What is indoor farming?
Indoor farming is the practice of growing plants under fully controlled conditions inside buildings, without the need for solar light or soil.
Unlike greenhouse growing, which relies on sunlight, indoor farming uses LED light to provide different wavelengths specific to each different crop and growth stage.
Nutrients, water, temperature, humidity and acidity are also all carefully calibrated to optimise growth. Indoor farms therefore tend to produce stronger, healthier crops at a much faster rate than conventional farming methods.
The indoor farming market is now growing at 27-30% annually and is predicted to reach $6.31 billion by 2022. Major players like Google, IKEA and the Sheikh of Dubai have all invested tens of millions of dollars in this space.