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Plans have been confirmed for a vertical farm capable of growing up to 415 tonnes of food annually. Located in Newmarket, Suffolk, the farm... Vertical salad farm planned for Suffolk

Plans have been confirmed for a vertical farm capable of growing up to 415 tonnes of food annually. Located in Newmarket, Suffolk, the farm will be constructed by food producer OneFarm in partnership with indoor agritech specialist IGS.

Construction is set to commence later this year. OneFarm will work alongside Suffolk County Council and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) to deliver the indoor farm, with funds raised through Abundance Investment.

Nine towers

The farm will play a role in the LEP’s development of its Clean Growth ambitions for the region. This first phase of development will deliver up to 6,400m2 of growing area in nine-metre-high growth towers, making it the largest vertical farm in the UK.

A second phase is proposed to increase the growing area to 13,000m2, increasing capacity to over 1,000 tonnes of crops each year. The farm is expected to be fully operational in early 2023. It will be retrofitted into an existing disused warehouse site.

OneFarm says it is committed to producing crops without pesticides or herbicides. It hopes to operate up 25 indoor vertical farms in the UK, with an emphasis on produce freshness and optimum quality.

The farm will grow a range of herbs and salads on-demand to reduce waste and unnecessary harvesting, with agreements already in place to supply selected retailers.

Local food

OneFarm’s senior team has retail, investor crop science and research experience across the agritech and sustainability markets. The company’s vision focuses on high-quality produce, with an emphasis on provenance and local supply chains.

OneFarm chief executive Mira Merme said: “Consumers deserve locally grown, fresh, good quality food, grown without pesticides and with low water usage, and OneFarm’s in-house brand, Wholly Food, provides just that, every day of the year.

“It’s truly local food for local people.”

Iain Dunnett, of New Anglia LEP, said the development would make a significant contribution to its economic targets. The farm was a highly innovative development for the important agritech sector, he added.

Mr Dunnett said: “The farm will contribute to the world-leading science and research base that exists in the East of England in relation to sustainable food production, land use and climate resilience.”