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US (TN): Dutch grower turns to greenhouse strawberries

Two years ago, Bas van Buuren began researching how he could grow strawberries in a greenhouse.“I knew it would work because I knew people in Europe who were doing it,” said van Buuren, with Dutch Garden Berries, which is based at his Dutch Garden Center in Madison County. “The climate here is so different.....

US (NC): Tomato growers plan referendum in March

The N.C. Tomato Growers Association will conduct a statewide referendum in March to continue the $20 per acre assessment on harvested commercial tomatoes. Funds generated by the assessment would support research, education and marketing to promote tomatoes grown in North Carolina.The proposed assessment term.....

Marco de Bruin starts new hydroponic venture in Minnesota

A high-tech greenhouses for lettuce cultivation on water, equipped with LED lighting. The construction of the new greenhouse for Dutch grower Marco de Bruin will start this spring in Minnesota. On Wednesday at the HortiContact the last papers for the supply of the LED-lighting system were signed.A toast to.....

US (KS): Aquaponics farm eyeing comeback

Gary Poulton, owner of Wholesome Meadows Farm, and his wife, Tami, opened an aquaponics greenhouse last spring. In November, they posted on the farm’s Facebook page that they were stepping back from the business for a while.“We have determined that we need to step away from it for a period of time to.....

Manuel Magdaleno, FreshMex

"Different shading products solution for climate problems"

Three years ago, Mexican company FreshMex had problems with the climate in their glass greenhouse. The large amount of radiation caused drought. A combination of three different shading products proved to be the solution. "The humidity is higher, the climate improves tremendously, we have an earlier.....

How NatureFresh grows winter tomatoes

When you think about how to grow tomato plants, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Maybe spring time, warmer temperatures, the sun? All of that makes sense. However, with the ideal tools and knowledge, we can now grow tomato plants even in the harshest winters. Danielle Ferreira explains how.....

Taylor Farms thanks automated harvesting crews

Taylor Farms, in partnership with Yuma, Arizona based Labor of Love, gave thanks to two automated harvesting crews for their service to the agriculture industry last week. Taylor Farms’ automated celery harvester and automated cabbage harvester are two of the most revolutionary machines in the industry......

Patrick van Schetsen, Purple Pride:

“Aubergine market went from extremely good to extremely bad”

The Dutch aubergine season started out as very good in January, but by now, the market has hit a major slump. “We started unusually early as a result of the favourable weather and the amount of sunshine after planting. The first three weeks of the season, up to the first week of February, were exceptionally.....

Year round snack tomatoes thanks to illuminated cultivation

Since a few years, more and more tomatoes are grown under exposure in the Netherlands and Belgium. But since this winter, snack tomato growers also have chosen for production under lights. In fact for the same reason: to be able to deliver high-quality tomatoes all year round.It is well known that the.....

Young New Zealand farmers urged to upskill

The New Zealand agricultural sector is facing considerable change in 2017 and strong business management skills are needed if farmers are to secure a successful future for their business, the head of Rabobank New Zealand has told farmers.Announcing the opening of applications for this year’s Farm Managers.....

US (GA): Incorporating high tunnels in organic farming

Intensive year-round vegetable production under high tunnels is a cornerstone of Crystal Organic Farm. Farming in the Deep South, Nicolas Donck gravitated toward high-tunnel production because of its many benefits including less soil erosion from storm events, ability to achieve lasting soil quality.....

Canadian wild blueberry growers grateful for recent snow

While some may be inconvenienced by the recent snow in Prince Edward Island, wild blueberry growers are counting their blessings. The snow is needed to protect the blueberries according to John Handrahan, president of the P.E.I. Wild Blueberry Growers Association. "Wild blueberries take their damage more.....

US (AZ): From CEAC graduate to successful hydroponic grower

At the University of Arizona, Jenn Frymark helped develop a greenhouse for extreme weather and then spent six months at the South Pole growing food for scientific researchers.Now she grows 10 million heads of lettuce and other greens year-round, without soil, in considerably more benign conditions inside.....

CAN (ON): Growers out millions after tomatoes rotted in fields

Millions of dollars worth of tomatoes rotted in Southwestern Ontario fields last year when a Maidstone canning company — with plans to build a new state-of-the-art plant — didn’t take all the tomatoes it had contracted growers to deliver.“The helpless feeling of watching a good crop rot, just rot, is hard to.....

US (NC): Henderson County gets new Extension agent

Henderson County has another new Cooperative Extension agent, dedicated full time to home and commercial horticulture in the county, one of the largest in the state for greenhouse production.Steve Pettis, 43, a Georgia native and University of Georgia graduate, started just over a week ago with the Extension.....

US (OR): USDA supports growers with high tunnels

As the demand for fresh, locally-sourced foods becomes increasingly important—especially in places where farm-fresh produce isn’t readily accessible—the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is increasing financial assistance to help farmers, Indian Tribes, and other grower groups have the.....

Netherlands: Start of courgette flower season

This Monday, 30 January, marks the start of the courgette flower sales for CourgetteFleur Zwinkels. "Because of the sunny winter weather and fertile state of the plant, the campaign is currently ahead of schedule," explains Johan Zwinkels. "The flowers of young courgette plants have bloomed profusely and.....

Year-round use of truss supports in tomatoes

Dutch agricultural company RedStar is a specialist in the world of tomatoes as they have been growing high-quality varieties in Europe for over 60 years. RedStar products are known for their flavour, but often the sweetest tomatoes can be the most difficult to produce because of the support systems needed.....

US (FL): OrganicaWorld breaks ground on 8-acre hydroponic greenhouse

OrganicaWorld, a Florida based company located in Lake County, is doubling in size and expanding to build 2 more greenhouses, each spanning 350,000 square feet. Each OrganicaWorld custom engineered greenhouse showcases the latest innovations in growing. With millions of dollars spent in research and.....

Adding Brussels sprouts

California tomato grower expands acreage, grows product line

On the heels of a winning 2016 tomato season characterized by outstanding weather, high quality, and speedy sales rates powered by numerous successful ‘California grown’ promotions with local retailers, the Singh family of Oceanside, Calif., and exclusive marketer Oppy enter the fifth year of partnership.....

US (NJ): Ultra niche winter lettuce sneak peek

Here is a sneak peek of the Ultra-Niche Crops High Tunnel Winter Lettuce Virtual Field Trip to Chickadee Creek Farm in Pennington, New Jersey.Rutgers Cooperative Extension is continuing its Ultra-Niche Crop series in 2017 with the workshop “High Tunnel Winter Lettuce”. This workshop, the third class in the.....

Red Sun Farms plants first crops in new Wapakoneta greenhouse

Red Sun Farms has announced that the lights are on and the first set of seedlings have been planted as of January 21st 2017. Announced on May 3, 2016 Wapakoneta Ohio marked the 2nd U.S expansion for Red Sun Farms. This facility will be equipped to provide fresh greenhouse produce anywhere within a 10.....

Princess Anne visits Lea Valley glasshouse

Yesterday has been a very special day for the Russo brothers in Lea Valley. The Princess Royal, Anne, visited their glasshouse in Nazeing, Essex.ExpandingAbout 50 kilometers north of London the UK farm Valley Grown Nurseries is situated in the Lea Valley. The greenhouse was founded in 2003 by the brothers.....

TED talk inspires student to create vertical farm

Grade 10, 11 and 12 students participating in Strathcona County Christian Academy Secondary’s first aquaponics course are shaping the future of agriculture.The aquaponics farm initially began as a side-project project for students interested in learning about sustainability and agriculture. It has since.....

US (NY): Organic growers earn Excellence in IPM awards

Lou Lego worked through high school and into college on a large fruit and vegetable farm. So when he retired from his job as an electrical engineer, it was no surprise he went back to his roots, ultimately settling his family at 100-acre Elderberry Pond Farm in Auburn, New York.Now, for his role as inventor,.....

US (MD): Woman builds 50-foot-long greenhouse in backyard

Liz Hall’s greenhouse has been years in the making, but now that it’s holding heat, she’ll soon start to see the fruits (or vegetables, or flowers) of her labor on a wider scale.Hall began the project in 2012 and has been improving it incrementally since. Recently, she covered the metal poles in the roughly.....

Neighbors thwart Belgian grower's expansion

“Tomatoes don’t even make noise”

A grower with a successor ready, whose company is doing well and wants to expand, with funds and space available – that is Flemish tomato grower, Franky Galle. His wish is to expand his greenhouse to 8 hectares, but he has to wait and see whether this is going to happen. Residents in the surrounding area are.....

US (CA): CAFF and Farmers Guild merge

Two organizations supporting farmers throughout California, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) and the Farmers Guild, will merge, operating under CAFF’s title and 501c3 designation. The merger combines resources, memberships and strengths to create one robust organization that gives a stronger,.....

CAN (ON): Nothing is harvested on this farm until you order it

Where some saw an empty warehouse space, Ruth and Harvey Easton saw a fresh new business idea.The couple has built an indoor hydroponic farm from the ground up in a 6,000 sq. ft. Burwell Rd. building. St. Thomas' Urban Farm is getting ready for its grand opening on Feb. 1.The former medical lab technician.....

US (FL): WP Rawl ramps up leafy greens production

WP Rawl, grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens has begun its yearly ramp up of both conventional and organic leafy greens along with various other vegetable production at their Bunnell, Florida facility. This facility supports an increase in production in the latter parts of the year and lends itself.....

Tomato grower Jean-René Briand:

France: Taking market advantage in darker months

As a producer of vine and loose tomatoes, now with 4 hectares under glass, Jean-René Briand is an innovative grower. During the summer of 2016, he set up 8000 m² of greenhouses with light from sodium lamps (HPS) combined with LED lighting, from the company Hortilux. “The demand for tomatoes is becoming.....

Two new greenhouse projects on their way in Kentucky

Two new greenhouses will soon be up and running to provide the state of Kentucky with locally grown bell peppers and tomatoes. Despite delays due to a recent stretch of wet weather, construction of the Kentucky Fresh Harvest (KFH) greenhouse is moving forward – and discussion of a similar second project is.....

Mississauga Food Bank grows own aquaponic produce

AquaGrow Farms is a sustainable aquaponics farm in the warehouse at The Mississauga Food Bank. It was created to provide an additional source of healthy greens and protein for their hungry neighbours and educate people about where their food may have come from and introduce them to the idea of sustainable.....

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 (PA): Students taught aquaponics in Monsanto-funded system

As a little girl on a horse farm in Gilbertsville, Hayden Phillips dreamed of raising her own horses one day. She even switched to Oley Valley High School so she could prepare herself by studying animal science in its agriculture program.Then she discovered plants in water.In Oley's plant science class,.....

Susumu Tanaka, Salad Bowl:

"Bright future for horticulture in Asia"

The Asian horticulture market is transforming to meet with the fast growing demand and will see a significant growth in 2017 which is believed to be the trend onwards from 2018 to 2020. Farmers and owners are developing their products and adapting to solutions that will boost their businesses. Horticultural.....

Agrilyst:

"Ditch your farm’s whiteboard for planning"

Nick Burton from Victory Gardens recently published his farm operating checklist. Operating checklists are critical for a farm’s success. Even airline pilots with decades of experience still run through a checklist before and after each takeoff. Without one, small mistakes become devastating.Every farm has.....

Backyard Farms names Tony Stevens as Head Grower

Backyard Farms announced it has appointed Tony Stevens as Head Grower. Mr. Stevens has 18 years of greenhouse growing experience and was most recently a Senior Grower with Windset Farms in Santa Maria, CA. As Head Grower of Backyard Farms’ 42-acre greenhouse in Madison, he will oversee the entire growing.....

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.....

US (FL): Tree grower goes into MMJ cultivation

CHT Medical, in Alachua, has been operating for a week, becoming Alachua County's first medical marijuana manufacturer.CHT Medical, part of Chestnut Hill Tree Farm, has been open for a week and has made about a dozen deliveries to patients able to take medical marijuana after Amendment 2 passed in.....

Berlin SAF:

US (NY): New York lettuce grower starts with production under LEDs

In Berlin, New York, a renewed greenhouse for the production of lettuce is fully installed with a LED lighting system of Lemnis Oreon. In the last weeks of 2016 the lettuce was planted in the 1.5ha greenhouse. From the 2nd week of 2017 all LED lamps are fully operational, 16 hours per day. The cultivation.....

Australia: Victoria government invests in hydroponic glasshouse

As part of the $21.9 million landmark plan to create local jobs and secure Stawell's future, the Victorian Government announced this month financial backing for the Frewstal abattoir expansion – now in the final stages of construction – safeguarding more than 450 existing jobs, and creating 30 new jobs for.....

with broken collarbone

Pepper grower Arjan Bos finishes in Dakar Rally

It was tough. He has suffered. A couple of times it was a close call and he was saved by stages being canceled or shortened. Sometimes the equipment abandoned him, a few crashes almost ruined it, the heat and the altitude were his greatest enemies, but pepper grower Arjan Bos simply refused to feel the pain......

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.....

Mastronardi featured in Second Wave magazine

Completed in 2014 (and operational since 2012), the 60-acre Coldwater facility is Mastronardi Produce's most state-of-the-art indoor growing operation. The greenhouse relies on a variety of technologies including grow lights (and LED research lighting) to control temperature, humidity, water, and light.....

"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.....

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.....

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.....

Giant strawberries grown in South Korea

Two separate strawberry farms, located in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, have been harvesting giant strawberries named “King’s Berries”. The farmers started cultivating the fruit in September after completing a pilot project in 2015.The large berries weigh about 30 grams each, around twice the size of a.....

US (CA): Farm Foundation Round Table tour Urban Produce

Urban Produce, Orange County’s organic, indoor vertical farm hosted members of the Farm Foundation’s Round Table for a tour at their state-of-the-art facility in Irvine, California on Wednesday, January 4th.A program of Farm Foundation, NFP, the Round Table is an invitational discussion forum comprised of.....

Alaska container grower named Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year

Vertical Harvest Hydroponics of Alaska is the American Farm Bureau Federation's Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, AFBF officials announced in a news release. Team leads Linda Janes and Dan Perpich won AFBF's Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge by beating three other teams from across the nation......

Bao Duy Nguyen:

Australian Nuffield scholar to study transitions and upgrades in low-tech greenhouses

Australian greenhouse grower Bao Duy Nguyen has been selected as a Nuffield scholar. He’ll be travelling for 17 weeks this year, which will take him away from his parents 30ha cucumber and tomato farm on two properties around Geraldton in Western Australia.Bao’s Nuffield scholarship will investigate the.....

Arctic Farm Oklahoma

"Farming is a non-stop job, 24-7"

During one of the coldest times of the year, Andrea Parks is one of the only farmers in the state who still has a crop to pick in January."I love the sunshine and the warmth," she says. "I like to go into the greenhouse and pretend winter is not happening."At a time when her neighbors are just feeding cows.....

California rainfall provides challenges on forecasting volume

US: Berry season off to a good start despite weather disruptions

With increased acreage and somewhat favorable weather conditions for berries this winter, the sales team is excited about the 2017 berry season at California Giant Berry Farms.Field personnel attending the annual California Giant sales meeting in December shared positive news about berry acreage statistics.....

US (ID): Coeur Greens starts year-round production

Coeur Greens operations manager Drew McNabb saw the need for fresh, local produce in the area, and decided he could help.Coeur Greens bought a Freight Farm earlier this year and starts growing its first batch of lettuce this week. The Freight Farm, a 320 square-foot shipping container, is climate controlled.....

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.....

Qatar: Grower says hydroponics key to solving food insecurity

“Hydroponics is the future of agriculture,” Ali Ahmad Saad Mansour al-Kaabi told Gulf Times on the sidelines of the Mahaseel Festival, organised by Katara – the Cultural Village, in collaboration with the Agricultural Affairs Department at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.His Global Farm, one of.....

Adebowale Onafowora, CEO, BIC Farms

"Nigeria loses trillions annually in agribusiness"

Adebowale Onafowora is the Chief Executive Officer of BIC Farms, an agribusiness in aquaculture, farming and consultancy.In an interview with Sunday Sun, Onafowora discussed hydroponics technology which entails growing food without soil. The agribusiness expert also reveals how Nigeria loses trillions of.....

Teamwork makes for swift ground cover replacement at Red Sun Farms

VIDEO Ground cover replacement is usually something that growers postpone simply because it is a time consuming job. In December we showed how a Dutch grower replaced 7 hectares in 2.5 weeks with the help of 20 workers. This was fast, yet the growers at Red Sun Farms believed the job could be done even faster......

Nepali grower goes from subsistence to commercial agriculture

Twenty-one years ago, a young Padam Bahadur Thami headed to Panchkhal, a small town three hours drive away from his village in Dhuskun– 8, Sallekepa, Sindhupalchowk, in search of work.Thami went to Panchkhal to look for labour work to make his ends meet, but there he found a ‘job’ that would not only help.....

US (IL): Gurnee couple gains momentum with indoor vertical farm

For Eric Aguilar, the first seed of the farming dream started with a rather far-fetched idea about a high-tech spherical hydroponic farm. He was attracted to the way that hydroponics used science to achieve the goals of farming in more dynamic ways. Fortunately, the impractical part of that dream (the part.....