Results from our first research experiments at the GrowWise Center are very promising. For example, within six weeks a trial with a variety of lettuce produced heads of lettuce weighing 200 grams each with a total yield of more than 100 kg/m2 a year. Another lettuce variety also showed excellent red coloration after a specific light treatment during the final phase of the growth. Adjusting the growth parameters resulted in lettuce with lower concentrations of nitrate.
By applying different growth recipes to cultivate plants it is possible to influence a wide range of variables, including higher yields, earlier flowering, faster root growth/germination, enhanced taste and coloration to name a few. There are many other benefits from growing crops in a city farm. Very consistent, high quality crops can be grown that are free of pesticides and insects. Crops can be locally grown, resulting in a fresher, tastier product that can command premium prices.