The world population is rising rapidly and will reach 10 billion people by 2050. Most importantly, 70% of people will live in the cities.
Studies estimate that fresh produce travel over 2400 km, before being consumed. That means a huge loss in produce nutrition and tons of CO2 emissions.
The world has lost a third of its arable land due to erosion caused by intensive farming. This has happened in the past 50 years!
70% of our fresh water goes to agriculture and 70% of water pollution comes from agriculture. Crop plants take in 30% of fertilizer at most. The rest of it ends up in rivers and lakes.
Vertical farming is the practice of producing food and/or medicine in vertically stacked layers, vertically inclined surfaces and/or integrated in other structures (such as in a skyscraper, used warehouse, or shipping container). The modern ideas of vertical farming use indoor farming techniques and controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) technology, where most of the environmental factors can be controlled!
Vertical farming systems utilize artificial control of light, environmental control (humidity, temperature, gases, etc.) and fertigation. Vertical farming systems can be lit by LEDs that mimic sunlight. Software can ensure that all the plants get the same amount of light, water and nutrients. Farming indoors with proper management means that no herbicides or pesticides are required and safety against bad weather conditions!
Right now, the most advanced vertical farming method is fogponics. The plants are grown on a special cloth with their roots hanging in fog. This fog provides the plants the exact amount of nutrients needed and enables them to take up the biggest amount of oxygen. This way plants grow the fastest and the largest. Unfortunately, if you generate a little bit too much fog, you can easily choke and kill the plant. This is why you need an efficient fog monitoring, evaluation and control system, which reads and controls the flow and concentration of the fog in real time.
EIT Climate-KIC ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition.
Round 1: An awesome boot camp with Ron Bloemers.
Round 2: National final @ Lithuania.
Round 3: Global grand final! See you in Amsterdam on November 14-15th!
Kaunas Science and Technology Park business acceleration program Evolut 4.0 has been recognized by the international community of innovation ecosystem developers. In 2018 The International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) has ranked Evolut 4.0 as the best business solution for entrepreneurship and new product development.
EIT Food Seedbed Pre – Accelerator Programme
More than 120 food startups applied from all over Europe.
30 of them were chosen for an interview.
And only 18 teams made it to the programme. We are in this top!!!
“EIT Jumpstarter, is a unique cross-industrial scheme that […] was designed to create a sustainable impact in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe by boosting innovation and entrepreneurship to revolutionise the EU market.” – emphasized the jury of the European Association Awards, when selecting EIT Jumpstarter as winner of the Best Association Training Initiative in 2019.
EIT InnoEnergy PowerUp! is a competition for energy, cleantech, mobility, cybersecurity and smart city start-ups from 24 countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Our team had an amazing bootcamp with an awesome coach Marius Ratkevičius from Hungry Scout and competed in Lithuanian national final.
We went from playing with small boxes to a big rack. Our scaled prototype has three growing stories and puts our efficient fog monitoring, evaluation and control system to the test. Step by step we are improving it every day and we are getting better and better results with each test trial!
EIT Food RIS Innovation Grants is an open competition to food entrepreneurs and startups. In 2018 the very first EIT Food Innovation Grants competition @ Lithuania took place. Only 10 teams were selected, an intense training session with an awesome coach Tomas Lekavičius was held and a tough pitch competition in front of a very diverse jury crowned Baltic Freya as the 1st place winners!
Generating fog is easy. Monitoring, evaluating and controlling it is a whole different story. We did tons of research, we spent weeks designing, crafting and making custom electronics, we encountered many obstacles and did multiple trials. But on this day, we are proud to say that we finally found a way to properly control the fog!
Vertical farming uses tons of different growing methods. There is aquaponics, hydroponics, aeroponics, etc. According to scientists, plants grow the fastest with their roots hanging in fog. Fogponics use the least possible amount of water and fertilizer. This method is the safest in terms of plant diseases too. Roots hanging in fog sound like magic to you? Well, that’s how orchids grow, that’s how some plants grow in rainforests. Let’s mimic these conditions!
Back in winter of 2016 something strange happened. The price of cauliflower in Lithuania tripled over one night. No one understood why and everyone was angry. We had recently seen a documentary about vertical farming and we came up with a brilliant idea. Let’s do vertical farming and grow cauliflower – tons of profit! Yes, it all started as a joke. But the thought of having our own business, putting ourselves to a challenge as scientists and actually making an impact to the food system, never left our minds. And so our story began…
Agronomy PhD student.
Part of a family business.
Never stops selling.
Deep experience in mechanics.