The Vertical Farm is an exciting, innovative farming solution being built at SRUC’s King’s Buildings campus in Edinburgh that will provide a fully controllable facility for researching crop growth. The Farm, which represents the kind of solution required to overcome challenges around food production and security, is being developed with support from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council.

The facility will feature a six metre high tower with growth trays and will enable researchers to study and create the best conditions for effective crop growth with lighting, irrigation, fertigation, and climate all available and fully manageable. Furthermore, the building itself will allow SRUC’s Edinburgh campus to benefit from renewable energy solutions with solar PV panels incorporated into the design.

The Vertical Farm will also provide our students with an innovative learning environment whereby they can see first-hand the impact of conditions on crops, and it will ultimately help farmers in the UK and beyond to improve crop development and management.