London’s first underground farm, located in a disused World War II bomb shelter at Clapham Junction, will start supplying produce to local markets at the beginning of July.
The venture, which is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Michael Ballard and Steven Dring, in partnership with acclaimed chef Michel Roux Jnr, has been developed with the aid of a crowd funding initiative.
This has valued the business at just over £2m.
The first phase of the farm extends to 600 metres squared.
It includes a sophisticated lighting and irrigation system, which will supply a nutrient rich solution to the micro vegetables that will be grown. Phase one crops include pea shoots, several varieties of radish, mustard, coriander, Red Amaranth, celery, parsley and rocket.
“We’re delighted that our first shoots will be delivered to the surface in the next few weeks,” said Ballard.
“After eighteen months of research, development, growing trials – and tribulations – we’re about to start supplying into the market.”