There’s something in the water

When human beings first settled down to agriculture and changed their method of securing food from hunter gatherers to farmers, water was one constant need. As early as 6000 years ago, humans such as the Sumerians devised vast and intricate systems to irrigate their land and provide the much needed …

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Trials, no tribulations, simply great results

    As we’ve been building the farm, we have also been trialling and testing the produce that we will be growing on it for our customers. The GrowUp Box was in many senses our first testing station, allowing us, through trial, error and persistence, to gauge how aquaponically grown …

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So what is HVAC?

Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. Although aquaponic farming is based primarily on the flow of water, these three operations are vital to the successful circuit of our system, especially as we are growing inside a warehouse. Much like the balance of fish food to plant uptake of nutrients, these factors …

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Let there be light!

We have now completed the next stage of the build: installing the LED lights which will enable our herbs and salads to grow as if they were being fuelled by natural sunlight. In Unit 84 we are using Philip’s GreenPower production module LEDs. Philips have substantial experience in horticultural lighting, …

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Our love of food

Our love of food was the inspiration for our business; to grow fresh, sustainably produced delicious salads and greens in the city. This drive for quality gastronomy has wider reaching importance, however. The food that we choose to eat – where it comes from, how it is grown, how it …

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The racking is up

Up, up, up and away!   The Farm is starting to take shape. We are transforming our empty warehouse in Beckton and it’s starting to look like an urban farm as the racking that will hold the growing beds has been installed and delivered.   Industrial racking is used in …

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Re-thinking food waste

GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in a way that is positive for communities and the environment, both today and in the future. We want to change the production and distribution of nutritious food which is consumed in cities and to reduce the environmental impact of …

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The importance of urban farming

Our co-founder Kate talks to Disrupts magazine, who showcase start-ups and small innovative businesses, about the motives and ethos behind GrowUp Urban Farms. How frustration at making excuses for big businesses making money in unsustainable ways combined with a passion for both food, society and the environment to revolutionise the …

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GrowUp Urban Farms has arrived!

Home sweet home! GrowUp Urban Farms has arrived in Beckton, East London. It may not look like much now, but before the end of the year this warehouse will be the UK’s first commercial scale aquaponic urban farm. 6000 square feet of currently disused urban space will be transformed into …

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