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.

The Farm

Pick your own strawberries

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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

Aeroponics

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.

Climate control

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

Plants to eat

Tomatoes, courgettes, herbs, beans, chillies, and a range of other edible plants will be on sale in the lower deck plant shop for those looking to grow delicious fresh produce at home.

Plants not to eat

The lower deck also contains a broad range of indoor plants, living displays and terrariums. Whether you have a sunny spot or a lot of shade, our knowledgeable team will be able to suggest the best plants for your environment and give you advice on how to care for your plants.

Our Events

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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.

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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!

Houseplant Workshop

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
  • Propagation
  • 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!

Schools

Educational sessions

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

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Habitats

Key stage 2

  • Structure of plants
  • Plant life processes
  • Flowers

Key stage 3

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycles
schools

We have a number of FREE sessions for schools that can be booked by getting contacting info@rootlabs.co.uk or using the form at the bottom of the page. We would love to hear from you!

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