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20 October 2023

Empowering the Vertical Farming Sector on Every Level

Dr William Stiles, Director of Vertikit talked to Green Economy Wales about the general plan for the new company.

In the ever-evolving landscape of agriculture, where innovation meets sustainability, Vertikit stands at the forefront of a green revolution. Comprising a team of visionary scientists and industry professionals, Vertikit brings a wealth of expertise in horticultural science to the table.

Their journey has been one of extensive collaboration with growers and manufacturers in the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) and vertical farming sectors, offering invaluable research insights and unwavering support.

These experts not only comprehend the intricacies of this burgeoning sector of plant production but also identify the hurdles and opportunities that lie within. Join us on a journey through the world of Vertikit, where the future of farming is cultivated, nurtured, and elevated to new heights. In this article, we'll delve into their remarkable contributions and explore how they are enabling the vertical farming sector to flourish in every conceivable sense.

William describes how the vision at the heart of Vertikit is simple: anyone can build their own farm.

He says:

“We aim to give growers access to the technology used within the major grow-houses, to curate and translate these equipment options, and to showcase the latest technology as it emerges.”

He reiterates that “[Vertikit] hope that by bringing the best technologies together into a one-stop CEA and vertical farming shop, [they] can help the industry to develop more rapidly, and help you, the growers, to continue growing in every sense.”

But what upcoming projects do Vertikit have in the pipeline?

“We’re working on numerous things at the moment. We’re working on a trial of our Farm Builder software, which is already live on the website and allows growers to be guided through the process of an environment agriculture system.”

William describes how Vertikit have been greeted, ‘extremely warmly’ in the marketplace so far. He says how manufacturers have helped enormously, as he says that Vertikit is a ‘vision rather than a business-type’ at this current time.

For the growers, William says that Vertikit offers something that isn’t available currently – the ability to buy the equipment from technical experts and specialists with ‘translation and curation’ of all the different technologies with the ability to explain in a manner that people can grasp.

Vertikit certainly look like one to keep an eye on in the future and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

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