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Cross-Disciplinary Approaches and Climate Change

Farmlyplace is committed to promoting resilient cities of the future through the groundbreaking services, products, and educational programs.

Our mission is to empower cities to adopt sustainable urban agriculture, smart city solutions, and local food systems, ultimately paving the way for a greener, healthier, and more interconnected world.

Addressing the challenges of sustainable development and environmental protection requires a cross-disciplinary approach. This involves integrating insights from ecology, environmental science, agronomy, economics, law, and policy. However, realizing their full potential requires ongoing research, technological innovation, policy support, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Vertical Farming and Sustainable Urban Agriculture

The rising need for food in urban areas presents a challenge that may be addressed by the innovative practice of vertical farming. It aligns with the broader paradigm shift toward sustainable development by maximizing production in a limited space, reducing the need for transportation, and minimizing the use of water and pesticides.

These are all goals that can be accomplished through the implementation of this strategy. This not only helps to protect the environment, but it also makes certain that city dwellers always have access to a reliable supply of fresh produce, which is beneficial to their health and overall well-being.

It is important to note the role that technology plays in vertical farming. The use of technologically advanced lighting, irrigation, and climate control systems are all necessities for cultivating ideal growing conditions. In addition, agricultural practices that are driven by data can improve both productivity and sustainability. However, research into the economic viability of vertical farming is still in its infancy; major concerns include the high initial setup costs and the amount of energy required to operate the farms.

Smart Cities and the 15-Minute City Concept

The paradigm shift toward sustainable development and environmental protection is aided by smart cities and the 15-minute city concept. Both concepts aim to create efficient, sustainable, and resident-centered cities.

Technology improves resource efficiency, environmental impact, and quality of life in smart cities. Energy, waste, transportation, and infrastructure are sustainable. Smart cities have major economic and social effects. Tech-driven investment and job creation can boost economic growth. They improve quality of life by improving access to services, reducing commute times, and promoting social interaction in well-designed public spaces.

The 15-minute city concept supports the smart city vision by suggesting that residents can meet most of their daily needs within a 15-minute walk or bike ride from home. This reduces car travel, carbon emissions, and air pollution. Creating inclusive, accessible cities promotes social responsibility. Local property values and business activity may rise. It reduces commute times, encourages physical activity, and builds community.

Local Food Systems and Social Responsibility

The environmental impact of food transportation can be reduced by using local food systems, which also helps local economies and increases food security.

This is one way that local food systems contribute to sustainable development. They are consistent with the tenets of social responsibility because they make certain that the production of food is beneficial to the surrounding communities and that consumers have access to food that is both fresh and healthy.

The local food system has a significant economic impact because it helps sustain the local farming community and contributes to the expansion of the surrounding area. They encourage participation in the local community and have the potential to contribute to improved health outcomes. However, there is a challenge that needs to be addressed, and that is making sure that local food is both affordable and easily accessible for all of the residents.

Pia Schappeit

Salesforce Processes, Data Management, Business Intelligence

Pia Schappeit

At Farmlyplace, Pia combines her financial acumen with her entrepreneurial mindset to strategize for growth and sustainability. She champions the integration of advanced agricultural technologies in city landscapes, making her dream of self-sustaining cities a closer reality.

"Driving urban sustainability through innovative agriculture – envisioning plant factories as the future of city nourishment." - Pia Schappeit

Chris Martin S.

Combining science with sustainability

Chris Martin S.

Chris is deeply committed to creating sustainable and resilient food systems within urban environments. His work focuses on the integration of innovative techniques and technologies to produce fresh, healthy, and local food.

"Combining science with sustainability to nourish the cities of tomorrow." - Chris Schappeit

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324 + billion

ton-kilometers (tkm) of food transported per year 

One tkm represents the transport of one tonne by road over one kilometre. 1 billion = 1 000 000 000

16.7 %

Food products, beverages and tobacco transported by road

The product group with the highest share in tonne-kilometres in the EU in 2021. Source: Eurostat (actual data)

95 %

Vertical farming consumes approx. 95% less water 

Farmlyplace grows larger amounts of food, with fewer natural resources, and lower workload compared to soil-based farming.

97 %

up to 97% less land use with vertical farming

Hydroponics in a controlled environment like a FarmlyPlace can have 15-20 times more of the yearly production per m² than a regular outdoor production on soil.

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The water consumption is on average 19-38 liters per day per unit. The closed water cycle avoids any soil contamination.Energy-saving lighting is provided exclusively by a LED lamp system with a researched and tested light spectrum optimized for plant growth and bio mass.The consumption of resources such as water, light and nutrients is adapted to the respective plants and growth phases and thus enables optimal growth conditions at all times. With sensors and control technology, FarmlyPlace continuously controls the light, temperature, humidity, CO2 content of the air and nutrient level in the water.

The growing method does not involve any pesticides, herbicides, allergens or other toxic byproducts so it does not contaminate freshwater or soil. Delicious and rare varieties which can’t be cultivated elsewhere or outdoors because of environmental and climate factors as they are no longer resistant, can now once again be grown.

without long-distance transportation, wasting energy in cooling logistics or dispensing one-way-plastic-packaging. Farmlyplace produces high yields of lettuce and leafy greens on a fraction of space, compared to other methods and is local. It can be part of a housing structure, rooftop, backyard, parking lot, underground or other non-used space. It can also be moved from one unused location to another location.



Population growth, increasing urbanization, climate change and depleted soils – the production of our food is becoming an ever greater challenge. We need new ways. But how can our food not have these long journeys and can be extremely fresh at the same time? Furthermore, we also want to get healthy food and but we refuse to take any residues of herbicides, pesticides or other excipients with the food.

Our food should not have such long journeys anymore, but it still must be harvest fresh. Furthermore, we want healthy food and do not accept any residues of herbicides, pesticides or other additives in our food. Farmlyplace starts with ‘controlled environment farms’ to ensure the required high-quality in local produce of fresh and healthy lettuce, leafy greens and herbs directly in the cities. On top of all, Farmlyplace produces your leafy greens regardless of season and weather, all-year-round right next to your place.


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