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Vertical farming takes off in former Wellington nightclub

Vertical farming takes off in Wellington

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Ian Proudfoot

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[20 October/Stuff NZ]

Shoots Microgreens is one of NZ's first vertical farms and is housed in a former nightclub in Wellington. The space has been transformed into an urban market garden supplying over 80 restaurants and also sells produce for stores such as Moore Wilson. Microgreens are the intense flavoured first shoots and leaves, and are popular among chefs and bartenders for garnishing meals and cocktails. Co-owner Matt Keltie started the business last year and it now employs three fulltime workers, although it is yet to make a profit. Mr Keltie states that vertical farming is all about using an efficient production area, recycling water, and having a lower carbon footprint. Everything is recycled including the water and growing trays, and deliveries are made using e-bikes. Prices start at $7.25 for a tray of peas, which grow in a little over a week, whereas slower growing red sorrel is priced accordingly higher.

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