UK: 'Edible wall' allows people to pick whatever greens they like

An “Edible Wall” has been launched in Runcorn in a bid to improve access to healthy fruit and veg.

Liverpool-based social enterprise Farm Urban teamed up with the Heath Business and Technical Park to bring its Greens For Good campaign to Halton. The Edible Wall is located in the Heath Café and gives customers the chance to pick their own leafy greens that have been grown using hydroponic vertical farming technology.

Dr. Paul Myers, Farm Urban co-founder, said: “People can pick and enjoy greens from the wall whenever they like." 

Vertical farming is a central feature of the proposed Heath Park eco-transformation of Heath Business and Technical Park. The plans are classed as a Liverpool City Region (LCR) Beacon Project, which the park owners SOG’s vision to turn the former ICI officers into a 21st carbon net-zero version of Port Sunlight on the Wirral.

Part of SOG’s research included a world-first pilot study into vertical farming by Farm Urban and The University of Liverpool, which demonstrated that vertical farms powered by hydrogen can be a game-changer in the battle to halt climate change.

Dr. Myers said: “The new model of vertical farming we have trialed at The Heath indicates net zero food production is possible. “This fully integrated model of vertical farming can become a sequestrator of CO2.

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