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FAQ

  • WHAT IS YOUR YIELD COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL OUTDOOR FARMING?
    Measuring yield depends strongly on the choice of cultivated plants and farm size. At our pilot farm, we have six levels of acreage. If we grow basil on all levels, we can grow a lot more per square metre compared to traditional cultivation.
  • WHICH PLANTS CAN YOU GROW IN VERTICAL FARMS?
    Until now, most Vertical Farms grow leafy greens, microgreens, and herbs. It is also possible to grow mushrooms, medicinal plants, flowers, berries, and various kinds of vegetables like tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • ARE YOU COMPETITION FOR LOCAL TRADITIONAL FARMERS?
    Our goal is to replace unnecessary imports with a more robust local production. Vertical Farming offers conventional farmers the opportunity to complement their traditional cultivation with a new component. Associations of local farmers can combine forces and invest in Vertical Farming to increase the resilience of local production, by becoming independent of environmental conditions. In the future traditional green house producers could for example use vertical farms to produce seedlings.
  • HOW NUTRITIOUS IS VERTICAL FARM PRODUCE IN COMPARISON TO TRADITIONAL FARMING?
    It is pertinent to note that the nutritional content of produce can also be influenced by factors such as the variety of the crop, the soil or hydroponic solution used, and the timing of harvest. However, our vertical farm produce is nutritionally equivalent to that grown using traditional methods. One advantage of vertical farming is that it allows precise control of the growing environment, including the use of nutrient-rich hydroponic solutions and LED lighting. This helps optimize the nutrition content of the produce.
  • WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES IN VERTICAL FARMING?
    The biggest challenges of today’s vertical farming industry are energy efficiency, initial investments to build farms, and consumer awareness. While common in Asian countries, the US and the Netherlands, vertical farming is still new to most consumers in the United Kingdom. Therefore, it is crucial to educate and inform consumers about the potential and positive impacts vertical farming holds. We operate our farms with 100% renewable energy and continuously invest in research to improve the effectiveness of our energy consumption. Automation and an efficient growth cycle are important to keep the costs at the market level.
  • WHAT IS THE JOURNEY OF THE HERBS FROM SEED TO FORK?
    We begin with placing seeds in 100% bio-degradable plugs and leaving them to germinate for about 10 days, depending on the plant, in our Seedling Chamber. In the next step, the plants growing in the plugs will be transplanted into rafts and enter the Grow Chamber. Those rafts then swim in the system with their roots dangling in the nutrient-enriched water until the crops are ready to be harvested. This can take about 2.5 weeks. Therefore, the whole growing process from seed to harvest will take about one month on average. Most of our herbs are cut on top, will regrow, and can be harvested several times. After harvest, the herbs are packaged right at the farm and will be ready for happy consumers on the shelves within 24 hours.
  • WHY VERTICAL INDOOR FARMING?
    We create circular food production systems in cities and regions where agricultural resources, such as freshwater and fertile arable land, are scarce. With Vertical Farming, we can actively shape the future of food production, whether in deserts, cities, remote islands or outer space. Our model boosts biodiversity by combining food production with resource-saving technologies and eliminating pesticide use. By focusing on locality and premium quality, we replace food imports and secure a reliable supply chain.
  • IS VERTICAL FARMING MORE SUSTAINABLE?
    Yes, by carefully deciding what crop to grow when, we believe we can deliver a more sustainable product. Our innovative farming method enables us to produce the best quality food all year round. Off-season, you will only find imported herbs on the shelves usually flown in from more than 2000 km. There is no other way of cultivation coming close to the 365-day-availability of our products in the United Kingdom. By growing locally, we significantly reduce transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Through stacked cultivation, we can grow more with less and just around your corner. Future life cycle assessments will validate our claim to be more sustainable than traditional methods.
  • HOW DOES VERTICAL FARMING WORK?
    Vertical Farms are indoors, which gives the advantage of a completely shielded environment, highly controlled climate, and the possibility for precision agriculture. As the plants are completely isolated from the outdoors, we replace sunlight with LED lights that adjust to our plant’s needs. Vertical Farms are usually based on hydro (water)-, aero (air)- or aquaponics (combining a fishpond for fertilization with a hydroponic system). At Vertiseed, we use the "Deep-Water-Culture" cultivation method, which is one of the hydroponic cultivation methods. The plants sit in rafts that float in benches with their roots hanging in nutrient-enriched water. These benches are stacked on several acreage levels to maximize yield per square meter. Because we control the environment, we fully eliminated the use of pesticides.
  • HOW MANY SOLAR PANELS DO YOU USE TO RUN A VERTICAL FARM?
    The number of solar panels needed to operate a vertical farm will depend on several factors, including the size of the farm, the type of produce being grown, and the specific technologies and techniques being used. Some vertical farms use solar panels to generate electricity for the farm's operations, including lighting and heating. The size and capacity of the solar panel system will depend on the energy needs of the farm and the availability of natural sunlight. To determine the number of solar panels needed, you will need to calculate the total energy consumption of the farm, including the energy needed for lighting, heating, ventilation, and other operations. This information can be used to calculate the size of the solar panel system needed to generate the necessary amount of electricity. However, thanks to LED lighting, which is more energy efficient than traditional lighting sources. This significantly reduces the energy needs of farms and may affect the number of solar panels needed. Ultimately, the number of solar panels needed to operate a vertical farm will depend on the specific energy needs and availability of natural sunlight at the farm's location.
  • WHICH CULTIVATION SYSTEM DO YOU USE?
    we use the "Deep-Water-Culture" cultivation method, which is one of the hydroponic cultivation methods. With the hydroponic growing method, the roots of the plants permanently float in nutrient-enriched water and thrive without soil.
  • WHAT IS VERTICAL FARMING?
    Vertical Farming is a method to grow crops either on vertical surfaces or by stacking acreage on top of each other, similar to a high camp/to shelves. It can be built with more than 20 layers. Vertical Farms are, therefore, highly space-efficient and can be placed in otherwise unused urban spaces like old factories, tunnels, bunkers, etc. Vertical Farms generally grow plants without soil, based on cultivation methods called hydroponic, or aeroponics.
  • IS VERTICAL FARMING THE FUTURE?
    By 2050, we’ll need to feed 10 billion people using the same resources we currently have. Extensive agricultural practices and climate change have resulted in an alarming decline in biodiversity — and with dwindling supplies of arable land and clean water, food production is at risk. To ensure a sustainable future, we must rethink and reform our food systems. To feed today's 8 billion people, agriculture requires 40% of all ice-free land, 70% of all freshwaters, and emits 30% of all GHG emissions. Moreover, recent events have further exacerbated pressures on agricultural value chains, leading to a global rise in food prices. We are on a mission to democratize access to local, high-quality food, produced sustainably with our soilless vertical farming model. Vertical Farming produces with far fewer resources than traditional agriculture. Additionally, it reduces food miles & food waste by growing crops in cities, eliminating carbon emissions associated with transportation and importation.
  • WHO ARE YOU AND WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS?
    Our mission is to transform food systems, by building and managing vertical farms based on a circular economy. Our technology is independent of local circumstances and can therefore be used worldwide for sustainable, future-oriented precision agriculture.
  • WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF GROWING VERTICALLY?
    Our Vertical Farms are based on a circular system designed to maximize the use of freshwater, nutrients, and energy. We can grow up to 200x more per square meter by growing vertically, using 95% less freshwater, and limiting our use of fertilizers, due to our closed and controlled indoor environment. We use waste as a resource and adhere to a zero-waste policy. We don't use any pesticides, as we grow our plants indoors. Our Vertical Farms produce healthy and tasty plants all year round – 24/7/365, right at your doorstep. By creating a more local food system, we can achieve better quality & nutrient values and reduce food waste drastically, since almost 30% of food waste occurs during the transportation from the producer to the supermarket.
  • DO YOU NEED A LOT OF ENERGY TO POWER YOUR FARM?
    Even though our farm is very resource-efficient, we do use more electricity than outdoor farms. The energy our farm consumes comes from 100% renewable sources, mainly hydropower. As we designed the system from the ground up with efficiency in mind, we for example can use the waste heat of our LEDs to heat up other spaces. Ongoing research to increase efficiency and create synergies will enable us to improve constantly. As we are fully in control of our farm’s environment, we are also able to grow much more efficiently than traditional farms regarding other resources.
  • WHY DO YOU NEED A.I. TO GROW PLANTS?
    A.I. and technological breakthroughs in agriculture have boosted production efficiency and sustainability. Thanks to new technologies we can grow more with less. With A.I. we can monitor our plants and collect data on all kinds of levels to constantly improve our growing methods. This permanently optimizes our operations and always ensures efficient use of resources.
  • WHO CAN CLAIM SEIS/EIS RELIEF?
    In order to be eligible to claim SEIS/EIS relief, investors are required to be UK residents (or have UK tax liabilities). Additionally, investors cannot have a significant financial connection to the company at least two years before and three years after the investment is made.
  • ARE SEIS/EIS INVESTMENTS EXEMPT FROM INHERITANCE TAX?
    Any investment made via the scheme is exempt from inheritance tax once it has been held for at least two years. This is the point at which it will qualify for Business Relief. This gives shares the ability to be passed on without being liable to the usual 40% IHT due on estates worth over £325,000.
  • WHAT IS SEIS/EIS DEFERRAL RELIEF?
    Deferral relief allows an investor to defer the CGT due on the disposal of any asset (or a gain deferred previously) when the value of that gain is invested into EIS shares. This is especially of interest to property investors due to the large transactions and higher taxable gains rates.
  • HOW DO I CLAIM SEIS/EIS RELIEF ON MY TAXES?
    SEIS/EIS income tax relief allows investors to claim 30% income tax relief on eligible investments up to £1 million per tax year. For knowledge-intensive companies, investors can put in up to £2 million each with the same tax benefits. This tax relief alone could amount to a maximum potential tax bill reduction of £600,000 per year.
  • HOW IS SEIS/EIS TAX RELIEF CALCULATED?
    Some tax reliefs (such as CGT exemption) are automatic reliefs and so nothing is required to claim them. For tax reliefs that do require action, reliefs are usually claimed either by submitting an EIS3 form (delivered to investors following share issue) to the HMRC, or by including the details of eligible investments upon completion of their annual tax return.
  • WHAT IS SEIS/EIS INCOME TAX RELIEF?
    This is a government backed investment scheme, that was introduced in the UK in 1994 to connect promising growth companies with private investors. To date, the scheme has raised over £24 billion for more than 33,000 SMEs. This scheme has grown in popularity due to the generous tax reliefs the scheme offers to investors.
  • HOW DOES THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER WORK?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container is a self-contained system that uses advanced technologies such as LED lighting, automated climate control, and hydroponic growing systems to create an optimal growing environment for crops. The container is fully automated, allowing for precise control over temperature, humidity, and lighting. It also uses a closed-loop irrigation system that recirculates water, reducing water usage and minimizing waste.
  • CAN THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER BE RELOCATED?
    Yes, the HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container can be relocated. The container is designed to be easily transportable and can be moved to a new location if necessary.
  • WHAT IS THE EXPECTED LIFESPAN OF THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The expected lifespan of the HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container depends on several factors, including the frequency of use, maintenance, and climate conditions. However, with proper use and maintenance, the container is expected to last for several years.
  • IS ANY SPECIAL TRAINING REQUIRED TO OPERATE THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container is designed to be user-friendly and requires minimal training to operate. However, it is recommended to receive training from the manufacturer or a local distributor to ensure proper use and maintenance of the system.
  • WHAT CAN BE GROWN IN THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container is designed to accommodate a wide range of crops, including leafy greens, herbs, fruits, and vegetables.
  • WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER OWNERS?
    We provide support and guidance for owners of the HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container. This includes training on operation and maintenance, as well as technical support if any issues arise. Additionally, we also offer warranty or maintenance plans to ensure optimal performance of the system.
  • IS THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
    Yes, the HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container is designed to be environmentally friendly by reducing water usage, minimizing waste, and eliminating the need for long-distance transportation. Additionally,the container uses energy-efficient LED lighting and advanced climate control technology to reduce energy consumption.
  • HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED TO INSTALL A HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container requires a level surface of approximately 40 feet by 8 feet to be installed. It can be placed indoors or outdoors, as long as there is access to electricity and water.
  • WHAT MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED FOR THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container requires regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. This includes monitoring the growing environment, adjusting the climate control settings as necessary, and performing routine maintenance on the irrigation and lighting systems. It is recommended to receive training from the manufacturer or a local distributor to ensure proper maintenance of the system.
  • HOW MUCH ENERGY DOES THE HARVESTHUB USE?
    Aprox. 100Kwh per day.
  • CAN THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER BE CUSTOMIZED TO MEET SPECIFIC GROWING NEEDS?
    Yes, the HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container can be customized to meet specific growing needs, including crop type, climate control settings, and irrigation systems. It is recommended to work with the manufacturer or a local distributor to determine the best configuration for specific growing needs.
  • HOW MUCH DOES A HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER COST?
    The cost of a HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container varies depending on a number of factors, including the specific configuration and the location of the installation. It is recommended to contact us for pricing information.
  • WHAT IS THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container is a self-contained, fully automated indoor farming system that allows for year-round crop production in a controlled environment. It is designed to provide an efficient and sustainable solution for growers looking to produce fresh produce locally.
  • WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING THE HARVESTHUB 40 FT GROW CONTAINER?
    The HarvestHub 40 ft Grow Container offers a number of benefits, including: 1. Year-round production: The controlled environment inside the container allows for year-round crop production, regardless of weather conditions. 2. Consistent quality: The container's automated system ensures consistent growing conditions, which results in high-quality, nutritious crops. 3. Reduced water usage: The container's closed-loop irrigation system reduces water usage by up to 90% compared to traditional farming methods. 4. Minimal land use: The compact size of the container means that it can be installed in areas where traditional farming is not possible, such as urban environments. 5. Reduced transportation costs: Locally grown produce eliminates the need for long-distance transportation, reducing transportation costs and carbon emissions.
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