A 2.5 acre subterranean farm occupying portions of a vast labyrinth of tunnels once used as air raid shelters during WW II is now home to gardens growing crops ranging from Pea Shoots, Garlic Chives, Red Vein Sorrel, Mustard Leaf, Radish, Coriander and Thai Basil. Heritage tomatoes and mushrooms are next.
Partners Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have teamed up with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr to create this one-of-a-kind carbon neutral urban garden 100 feet below London’s Northern Line near Clapham North tube station.
The gardens’ underground location keeps temperatures steady year round at 60 F. Growing conditions are further optimized with low energy LED bulbs and an integrated hydroponics system along with special filters keeping air in the tunnels free of pests eliminating the need for pesticides. All electricity is supplied by green energy sources while close proximity to New Covent Garden Market and London’s many restaurants ensure produce transport distances measured in blocks rather than miles.
Depending on the success of Growing Underground‘s crowd funding campaign, full scale operations are set for March and first crops will hit restaurants and shops by late summer. You can buy a stake in Growing Underground today for as little as £10. £25,000 gets you voting rights.