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Microherb giveaway

All of this week we have been running a microherb hamper giveaway with food blogger @indefenceofcarbs All you have to do to enter is head over to our competition post here and follow the instructions and an abundance of microherbs could be sitting in your kitchen within days! For a bit of inspiration we’ve also posted delicious recipes made with our micros by Emma from @indefenceofcarbs Closing date is tomorrow Sunday 2nd August the winner will be announced on Monday 3 August good luck!


During lockdown we are humbled to have been donating our salads to various charities such as the wonderful Compliments of The House who are distributing groceries to those in need including St John Ambulance as well as individuals. Of course we would prefer for there to be no need for this at all but unfortunately it’s times like this where those who were already in READ MORE

Thank you team

A little note to highlight how awesome our team are who have kept our farm running during this very unusual time. It’s been hands on deck for all of us as we have continued to be operational and delivering those delicious, nutritious little microherbs you love so much to your table. All whilst keeping our already high hygiene standards at optimum levels and in keeping withREAD MORE

The Farmers Club

Yes there is a club for farmers! Last week our cofounder Richard was invited as the after dinner speaker at The Farmers Club annual New Members event at their beautiful building in Whitehall Court.
Overlooking the Thames, the evening started with drinks followed by a delicious three course meal, READ MORE

Progress 1000 Technology Award

Last night we attended the Evening Standard Progress 1000: London’s Most Influential People. We first found ourselves on the list back in 2016 and last night was back again as one of London’s top leaders in the Technology category! So humbled to be recognised for our underground farm READ MORE

Gates Foundation Goalkeepers 2019

New York New York! As world leaders gathered for the UN General Assembly, the third annual Goalkeepers event took place in New York City. Our cofounder Richard found himself there as a guest of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and we are proud to say he is now a ‘Goalkeeper’!READ MORE

AllBright Sustainable Food

This morning, Olivia our Business Development Director took part in the all women iTour, iCook : Sustainable Food Breakfast Panel. Hosted by Sabrina Gidda, AllBright Global Executive Chef. The event championed the UK’s female future thinkers innovating in art, mobility, fashion and food at AllBright Mayfair.READ MORE

Tesco Launch

We are delighted to announce our launch into Tesco stores nationwide! Look out for the ‘Urban Mix’ in collaboration with salad kings Fresh and Naked. This is quite a milestone as we enter the UK’s largest retailer, you can find our new salad in 350 stores across the UK.READ MORE

Merry Christmas!

A little flashback to six years ago when the Growing Underground farm looked very different! Merry Christmas to all of you, especially our family and friends who have supported us over the years and of course our fantastic team down on the farm!





Monkey 47 Distiller’s Cut

From the depths of the underground in London to the depths of the Black Forest in Germany, we were summoned by the monkey, micro herbs in hand. We entered a land that looked like the inside of a snow globe, blanketed with miles of unblemished snow, kissed by the snowREAD MORE

Farewell Bethany

We are very sad here at Growing Underground to be saying goodbye to our intern Bethany. Bethany joined us at the end of last year on a gap year from studying International Development at the University of Reading. Her passion for food security and sustainabilityREAD MORE

TEDx Clapham

So we did our first TEDx talk! We were thrilled to be asked to speak at the TEDx Clapham event which was themed ‘Grow’. Twelve other speakers stepped up with completely different and fascinating insights into the Grow theme; everything from cardiac regeneration READ MORE

Waitrose launch

We are super excited to announce our launch into Waitrose today! We are stoked that this prestigious national retailer wants our Growing Underground little (or rather, micro) salads! To start Waitrose are stocking two of our five salad mixes; Italian and English:READ MORE

Want to work here?

We’re growing (literally!) And would like you to join us! The role of part-time permanent Farm Operative is up for grabs 🤗🌱

Job Title: Part-time Farm Operative
Reports to: Farm Supervisor
Location: Clapham, SW4 7TD


Want to work for GU?

Growing Underground is seeking a driver who is interested in sustainability and the food industry! The role will suit a reliable, consistent candidate who is looking to join a dynamic team and is interested in being part of a rapidly growing company. The driver will primarily runREAD MORE

Whole Foods launch

Woohoo we’re in Whole Foods! We’re super excited to be in the iconic store known for its commitment to sustainably produced produce (try saying that quickly!) You can find our salad mixes in Clapham, Kensington, Fulham, Camden, Piccadilly and Stoke Newington stores and will READ MORE

Food Matters Live 2017

Heads up! We’re excited here at Growing Underground to be exhibiting a living hydroponic farm at Food Matters Live 2017 for the 2nd year in a row! Food Matters Live is the UK’s fastest growing cross-sector event showcasing innovation in the food and drink industry, READ MORE

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

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


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