About the Farmbus
The Farmbus is a pick your own farm and plant shop at the community market Mercato Metropolitano.
We’re exhibiting a range of indoor gardening systems and plants for the home, with many available for purchase. Speak to a member of the team to learn more about our educational workshops and sessions for schools.
In the top deck we're offering one of a kind indoor farming experience in our pick your own vertical strawberry farm.
Pick your own strawberries
The top deck of the Farmbus has been fully converted into a high density indoor farm. The LED lit climate controlled grow room will be growing mainly strawberries as well as a variety or herbs and other vegetables.
Members of the public can join us to experience the most central pick-your-own farm in London. Come and experience the technology whilst eating some delicious sustainable strawberries fresh from the plant!
How it works
The plants roots are contained within vertical columns with their roots enclosed in a misting chamber. At regular intervals the roots are bathed in a nutrient rich cloud which provides them with everything they need to grow.
The top deck has been stripped back and refitted as a sealed high tech grow lab. The room is kept at the perfect condition to grow plants with dedicated air conditioning and humidity control.
LED grow lights
Each plant is lit with a specially formulated blend of wavelengths from our low power LED strip lights.
The Plant Shop
Free Indoor Gardening Advice
Looking to transform your home into an indoor garden oasis? Need help caring for the plants you already have? The Rootlabs team are here to make sure you get the most from your space, and the plants you want to grow there.
Bring along a photo, ideas, or even a plant and we’ll provide you with a free 1-2-1 consultation.
Appointments are on a drop-in basis.
Miniature Landscape Workshop
Come and make a beautiful living display to brighten your space and filter your air.
Learn how to combine plants, wood, and stone to make eye-catching landscapes in a single container.
Choose from a range of plant types including ferns, cacti, succulents, and many more.
Leave with a unique botanical creation that will continue to grow and change with age!
Come and learn how to care for and propagate common houseplants at home.
Onboard the Farmbus you will experience a large range of different plants and learn how to make them thrive in your home. We will cover:
- The history of plants
- The diverse types of plants and their requirements
- Plant life cycles and getting plants to flower
Whatever your level, there will be plenty to learn about and plenty of plants to interact with. Leave with the skills to make your house flourish.
Come join the Rootlabs team and get involved maintaining a wide variety of our growing systems. We'll be working with both our soil and soilless plants installed across Metropolitano. No previous experience necessary and open to all ages. We will give you all the tools you need but please come wearing clothes you don't mind getting a bit dirty! Refreshments will be provided.
Hydroponic Food Growing
In this practical workshop, you will build a working system to take home which will allow you to grow a wide variety of fresh sustainable salads and herbs throughout the year. We will be covering the basics of hydroponics and explore the many the different types of larger soilless growing systems available from the Farmbus.
Private Tour of the Farmbus with Rootlabs
Join the Rootlabs team for an exclusive tour of the Farmbus top deck. We'll be venturing upstairs into our high-density vertical farm for a one of a kind experience in our climate controlled grow room. There will be plenty of time for a Q+A with one of our co-founders and a selection of produce to sample. The top deck has a floor to ceiling height of 6ft - if you are vertically advantaged be prepared for an even denser experience!
We use the Farmbus as a tool to teach and inspire students about science, sustainability, and the environment. Students will be given a tour of the systems and have the science behind them explained before taking part in a range of interactive practical sessions. We offer the option of tailoring content to certain curriculum areas covering:
Key stage 1
Key stage 2
- Structure of plants
- Plant life processes
Key stage 3
- Carbon and nitrogen cycles
We have a number of FREE sessions for schools that can be booked by getting contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or using the form at the bottom of the page. We would love to hear from you!