Solutions in Agriculture

IGS was founded by a farmer with 3 decades of hard-won experience yet still ambitious enough to seek solutions to growing a broad range of high quality crops 12 months of the year in the northeast of Scotland.

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The Solution

For Farmers

The Challenges

You may be growing brassicas, root crops and tubers outside or berries and tomatoes under glass or in poly tunnels.

  • Imported plantlets and seedlings are expensive and all too often carry pests and diseases creating extra cost and waste.

You may be growing relatively low value commoditised crops for a limited season.

  • You’ve been seeking ways to diversify production into higher value crops and extend the growing season to maximise returns.

With IGS

Better Quality Seedlings

  • Our farms can germinate and propagate an ever-widening range of early stage crops including seed potatoes, strawberries and broccoli.
  • Quality is very high, growth very rapid (in the case of broccoli 11 days versus a normal 6 weeks) and so costs are kept low.
  • Growth can be advanced or retarded, crops can be hardened off pre-planting and weather recipes tailored to develop key characteristics.

Develop Your Business

  • In an IGS tower with a footprint of 40m2 you can grow up to 20 tonnes per annum: the same as on 1-2Ha outside depending on the crop and far more than under glass or poly.
  • High value crops such as leafy greens, salads and herbs grow especially well and are prized by local restaurants and hotels.
  • Supply regional supermarkets with crops offering special qualities, lower food miles and a longer shelf life.
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The Solution

For Farming Entrepreneurs

The Challenges

You’re planning to build your first inner-city indoor farming facility to serve the local community.

  • Understanding just what’s possible and comparing competing solutions can be bewildering.
  • You want to win pre-production contracts with local restaurants, hotels, venues or maybe even retailers.
  • How do you prove you can grow the Right Crops of the Right Quality at the Right Price?

You need to raise finance for this venture.

  • You’ll be needing to build a set of financial projections.

With IGS

Design your Farm

  • Our farms are modular, scalable and highly flexible.
  • They can be located almost anywhere on open ground or in existing facilities such as sheds.
  • We can help you make the right choices but rest assured you’ll be choosing the most advanced and efficient solution in the world.
  • Book a visit to our Demonstrator Facility in Scotland and see for yourself.

Win your first customers

  • With IGS you can trial-grow sample crops to show your potential customers.
  • We can host your customers at our Demonstrator Facility in Scotland.
  • We can provide you with economic efficiency and yield data.

Raising your capital

  • We have a financial model that can help you plan your business.
  • We have excellent relationships with investors who are targeting this sector.
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The Solution

For Governments

The Challenges

National, Regional and City governments face an increasingly broad set of challenges with food supply.

  • A reliable, high volume supply of high quality, safe and nutritious food.

You may wish to increase employment in the food industry or face the challenge of a lack of affordable local labour.

  • You want to create jobs for people growing food locally OR have local farmers operate highly automated facilities.

Resources are expensive and becoming scarce.

  • Arable land; any land; fresh water; extreme weather events; the natural seasons; energy.

With IGS

Surety of Supply

  • Our farms will deliver high volumes of crops to suit local diets, 12 months of the year anywhere in the world.
  • Your population and local food businesses will be delighted by the quality.
  • How we handle, water, light and ventilate your crops ensures very high consistency and appearance.
  • Zero pesticides are required, so no need for chlorinated washing.
  • Shelf life is significantly increased and post-organic standards apply.
  • Nutrition, flavour, texture and cooking qualities can all be optimised.

Labour and Employment

  • An IGS farm can be run by teams of local workers, creating new employment and reducing the reliance on expensive imports.
  • We can also offer you a fully automated version where robots and machines replace the labour if it is expensive or scarce.

Resources

  • Yield per m2 is exceptionally high and land can be scarce or expensive.
  • Locate your farms on cheaper, brownfield sites anywhere close to the point of consumption.
  • Renewable energy works well with IGS farms, ruling out hydrocarbons altogether.
  • Our closed-loop irrigation systems ensure the only water to leave the farm is inside the crops itself: the rest is recovered and re-used.
  • Our closed-loop ventilation system greatly reduces energy consumption.
  • Our Power & Comms system minimises energy consumption.
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The Solution

For Food Processors

The Challenges

You may be producing salads, sandwiches, soups, pies, frozen meals or many other value-added foods.

  • High quality ingredients are increasingly expensive and hard to source consistently.

Fresh supplies may only be available for a limited season.

  • Getting top quality fresh ingredients grown to organic standards at economically viable prices is almost impossible.

With IGS

Quality at Affordable Prices

  • Nutrition, flavour, texture and cooking qualities can all be optimised using IGS technologies.
  • Our farms operate very efficiently and will deliver these excellent crops at very attractive farm-gate prices.
  • You will now be independent of the wholesale market.
  • You can grow a wide range of crops and varieties.
  • You can change what you grow every day, week or month.

Certainty of Supply

  • Our farms will deliver exactly the volumes you want 12 months of the year anywhere in the world.
  • Our partners at the James Hutton Institute can advise you and help breed crops with very particular characteristics to optimise your recipes.
  • For salad and sandwich producers we can offer extended crop shelf lives.
  • You can advance or retard growth to optimise the supply chain into production.
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The Solution

For Retailers & Restaurants

The Problem

Operators of Food Retail, Restaurants, Cafés, Hotels and FoodService/Contract Caterers

  • Surety of high quality supply and a consistent appearance is essential to your offering.
  • You want the ability to change orders and deliveries on the fly.

You are under pressure from consumers and shareholders to demonstrate sound environmental credentials.

  • Waste should be minimised, so a good shelf life at an affordable price makes a big difference.
  • Logistics and food miles must be optimised.
  • Reducing the use of pesticides and hydrocarbon fuels is important.

With IGS

Surety of Supply

  • Our farms will deliver exactly the volumes you want, 12 months of the year, anywhere in the world.
  • Our farms will produce Michelin Star quality ingredients at a high yield per m2 and per kWh.
  • How we handle, water, light and ventilate your crops ensures very high consistency and appearance.
  • Nutrition, flavour, texture and cooking qualities can all be optimised using IGS technologies.

The Environment

  • An IGS farm can be located anywhere close to the point of consumption.
  • Zero pesticides are required.
  • This means no need for chlorinated washing so post-organic standards apply.
  • A renewable energy supply works well, ruling out hydrocarbons altogether.
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