City Farm Systems

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Carbon Consuming Supply Chains - an essential step towards Net Zero

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Starting from the need to use resources efficiently we recognised the cash and carbon costs of existing supply chains.  Starting with the hardest to transport and short shelf life perishable crops we set out to create a new business model.

Herbs, salads, small fruit and vegetables are a big headache for retailers.  Value is driven by the volume of transit only packaging needed to load a truck.  With high levels of waste we could see a data driven business model would avoid the need to grow, pack and deliver what we know will be wasted.

Many glasshouse growers have chosen to reduce their losses this year by giving up – they can no longer pay to run gas boilers all summer simply to create the CO2 their crops need.  Meanwhile at the other end of supply chains all large buildings pay to dump CO2.  Engineering our systems to take advantage of this means we can address the UN’s SDGs like no others and:

offer a carbon consuming supply chain

hand shelf life to the consumer

make healthy food affordable

Reduce Scope 3 emissions

move ESG from a must have overhead to a balance sheet asset

Meet the founders

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    Jonathan Lodge

    The Net Zero Champion

    Coming from a resource efficiency background gave me the insight needed to create a new business model. Why would anyone choose to grow, pack and deliver crops that data shows WILL be wasted?
    I am now in demand internationally as an award winning speaker who can show there is an economically and environmentally sustainable alternative to horrorifcally expensive vertical farms.
    Having worked with HVAC engineers I could see city buildings paying to dump the air qualities indoor growers pay to create.
    The time has come to help corporates move ESG from a must have overhead to a balance sheet asset.

Questions

  • Where can your systems be installed?

    Our automated greenhouses can be likened to Solar PV - the best case is when the building below has a need for fresh produce.
    We realised insurances and Health & Safety would make a rooftop workforce probitively expensive. By combining our automation with the greenhouse framing we have the unique ability to avoid the need to start with an expensive concrete base. This means we can install on a far greater variety of locations than competitors whilst reducing costs.
  • What is the ROI?

    Our systems cost much the same as a modern high tech rural greenhouse. This offers lower CapExt than a vertical farm and a dramatically lower OpEx thanks to the ability to grow to order at point of need.
    When 65% of the cost for a pot of basil is getting it to the retail shelf our ability to avoid this cost entirely offers lower costs and improved margins.
    So, unlike, many indoor growers we can achieve an ROI - in about half the time needed to pay for Solar PV.
  • What happened to Food Miles?

    We don't use Food Miles - we measure the entire supply chain in minutes and metres. This gives the ability to match harvest to short term demand changes and avoid the waste of long supply chains.