Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has teamed up with Potager Farm to establish a new retail park-based vertical farm in Berlin, Germany.
IGS will install two growth towers in the retail park, which is owned by Greenman Open, the largest fund of grocery-anchored real estate firm Greenman Group.
Potager Farm – a subsidiary of Greenman Group – will operate and run the farm, which will provide local supermarkets, retailers and restaurants with produce. It is expected to open in the first quarter of 2023.
According to IGS, the first crops that Potager Farm will grow include herbs, such as parsley, chives and basil, as well as rocket and mustard leaves and other leafy greens. Vertical farming uses minimal water and no pesticides, and offers water recycling capabilities that mean “the only water leaving the farm is contained in the crops”.
David Farquhar, CEO at IGS, said: “Potager Farm is a perfect example of how a business can bring sustainable, local food production systems to an urban setting, where the produce will be travelling, at maximum, only a kilometre or two before it reaches the supermarket or restaurant”.
Mario Gatineau, managing director at Potager Farm, added: “IGS’s modular towers will allow us to expand our vertical farming system as and when required, enabling us to upscale our farming abilities over time”.
He continued: “Potager Farm is key to Greenman Group’s commitment to reducing its properties’ environmental impacts on their surroundings. The vertical farm will be located on a retail park owned by the Greenman Open fund, gaining a competitive advantage for its tenants.
“The fund has committed to diversifying its income, stating that by 2025, 5% of its annual revenue will be generated from non-rent related activities (5by25). These activities include, among others, sustainable farming activities and promoting local and traceable food supply.”
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