Our Story


GrowUp was founded in 2013 by Kate Hofman and Tom Webster to build sustainable commercial urban farms growing food for local markets. With lots of online talk about aquaponics and urban farming, Kate and Tom wanted to get growing! They decided they needed a demonstration farm – and designed and built The GrowUp Box.

Built in 2013 with the help of 300+ supporters and a successful Kickstarter campaign, The GrowUp Box is a small-scale agricultural production unit as well as a space for events and community engagement. The GrowUp Box is now run by GrowUp Community Farms.


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The next year was spent producing small quantities of delicious herbs, salads, microgreens and tilapia, supplying to local restaurants and establishing a strong network of advisors, partners and customers. From this, GrowUp developed London’s first commercial aquaponic farm – Unit 84.



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Since 2015, Unit 84 has provided exciting produce to restaurants and retailers across London. We’re now working on our next project – how we can scale what we do to compete at an industrial level with traditional agriculture. At Unit 84 we are now running research studies and crop trials on the crops we will be commercially producing at our next farm.

Watch this space for the latest news on the next stage of GrowUp Urban Farms and keep up to date on GrowUp’s journey by following us on social media.

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