The Association for Vertical Farming is an internationally active non-profit organisation which supports the practice of cultivating plant life in a skyscraper greenhouse or on a vertically inclined surface, thereby reducing the need for land and enabling a more efficient farming process in an artificially controlled environment.
The modern idea of vertical farming uses techniques similar to glass houses, where natural sunlight can be augmented with artificial lighting and metal reflectors.
The association, which is comprised of individuals, companies, research institutions and universities, focusses on the further advancement of those technologies, designs and businesses specifically related to vertical farming; an important area for the GRODAN business.
When taking into account the fact that by 2050 it is estimated that twice as much food as is generated today will be needed worldwide using only half of the resources, the benefits of horticultural efficiency and vertical farming can be considered to be a crucial component in solving future food crises.
GRODAN solutions are designed to offer similar horticultural efficiency, with GRODAN substrate generating a 1 kilogram yield of tomatoes using only 4 litres of water, compared to 300 litres of water when grown in soil.
“We believe that we can become a great partner for the Association for Vertical Farming”, says Stuart Lambie, Sustainability Manager for the GRODAN business. “By contributing to our joint global challenges we can help food producers save water and other resources while supplying increasing quantities of healthy, fresh produce to an increasingly urbanised population”.
The Association for Vertical Farming will work closely with the GRODAN business over the coming years to perfect efficient farming technologies for the future, in a sector with exponential potential.
The GRODAN Group supplies innovative and sustainable stone wool substrate solutions for the professional horticultural sector, based on Precision Growing principles. These solutions are, amongst others, applied for the cultivation of vegetables and flowers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, egg plants, roses and gerberas. Stone wool substrates are offered together with tailor-made advice and tools to support Precision Growing and thus facilitate the sustainable production of healthy, safe and tasty fresh produce for consumers. Sustainability plays a prominent role within the Group, from the manufacture of stone wool substrates to end-of-life solutions. The GRODAN Group, founded in 1969, is active in more than sixty countries worldwide. The head office is located in Roermond, the Netherlands.
The GRODAN group is a part of the ROCKWOOL Group, the world’s leading supplier of innovative products and systems based on stone wool, improving the environment and the quality of life for millions of people. The Group is among the global leaders within the insulation industry. Together with other building-related products such as acoustic ceilings, cladding boards and its consultancy business, the Group ensures energy efficient and fire safe buildings with good acoustics and a comfortable indoor climate. Next to the green solutions provided in the horticultural industry by the GRODAN Group, it creates inventive special fibres for industrial use, effective insulation for the process industry and marine & offshore as well as noise and vibration systems for modern infrastructure.