Farm8

Metro Farm


Useful Information

Location: Sangdo Station on Line 7 of the Seoul Metro.
(37.5031, 126.9478)
Open: All year daily.
[2021]
Fee: free.
[2021]
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Address: Farm8 Co., Ltd. agricultural corporation, 178, Habuk 2-gil, Jinwi-myeon, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, 17706, Tel: +82-31-662-3841, Fax: +82-31-8029-5000. E-mail:
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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History

OCT-2004 Farm8 established.
MAY-2015 Started to supply lettuce to Subway.
SEP-2019 Metro Farm opened.

Description

Farm8 is a producer of fresh vegetables and salad. They have shops in several subway stations in Seoul, which are known as Metro Farm. The special thing is: the vegetables are grown in an underground farm at the subway station right beneath the cafe where they are sold. Huge windows allow a glimpse into the farm, where the plants grow under LED light in hydroponic growing trays.

According to Farm8, the subterranean vertical farm is 40 times as efficient as normal farm. However, they do not explain what this means. At the moment its more or less still an agricultural experiment. However, this and other modern farming technologies are currently developed all over the world. As they are often intended to use the walls and roofs of skyscrapers they are also knwon as vertical farms. However, in these case the natural sunlight was abandoned and replaced by cheap LED light.

The product of the farm are fresh and certified with various eco and organic labels. Obviously there is absolutely no pollution if you avoid natural soils. Except for the production of the necessary electricity. But the price is rather high, which is currently the main drawback. But the Metro Farm currently has quite low prices, which are obviously politically motivated.