How it all began

September 12 2016

ESTABLISHING ROOTS

ESTABLISHING ROOTS

We’re big believers in cities being healthier places for us to live and especially, for our children to grow up. We also believe that future food security and sustainability are major problems that society should take more seriously. For these reasons, we set up MiniCrops, an agriculture technology initiative, starting in London. Through our work, we want to not only provide regular high quality, fresh, local food for communities, but also provide jobs and increase awareness about food sustainability.

February 5 2017

NEW JOINERS

NEW JOINERS

Maureen, Marion, and Johan were the first three people to join the Vertical Future team and now all work exclusively on the MiniCrops initiative.

April 1 2017

A NON-EXEC BOARD

A NON-EXEC BOARD

In April, Vertical Future, MiniCrops’ parent company, formed its non-executive board. The board is the foundation of our company and for MiniCrops moving forward, guiding us to success and helping us to forge relationships with charities and the third sector.

June 1 2017

OUR FIRST FARM IN DEPTFORD

OUR FIRST FARM IN DEPTFORD

Our flagship farm is located at the Artworks Creekside in Deptford. The site is home to a number of other social enterprises and local businesses with an interest in Deptford and South-east London. The farm produces around 0.7 metric tonnes of produce every month. This is enough to feed thousands of locals one portion of vegetables every day, all-year.

June 16 2017

THE SATISFACTION OF A FIRST HARVEST

THE SATISFACTION OF A FIRST HARVEST

In June 2017, not long after moving into our Deptford site, we had our first harvest of tasty microgreens and herbs. This was an important milestone for the MiniCrops team as it signified the true beginning of our Vertical Farming journey.

August 3 2017

PUBLIC LAUNCH DAY

PUBLIC LAUNCH DAY

On Saturday 29th July, we invited the general public into our site to learn more about how we work and why we're here. Guests were also given the opportunity to try our food and to partake in a 'blind taste test.'

August 15 2017

DELIVERING TO HOMES ACROSS LONDON

DELIVERING TO HOMES ACROSS LONDON

Delivering to our first customers was a major milestone for MiniCrops. This first group was pretty diverse and from across London, with a lot of vegetarians and vegans, but also couples and families who wanted to improve the way they cook at home.

September 1 2017

WORKING WITH LEADING RESTAURANTS

WORKING WITH LEADING RESTAURANTS

Our first restaurant customers immediately realised the benefits of working with us and now purchase our produce 3 to 5 times every week.

December 1 2017

POP UP IN TOM’S KITCHEN

POP UP IN TOM’S KITCHEN

Tom's Kitchen was one of our first customers and in December 2017, we had a pop up, showcasing our different products. This happened in conjunction with the launch of 'super' salads in the Tom's Kitchen Deli at Canary Wharf.

January 18 2018

BOROUGH MARKET LAUNCH

BOROUGH MARKET LAUNCH

On a cold Thursday afternoon in January, we had our first day on Borough Market - a high-profile, central location with a rich history and tradition. MiniCrops will have a presence there every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - indefinitely. Our stall gives us the opportunity to reach out to a wider range of Londoners and tourists, providing excellent exposure for the business overall.

February 14 2018

VITA MOJO PARTNERSHIP

VITA MOJO PARTNERSHIP

Vita Mojo is an innovative food and software company, based in London. With their focus on health and nutrition, they became a natural fit for a partnership. MiniCrops' products can now be found in any of Vita Mojo's three branches, offering customers the opportunity for a nutritional boost and flavour enhancement, for any dish!