Welcome to AMI’s Farm Lab

Farming needs to rely less on external inputs – and generate fewer harmful outputs. Ecosystems are the best way to do this. Indoor ecosystems involve aquaponics, mushrooms, and insects (AMI). They can become the backbone of controlled-environment agriculture, turning waste into food. AMI’s Farm Lab wants to make this a reality. How? By sharing data and knowledge. Get in touch with us.


Every day, thousands of tonnes of organic waste are produced worldwide. At the same time, agriculture is too reliant on external and finite inputs, whilst generating side effects harmful to the health of human beings and their environment.

Organic waste is much more than waste: it is energy and nutrients. That’s where the potential lies


Ecosystems are the best way to harness this potential and turn it into something of value. They always have been. Our approach is to connect the merits of different high-tech farming systems. We call it aquaponics, mushrooms, and insects – or AMI for short, pronounced like ‘Jamie’.


Read the Whitepaper
Watch the TedX
Watch the Hangout
Read the bookchapter (soon online)

AMI’s Farm Lab is a collective of researchers, entrepreneurs, and students. We believe that AMI systems can become the backbone of farming.

Connecting different systems to turn waste into food is no easy task. Sharing data, knowledge, and best practices is crucial to making AMI a reality. This exchange lies at the heart of AMI’s Farm Lab.


The Collective

AMI’s Farm Lab is a collective of these beautiful people.


A Brief History Of AMI’s Farm Lab

It all started during the early days of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF). Back then, a team came together to discuss the biggest challenge vertical farming was (and, in 2018, still is) facing: the ridiculous amount of energy used by vertical farming. Currently, less than 5% of global energy is produced renewably. As a result, vertical farming is still far away from being able to produce food sustainably. The team came up with a simple idea: what if, like permaculture, controlled-environment agriculture acted as an ecosystem? What if we could connect the inputs and outputs of each closed farming system in such a way that with a minimum amount of resources and energy, the ecosystem could produce much more food than any of the separate systems ever could?

This idea is based on the same principle as aquaponics – except with more guests at the party. The team called it AMI (pronounced like ‘Jamie’): aquaponics, mushrooms, and insects.

Summit in Amsterdam. The idea was such a success that the AMI team carried on, with a white paper presenting the scientific background of AMI systems. This was released in September 2017 and can be found here.

The AMI team is now ready for the next step: professionalising this research and backing up the theory with experimental data. With this long-term project, we hope to help farmers all over the world improve the financial and ecological sustainability of their farms

A win-win-win for all.


Read “Controlled environment Ecosystems; closing the nutrient cycles in urban food production”

Write us and we will send you the book chapter


Interested in finding out more about AMI?

Perhaps you are an AMI farmer interested in collaboration?

Send us a message at info@ami.farm