GrowUp Urban Farms – Less waste and fresher food, which lasts longer

GrowUp Urban Farms produces sustainable food for a local market, using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies to maximise yield in urban spaces.

The way we grow food is unsustainable. With a growing global population and 80% of people expected to be living in cities by 2050, there’s a serious problem with a food system that already uses 50% of all available land, 70% of fresh water, creates 30% of man-made greenhouse gasses and then guess what?

At the end of that we waste half of everything we’ve grown.

We are addressing the fundamental flaws in our agricultural system by using aquaponics and vertical growing to produce sustainable food for a local market, by building farms in cities.


Aquaponics is the combination of two well established farming practices:

  • quaculture – which is farming fish, and 
  • Hydroponics – growing plants in a nutrient solution rather than soil.

We take the waste water from the fish farm, pump it through a hydroponic growing bed where our salad plants and herbs absorb the waste nutrients and clean the water for the fish. The whole system continually recirculates.

Our farms use 90% less water and 50% less energy to grow twice as much food per m2 as traditional farming. We produce delicious salads, herbs and fish without any chemical fertilizers.

A ground-breaking innovation

This innovative way of feeding people in cities has the potential to lower the environmental impact of agriculture by growing food closer to consumers in a resource efficient system that can be built in cities.

GrowUp Urban Farms is pioneering aquaponics in a controlled growing environment and creating a model for food production that can be scaled to any city.

Societal Impact

GrowUp Urban Farms will create jobs in places that need them, and will need them increasingly in the future as city populations expand.

Our aspiration is to employ young people who may have dropped out of formal education or been unable to find employment, and provide them with the skills, experience and confidence to work in urban farming or develop transferable skills to help them move into the area they want to work in.

We also work with schools and other educational initiatives, which have a positive impact on local communities.

We also work with schools and other educational initiatives which have positive impact on communities.

Urban Farming

In view of the trend towards urbanization, food security is becoming an increasing focus for Governments.

Feeding people in cities by farming in urban spaces can reduce the environmental impact of agriculture by growing food closer to consumers and reducing imports.

Cities are an ideal location for aquaponics as the crops that grows best with the nitrogen-rich waste from fish, are perishable salads, herbs and microgreens. The produce is then delivered by electric van to local customers within six hours of harvest.

We also work with schools and other educational initiatives which have positive impact on communities.

The result is less waste and fresher food, which lasts longer.

This year we will build London’s first commercial scale aquaponic farm, capable of producing 20,000kg of salad and 4,000kg of fish each year.

Farms are designed for year-round sustainable high-density and high-yield commercial food production in low-carbon cities. With a growing cycle of 6-8 weeks year-round, crops can be grown to order and delivered to customers within 6 hours of harvest.

More information:

Kate Hofman +44 07862259566

Tom Webster +44 07853195801

Andrew Hodson +44 07879643492