Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Organic pepper production above the soil in new system NatureFresh Farms

Thursday 21 September, Van der Knaap Group and Canada-based vegetable grower NatureFresh Farms have officially come to an agreement that NatureFresh Farms will grow peppers organically with Van der Knaap’s newly developed organic growing system. Both companies consider the growth concept as a sustainable and reliable way of growing vegetables organically. In 2018, NatureFresh will start growing peppers using the new cultivation system, expanding to twelve hectares in the next few years. NatureFresh Farms already has experience with organic growing of peppers, but aims to achieve a higher yield and improvement in quality by implementing Van der Knaap’s cultivation concept.

Ron van der Knaap (Van der Knaap Group) and John Ketler (NatureFresh Farms)

Breakthrough in sustainable organic cultivation
Over the last seven years, Van der Knaap’s R&D team have been working with their partners to develop a cultivation system for growing organically above the soil. Led by Karel de Bruijn, R&D Manager of Van der Knaap, a reactor was developed that converts proteins intro nitrate (NO3) nitrogen. The nutritional solution produced with the reactor is free from organic residues, fungi and bacteria. 

Left to right: Karel de Bruijn (Van der Knaap Group), Ron van der Knaap (Van der Knaap Group), John Ketler (NatureFresh Farms) and Frank Neufeld (NatureFresh Farms).

In the Netherlands, in close collaboration with growers’ association Harvest House, a group of their growers has been using the patented cultivation concept successfully.

For more information:
Van der Knaap Groep
Bovendijk 50          
2295 RZ Kwintsheul          
Postbus 136
2290 AC Wateringen
T: +31 174 296606          
F: +31 174 298767 

Publication date: 10/6/2017



Other news in this sector:

10/20/2017 "Microgreens are much more than a garnish"
10/19/2017 US (KY): Local family brings aquaponics to West Kentucky
10/19/2017 “Without insect net, we don't make our production targets”
10/19/2017 US (MO): Growers share success by using high tunnels
10/18/2017 CAN (ON): Wage increase could hurt farmers
10/18/2017 Giant 960kg squash breaks world record
10/18/2017 UK: Retractable greenhouses planned at historic fruit business
10/18/2017 UK: 2018 Nuffield Farming Scholars announced
10/17/2017 Dutch peppers a hot item on German TV
10/17/2017 Germany: Potential users visit INAPRO demo site
10/17/2017 Australian grower plans to expand lettuce export
10/17/2017 Mucci Farms wins Leamington Business Excellence Award
10/16/2017 Dutch police raids greenhouses in heroin investigation
10/16/2017 Future of CAP: Where are all the women?
10/16/2017 US (CA): Adventure in aquaponics
10/16/2017 US: NFU board grants Hawaii Farmers Union a charter
10/13/2017 US (SD): State contradicts claim made by Global Aquaponics head
10/13/2017 US: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation tours Nelson & Pade
10/13/2017 UK: AHDB launches management training scheme for farmers
10/13/2017 US (NJ): Hospital greenhouse grows healthy food for community