Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




CAN (ON): TruLeaf planning next growth stage

With its indoor farm in Guelph, Ont., nearing completion, TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture is plotting its next phase of growth with more farms, a licensing model for its technology and new round of funding.

Gregg Curwin, founder and CEO of the Halifax vertical farming company, also says the company is focused ever more on machine learning and data analytics to help it produce the most nutritious local food possible.

Curwin told a panel discussion at the Big Data Congress last week that the company is now focusing on applying advanced technology to the process of growing plants indoors.

The Guelph plant — which is due to be completed in June, will be fully automated and TruLeaf is looking into using data to improve the process of growing nutritious food.

“The light bulb that’s going off for us is all about machine learning and data,” said Curwin.

Curwin said that in the controlled environment of its growing facilities, the company can monitor data produced over time from the creation of the seed to shipping grown food to the supermarket. Outdoors, a farmer can get 40 points of data in his or her career; TruLeaf can get 10,000 data points in 10 days at its indoor farms.

One example of TruLeaf’s experimentation is the work it has doing with LED lighting.

The company is experimenting with how different plants grow under different light spectrums, and what lighting is best at specific phases of the growing process. It is even examining whether special lighting in a supermarket shelf can prolong the freshness of produce.

Read more at The Chronicle Herald (Peter Moreira)

Publication date: 11/21/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

4/20/2018 US (FL): Vertical farm grows more with less space and energy
4/19/2018 Taiwan to build £18m vertical farm in Britain
4/18/2018 CAN (AB): Would-be urban farmers peeved by building code regulations
4/17/2018 Ireland: Health food producer looking for vertical farmers
4/17/2018 UK: Phillip Davis leaves Stockbridge
4/13/2018 CAN (ON): Affinor Growers licensee to build 45,000 sq.ft. vertical farm
4/13/2018 CAN (NS): McCain invests in TruLeaf vertical farm
4/10/2018 US (GA): Researchers making waves in sustainable farming
4/9/2018 Hong Kong: Rooftop farms offer stress relief, not profit
4/9/2018 US (IN): Organic vertical farmer grows tailor-made plants
4/9/2018 Will automated indoor farming provide a solution to food insecurity in 2050?
4/9/2018 US (MN): Duo starts aquaponics business from scratch
4/6/2018 First vegetables harvested in Antarctic greenhouse
4/6/2018 South Korea: Smart farms opens doors to visitors
4/5/2018 South Africa: Johannesburg’s mushrooming rooftop gardens
4/5/2018 South Africa: Micro urban aquaponics farm started in George municipality
4/5/2018 CAN (MB): Vertical farm provides free veggies to Opaskwayak Cree Nation
4/3/2018 US (KY): Indoor farming startup opens facility on former mining site
4/3/2018 Kenya: KCB Foundation and GIZ boost support for hydroponic farming
3/30/2018 The rise and the footprint of plant factories in China