SUNDROP FARMS

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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

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