Most South Londoners know Clapham for its runners, dogs, chinos and the institution that is Infernos Nightclub (be honest). Few who have trod its streets or roamed its Common know that just 33 metres beneath ground level, farmers are producing crops at a rate of 20,000kg a year. How? By swapping natural sunlight for LED lights.
Making Light Work
As Growing Underground co-founder Steven Dring told WIRED Magazine, “Over the past three to five years, LED development has reached the stage where we can grow without any natural light whatsoever. You can even change the light spectrum to cater to the different plants that you’re growing.”