Here in A Lab we are very aware that the coming 20 years or so will have far-reaching consequences for the earth and its inhabitants. As a community, we want to tackle these challenges head-on, using the latest technologies to help us become more sustainable and less wasteful. Community-funded projects such as the A Lab Vertical Farm allow us to utilize our members' skill sets in a way that is both useful to us and interesting to outside observers.

AgriTech Lab

Projects

Our largest AgriTech Lab project to date is the A Lab Vertical Farm

   

The community funded and run A Lab Vertical Farm explores the way we will grow food in the 21st century. How can new technologies help us build a more sustainable, clean and safe ecosystem around food production and consumption? The crops from this farm will be used by The Coffee Virus. The data collection will add to our future knowledge base. Next to this, the farm will also educate 500 children about the future of food and healthy living. Checkout this informative movie for more info!

Want to become a vertical farmer and volunteer in this amazing project? Email info@a-lab.nl for info and an invitation for the next meeting. We already have an amazing list of people that are helping, but are always looking for more!

About Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming happens in a controlled environment. It involves using LED lighting, water, nutrition and substrate, which are all closely monitored. The benefits of Vertical Farming, as compared to more traditional farming methods, are many:

- crops are grown in a fully controlled environment

- no use of pesticides

- stable crop quality and production

- growth cycles are quick, between 8 and 32 days

- vertical farms are operational all year around

- they provide food in any season

- the carbon food print is heavily reduced

- only requires 1-2% of water compared to traditional farming

 

For more information on this project or an educational tour with your school, please see this short interview about the project. Alternatively you can email us at info@a-lab.nl, call us on +31 (020) 820 23 63 or come by our office (Lab 006).

 

Our Supporters

 

We would like to thank the following people and organizations who made the A Lab Vertical Farm happen.

Big Supporters: OneFarm, BemStudio, ClinkNOORD, OKComply, The Coffee Virus, VATFree, V-Farm, AutoGrow Systems, AMS-Group, Enza Zaden, Thijs Koolmees, Jan van der Meij

Supporters: Stephane Blokhuis, Evelien Kleinjan, Syb ten Cate Hoedemaker, Sebastian Plasschaert, Alexander van der Wyck, Mary Vos, Hielke Booijink, Anne van der Meij, Valkenberg & Janssen, MI8 Marketing Cloud, Sendsteps, Bliksems

Subsidy: The A Lab Vertical Farm educative program for school children is made possible by the City of Amsterdam and subsidized by Maak je Stad.

 

 

400 students visited the A Lab Vertical Farm and learned about food challenges & sustainable solutions!

De Verticale Schooltuin was a project in collaboration with Cartoon Movement and Maak Je Stad, running during 2018. We invited schools in and around Amsterdam to visit A Lab and our Vertical Farm with their classes and learn about the food challenges we face in the future, but mainly to share knowledge what solutions are being developed to fight these challenges. The students first followed an interactive workshop with a playful cartoon created by Cartoon Movement. After an hour they would go in the actual Vertical Farm with their new gained knowledge and experience the space itself and even got a taste of the products, a variety of lettuces, grown in the vertical farm. We hope with this project that the students & teachers are triggered to think about what personal impact they can make on environmental & food challenges! 

Thank you to all who have participated & helped sharing this important knowledge with the young, future citizens of Amsterdam!