Eden Towers is currently finalizing the design and development of a four-tower industrial scale, solar-powered indoor farm, which will be established at the Shire of Murray’s Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct in Nambeelup.
Research and development and commercialization efforts for the Australian first farming system have been enabled by a $200,000 grant secured through the Precinct’s Enterprise Support Program.
According to Christian Prokscha, Co-Founder of Eden Towers, the grant recognized the bright future for sustainable post-organic vertical farming in Australia. "Our research and development program in combination with the Precinct, has positioned us well to work with collaborators Future Food Systems CRC and Murdoch University when the facility opens mid-2022. We will collaborate to realize the possibilities for indigenous and nursery crops.
“The diverse mix of specialty skillsets will commercialize a first of its kind in Australia and globally on an efficiency per square meter scale, which in our system sees a 40m2 growth tower producing an equivalent yield to 6000m2 plus in a traditional field. When our farm is fully operational mid-next year, it will generate 120 tonnes of produce per annum, including lettuce, spinach, kale, microgreens, edible flowers, and herbs.
“Like all our farms, the Perth facility will target carbon neutrality by running on near 100% renewable energy and recycling all inputs. Our vision is to promote a sustainable future through superior agriculture technology, sustainable energy, and water systems, and smart use of land and location.
“With this technology and science we are also looking to work with farmers and industry to support a growing agtech sector in WA and Australia”, Mr. Prokscha said.
Shire of Murray Chief Executive Officer Mr. Dean Unsworth was proud to announce the first recipient of an Enterprise Support Program grant. “In partnering with businesses that are innovating and challenging traditional agricultural practices, we are transforming and growing the state’s agri-food sector,” Mr. Unsworth said
The Enterprises Support Program welcomes application all year round and is available to support agri-businesses seeking to pursue business development and innovation opportunities. The competitive grant program, a partnership between the Shire of Murray, DevelopmentWA, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, offers up to $200K, in a minimum dollar for dollar co-funding.