UK: Bioponic farming - inside the underground plant farm in Yorkshire

At first glance, Leaf & Shoot looks from the outside that it is a health food shop. But what lies underneath this hidden Sheffield gem is something quite magical. Leaf & Shoot can be found in a former underground Victorian spring factory on Kelham Island. It’s hidden away at the back of Deport Bakery on the site where the popular Peddler Market is held.

Downstairs you’ll discover a range of micro herbs, terrariums - which are miniature gardens enclosed in glass - and stunning house plants. This is what’s called bioponic vertical farming - an alternative way to grow plants, fruit, and vegetables in a sustainable way using waste materials.
Leaf & Shoot says on its website: “We have created an innovative system for growing food directly from green waste using worm farms and organic cycling.

“The worms process the green waste (waste food, plant matter, cardboard, etc.) that we feed them and turn it into an incredibly nutrient-rich worm cast. We use that worm cast to create the soil in which we plant our seeds."

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