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Finland: Green light for hybrid greenhouse project

Kerava Garden Oy has received a building permit for a greenhouse in the Kapuli area. The floor area is a little over 7,000 square meters and will be converted into a two-layered hybrid vertical farm.

Kerava Garden, which has now received a building permit, plans to establish a hybrid greenhouse in Mäntsälä. In this way, the total energy costs can be calculated compared to traditional greenhouse cultivation.

The goal is to start construction as soon as possible, concretely already in October. Usually, the construction time of greenhouse projects is about half a year, so in the best case, we can first test and then grow lettuce in the spring, and the lettuce we grow in Mäntsälä will be in the stores at the beginning of the summer, says Robert Jordas, CEO of Kerava Garden Oy.

"We are going to grow baby leaf lettuce that grows in about three to four weeks. The yield is about 50 kilos per square meter, and the cultivated area is about 10,000 square meters. We will produce ready-made salad packages because these are easy for the consumer to use. Mäntsälä's location in Uusimaa is ideal, from here, we get the products to the stores quickly and fresh," says Jordas.

Jordas is happy and relieved that the greenhouse can now be built. "It's great that we got permission to build exactly the kind of greenhouse we had planned, and now we can build this house where Kerava didn't get a building permit, says Jordas about his mood."

The municipality of Mäntsälä is also satisfied with the project. "The municipality thinks that such a modern greenhouse is a good project, and we have greenhouse education here in Mäntsälä, so it would be great if there was a synergy between school and business," says municipal development director Vesa Gummerus.

In Kapul, there was just the right plot for this project between Tokmanni and Masku logistics centers, so this project was quickly approved, Gummerus sums up.

Source: Mäntsälän Uutiset

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