City Farm Systems

Third Sector • Reading

Jonathan Lodge from City Farm Systems repurposes unused spaces to hydroponically grow food to seasonal demand.

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  • Marco Zuppone: Reading town centre.

CFS's Story

City Farm Systems (CFS) repurposes unused spaces, such as rooftops, that take advantage of natural sunlight and capture building CO2. Other hydroponic growers utilise LED grow lights and CO2 generators to ensure crop production all year round. However, this produces large yields with big price tags. CFS's approach is different; their data-driven systems pace their crop growth to respond to seasonal demands. They have also developed an optimised growing environment for a huge variety of crops and ornamentals with a much lower cost per growing unit.

Through the use of resources, such as rain, sunlight, and air vents, that are already available on most rooftops, the CFS's approach makes hydroponic growing more economically and environmentally sustainable; helping to build urban resilience and make locally grown food affordable. The whole reason that CFS exists is to help customers reduce waste and reduce carbon. If the procurement of herbs and small vegetables involves long transport distances, additional packaging is required. By growing to order at a point of need, they can avoid the need to buy and dispose of that packaging.

Useful Learnings from CFS

Save energy by finding out ways to do it better and cheaper and ultimately everyone will gain.

CFS's Metrics

Community engagement.

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Response to climate crisis

Mitigation & Adaptation




Third Sector, less than 9 people

Shared by

Greater South East Net Zero Hub

Updated Feb, 2024

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