Under their Leaf of Faith brand, Applegarth Farm is looking at ways to directly integrate both hydroponic and aeroponic growing into food service and food retail. It is trialling various methods of production with the intent of building a large grow room as the heart of a new consumer focused food site on the Surrey – Hampshire border. Food hall, restaurant, growing and cook school, eco pods as accommodation make up part of the site.
The farm has been owned by the Benson family for 38 years and has slowly grown into what is now a vibrant, popular business employing over 30 people, For 5 years they have seen the potential to expand Applegarth to include a range of new services which will greatly benefit many people. The scheme will provide a range of employment opportunities as well as a nurturing environment for small business. Applegarth has a very special ambience and they are looking to enhance this with a range of additional offerings, such as the on-site controlled environment production. They are extremely well placed to deliver on every part of this business plan with considerable experience in various sectors that this plan encompasses.