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UP Farms


Art through Agriculture

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UP Farms


Art through Agriculture

 

 

DO YOU KNOW YOUR PRODUCE?:

Introducing UP Farms, An American Vertical Urban Farm

We grow fresh hydroponic produce 365 days a year in a warehouse just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  We grow in vertical stacks, transforming a mere 1800 square feet into over 18,000!  Our total grow square footage (given our season-less growing compared to that of a traditional farm) has the output equivalent of 8+ acres.

UP grows 8+ acres of food in just 4% of 1 acre.

We use simple and clean hydroponic techniques on a closed-loop water system to minimize our water use by as much as 90% as compared to traditional agriculture.  Our produce and fruits are grown free of chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides, in part because we integrate good bugs, such as Lady Bugs and Leaf Cutter Bees.  Our greens are delivered locally mere hours after they are harvested.  Agriculture has changed.  

It's time to grow UP.

Grow UP


Grow UP


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At Up Farms, we only grow what is interesting and intriguing to us.  We love each and every variety that we grow and we think you will too.  

We grow microgreens, Heirloom Wild arugulas/ Bibbs, & Rare fruits. Get weird and branch out!  Look for UP Farms at these fine grocers in the Chicago-land area. 

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Sup with UP


Sup with UP


Vertical.  365.  You get it.

  • Our vertical growing is adding a new dimension in agriculture - quite literally - traditional agriculture grow area is measured in square footage, ours is measured in cubic footage.  Growing UP is enabling us to multiply our grow area by 10-15x depending on the plant type. 
  • Predominantly grown hydroponically on a closed-loop water system, which reduces our water usage by up to 90% compared with traditional farming methods.
  • Grown inherently clean.  No pesticides, herbicides, or chemicals.
  • Grown humanely. We do not employ aquaponic methods by choice.  Aquaponics is to fish what caged chicken farming is to chickens.  We have also sought out pollinating bees that re-populate when provided proper living conditions.  
  • Grown with nutrients that are sourced from minerals and all natural ingredients.  No mysteriously sourced sea byproducts or gross chemicals.  Keep it real.
  • Grown on a clean, soil-less, white, mildew-resistant, pH neutral, and re-usable medium.
  • Because our produce is grown indoors, on a "clean" medium, and without chemicals or pesticides, no washing is necessary.  This significantly lowers the potential for rot and lengthens shelf time.  
  • We try to incorporate 100% recycled or as high of a recycled content if at all possible in all of our equipment, packaging, and promotional materials.
  • We seek out and buy everything LOCAL if at all possible.  Support your community and it will support you.