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“We are a vertical bioponic farm in the heart of Sheffield, underneath 92 Burton Rd, Kelham in an old spring factory.”

By Phoebe Fuller
Yorkshire Live
June 20, 2021


Luke Ellis used to be a builder, but now he spends his days underground growing sustainable veg.

Mr Ellis, from Sheffield, has been growing greens beneath the streets of Sheffield’s Kelham Island since last December, after developing an interest in sustainable hydroponic growing techniques.

Hydroponics replace the need for a conventional soil and sunlight approach to growing vegetables, using water-based growing techniques instead.

This inventive method of growing means that Mr Ellis can produce a huge amount of leafy greens year-round, without needing to wait for the right season or growing conditions to become available.

Mr Ellis’ business, named ‘Leaf + Shoot’, now grows a wealth of leafy greens, microgreens, herbs, houseplants and mushrooms for the people of Sheffield to enjoy – with very little food miles, zero pesticides and no water waste.

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