City Farm Systems has been nominated for the 2024 Earthshot Prize by US based Impact Entrepreneur. We are a UK based green-tech company founded on a simple principle: Growing closer to the consumer. Producing more fruit and vegetables at the point of need reduces supply chain emissions, builds local food security, and hands shelf life to the consumer. Our mission is developing hydroponic technologies that make this a viable and affordable reality for communities and businesses in urban areas.
Our approach repurposes unused spaces such as rooftops with lightweight glasshouses that take advantage of natural sunlight and capture building CO2. Many other hydroponic growers depend on dizzying arrays of LED grow-lights and costly CO2 generators in their attempt to grow crops as fast as possible all year round – producing big yields with an even bigger price-tag. Our data-driven systems can pace growing to respond to seasonal demands while providing an optimised growing environment for a huge variety of crops and ornamentals with a much lower cost per growing unit.
By taking advantage of the resources already available on most rooftops – rain, sunlight, and air vents – the CFS approach makes hydroponic growing more economically and environmentally sustainable, helping to build urban resilience and make locally grown food affordable on the road to Net Zero.