NZ: Small update on Hamilton's first large-scale vertical farm

New Zealand’s first large-scale vertical farm in Hamilton, Greengrower, is an exciting breakthrough for the country’s farming scene. 

Starting up just five years ago, chief executive Tom Schuyt’s vision for Greengrower was born during his time working in the produce industry, where he was exposed to the challenges facing the industry and consumers. Utilizing his background in corporate finance advising, Schuyt was determined to research vertical farming and its adoption overseas in places like South Korea and the United States. 

Tucked away in Ruakura, Hamilton, Greengrower grows lettuce and other leafy greens like spinach and bok choy in stacked layers of trays in growing tunnels. The farm produces over 4000 bags per day for its North Island customers. 

The company now grows lettuce, spinach, basil, and kale. All are harvested fresh, self-packed, and sold to retail in the area. 

In 2023, Greengrower is expected to have an official opening. Schuyt also has plans for the business to become completely sustainable by pivoting to zero waste. 

Source: Restaurant and Cafe 

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