Of all the things you might be expecting to find in the desert, 300km north of Adelaide, a tomato farm is probably fairly low on the list. But Sundrop Farms is no ordinary farm. In fact, the 20-hectare facility looks more like a futuristic space station than anything resembling a traditional agricultural operation. Using a field of 23,000 mirrors, it can produce some 39MW of energy, used to pump and desalinate water from the Spencer Gulf 5km away, as well as heat and power its sustainable greenhouse facility, and produce upwards of 15,000 tonnes of truss tomatoes every year. By growing crops hydroponically, Sundrop Farms is not only a more sustainable alternative to regular farming practices, but is also more productive, since it can harvest produce all year round. And with additional facilities planned, it’s proof that even the oldest industries have room for innovation.
PRODUCE AROUND 15 PER CENT OF AUSTRALIA’S TOMATOES. SUNDROP FARMS