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Produce safety from greenhouse to table

Even in the dead of winter, consumers can enjoy fresh tomatoes, peppers and other produce, often thanks to the bounty from greenhouses scattered across the continent.Sanja Ilic is trying to make sure those vegetables are the safest possible.Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University.....

Kenya: So you bought a greenhouse... now what?

"It was a venture meant to change fortunes of hundreds of farmers. The ‘magic house’ that was what farmers were told. But from my field visits to various regions in what was the former Western Province the story is discouraging," writes an expert on sustainable agriculture and agricultural solutions at.....

US (FL): Tampa and Havana aquariums to develop coral greenhouse

Three Cuban scientists were in Tampa last week to take another step forward in their joint effort with the Florida Aquarium to save coral reefs dying throughout the Caribbean region that includes this state.Employees of Havana's National Aquarium of Cuba spent Feb. 5 through Feb. 11 working with their Tampa.....

New greenhouse projects implemented in South Bulgaria

In the last two months a multitude of greenhouse construction projects have been approved by the competent inspectorates at the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria. The majority of projects involve the cultivation of tomato and cucumber plants. Other projects include: a snail breeding greenhouse.....

A winter harvest from Martha Stewart's greenhouse

"Delicious, organic greens are ready to pick in my vegetable greenhouse," writes Martha Stewart on her blog."My expansive outdoor vegetable garden is bare, but I'm fortunate to have lots of wonderful vegetables growing in the ground in a special greenhouse located behind my Equipment Barn. As many of you.....

Spring cleaning tips for the greenhouse

During every busy shipping season you invariably run into issues that would have been eliminated had a little spring cleaning taken place. The spring cleaning referred to here encompasses more than just a “cleaning” perspective, it also involves planning ahead and taking care of business concerns so they.....

Late winter management for blackberries in cold climates

Blackberry management at Michigan State University: temperatures over the next few days are expected to reach the 40s and 50s with lows in the 30s. The growers are protecting some tender blackberries (Columbia Star, Obsidian) by covering them with row cover during the winter. The plants will need to have the.....

Is this the greenhouse home of the future?

Athens-based 314 Architecture Studio have reimagined the industrial-era greenhouse in a publicity campaign for a local fresh juice company, Bfresh Spitiko. Using the traditional greenhouse architecture form as inspiration, the architects created the stunning prismatic structure as an architectural.....

Nor’Easter greenhouse weathers the storm

As a New Hampshire based company, Rimol knows snow - from the light, frosty flakes of early December to the thick, heavy slush of early March. They’re no strangers to some of the worst of what Old Man Winter can dish out - and as any farmer knows, it can be tough to keep growing strong through the winter.....

NL: New demonstration greenhouse for De Ruiter Seeds

Havecon will build a new 8.000 m² greenhouse for Dutch grower Brabander-Zantman. This greenhouse will function as a demonstration for "Experience 2.0" for De Ruiter Seeds. Construction will start in the summer of 2017, and in October 2017 the first lighted greenhouse will be taken into service, and the first.....

Us: Intergrow expansion in Webster off the table

A plan to bring 75 acres of greenhouses to a rural area of Webster, NY is off the table. Tomato grower Intergrow Greenhouses had been locked in a contentious development review process for months, with residents living near the Webster site disputing whether the development was right for the area.Now, the.....

Strong winds damages Jamaican greenhouse sector

Heavy, sustained winds badly damaged all but two of 20 greenhouses in Blue Mountain, Manchester, recently leaving farmers distraught.“We had major damage to the crops; to the tomatoes and the sweet peppers,” greenhouse farmer and site manager Oswal Boothe told the Jamaica Observer during a visit to the.....

US (IL): High school to award bids for $300K greenhouse

Mt. Vernon Township High School officials hope to award bids in early March for building a $300,000 greenhouse at the new high school.The project includes constructing a 72-by-30-foot greenhouse and a 30-by-50-foot attached headhouse, which is the work center of the facility.The exact location of the.....

University of Idaho hires new greenhouse manager for nuclear potato seed program

University of Idaho has hired a new director for its nuclear seed potato program and plans to build additional facilities to help her expand production.The planned investments — which include construction of a new greenhouse and laboratory — would move the university toward its long-term goal of becoming a.....

Greenhouse sugar cane for environmentally friendly heat

It's an idea as old as human history: burning plants for fuel.At a greenhouse where sugar cane thrives in the middle of January, a locally grown energy source will soon be providing environmentally friendly heat.A new "biomass boiler" from Germany will burn perennial grasses grown on the University of.....

US (FL): Small hobby gardens branch off into commercial ventures

Harrison Bruno sees growth in the greenhouse and hydroponics fields. His business, Healthy Gardens & Supply in Pensacola, specializes in indoor and alternative farm and gardening practices with a focus on organics and hydroponics. Bruno was featured in an article on the Pensacola News Journal to discus.....

Horticulture becomes a circular sector

A virtually closed circular cultivation of tomato, sweet pepper and cucumber; the new ‘Waterstreams’ webtool helps Dutch greenhouse growers make this a reality. “If the 4500 growers use the tool correctly, they will discharge less than five per cent of the water,” says scientist Erik van Os of Wageningen.....

Kenya: Growers experiment with commercial bamboo crops

Sitting on more than 10 acres, Nyabera Farm in Uriri, Migori County, hosts an assortment of crops that include collard greens (sukuma wiki), cabbages, watermelon, tomatoes, pumpkins and bamboo.But it is on the bamboo farm that the owner of Nyabera Farm, Francisca Kwasa, is stirring a revolution.Francisca.....

US: Native American Tribe and Bright Green Group sign 25-year agreement

Acoma Pueblo Governor Kurt Riley and the Tribal Council of the Acoma Pueblo, a Native American Tribe, have entered into a 25-year business agreement and land lease with the Bright Green Group of Companies, Inc. This landmark agreement enables Bright Green to begin constructing on tribal land a.....

New training resources for growers using retractable roof houses

At Cravo, they believe that the profitability of producing crops and the return on investment on invested capital can be increased by combining the advantages of both nature and a protective environment, and that this combination will also make it easier for growers to meet current and future market.....

CAN (AB): County puts greenhouse next to airport on hold

Cypress County has postponed approval of another lit greenhouse in close proximity to the airport pending the results of a light risk assessment.Kel-Lee greenhouse owners Shawndell and Kelly Fischer had applied for approval for the lighting several months ago. The timing was coincidental but the application.....

Lufa Farms opens third rooftop greenhouse

There were two important beginnings in Mo Hage’s world last summer: In July he and his wife, Lauren Rathmell, welcomed their daughter into the world. And in June, work started on construction of the third commercial rooftop greenhouse in the burgeoning urban farming company the couple co-founded, Lufa.....

Damage estimated at 7,000 Euro

Spain: Man causes damage at ex-boss's greenhouse

Agents of the Guardia Civil of El Ejido are investigating a case of criminal damage at an agricultural holding. The suspect caused severe damage to his ex-boss's cucumber greenhouse because he held a grudge against him.The events took place in late December 2016, when the owner of a greenhouse, located in.....

Qatar-Korea LED project to start production soon

Ambassador of South Korea to Qatar, Heung-kyeong Park, has said that a Qatar-Korea LED project with an initial capacity of producing 0.5 million MENA-tailored LED lights per year will soon become operational.“Hopefully, the project will start its production soon. Korea-Qatar LED project is in progress with a.....

Agro Care expansion finalizes in Tunisia and Morocco

Agro Care is not just expanding in the Netherlands this year, they're also growing in North Africa. The construction of stage 4 in Tunisia is starting, and the Moroccan plot is also being filled up with buildings.Desert JoyIn 2012, Agro Care started the Desert Joy project in El Hamma, Tunisia. In 2014, the.....

Australian grower brings in Canadian greenhouse tech

A Western Australian company has planted its first horticultural crop using Canadian greenhouse technology in what is hoped to bring fresh vegetables to the wheatbelt's 20,000 residents.Wide Open Agriculture is a new business based in Arthur River, 200 kilometres south-east of Perth, an area frequented by.....

Eden greenhouse coming to Dutch royal estate

Palace Soestdijk Estate in the Netherlands will soon be transformed into an experimental garden and greenhouse. Mecanoo unveiled plans for Eden Soestdijk, which will take visitors on an interactive, educational tour of several spectacular landscapes, in partnership with the Eden Soestdijk foundation, Eden.....

How to decipher heat loss and greenhouse R-value

Hundreds of new small farmers are entering the industry every year, each serving a unique community and solving unique problems. Many of those problems are related to energy – the lack of it, the need for more sustainable sources, and the need for more energy-efficient growing systems. Some farmers have.....

Second research centre opens in Middle East

Late 2016 the second horticultural research center for the Middle East in Riyadh, which also has been designed by the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research has gone into operation. This centre is three times larger than the one in Abu Dhabi.Also on this location.....

Canada: Freeman Herbs sees positive effects of dynamic LEDs

Things are growing well with the dynamic LED lighting at Freeman Herbs in Beamsville, Ontario. The grower of certified organic herbs was recently featured in a Q&A on The St. Catherines Standard. Freeman's manager of R&D, Marco De Leonardis explained how they experimented with different color.....

US (AK): Anchorage rooftop plans delayed

A proposed ordinance that would increase the space available for farmers markets and allow rooftop greenhouses was postponed indefinitely by the Anchorage planning and zoning commission Monday night after facing scrutiny by commission members.The ordinance would allow farmers markets on city parks and.....

Sanborn High: prepares for 18-month project

New Hampshire high school to build greenhouse

Sanborn Regional High, located in Kingston and Newton, NH is seeking community help as it gears up to begin an 18-month process of building a school greenhouse, according to Principal Brian Stack.Each year, Stack surveys his faculty and staff asking for suggestions about what to propose to the Sanborn.....

Icicles from overhead power lines damages Belgian greenhouses

Belgian lettuce grower Paul Adriaenssens doesn’t know about iceberg lettuce, but he certainly doesn’t want to know about icicles. Last weekend his greenhouse was pierced by icicles that slid off high voltage transmission towers. Now the question is who will be paying for the damage."Due to food safety.....

US (CA): 14 affected by gas leak at Oasis greenhouse

As many as 14 people were affected by a gas leak at a greenhouse in the community of Oasis Monday, Jan. 9. A gas leak was reported according to a news release from Cal Fire/Riverside County firefighters. It isn't clear what type of gas was leaking, but firefighters say they learned upon arrival that 11.....

But is it accurate?

New online search tool locates Russian greenhouses

Russia's Greenhouse Association has made a map available that shows where the greenhouses of its members are located. The map provides the (rough) location of greenhouse companies, including the region and the size of the production acreage. But before you start driving in the hope of selling any seeds or.....

Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference

US: Specialty crops focus of Feb. 7 conference in Ohio

A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County.....

UK: Harper Adams students discuss the future of food and farming post-Brexit with NFU Vice President:

"Brexit is a greater issue for the younger generation"

Balancing food and environmental needs, maintaining the flow of migrant workers to provide labour for fresh produce farms, and greater pride in British produce were just three key topics raised in a round-table discussion about Britain’s future outside the European Union.The discussion, involving Harper.....

Ukraine: 30% increase in greenhouse cucumber prices

On 30 December 2016, the wholesale price of greenhouse-grown cucumbers reached 43-45 hryvnia (1.6-1.7 USD/kg) at Ukraine's Suvar market, i.e. 25-30 percent more expensive than a week earlier. In the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, the price stood at 50-70 hryvnia per kilo (1.8-2.5 USD/kg).Tetyana Hetyman, Eastern.....

US (NY): High schools train the next generation of growers

It's Monday, 8 a.m., and these teens have already mucked stalls in the barn and fed the goats, alpacas and miniature cows. They've rounded up eggs in the henhouse, harvested cabbages and a few green-tinged tomatoes, and arranged them in tidy tiers to sell in the Agriculture Store. Now they're ready to put in.....

February and March

New Greenhouse & High Tunnel IPM webinars at Cornell

Cornell will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March. The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:Feb 2: Introduction to the projectFeb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility,.....

China: Yuanxing opens new picking garden

December 10th marked a good day for Yuanxing Fruits. It was the day that the company opened its new 4 seasons greenhouse for visitors. The steel greenhouse operation is equiped with modern hydroponic systems and is specially built for visitors to pick their own fruits like strawberries. Source: Yuanxing.....

Crop manager Jos Bregman:

"Jet 5 is our greenhouse cleansing agent of choice"

Breeders and propagators have strict company hygiene protocols. Propagator Plantenkwekerij Van der Lugt in Bleiswijk is no exception. Crop manager Jos Bregman: "We owe this to our customers and to our strategic partners. So in autumn we clean the company from top to bottom with Jet 5."Jos Bregman:"Jet 5 is.....

60 hectare single site glasshouse in Middenmeer:

Netherlands: CombiVliet surpasses 100 hectare

Dutch tomato grower CombiVliet has started preparations for the construction of phase 5 in Middenmeer. The greenhouse will span 12 hectares and that means that the Noordvliet location will grow to more than 60 hectares of greenhouses. "We can’t wait to start growing beautiful tomatoes here as well,".....

New project list from Cuesta Roble:

Over 3300 hectare slated for 2017

Many new greenhouse vegetable projects and expansions have been announced for 2017. Of these, 134 have been listed in a newly revised publication, all with location, planned area and project contact links.The list includes projects in 27 countries, totaling 3336 ha. (8186 ac.). The largest announced.....

Second planting of cucumbers at Dutch Winterlight Greenhouse

Recently cucumbers were planted for the second time in the new Winterlight Greenhouse of Bom Group, at Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk. The first planting took place on September 19 last year and was mainly intended to test all systems and to align them. The second planting is better.....

Jamaica: Santa Cruz school adopts greenhouse technology

The administration of St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz is using greenhouse technology to teach agricultural science and to combat praedial larceny at the institution.Principal, Keith Wellington, told JIS News that with greenhouse technology, the hope is that STETHS can return to its.....

Low tunnels reduce diseases on strawberries

The TunnelBerries research site at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul experienced a very wet summer which contributed to a high degree of infection by anthracnose and other diseases (see the image below). Graduate student Heidi Anderson observes that disease incidence appears to be lower in strawberries.....

China: Project to build solar powered 'bubble' greenhouse

Orproject, a London-based construction company, has seemingly given up on their crazy idea to build a huge, solar-powered, 'bubble' greenhouse. They had previously teamed up with the inventor, Christoph Klemmt, in Beijing. He explains that "Every day we have to endure polluted smog, so I want to build a.....

Semi-closed technique also usable in conventional greenhouses

Based on knowhow of the semi-closed greenhouse, Enerdes has developed a recirculation ventilation system that can also be installed in conventional greenhouses. "You create a perfectly homogeneous climate at low operating costs," says Frank van Rooijen of Enerdes.Double air hosesIn 2012, RedStar built the.....

Dutch strawberry grower Royal Berry expands to 40 hectares

Dutch strawberry grower Royal Berry will be expanding its acreage in the Bergerden area to a total of 40 hectare. On this acreage strawberries are grown in both tunnels and greenhouses. Grower Jan van Genderen hopes to have the new glass ready by the end of August this year. Jan van Genderen: "With this.....

CAN (ON): Supreme Pharmaceuticals closes $55 million offering

Supreme Pharmaceuticals announces the closing of its $50 million bought deal private placement and concurrent $5 million non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of $55 million.Pursuant to the offering, the company issued a total of $55 million of 10% unsecured convertible debentures and.....

Canada: Ontario Plants expanding to 13 hectares

Canadian propagator Ontario Plants announced plans for a 25,000 m2 expansion that will bring their total production area to 13 hectares. According to president Steve Vanderkooy, the expansion is a result of the growth of their customers. “When our customers grow, we don’t hesitate to plan the next phase."The.....

Qatar: Government invests in greenhouses for local farmers

In a move to further strengthen food security in the country, the Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment is ready to set up 73 greenhouses at local farms to increase the local produce of the vegetables.According to an article on ThePeninsulaQatar.com, the Ministry has completed the preparation to.....

New LEDs for Belgian trial station

The Belgian Trial Centre for Vegetable Cultivation PCG has invested in a new lighting installation for their greenhouse department with a mobile gutter system. The test center has already conducted a lot of research with mobile gutter systems and lit cultivation. "However, in view of recent developments with.....

Cannabis Science to build 2nd 33,000 sq. ft. trial greenhouse

Cannabis Science, a U.S. company specializing in the development of cannabinoid-based medications, has started work on its second 33,000 sq. ft. pilot cannabinoid drug development and manufacturing facility in Douglas County, Nevada."We have every intention of making 2017 the breakout year for our great.....

Greenhouses for 59 more families in Armenia

With support from Argentinean-Armenian donors, the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund has launched the third phase of its increasingly popular greenhouse program in 10 communities of Armenia’s Tavush region.Metal framed greenhouses, each measuring 100 square meters and covered with high-quality polycarbonate and.....

France: Irrigation and fertigation challenges at research center

In CATE, Michel Le Roux and Alain Guillou explained the importance of water management for the local cropping systems. The experimental research center carries out trials on both soilless greenhouse crops like tomato and strawberry and on regional field-grown crops like artichoke, cauliflower, shallots,.....

More growers opt for multi- layered screens

The screen installers at PDI have been installing more square metres of greenhouse surface with multi screen installation than of single screens this year. Double (two, one above the other), triple (three, one above the other), and two screens on one wire bed.Single-layer is so last year....Vegetable.....

Rudi Vandendijk, Vandendijk Serrebouw

"Crop removal can be done more easily"

For many growers the crop change is usually a big job. According to Rudi Vandendijk it could be handled a lot quicker next year. His company has introduced a solution that allows for quick removal of low wire crops like cucumbers and tomatoes. The Autoclipper cuts under the wire. "That makes this system.....

Kyrgyz company introduces yurt-shaped greenhouse

The first greenhouse shaped like a yurt will soon be presented in Kyrgyzstan by the Zhasyl Carba company. This unusual greenhouse was developed by Tilek Toktogaziev.According to him, four years experience in the greenhouse business helped him to create a new model that allows combining modern technologies.....

Japanese tomatoes thrive in Russian permafrost

Japanese technologies introduced into the deepest reaches of Siberia now allow growing tomatoes right in the midst of Russian winter.This remarkable feat was made possible due to the construction of a large year-round greenhouse near the city of Yakutsk by Sayuri company, using the technologies supplied by.....