Infarm Growing Centres are Infarm’s flagship production units. The spaces connect multiple vertical farming modules, offering the equivalent of about 110,000ft2/10,000m2 of growing capacity, with a distribution centre that ensures quick delivery to supermarkets. Infarm also builds smaller in-store farming units for grocery stores, making the shopping experience more dynamic for consumers. Both designs were developed to maintain superior freshnessvwhile consuming considerably fewer resources than soil-based agriculture. In addition to the more than 75 different varieties of herbs, salads and leafy greens Infarm currently produces, the company is working to expand its portfolio with 40 new crops next year such as mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, peas and strawberries.
Infarm’s cloud-connected farming network can be scaled rapidly and requires less upfront capital than its peers. The company’s proprietary modular technology can be deployed in as little as six weeks to transform a space the size of a living room (c. 430ft2/40m2) into an urban vertical farm that produces more than 500,000 plants per year - the equivalent of a football field-worth of crops. This new farming model can be as much as 400 times more efficient than soil-based agriculture and uses no chemical pesticides. It requires 95% less land and uses 95% less water by recycling water and nutrients and using the evaporated water of the plants. Because crops are grown directly in cities, they also require 90% fewer food miles to get to consumers’ plates.
Each farm is equipped with numerous lab-grade sensors that have collected more than 60 billion data points from its global farming network. The farms upload information to the
company’s cloud, the so-called “farm brain.” Using patented software and artificial intelligence, Infarm’s crop science team analyses the numbers to continuously update the
growing environment in each module and improve factors like yield, quality and nutritional value. In the last three years through the analyses made possible by the “farm brain”, the
company reduced production costs by 80% and improved yield by more than 250%.