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The company behind the world’s largest vertical farm has secured an additional £26m to develop the site outside Norwich. ‘World’s largest vertical’ farm secures £26m funding boost

• Farm is set to open this winter

• Growing salad, soya and wheat

• Powered by renewable energy

The company behind the world’s largest vertical farm has secured an additional £26m to develop the site outside Norwich.

Based at the Norfolk Food Enterprise Park, Fischer Farms will offer 25,000m² of vertically stacked growing xproviding the capacity to supply 6.5t of leaf salad, leafy herbs, and other fresh produce to UK supermarkets every day.

By maximising the use of land, the 1.62ha vertical farm will be able to produce the same amount of food as 400ha acres of conventional British farmland – using 98% less water and no herbicides or insecticides.

Powered by 100% renewable energy, investors say the vertical farm will produce the freshest, longest lasting, safest, most consistent, and highest quality British-grown produce all year round – with no impact on the surrounding countryside.

Fischer Farms says the indoor farm will lead the way in scalable food production and provide a more resilient and sustainable method to feed the nation. The £26m injection is from Gresham House, a sustainable infrastructure investment specialist. 

The site is set to open in winter 2022. If all goes to plan, Fischer Farms will scale up its operations and reduce its cost base to grow soya beans, rice, and wheat in significant volumes, at costs that compare favourably to global farming prices.

The additional funding will help employ, train and upskill a specialised labour force. New recruits will join an experienced team of employees, who all share the same goal of feeding a growing population and boosting food security.

Fischer Farms founder and chief executive Tristan Fischer said: “We are thrilled to have secured the backing of such a well-respected firm and it is fantastic to see investors recognising the potential and value of vertical farming.”

Positive Impact

Mr Fischer said the investment demonstrated confidence in what was a revolutionary form of farming.

“We look forward to working together as we scale-up our operations to create a more responsible and sustainable food supply.”

Gresham House invests in projects with a positive social or environmental impact. Recent investments include sustainable agriculture, digital inclusion, waste recycling and other infrastructure projects to support the UK’s levelling up agenda.

Peter Bachmann, the company’s managing director of sustainable infrastructure, said the technology, skills and expertise behind Fischer Farms promised to make a difference to people’s lives and the planet.

“At a time of unprecedented global food and commodity prices, investing in the future of sustainable farming is appealing for so many reasons,” he said. It would help to shape fresh food production for decades to come.