Greenhaus Farms is a small start-up company which has a shipping container full of plants in the car park at Chiswick Business Park. Harrison Pritchard and his two co-founders Nick Stace and Georgie Harper-Wilde have been operating there since last September. This is their pilot scheme, and if all goes well they are hoping to expand across London and throughout the UK.
“We are aiming to grow something which will be ready every week,” Harrison said. “We realized during Covid how fragile the food system is. It is getting more difficult to import from Europe, so we want to bring things as local as possible.”
They started selling their produce two weeks ago, initially just to Sam’s Larder on Turnham Green Terrace, where you can find their rocket and basil, and soon also their lettuces.
Harrison has a degree in Biology and a masters in Plant Science from Southampton University, and his career so far has been in renewable energy, working with solar power and on large scale battery projects for Tesla. Is it not a waste of energy to be growing plants indoors, where you could be utilizing sunshine and rain? “Using energy is only bad if you are getting it from bad sources” he said. They use 100% renewable, courtesy of Octopus energy.
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