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 alone, the campaign runs for a total of 30 days.
In other news this week, the first crop of the NASA ‘space farm’ was harvested on the International Space Station, using the same hydroponic techniques we use on our farm which negates the need for soil, large amounts of water or sunlight. Pretty astounding as considering 130 years ago, Charles Darwin concluded that plants use gravity to draw roots downwards. But in 2010, NASA found that plants do the same in space.
“It was quite a surprise,” Anna-Lisa Paul, a research professor in plant molecular and cellular biology at the University of Florida, wrote on The Conversation website last week. She found that gradations in light are more important cues, while also observing shifting cell structures triggered by other differences in zero gravity.
Flatteringly the Independent coverage of the story compared the NASA farm to our Growing Underground farm!
As population growth and threats to security pose new challenges to global food supplies, scientists and entrepreneurs are already working on earthbound solutions. While Kelly and his crew chomp on lettuce 300km up, another team is cultivating unlikely salad 33m down…Growing Underground
For your chance to own a part of our NASA-esque farm check out our Crowdcube campaign!
Props to the team involved in the intergalactic venture including the three astronauts who sampled the first crop; Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA and Kimiya Yui of the JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency). Scott Kelly commented that the salad tasted like ‘arugula’ which is aptly known as ‘rocket’ in the UK!? Incidentally he also posts the most stunning Twitter pics from space click
A huge congrats from our deep underground farm to NASA‘s very much overground farm! It’s certainly an exciting time to be alive to witness this monumental event in human history, a giant leaf for mankind if you will? 😉