Everything is delivered to local customers within 12 hours after harvest. According to Chef Joel Braham at The Good Egg in Stoke Newington, London loves GrowUp’s salad greens. 'We use it because it’s got an amazing flavour: really peppery, mustardy… It doesn’t matter what time of year we get the salad, even in the middle of the winter, it’s always the same.
Hofman says, 'Using LED lighting offers a number of benefits for growing sustainable food. When we control what light the plants are receiving, we have more overall control over their growth. This means plants germinate quicker, their roots grow faster and we get bigger yields.' LEDs run at cooler temperatures than other horticultural lamps. This means they can be placed closer to the plant ensuring its leaves are receiving a uniform amount and quality of light which encourages homogenous growth.
'Importantly for us, LED lighting is also highly energy efficient. In terms of energy usage LED lighting systems can use reportedly 85% less energy than traditional methods. The use of LEDs rather than fluorescent lamps, for example, helps us to further lower our energy consumption,' says Hofman.