Growfoam, a plant growth medium, has partnered with Babylon to bring their "safe, sustainable, and fully compostable" solution to indoor Micro-Farms. Over the past 8 months, Babylon has done extensive in-house growth tests and customer network tests. Feedback during the customer trials has been overwhelmingly positive.
“We are proud to be the exclusive partner of Growfoam for small-scale on-site farms in North America. Growfoam retains the ease of use of current growth medium while reducing waste thus bringing a new level of sustainability to an already sustainable system," said Alexander Olesen (Babylon CEO)
Niels Steenvoorden, CCO Growfoam, adds to that: “We’re proud to have Babylon as a partner who shares our 'grow greener, safer, and faster' vision in Micro-Farms. We look forward to working with Babylon, as well as large-scale farms in the US.” He stresses that the Growfoam substrate is suitable – or can be customized to be suited – any industrial scale controlled agriculture environment.
"Growfoam provides a medium for both germination and growth. It is on-site compostable which eliminates the need to separate roots from the grow medium since they are both biodegraded and will be completely converted into water and CO2 upon degradation. Growfoam contains no microplastics or PFAS.“
According to Growfoam, its product offers multiple benefits. First of all, it reduces the risk of harmful plant diseases or human pathogens with clean Growfoam substrates, with lower maintenance costs. It also offers a more stable water microenvironment due to cleaner substrate and brings with it more predictable production and logistics. It has no end-of-life disposal issues when using the certified Industrially Compostable Growfoam solutions.