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Episode 31 - Urban Green

Today we are on the road to Sydney. That doesn’t sound very rural but hopefully, by the end of this conversation – you might change your views about how and where farms can operate. Sydney Urban Green is the city’s first commercial indoor farm specialising in vertically growing microgreens and sprouts. It makes a lot of sense. It’s an economical use of space. And the food is grown where we have the most people. You’ll often see these super greens used as a garnish in restaurants but apart from looking good, they are a nutritional powerhouse. Director Noah Verin is today’s guest and we discuss:

  • ‘Controlled Environment Agriculture’ and how Noah has established a farm in a car park!

  • How vertical farming functions and the biggest differences between urban and rural farms.

  • The advantages and limitations of this growing style and what we can expect in the future.

  • Noah specialises in microgreens and sprouts, which are very popular and also a practical choice when farming in a small space.

  • His sustainability approach impacts production and energy consumption, down to the packaging.

  • Noah’s main clientele is restaurants and he shares the significance of strong relationships.

  • The nutritional value of microgreens and their popularity over the in the United States.

  • Noah grows 45 varieties and shares why he loves his ‘babies’ so much.

  • The buzzword of vertical farming and Noah shares his predictions for the future of vertical farming in our cities.

  • The most rewarding part of working in the agricultural industry.

  • Fire and floods have surprisingly been the most unexpected events to happen to this urban farm.

  • The most common misconception about this work.

  • The ultimate dream for the future.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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