Since 2013, we operate UF001 LokDepot as our first commercial aquaponic rooftop farm. Based in the Dreispitz area south of Basel, just a few tram stops from the heart of the city, we operate a 250m2 rooftop greenhouse with fresh fish and healthy vegetables.
UF001 LokDepot is our pilot for rooftop farming, leading on to more sizeable, and commercially viable business models for our customers. During 2013, we are running a series of R&D test
|Inauguration of construction and finished greenhouse||Oct 26, 2012|
|UF001 Grand Opening with over 500 local and international guests||May 25, 2013|
|Launch of MIGROS Basel test-sale into MParc Dreispitz||Aug 16, 2013|
together with the University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Wädenswil in order to test functionality, robustness and quality of our production processes as well as to ensure delivery of our Fresh.Revolution.Basket.Pro allotments to leading restaurants in town. Everything we do from seeding to harvest is supported via the UF Controller, our proprietary farm control software.
c/o Christoph Merian Stiftung
|Start of construction||July 2012|
|Start of production||Jan 2013|
|Annual production volume||5 tons of vegetables, 850kg of fish|
|Customer base||Leading restaurants in Basel: Schmatz, Schifferhaus, and Osteria Acqua|
Migros MParc Dreispitz weekly direct sales on Fridays and Saturdays
Aug 6, 2013: +++ UrbanFarmers delivers into MParc Dreispitz (a major MIGROS supermarket store). Fresh.Revolution.
July 2, 2013: Fresh speciality tomatoes harvested and delivered to our UF001 restaurant partners this morning!
May 25, 2013: The calm before the storm...we are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming everyone to our first farms GRAND OPENING from 14.00 today!!
May 2, 2013: Arrived live today: our bumble bees for tomato pollination!! Nature is so cool!
March 12, 2013: Our tomato seedlings at UF001 are snug in their very own poly tunnel. Bring on the warm weather!
Feb. 19, 2013: Our UF001 just reporting 23 degrees and a lush green vista inside the greenhouse!
Feb. 7, 2013: Try the UrbanFarmers menu at Restaurant Schmatz tomorrow! Delicious fresh Tilapia Red Thai Curry. You can even SEE the UrbanFarmers greenhouse from the restaurant!!
Jan. 16, 2013: Planting seedlings for winter harvest...Check!
Jan. 12, 2013: Water is circulating now at UF001! Production due to start on LokDepot next week!
Dec 21, 2012: We are delighted to confirm that Kulturrestaurant Parterre will be enjoying the Revolution. Basket. Pro Fish and Vegetable ABO in 2013! Thank you Parterre!
Dec. 20, 2012: Welcome BaselCityStudio! BaselCityStudio are our very first restaurant customer for our fish and vegetable Abo "Revolution.Basket.Pro" starting next month. Many thanks and stay tuned for further updates on restaurant customers in Basel joining the Fresh. Revolution!
Oct. 26, 2012: The beams are up! UF and friends celebrate the "Aufrichte" of UF001 LokDepot.
Oct. 19, 2012: UF001 in Basel nearing its construction completion! Final push with a 50 ton crane to move the cargo containers up, up, up on that roof!
Sept. 12, 2012: The LokDepot greenhouse is almost finished! The Dutch are amazingly fast & professional. We can't wait to move in soon!
Sept. 6, 2012: Now it all goes very fast on our rooftop farm. The Dutch greenhouse builders have arrived, seen and conquered the LokDepot!
Aug. 22, 2012: Impressive progress has been made since we launched construction in July.
July 01, 2012: The official construction begins...
June 30, 2012: UF and friends celebrating a private "roof breaking" event of our first UrbanFARM at LokDepot Basel.
June 15, 2012: The construction committee of canton Basellandschaft approves our project.
March 23, 2012: Look look! The building posts are already up! Is this really going to be a FARM?!
Feb. 14, 2012: The grant contribution of CHF 250'000 by the city of Basel / Christoph Merian was approved today.