Tardis Fields Brings Agriculture into Closed Systems

The Vision: Setting up the First Indoor Facility in Israel
November 15, 2021
Tardis Fields Brings Agriculture into Closed Systems

Global warming is keeping great minds in Israel and around the world busy in finding solutions to overcome the effects and consequences of climate and weather change on water sources and agriculture.
The same climate changes that include the damaging effects of the sun, which "is no longer productive, but destructive," in regard to rising temperatures and direct radiation, are responsible for the effects of the extreme weather we have experienced in recent years – from hot, dry spells and drought to floods and smog. In addition, the drastic change in the frequency and distribution of rain in the different seasons now prevents farmers from relying on rainwater for irrigating fields and crops. The Covid-19 pandemic only worsened the situation and hastened the understanding that farmers could not rely on import of fruit and vegetables, so local, nearby and community solutions had to be found. This is where Tardis Fields came into the picture.


Tardis Fields, a family-based company engaged in vertical indoor agriculture, was founded out of an understanding of these implications on environmental resources – air, soil and water, and the ensuing food production processes and environment in which we live, which we will leave behind for our children. The company found an efficient and effective (global) solution, designed to enable the supply of high-quality fruit and vegetables throughout the year, without seasonal dependence or damage by environmental pollution and solar effects. The time has come for everyone to recognize this solution – vertical agricultural farms in containers. The company is the exclusive resellers of box4grow in Israel and UAE (Box4grow is an American manufacturer of highly controlled converted shipping containerbox4grow).



Indoor Vertical Farming – Responding to Climate Changes and Local Communities
Tardis Fields was founded by Yossi and Shlomzion Halfon, brothers whose main goal is to a create new agriculture that is adapted to the reality in which we live, while emphasizing “Food Security,” saving essential resources, such as water and soil, and reducing the destructive effects of the sun.


The company’s solution is “indoor vertical farming” – growing vegetables and herbs in hydroponic recycled containers, that have been technologically converted for agricultural crops. The enclosed space produces a micro-climate that saves manpower and provides the most nutritious, safe and high-quality product possible, with as little pollution as possible, and saving of land and water. This is an excellent solution for the difficulties created by global warming, while preserving the environment and soil, and ensuring consumers’ nutrition.



Agriculture in Closed Containers has a Number of Notable Advantages
• Significant savings in irrigation water - the advanced irrigation system and reverse osmosis recycle the water, reducing the use of irrigation water by 90%, in comparison to conventional growing methods.
• Preservation and enhancement of nutritional values – a closed and controlled space eliminates the need for pesticides, producing not only higher quality products, in comparison to those in the existing market, but it is possible to develop products with even higher nutritional values.
• Increased quantities of produce - growing produce in containers does not create depreciation, as there is no need to clean branches or dilute growth. In addition, it is possible to produce more growth rounds in less time, in comparison to traditional agriculture.
• Without a carbon footprint – local production eliminates the need to transport agricultural produce from one country to another, leading to a reduction in fuel consumption and air pollution. Local produce is quick to deliver and fresh, directly from the grower to the consumer.
• Preservation of soil and animals – as growing is done in closed containers, there is no need to find and prepare fields that use pesticides and involve the killing of animals living in the soil. One 30 M2 (40 feet) container produces the same agricultural crop as a 6-dunam field.
• Lower cost of the final product – Although the average price per product is about 10% higher, it has a longer shelf life, with higher nutritional values and no depreciation, which actually means a lower cost and a more affordable purchase.
• Ecosystem - Like other indoor systems, the system is electricity-based, but the Tardis Fields continues to invest in the development of a solar solution, and it is still an ecosystem, which is more efficient and healthier than other existing systems.
Over and above these technical advantages, the main and significant advantage of the method is the control systems based on advanced technology. The same technology enables the introduction of an AI system to improve indices and collect data, in order to learn optimal ways of growing products, a constant process of learning and streamlining the method.



From the Supermarket to your Plate
According to the Halfon brothers, the company's vision is to enable the customer to pick the fresh crop as soon as it has ripened, without having to wash it – straight from the refrigerator in the supermarket to your plate. In the future they vision the construction of urban agriculture in city centers and the establishment of special refrigerators for growing fruit and vegetables within supermarkets. They plan to enable the expansion of activities to restaurants and hotels – so that consumers are served fruit and vegetables that are as fresh, healthy and of higher quality as possible.

Tardis Fields’ innovation is one of the most advanced ecological technologies created in recent years, but the brothers are still facing difficulties in regulation. They have encountered various objections, from farmers who do not understand that they do not intend to replace them and cause them to lose their livelihood, through the authorities who are not sufficiently forward thinking, to governmental bodies. The lack of recognition of the existing reality, and the inability to contemplate the near and distant future, in order to understand the importance of this system, makes it difficult to introduce the method into the local economy.


"The state must lower regulation and help farmers and technology entrepreneurs introduce new cultivation methods. If we open our eyes and see what was happening five years ago and what is expected to be in another five years, we will understand that now is the time to introduce innovation in cultivation methods. "We are not coming to replace traditional agriculture. This is another way to reduce stress off the ground and look forward to the future of agriculture," says Zion Halfon, founder and co-owner of Tardis Fields, “we are always push the sky away.”


For more info, contact us: tardisfields@gmail.com

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