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"Greenhouses cause light pollution"

Canada: Medicine Hat airport experiencing difficulties from expanded lit greenhouses

Alberta greenhouse operations near the airport of Medicine Hat are topic of a new discussion in regards to light pollution. According to the manager of the regional airport says the assimilation light of the greenhouses have made acquiring the runway very tricky.An article on MedicineHatNews.com, informs.....

Australia: Supporting women in horticulture through new scholarships

The women of contemporary Australian horticulture have spoken. They want affordable access to women’s-only development programs, to expand their professional networks and to boost their theoretical education.In response to their calls, the research and development corporation Horticulture Innovation.....

"I'm in the red at the moment, but eventually the payoff will ketchup"

Greenhouses first gained popularity in 19th-century England, when wealthy homeowners started growing cold-sensitive plants in glass rooms. Most gardeners today fantasize about having a greenhouse, so that they can have fresh produce year-round. Who wouldn’t want a fresh tomato in January?Let me tell you,.....

US (IL): FarmedHere indoor farm shuts down

FarmedHere, a commercial-scale hydroponic farm in Bedford Park, had lofty goals of expanding to cities across the U.S. and beyond. The company was "on the precipice of international expansion," then-CEO Matt Matros said in July 2015.Early last year, Matros announced a $23 million, 60,000-square-foot indoor.....

US (NY): Intergrow might look at other location to develop new farm

New York state greenhouse grower Intergrow Greenhouses is looking at other locations to develop their new greenhouse complex. The grower initially planned to build a 25 acre greenhouse at a 114 acre parcel at the town of Webster, but local residents who are worried over the project have slowed down their.....

Former construction worker starts successful hydroponic venture

In northern Indiana, Daniel Yoder has figured out a way to mimic summer year-round.He was working in construction in Arkansas and decided to move his family to northern Indiana to open an auto glass business.That was March 2009, in the midst of the Great Recession. “We got a lot of crazy looks,” he.....
Chris Higgings joins Green Sense Radio Podcast:

What were 2016 biggest trends in urban farming?

2016 – the year in urban farming. Chris Higgins of Urban Ag News gives an update on the big trends for the year that was. Founding Farmer Robert Colangelo is also founder and host of the nationally syndicated Green Sense Radio show. Recorded live on the Farm, Green Sense Radio features entrepreneurs,.....

US (MT): Chef grows hydroponic greens in shipping container

Using a pre-assembled hydroponic vertical growing system inside a converted freight container at the Bonner mill site, Jennifer Stackpole is growing tender crisp greens for local restaurants, stores and markets even as the temperature dips well below freezing throughout the dark Montana winter.....

Driscoll's plans to grow year-round

Last June 2016, Driscoll’s introduced a new, emotion-driven global brand strategy that included consumer research across North America, Europe, Australia and China. According to their most recent U.S. survey more than 85% of people agree that eating berries make them happy. This consumer insight.....

Texas Nursery and Landscape Association receives AgriLife Extension Partnership Award

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association received a 2017 Partnership Award from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.The award was presented Jan. 10 during the Texas A&M AgriLife Conference on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.AgriLife Extension first conferred its.....

Greenhouse raised from 4 to 5,25 meter:

Raised greenhouse at Erieview Acres ready for new crop

Within a few weeks, Rob Hansen of Erieview Acres will place the first plants inside the newly raised and renovated greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario. Erieview purchased the greenhouse about a year ago from Enn's Plant Farms and worked hard over the last couple of months to retrofit and prepare it for.....

VSU's Small Farm Outreach Program:

US(VA): Charlie Maloney is Virginia's “Small Farmer of the Year”

Charlie Maloney, a small farmer in King and Queen County, is the 2016 recipient of the Andy Hankins’ Small Farmer of the Year Award. Maloney was recognized during Virginia State University’s Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) annual symposium held in November in Danville.“I am honored and excited to receive.....

Kenya: Naivasha based Ngarma Farm embraces greenhouse technology

Under the sweltering heat of Naivasha, Anastacia Ngarama is turning the dry area into an agricultural zone with a multi-million investment into horticulture. Ngarama Farm, a 12 acre piece of land located on the Naivasha-Mai Mahiu road, is a mix of modern technology and traditional farming practices that has.....

UK: Who will become the 2017 Young Horticulturist of the Year?

This year the Chartered Institute of Horticulture Young Horticulturist of the Year competition returns to its roots for the 27th annual competition final. The Grand Final is to be held on May 6th at the University Centre Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury was home to Percy Thrower whose Trust provides an impressive.....

UK: First harvest at Flavourfresh Salads Lansdale

The harvest has started earlier than expected at Flavourfresh Salads Lansdale nursery in Southport thanks to the investment of a Philips LED lighting installation supplied by LS Systems Ltd and their partners in the Netherlands Agrolux Europe BV.The supply and installation of the project for Flavourfresh was.....

The challenges of propagating organic herbs

How do you produce organic herbs with less chemicals and clean production? Over the last years, the demand for residue free products has increased. But even though the techniques and tools to produce organic products improved over the years, it remains a challenging task and especially for the producers of.....

Filipino turns hydroponic hobby into business

A Filipino resident is turning a productive hobby he learned during his stay in Qatar into a lucrative business back in his home country.After working as a firefighter in Qatar for seven years, Kian Castaneda (pictured) is determined to go back to his hometown in the Philippines for good. His plan: to put up.....

Dutch minister gets a taste of lettuce in a bag

Yesterday, one of worlds largest fern propagators Vitro Plus opened its doors for the Dutch Minister of Economic affairs Henk Kamp. According to Kamp, this Dutch company is a pioneer in the field of development and innovation. Besides producing many millions of ferns yearly, Vitro Plus recently drew.....

Are you paying too much for electricity? Howard Huy Isn’t.

VIDEO Howard Huy, owner of Howard Huy Greenhouses, is featured in a new case study video from 360 Energy to explain how a closer look at his energy plan helped him to achieve substantial savings without compromising on the quality of his end product and maintaining his operating schedule and production. Howard Huy.....

PCA members and guests gather at South Australia workshop

More than 50 PCA members and guests gathered in Virginia, South Australia on October 18th 2016.Andrew and Zurri Braham of Braham’s Produce graciously received everyone for lunch and a tour of their capsicum and Lebanese cucumber greenhouse property.They are very proud of their achievements and happily shared.....

Canada: Windset Farms participates in food drive

Windset Farms has wrapped up another bountiful season in Canada and celebrates another season of local donations in support of the Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger Campaign. Windset Farms has been a National Sponsor for over five years and has been committed to this cause.“FCC Drive Away Hunger simply.....

US (KY): Green Harvest gets state incentives for high-tech greenhouses

Kentucky Green Harvest, a Stanford company that will produce high tech greenhouses, received $190,000 in tax incentives on Thursday from the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority.The company plans to spend $10.7 million on its high-tech greenhouse project as well as acquire and construct an.....

Essex County growers want to stop cap and trade

Essex County greenhouse growers are calling for a deferral of the provincial government’s cap and trade program set to begin Jan. 1.“This is going to devastate us as a company,” said Gerry Mastronardi, a Leamington greenhouse operator. “If they want Ontario to be fed by other countries, they’re going in the.....

US (NM): Taos MMJ producer continues greenhouse construction

Southwest Wellness Center, the only legal medical cannabis grower in Taos, is set to open a storefront dispensary in early 2017. The nonprofit is in the process of building out a series of outdoor greenhouses to complement an indoor growing operation.The facility includes a 6,000-square foot building that.....

CAN (PE): Greenhouses and tunnels grow tasty veg in winter

The first snow is down across Prince Edward Island, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good, Island-grown salad.More P.E.I. farmers are extending the growing season, using greenhouses or covering fields in plastic, and lettuce is a particularly good candidate for late-season growing."The greens are.....

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Farming is the new gym in Japan

Farming is the new gym. Well, at least for the group of Japanese citizens that have a membership with Agrimedia. This Tokyo-based company was founded by Takashi Morofuji. He envisioned creating a new market by convincing people who enjoy sweating in the gym to get out into the field instead. Agrimedia runs a.....

CAN (BC): Vertical Designs breaks ground on vertical strawberry farm

Vertical Designs has broken ground in Abbotsford, BC to begin construction of the first facility to mass produce local organic strawberries for Canada. The project is projected to take about 4 - 5 months to complete and have products on the local shelf in Vancouver this 2017 sold under the Eco-Spirit.....

US: Duncan Family Farms to distribute under own label

Duncan Family Farms, a 100% organic grower of various types of produce, is distributing organic strawberries to the market for the first time under their own label this winter.Duncan Family Farms grows their strawberries in Goodyear, Arizona and claim to be the only organic commercial strawberry grower in.....

China: Geert Leffers plants first crops inside Beijing HongFu greenhouse

Three years ago grower Geert Leffers, his financial partners and Dutch produce trader Levarht had a dream; growing the best and tastiest tomatoes in China. And, not to forget, by setting the highest standards in food safety. They founded Beijing HongFu International Algriculture Co and by establishing Dutch.....

Oppy and Hasegawa join forces in strawberry partnership

A historic partnership between The Oppenheimer Group and the Hasegawa family of Camarillo, Calif. ushers in a new era for the fresh produce marketer and distributor and the third-generation grower—and provides the trade with a fresh new year round strawberry option.“The joint venture creates a whole new.....

Afghan growers invest in greenhouses

Construction work on 100 greenhouses has been launched for better agriculture growth and development in the southeastern Khost province in Afghanistan.Governor Hukam Khan Habibi told Pajhwok Afghan News the 100 greenhouses were being built at a cost of $700,000.He said with the completion of the greenhouses,.....

US (VT): Researchers grow saffron with help from Iran

Saffron, grown for centuries for its aromatic, culinary and healing properties, is literally more valuable than gold; made from the crocuses' stigmas, the spice can fetch as much as $5,000 per pound. Recent medical research suggests that saffron's therapeutic and medicinal applications may include lowering.....

India: Organic farming enthusiast sets up aquaponic farm

Sushant Madaan, an organic farming enthusiast from Gurugram has set up the first-of-its-kind aquaponic farm in north India.Madaan decided to pursue aquaponics after exploring different organic farming techniques for a while. Having set up the farm in June this year, he is planning to grow leafy vegetables.....

CAN (BC): Tantalus Labs receives first water licence for cannabis

Tantalus Labs has received the first Water License issued to a cannabis company in British Columbia. Furnished under the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), the license showcases Tantalus Labs' commitment to effective groundwater resource management and sustainably produced cannabis.Tantalus Labs utilizes.....

Nuffield Scholar Keshav Timalsena studies semi-closed greenhouse production

Australian vegetable growers can achieve greater productivity, increased energy efficiency and reduced pest pressure through the use of semi-closed greenhouse (SCG) technology, according to Nuffield Scholar, Keshav Timalsena.A 2014 Scholarship winner supported by Woolworths, Mr Timalsena researched the.....

Canada: Saint-Félicien cucumbers now in stores

Saint-Félicien’s cucumber promoters, Caroline Fradet and Eric Dubé are pleased that the first deliveries have now been made to IGA stores (largest group of independent grocers in Canada). Caroline Fradet says that “We have been working on this project for three years. It has been a real adventure! And now,.....

US (ME): Nonprofit microgreens farm sprouts in Saco

Haley Cornwall isn’t likely to find microgreens perched atop the meals at his favorite restaurants, but his affection for the delicate greens he helps grow was evident as he hovered over them.He pointed to a tray of radish microgreens, their tiny green and purple leaves shining under the bright glow of a.....

Eric Amyot, Modular Farms:

"Keep up on farm tasks to avoid catastrophe"

Modular Farms is a containerized farming systems company that builds scalable, controlled environment modular farms for growers in any climate. It all started with two men - Eric Amyot and Eric Bergeron - starting a farm called Smart Greens.After learning the ropes of farming, the two saw a need for scalable.....

US: NGMA 2016 scholarship awarded to Alexander Schaller

To ensure the future of the industry through education, the National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) is pleased to announce that Alexander Schaller, University of Arizona, was the recipient of its 2016 scholarship.Schaller is a senior with a double major in sustainable plant systems and.....

The dream of the 10-pound tomato

Patrick White's high tunnels here this summer seemed more like a mad scientist's lair than a home veggie patch. The sound of bubbling carried over the metallic whir of fans. Daylight filtering through the plastic shell took on an industrial hue. The air was thick with the concentrated smell of growth, as if.....

Australia: Queensland farmer capitalising on peppers

A farmer in Queensland has taken a different approach to crop selection. While other crops are more usual for the region, he decided to go with something a little bit more exciting, peppers."We wanted to do something different, so we looked at farming grapes and coffee, but thought that was pretty boring,".....

US (ME): Chef grows Asian food in the greenhouse

When some Maine farmers had a bunch of turnips that had accidentally gone to flower, they thought they had screwed up big time. At best, the harvest would go straight into the compost. Chef Cara Stadler decided to intervene; she wanted to use the discarded greens for a culinary experiment.“We turned it into.....

Could hydroponics help water-parched Jordan?

About 40 years ago, Jordan was producing over 300,000 tons of grain annually. Today, it produces only 60,000 tons and has to import over 90 percent of its grain.Looking at the past 50 years, a 2013 report on climate change impacts found that the average local temperature in Jordan increased rapidly since.....

Changing times: The new face of modern agriculture

"In the early 1900’s, my great-grandparents farmed eighty acres in northern Colorado, a large farm at that time," writes Jenny Maloney on the Bayer Crop Science blog. "Theirs was a diversified operation including potatoes, sugar beets, dry beans, corn, cattle and sheep.""Over thirty percent of the entire.....

Sugar plant to supply residual heat

Dutch tomato grower expands greenhouse acreage by 35 hectares

Tomato company Lans has purchased 44 hectares of land in greenhouse horticulture region Nieuw Prinsenland (Netherlands). Lans is the fifth company to settle in the area, where the grower looks to expand its production of various tomato varieties.Lans will construct 35 hectares of greenhouses in the region,.....

Growing vegetables, the Toyota way

Several years back, Ben Hartman and his wife were getting by, but just barely. Their small vegetable farm in Northern Indiana was starting to gain some notice from chefs and local newspapers, but they were feeling overworked, especially for an income that did little more than pay the bills.Upon hearing this.....

Italian company develops special protocol for production of grafted plants

With technological facilities in four different countries in Europe and North America and 5 nursery gardens covering over 15 hectares - Centro Seia is one of the leading global producers of plants for protected crops.It sells around 80 million plants, 40 million of which are grafted, and employs around 150.....

Australia: Queensland lettuce grower weathers the storm

A Queensland lettuce farmer says having two properties to grow his lettuce on helps to offset the risks of the summer storm season.South east Queensland experiences a range of different weather phenomena in the summer months, from freak storm cells that bring heavy rain, strong winds and hail to dry heat.....

Australia: Sundrop looking to expand into new markets

The $200 million seawater- and sunshine-powered Sundrop Farms hydroponic venture, is looking at getting bigger.The 12,000-tonne to 15,000t a year tomato farm in remote South Australia seems likely to be duplicated in other sites in Australia and overseas.In October Sundrop officially opened its massive.....

Australia: Bio-Energy heating at Family Fresh Farms glasshouse

Family Fresh Farms and Javelin Power announce the completion of the first stage of the 5ha glasshouse project at Peat’s Ridge, just to the north of Sydney, NSW. The installation of a Danish-made, Justsen Energiteknik 5MW hot water boiler, with an Austrian-made Scheuch electro-static precipitator means that.....

Naresh Singh

Australia: From zero knowledge to top tomato yields

Adelaide Plains tomato producer Naresh Singh has achieved a lot in a relatively short time in agriculture.The regional winner of the SA grower productivity segment of the Syngenta Growth Awards moved to New Zealand from India in the late 1990s with no agricultural experience whatsoever.After finding work.....

George Dekker, Mucci Farms:

"We'd like to stay in Ontario, but we are reaching a breaking point"

A Kingsville-based multimillion-dollar greenhouse producer of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers is expanding into Ohio instead of close to home because of Ontario’s high hydro costs.“The price of electricity in Ontario is getting higher and higher every month,” George Dekker, project manager for Mucci Farms,.....

US (MI): Detroit urban farm embraces sustainable water use

Farm manager Patrick Crouch says "the motivation was multitude” for investing in a rainwater catchment system in Earthworks Urban Farm at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on Detroit's East Side.Crouch says rainwater is better for plants than treated municipal water. Also, a catchment system can prevent runoff from.....

Palestinian promotes sustainable urban farming

Around the world, urban agriculture is playing a role in feeding a growing global population from mid-America to the Middle East.This video (produced, filmed and edited by Yasser Abu Wazna, a freelance filmmaker based in the Palestinian Territory) introduces Said Salim Abu Naser, a proponent of sustainable.....

NatureFresh Farms picks first Ohio grown Tomz Snacking Tomatoes

At this time of the year in the Midwest, fewer hours of sunlight generally means an end to fresh locally grown vegetables. However this season, such is not the case in Ohio. NatureFresh Farms new Delta, OH greenhouse facility has started picking their specialty tomatoes in addition to their popular tomatoes.....

US (CO): Community greenhouse grows food for vets

Based in Wheatridge, Colorado, The Redistribution Center serves veterans in need by providing them with vital items like clothing, furniture, school supplies.In 2016, they added a Ceres energy-efficient greenhouse to their fold, allowing them to grow fresh local food for veterans year-round. The commercial.....

Italy: Horto Sapiens grows cherry tomatoes on 22 hectares

Horto Sapiens is a company located in Vittoria producing and trading in fruit and vegetable products, employing state-of-the-art systems that also comply with local traditions.The company covers 22 hectares and focuses mainly on cherry tomatoes, but also grows aubergines, courgettes and peppers.In.....

UK: Polytunnels put to good use by horticultural group

Horticultural enthusiasts are being encouraged to join a group for like-minded people in St Asaph.Mike Smith, of Tom Smith Plants in the city, and Ben Williams, manager of The Oriel Hotel gym, have teamed up to start a horticultural group and want people who already enjoy growing their own fruit and.....

Supervega:

Italian greenhouse start-up thrives with online ordering

Ruben Gambina and Vincenzo Celeste are the founders ofSupervega, a Sicilian start-up. Both are very young and decided to bring the best Sicilian vegetables to vegans all over the peninsula. All this thanks to excellent produce and special packaging.Supervega products can be ordered rather simple - just visit.....

Switzerland: Organic peppers, radishes and lettuce on 25,357 m²

The new greenhouse for Christian Gerber was sold via Gysi Berglas AG. The company wants to grow organic vegetables, peppers, radishes and various types of lettuce. The greenhouse has a surface area of 25,357 m², with an 8 meter Venlo greenhouse with 5 meter sections and a post height ranging from 5.15 meters.....

First seedlings are in:

Canada: Roelands Plant Farms marks third anniversary with opening of final phase

This week, the first seedlings have been placed in Roelands Plant Farms' newly built expansion. The propagator in Lambton Shores is now operating on a total of 12 acres and is fully prepared to serve the growing North American greenhouse vegetable industry. In 2013, Roelands Plant Farms Inc. opened its.....

A day in the life of a Chilean seedsman

Jose Marcelo Caro Tobar is Station Manager for Rijk Zwaan in Chile. Accepting this position was a big step for Jose, but soon he felt completely at home – and he still does.Gaining experience“After studying agronomics at Universidad de Chile in Santiago, I returned to the village where I’d been raised. I.....

Italy: German growers visit Gruppo Di Meo Remo

After the positive results of an Italian study trip carried out by a group of plant growers from north Westphalia last year, a new group of German operators wanted to do the same this year and visited Gruppo Di Meo Remoand Copraval PO.Azienda agricola Di Meo RemoThe tour was organised by the north Westphalia.....

Pakistan and Italy to partner on advanced horticultural development

Pakistan's development of modern farming practices like controlled environment agriculture got another impulse now that a special trade delegation participated in the recent EIMA exhibition in Bologna last month. A group consisting of Pakistani businessmen active in the field of greenhouse production,.....

18 carrot gold

Germany: Widower finds lost wedding ring on sprouting carrot

An 82-year-old widower has been reunited with his lost wedding ring after he found it growing around a carrot. The man, who has not been named, lost the ring three years ago while gardening in his hometown of Bad Münstereifel, Germany, reports the Huffington Post.But much to his delight, the ring was.....

CAN (ON): Espanola greenhouse builder becomes grower to prove tech

Jeff Scharf didn’t set out to be a farmer.The roofer-turned-greenhouse-designer simply wanted to build efficient, four-season greenhouses and sell them to customers looking to grow their own food. But two years after he and his partners launched Greenhouses Canada, Scharf realized that to sell greenhouses,.....

First harvest at new Thanet Earth project expected 2017

With its 38.5 ha site, Thanet Earth is the largest and most high-tech horticulture complex in England. Thanet Earth is known for its continuous production of tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Van der Hoeven was very pleased to be able to design and implement another project for Thanet Earth.Albarino haze.....

Quebec producer to triple tomato production greenhouse

Founded in the early 60s by Yolande and André Demers, the history of Horticultural Productions Demers begins with the cultivation of strawberries. It continues in the 1970s with greenhouse production and the introduction of new production techniques. Several greenhouses are being built and by the mid-1980s,.....

Can hi-tech greenhouses feed the world?

In a remote corner of the Australian outback, where temperatures climb above 40 degrees Celsius in summer and fresh water is scarce, Philipp Saumweber is growing vine-ripened tomatoes.Inside a space-age greenhouse, the former Goldman Sachs banker turned chief executive of Sundrop Farms is producing 16,000.....