“The Queen's Vertical Farming Team's mission is to develop a functional, small scale vertical farm. Drawing inspiration from the best current commercial practices, our goal is to gain a foothold as an innovator in a rapidly-expanding industry.”

Who we are

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team is Canada's first post-secondary student-led vertical farming design team. This team allows members of all disciplines to engage in a rapidly-developing industry, increase their awareness of threats to the global food supply, and gain hands-on experience in food cultivation. Program-specific opportunities allow for students to gain experience with biochemistry, plant science, computer-aided design, computer modelling, data analysis, and systems design.

Aeroponic Farming
Aeroponic Farming
Premium Produce
Premium Produce
Dedicated Growers
Dedicated Growers

Our partners


November 2019
Hired 2019-20 executive members
December 2019
Research and Design Phase I
  • Completed technical outline of software-based automation system
  • Completed technical outline of mechanical system
Set sub-team goals and developed implementation strategies
January 2020
Hired Winter 2020 general members
Research and Design Phase II
  • Began development of automation system
  • Researched plant germination strategies, nutritional requirements, lighting specifications, and water consumption considerations
  • Developed an early-stage mechanical schematic of aeroponic nutrition system
Participated in Commerce-Engineering Environmental Conference trade show
Began partnership with ZipGrow Inc.
February 2020
Participated in Queen's Water Environment Conference trade show
Research and Design Phase III
  • Developed front-end, back-end, data storage, and sensory components for automation system
  • Finalized plant cultivation protocols and completed research report
  • Finalized mechanical schematic of aeroponic nutrition system and began 3D CAD model using SolidWorks
March 2020
Began partnership with SIMBL Business Enablement
Received research grant from Faculty of Arts & Science Student Initiatives Fund
Hired 2020-21 executive and general members
October 2020
Received official ratification from the Queen's Engineering Society
December 2020
Completed first iteration of 3D CAD Model (SolidWorks)
January 2021
Began partnership with Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre
March 2021
Participated in Queen's Healthcare & Business Conference trade show
Participated in Commerce-Engineering Environmental Conference trade show