Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




US(AZ): Civic Farms to break ground on 20,000 sq. ft. vertical farm at Biosphere 2

Vegetables can soon be reaped again form the Biosphere 2 complex of the University or Arizona. Tomorrow, on Earth Day, Civic Farms will break ground for a  new 20,000 sq. ft. vertical farm inside Biosphere 2’s West Lung.

Civic Farms has come to an agreement with the University of Arizona to lease the cavernous space for a nominal fee of $15,000 a year. The new vertical farming operation has announced that it will invest more than $1 million in the facility and dedicate $250,000 over five years to hire student researchers in conjunction with the UA’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center.




The brain behind the project is Paul Hardej, Illumitex' VP of Turnkey Horticulture Lighting Solutions and former co-founder of the recently dissolved indoor grow op FarmedHere. Hardej unraveled his new plans this week in an article on Tucson.com. "Half the 20,000-square-foot space to be devoted to production, with areas given over to research and scientific education. A variety of leafy greens and herbs such as kale, arugula, lettuce and basil will be packaged and sold to customers in Tucson and Phoenix"

In the article on Tucson.com, Hardej furthermore said that he recognizes the irony of growing food in artificial light at the giant Biosphere 2 greenhouse. He is convinced, however, that growing plants with artificial lighting can become as economical as growing them in sunlight. "[Indoor] Farming is much more productive and much more predictable than in a greenhouse [...] A vertical farm can be 20 to 100 times more productive. The overall direction globally is indoors".

The Civic Farms groundbreaking ceremony will take place tomorrow the special Earth Day event at Biosphere 2.

Click here for the complete article on Tucson.com, which also features CEAC's Gene Giacomelli and Murat Kacira.

Publication date: 4/21/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

10/20/2017 STK appoints new Vice President of Business Development
10/20/2017 Protected Cropping Australia appoints new board
10/20/2017 Yara reports strong production, lower commodity fertilizer margins
10/19/2017 Austria: Flicker to supply Vienna with LED-grown mini cucumbers
10/18/2017 University of Florida reveals impact of Irma on its facilities
10/18/2017 US (NC): Spanish biotech company opens North American HQ
10/18/2017 $1 billion program to catalyze sustainable food production
10/18/2017 Canada: Aphria announces $80 million bought deal
10/18/2017 Boy de Nijs joins Ridder Group
10/18/2017 Accurate pathogen diagnosis is key to crop protection
10/18/2017 HM.Clause announces arrival of new CEO
10/18/2017 US farm co-op Land O' Lakes merges with United Suppliers Canada
10/17/2017 Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador greenhouse hopes to expand
10/17/2017 Erik Næsje appointed new GM at Horti AS Norway
10/16/2017 Ebtech Glasshouse Systems hires Phil Crocker as UK Sales Manager
10/16/2017 Jiffy opens regional office in Sri Lanka
10/13/2017 Photo Report Canadian Greenhouse Conference '17
10/13/2017 BASF buys Bayer seeds and pesticide assets
10/13/2017 NL: Cultilene joins the World Horti Center
10/13/2017 Canada: Steve Boekestyn joins Priva as Sales Account Manager