20 Jul 2022

GrowUp Farms reaches major milestone at Discovery Park

A topping-out ceremony has been held at Discovery Park to celebrate the external build of GrowUp’s fourth vertical farm.

 

The ceremony marked the handover of the building to complete the internal fit-out of the farm. GrowUp Farms has spent almost a decade perfecting products and honing growing expertise across three vertical farms, selling restaurant-quality greens that stay fresher longer. The company grow crops year-round in a controlled environment, where the climate provides the plants with perfect conditions.

 

Kate Hofman, GrowUp’s co-founder, welcomed councillors from Dover and Sandwich as part of the ceremony. An Egremont Russet apple tree will be planted along with other British heritage varieties as part of the landscaping around the farm.

 

Construction of GrowUp’s fourth farm started in early January, and the farm is expected to begin delivering its first harvest of ready-to-eat salad leaves to UK supermarket shelves early next year. The farm is connected to on-site renewable energy, which means it grows food with a lighter environmental footprint and a more resilient supply chain.

 

 

Mayer Schreiber, Discovery Park’s CEO, said: “It’s been great to see the progress of GrowUp’s investment in a state-of-the-art vertical farm. The company epitomises the community of innovators and entrepreneurs who are leading their respective industries.”

 

The company has also kickstarted its local recruitment drive. GrowUp plans to have its vertical farm operatives starting work in early October, where they will develop a broad range of skills, applicable to vertical farming and food production – from seeding to packing, and a variety of production steps in-between.

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