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BBC Future Food Award

We won the BBC Future Food Award! Which was a bonus as our plus ones for the event were our mums! To be honest we were thrilled enough with being considered for nomination after receiving the phone call back in May from Sheila Dillon, The BBC Food ProgrammeREAD MORE

Marks and Spencer launch

Not just any old salad. Growing Underground for Marks and Spencer salad! Yes that’s right we are so chuffed to finally reveal that our salad mixes will be available to buy in Marks and Spencer stores around London as of today; Wednesday 6th September. We were approached READ MORE

Green Business Forum 2017

Richard will be speaking at the annual Green Business Forum this Wednesday at UCL which focuses on embedding sustainability within small to large scale businesses. He will be explaining how the Growing Underground farm reduces water, waste and energy consumption as well as READ MORE

Driver wanted

We are hiring! It’s an exciting time for us here at Growing Underground and due to our expansion into new and exciting retail markets we need your help! We are looking for a driver to deliver our scrummy salads to our retailers to feed our hungry customers! READ MORE

Ocado Launch

A belated Happy New Year to you and Happy Birthday to us! 3 years ago, we launched with a few crops in an empty tunnel getting us referenced to Breaking Bad on more than a few occasions! Today marks another milestone for Growing Underground as we launch into Ocado READ MORE

Food Matters Live 2016

We shall be part of Food Matters Live 2016 next month at ExCel London! On our stand we will be showcasing a mini replica of our hydroponic farm. This exciting exhibition will see thousands of professionals from across the food and drink industry, nutrition and health sectors at the UK’s READ MORE

RHS Urban Garden Show

We’re very excited to announce that our cofounder Richard has been invited to give a talk at the first RHS London Urban Garden Show. The event will be held at the rather spectacular Lindley Hall and is the newest show by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society).READ MORE

Disruptive Food Panel

Tomorrow (Tuesday 11th October) Olivia will be representing Growing Underground on the panel at Disruptive Food, an event which is part of the Lambeth Food Partnership Board AGM.

Lambeth is one of the most exciting food boroughs in London and will be using this eventREAD MORE

Unreasonable Impact 2016

Picture a ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ for entrepreneurs! We are thrilled to have been selected from just a handful of entrepreneurs to participate in Unreasonable Impact 2016! Unreasonable Impact have partnered with Barclays to deliver a vibrant R&D engineREAD MORE

Royal College of Art talk

Our co founder Richard will be giving a talk this week at the Royal College of Art (RCA). He will be addressing MA Design students along with Vinny from Biospheric Studio.

Richard will discuss where he sees role of technology in the future of food security in our READ MORE

The Progress 1000

We were a bit confused when we were invited to the Evening Standard’s ‘The Progress 1000: London’s Most Influential People 2016’. We must be audience, we couldn’t possibly be on the list…or maybe the invite went to the wrong address? That happens.READ MORE

Shambala Festival 2016 Talk

Heatwaves, thunderstorms, sustainable talks, insect dinners, dancing and acrobats summed up our August bank holiday at Shambala Festival! Our cofounder Richard, presented at what is the most sustainable and eco-minded festival in the UK. ‘Adventures in Utopia’ was theREAD MORE

V&A Talk

This August bank holiday our office manager Olivia kindly gave a talk at the stunning V&A museum on our behalf, as we were already presenting at Shambala Festival.

Olivia did a great job at the August Friday Late event which explored how a new kind of growing READ MORE

New Covent Garden Market

Ever wonder where the fabulous fruit and veg found in your favourite London restaurants come from? Wonder no more! Growing Underground co-founder, Steven finds out for you on one of his regular drop offs of our delicious microgreens to New Covent Garden Wholesale Market,READ MORE

Mitsubishi bring cake

Mitsubishi who also have urban farms in Tokyo, Japan, have been down to the Growing Underground farm this week. You may remember they visited us back in October when they gifted us a stunning limited edition print. We are chuffed our farm has gained the interest READ MORE

Michel hosts Saturday Kitchen

Michel Roux Jr, one of our board of directors, took a break from the kitchens of Le Gavroche this morning to do a fantastic job hosting Saturday Kitchen who we have also supplied microgreens to! He cooked up a storm with fellow chefs, Bryn Williams and Claus Meyer READ MORE

Instafood

Is it wrong to drool at our own microgreens? Not when they look like this! ?? Instagram #Repost @theurbankitchen: #postworkout after training with @thebodyodyssey @no1_fitness @merchantgourmet Beluga lentils with @growing_underground pea shootsREAD MORE

Microsoft Conference 2015

Microsoft, Barcelona, 5000 people is what happened last week. After an overwhelmingly successful Microsoft Empowering Us All film on our Growing Underground farm, back in October, Microsoft then asked us to join them as a keynote speaker at the annualREAD MORE

Microsoft Underground film

Kept under wraps until now, Microsoft contacted us in February this year after coming across the Growing Underground farm through various international press and news coverage. As part of their now infamous Empowering Us All series of films which heralds innovation and technology,READ MORE

Mitsubishi surprise gift

Wow! A Japanese representative from Mitsubishi turned up at the tunnel with this gift for us! She said the corporation love what we’re doing in terms of technology for the future! The beautiful limited edition print by artist Kevin Clark features frogs which signifies good luck for business in READ MORE

Michel Roux Jr drops in!

Whilst filming next door at Catcus Studios for Saturday Kitchen, Michel Roux Jr dropped in to the farm for a catch up! It’s always a pleasure to have this supercool super chef dude and all round nice guy drop in! (And he’s also one of our Board of Directors of course!)READ MORE

Caleb Harper visit

We got a surprise knock at the office today by the one and only Caleb Harper! He was over from MIT for this year’s WIRED 2015 Next Generation event in London and decided to drop us a visit. The farm certainly looks very different from he first visited it last year after meeting him READ MORE

Crowdcube 2

Yay! We did it! We’ve overfunded on our second Crowdcube campaign! Earlier this year we told you how our successful crowdfunding campaign last year resulted in the Phase One build of the brand spanking new, shiny and very pink farm you know today.READ MORE

Eco watch

Eco Watch reckons our farm is ‘probably the last place you would think of for growing food, but about 100 feet below London, the one-year old startup Growing Underground is producing what it calls “sustainable and mouth-wateringly fresh micro greens and salad.” It’s the world’s firstREAD MORE

TFL work on the farm

Today at the farm… It’s a bit all tarpaulin and scaffolding as TFL (Transport for London) are working hard renovating the roof on both tunnel entrances and making them look pretty! They’re also installing the ventilation system which is essential for a working farm meaning our farmREAD MORE

The Standard: Michel Roux Jr

We’re loving this article on Michel Roux Jr on this love of our underground farm, women in kitchens and his new to series The Diner! It it his ‘love of produce that motivated Roux to get involved in another of his most recent projects: an underground urban farm in Clapham READ MORE

The Guardian: future of food

We’re in another Guardian article today on the future of food! ‘“I know it sounds utopian”, says Steve Fry, apologetically, as he explains the merits of multi-layer hydroponics. Known colloquially as “vertical” farming, the approach in which plants are grown in water instead of soilREAD MORE

The Guardian: The Innovators

We’re the innovators in today’s Guardian! Enticing you with what could be the intro of a great WW2 novel – a fab article from the Guardian.

‘As German V2 rockets pounded London in the later stages of the second world war, one of theREAD MORE

Our farm is Colossal!

Ok our farm is in Colossal 😉 The super cool design culture blog have released a colourful image rich article on our farm!

‘Over 100 feet below the bustling streets of London is a cavernous, abandoned space. Originally built to serve as a bomb shelter duringREAD MORE

Bloomberg Article

This week Growing Underground did Bloomberg!

‘Thirty-three meters under the streets of central London is an old World War II bomb shelter that’s been transformed into a hi-tech underground farm.READ MORE

When GU met NASA (sort of)

It’s been quite an eventful week with our Crowdcube campaign and NASA growing veg in space! We launched an exciting Crowdcube campaign, complete with a shiny new film shot on the farm at our newest Clapham site. Gaining over a quarter of it’s target in the first two days READ MORE

Natalie’s Armenian Kitchen

Though unfortunately more recently associated with Kim Kardashian’s butt, Armenia actually has a rich culture and turbulent history, with a hearty cuisine. Featuring lamb, aubergine, fresh herbs and zingy salads which according to Wikipedia ‘require stuffing, frothing and puréeing’!READ MORE

Crowdcube campaign

You may have seen our brand spanking new, shiny and very pink, Growing Underground farm recently? Well, working with online platform Crowdcube, we are again offering the chance for folks to own part of the World’s First Subterranean Farm!READ MORE

Forgotten Grapes Supper Club

The Forgotten Grapes supper club transported us back to Basque – the magical historic region of Northern Spain where we were lucky enough to visit last year. Based in South London this unique supper club duo are handsome young things; Felix the sommelier and JamesREAD MORE

Mgeni Supper Club

Get your tiffin around this! A six course Gujarati tasting menu is what one half of Growing Underground’s Richard and myself his partner Jerina, were lucky enough to be invited to – courtesy of the Mgeni Supper Club. Hosted by the lovely Anokhee and her husband Indrajit,READ MORE

World 1st Subterranean Farm

In glorious sunshine, the press launch of the GU farm took off this morning with a 6am start at the tunnel. Michel Roux Jr did a live interview with Sky News and he was nothing less than a pro as usual! Shortly followed reporters from Al Jazeera News, The Evening Standard, CNBC,READ MORE

GU Farm Launch

You may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet of late in terms of the farm. Well, that’s because we’ve been just a little bit preoccupied with finalising the build of Phase One! Today we’re thrilled to officially reveal the completed streamlined farm, lush with microgreens.READ MORE

Greenpeace Bee Film

We’re absolutely loving this gritty and clever film by Greenpeace Polska. It really pushes home the message through beautifully dark animation, the importance of a thriving bee colony to human life and most importantly how our modern lives are destroying current bee…READ MORE

Footprint Awards

Last night we were lucky enough to win the Footprint Community Vote Award! The Footprint Awards celebrates innovation, sustainability and responsible business practice in the food service sector. Unfortunately we were unable to attend so our farm manager, Gabe attended on our behalf.READ MORE

Yauatcha

This weekend involved a visit to the uber stylish Yauatcha in Soho. This contemporary restaurant serves up modern Chinese cuisine in a dressy but laid back atmosphere. We started off with a couple of cocktails at the bar whilst waiting for our table. These included a punchy amaretto…READ MORE

Asian micro coriander salad

Here’s some flavour in your face! We’ve rustled up a delicious Asian style salad with some of our very own Growing Underground micro coriander to go with a home recipe of the most gnarly, sticky, finger licking chicken wings you’ve ever had the pleasure of rubbing your lips…READ MORE

Food Revolution Day

It’s #FoodRevolutionDay! Jamie Oliver is rapping for compulsory practical food education in schools. Jamie Oliver has joined forces with Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, Hugh Jackman, Alesha Dixon and Jazzy B to name a few to make the Food Revolution song!READ MORE

Kellogg’s Advertisement

You may recognise the recent ‘Grow with Kellogg’s’ TV campaign which is giving away seeds to encourage kids to grow their own veg. You may not know that Kellogg’s asked us here at Growing Underground to set up the seedling time lapse sequence.READ MORE

Street Feast 2015

Loving this time of year as all the food festivals kick off! On Friday we sampled some delicious food down at Street Feast in Dalston. We arrived quite early in the evening and were greeted by a security guy who took his job too seriously. READ MORE

Financial Times article

Erm… you may be checking the papers for something else rather important today (such as the General Election results) but while you’re there, check us out in this excellent piece in the Financial Times… (you will probably need a subscription)READ MORE

Chocolate micro greens

We’re very excited about these fantastic new micro greens perfect for chocolate lovers – the kind of person who knows they should eat more salad but rather eat chocolate! Now with Growing Underground you can get the best of both worlds!READ MORE

Pure Taste Restaurant

Sampled the most delicious and exciting food at Pure Taste Restaurant last night! The UK’s first ‘free-from’ fine dining restaurant, suitable for specialist diets such as Paleo but to be honest the only *special* thing you will notice is how delicious and beautifully presented it all is!READ MORE

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung at the GU breakfast table! 🙂
I present to you: a mushroom, bell pepper, vintage cheddar and caramelised onion omelette. Perfect for this gorgeous sunny spring morning. A generous sprinkling of GU microherbs compulsory of course!…READ MORE

Solar Eclipse: above ground

Ok so we bothered to walk the 170 odd steps up from the tunnel to catch the solar eclipse. Alas it was not as impressive as our underground one. It basically went a bit cloudy and a bit cooler. It could have been any regular UK day in March really…READ MORE

Solar Eclipse: underground

We spend most of our time in our *underground* world but we hear there is some kind of special eclipse thing going on in the *above ground* world today. We’re not too bothered though as down here we’ve got our own total eclipse of the farm…
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Happy Mother’s Day!

A very Happy Mother’s Day to ours and all the other wonderful mothers out there!
Here’s a bouquet of micro coriander for you! (just what you’ve always wanted right?) X

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Saag Aloo with Eddoes

We made a tasty Saag Aloo using eddoes instead of potatoes for a bit of a change and our farm grown micro coriander. (Eddoes are similar to yams for those who don’t know! 🙂 )
Also suitable for a vegetarian/ vegan/…READ MORE

Micro Coriander Prawn Curry

Our Micro Coriander King Prawn curry is spicy, full of flavour and suitable for a wheat free/ gluten free/ paleo/ pescetarian diet 🙂

Compared to regular coriander, micro coriander packs a much stronger flavour…  READ MORE

Luciano Pia Urban Treehouse

We’re loving this stunning 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy. Designed by Luciano Pia, this amazing structure helps protect residents from air and noise pollution via 150 trees that absorb close to 200,000 litres of carbon dioxide an hour! Brings a whole new meaning…READ MORE

Sampford Courtenay Cider

It’s Friday afternoon and that can only mean one thing – it’s cider o’clock! Time for 1 of our 5 a day courtesy of Nic from Courtenay Cider! A welcome bit of thirst quenching from our good old West Country
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