If you traveled 100 feet below the streets of London, you’ll find something you probably wouldn’t expect. In a space that was originally built as a bomb shelter in World War II, the world’s first subterranean farm is not only growing, it’s thriving. It’s called Growing Underground, and it’s the brainchild of entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring.
The produce on the farm is being used to supply local restaurants, and the entire thing is an incredibly interesting and innovative operation. See photos of this unlikely green space below.
Originally a bomb shelter, the space has been abandoned for over 70 years.
Now, it’s bee repurposed to this underground urban farm.
The plants are stacked vertically in hydroponic beds.
The produce being grown there consists mostly of leafy greens, like Thai basil, watercress, and Japanese mizuna.
The space has a state-of-the-art computer that controls the temperature, lighting, and watering system. However, this farm uses 70% less water than most traditional farms.
In addition to being produced without sunlight, the plants are also grown without pesticides.
It’s estimated that Growing Underground can produce between 11,000 – 44,00 crops each year.
And the best part? They’re serving London diners delicious, organic greens, directly from (underground) farm-to-table.