collected some interesting directions for those who are seriously thinking about this business.

Vertical farms are a business idea that takes food production to a whole new level. The agricultural industry is changing, as are the requirements of consumers.Urban residents want to be closer to food sources, have less pollution, more greenery and fresher food.Vertical farms can offer this by monitoring everything from air quality to soil through an app. Vertical farming also helps to reduce urban sprawl by occupying only a small part of the land needed for traditional agriculture or other forms of farming (such as hydroponics). The main reason is that vertical farms can grow upwards rather than outwards, which means they use less space and water than traditional farming methods. 

Of course, agricultural producers, regardless of their size, can use agtech and vertical farms to increase efficiency and productivity.Here we have collected business ideas that, like classical farming, have great potential and are becoming increasingly popular in modern cities.

The farm is within walking distance

Using modern solutions, vertical farms make it possible to make the production of vegetables and herbs practically autonomous, using a minimum amount of resources (for example, compared to a conventional farm, they use 95% less water, and it can be rainwater), which means they can be placed almost everywhere, that is, as close as possible to the consumer. Thus, vertical farms can be a "last mile" agricultural company, ensuring the production of fresh products in close proximity to the end consumer, which, taking into account other advantages (without pesticides), guarantees stable quality and freshness.

Such farms in a container were organized by Crate to Plate and Syan Farms.

Restaurants and Food Manufacturers

Vertical farms allow for the cultivation of, among other things, very exotic food products, as well as experimenting with various plant varieties in order to achieve the desired characteristics. Therefore, they can easily meet the needs of the kitchen, especially if it is a high-class restaurant or its specialization is healthy food: having your own farm can be an excellent marketing move.

Such farms have Lahpet and Chop'd

Retail chains are also looking to capitalize on the benefits of vertical farming - Walmart recently bought a stake in startup Plenty, which increased yields in its green greenhouses by 700 percent in just 2 years. Walmart now plans to sell its products under its own brand.

Scientific research

Vertical farms provide amazing opportunities for rapid plant breeding, which can be useful for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and other biotech companies as part of their research, including on an ongoing basis.

You can find a farm for your tasks in our catalog.

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