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Londeners enjoy fresh produce grown underground

We’re definitely in the throws of winter – heavy snowstorms and flooding in many parts of the world. This time of year having fresh produce can be problematic. But Londoners have a new alternative.

Zero Carbon Farm

Growing Underground farm is a new 2.5-acre farm located one hundred feet below the streets of London. Located under the Northern Line near Clapham North tube station on property leased from the London Underground.

Zero Carbon Farm founders

Zero Carbon Food owners Richard Ballard and Steven Dring have partnered with two-star Michelin chef Michel Roux Jr. to create this very non-traditional farm. This new venture will shortly begin delivering fresh greens, micro-greens and herbs grown using LED lights and a hydroponics system.

Growing Underground Farm

According to a press release, the farm will be carbon neutral and the tunnels where it’s located will feature temperatures around 16 degrees centigrade all year while consuming minimal energy. And the system, says Zero Carbon Food, will use 70 percent less water than open-field farms.

Growing Underground snapshot 2

Growing Underground’s first produce will include pea shoots, broccoli, garlic chives, mustard leaves, radish, coriander and Thai basil. The underground farm will also grow and sell edible flowers and miniature vegetables. Stage-two crops will include heritage tomato varieties and mushrooms.The founders expect the first product to be available at restaurants and shops by late summer.

Debra Atlas is a freelance environmental writer and eco-enthusiast based in Northern California, and is the Red Ferret’s Ecological Editor. Debra looks for the upside of eco-change – what’s positive, making a difference. She hunts down those interesting things cooked up by creative minds, especially if they’re strange and eccentric.

Debra Atlas – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Carbon neutral? How can that be? Plants need CO2 as plant food? Or are they just counting on the stupidity of people, or lack of a basic science eduction, to buy the notion that they are correct.

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