With the GROWBOX project, you can grow to produce in any climate, seasons, and with an exceptionally small footprint in urban environments.
Also, one of the main advantages of utilizing street vertical farming technologies is the ability to cultivate a larger variety of crops at once because crops do not share the same plots of land, making vertical farming less disruptive to the native plants and animals, leading to further the conservation of the local flora and fauna.
The vertical farming technology grows plants in a suspended tray system moving on an overhead conveyor system.
The system controls room temperature, lighting, fertilization, irrigation, and recapturing of the water being used. It is also designed to provide maximum sunlight by using Sun batteries and LED lights.
The irrigated water is recaptured, recycled, and purified, thereby using 90% less water than conventional field farming as it is not sprayed out to the field which is soaked into the earth.
Once the product is ready to harvest, GROWBOX sends a notification to the customers, offering the freshest local produce at their fingertips. The produce is handpicked at the peak of freshness without the loss of any vitamins, minerals, or nutrients and can be delivered the same day to residents, grocery stores, or the local Food Bank.
GROWBOX is introducing an inventive strategy to integrate a software application with vertical farms to educate and entertain people, which will bring a different outlook to the farming and increase appreciation and understanding of the process and the trade.
The users will be able to download the application and see the real-time footage at the street vertical farms. It is cloud-connected with smart devices that monitor plant health and harvest readiness. Customers will have the ability to see how their plants are growing and will be advised once the harvest is ready for pick up. It sends not only notifications and updates to the customers, but also allows placing an order for the produce or sending feedback to the farm.
Leftover produce will see send to the Food Bank or distributed between local partner stores.