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US (MN): Depleted quarry could become huge vertical farm

A nearly depleted 54-acre quarry in the heart of Mankato could be redeveloped as the site of a mammoth indoor farm for lettuce and other leafy greens, according to a group of senior civil engineering students.Or the quarry, located south of Highway 14 and west of Third Avenue, could become a fish farm.....

South Africa: Rooftop gardens bring agriculture to heart of Johannesburg

Food shapes the daily patterns of city life, and food production in urban and peri-urban areas is increasingly regarded as integral to resilient and sustainable city region food systems, says United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) director-general José Graziano da Silva.“In such food.....

May 3 & 4, Las Vegas:

Driscoll's & MedMen to speak at 5th Indoor Ag-Con

If you are a grower, investor, researcher, supplier, or just simply interested in or attracted to vertical farming and controlled environment agriculture, you can not miss out on the upcoming Indoor Ag-Con. The event will be held for the 5th time in Las Vegas on May 3 & 4. Organizer Newbean Capital.....

Organic vs. traditional hydroponic production: the top 3 differences

When it comes to changing from conventional to organic hydroponic production methods, there are three main areas that growers find most challenging.Tyler Baras, special projects manager at Hort Americas in Bedford, Texas, said growers are increasingly inquiring about organic hydroponic production. Baras is.....

US (OR): Pendleton master gardener embraces hydroponics

Spring is finally here, and local gardens are just about ready to bloom back to life.Yet despite this year’s long and especially harsh winter, Pendleton master gardener Richard Bertram is already set to begin harvesting fresh, homegrown veggies.Bertram heads to the back of his basement and pulls back a.....

Bangladesh: Research institute invests in hydroponic fodder production

An indoor facility with a hydroponic fodder unit can provide any commercial dairy farm with enough green grass to meet the nutrition needs of the animals.And the technology is quite simple and easy. Initially, it's cost-intensive but cost-effective in the long run.This was disclosed to a large group of dairy.....

Much interest in hydroponics at 5th Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition

“In the last three days of the fifth Qatar International Agricultural Exhibition "Agriteq 2017", we have received more than 200 applications from various individuals and commercial entities asking for hydroponic technology and greenhouses at their homes and farms as it is more healthy than traditional.....

US: Coalition for Sustainable Organics advocates for organic hydroponics

In advance of the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB) April 2017 meeting, the Crops Subcommittee has shared a draft proposal calling for the end of organic certification for hydroponic and aquaponic growers.“The Coalition for Sustainable Organics believes that everyone deserves organic and this proposal.....

Canada (BC): Sky Harvest looking for warehouse expansion

Vancouver based certified organic urban micro-greens grower Sky Harvest is looking to expand it's production. The vertical farm, which ships its freshly harvested micro-greens to about 70 top chefs and grocery stores with a special bike delivery service, says that is has literally ‘outgrown’ their current.....

US (NY): CiTi students succeed with hydroponics system

Select students at the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation will soon be able to enjoy a tilapia and herbs entrée with a fresh salad for dinner, thanks to a new hydroponics program.From seed planting to germination and vegetative growth, lettuce has been produced in rafts of a Home Food.....

Malaysian initiative offers two-storey farm in a box

It is estimated that by 2020, the percentage of people living in large cities will go up to 75% and this will result in more urban poverty and food supply crises.In an effort to curb this situation, steps need to be taken now and one of the initiatives being carried out by the Petaling Jaya City Council.....

US (WI): Corn, soybean farm family switches to aquaponics

An American Soybean Association trip several years ago to aquaculture facilities in Hawaii, Chile and Ecuador got rural Mindoro corn and soybean farmer Tim Goodenough interested in fish farming.Since then, he, his wife Bonny and their four children have gotten out of corn and soybean farming and have built.....

US (MI): High School Aquaculture Challenge kicked off

In 2015, Dr. Barbara Evans of Lake Superior State University (LSSU) had a vision—to utilize the wonders of aquaculture to engage students from across the state in a multi-disciplinary competition. This vision was realized in 2016 with the first Aquaculture Challenge competition. The competition is based.....

US (IL): Chef starts hydroponics program for high schoolers

Hydroponics farms are hot in Chicago, with new farms sprouting up all over the city. But finding experienced hydroponics workers can be tough, so a local chef decided it was time for Chicago to grow its own. His program in a Northwest Side high school offers students the chance to get their hands dirty – and.....

Aquaponics takes root in Namibia

A novel aquaponic gardening method that infuses urban gardening with climate change responsiveness is set to feed households while providing income to struggling dwellers in the Namibian capital.The aquaponics gardening system “uses 5 percent of recycled water compared to traditional soil gardening, with.....

An air raid shelter full of produce

A pre-WWII air-raid shelter 120 ft below Clapham High Street with absolutely zero natural light, is not the most obvious place to be growing salad.Yet that is exactly what the team at Growing Underground is doing, trays of trendy and pungent microherbs stacked four high on each side of the growing tunnel -.....

South Korea, Qatar join hands in vertical farming

South Korea sees vertical farming as a promising area of cooperation with Qatar in relation to the country’s greenhouse farming projects to enhance food security, ambassador Heung Kyeong Park has said.The South Korea ambassador said cooperation in vertical or indoor farming, among other sectors, is one of.....

CAN (NU): Student startup brings fresh produce to remote communities

When students Alida Burke and Corey Ellis were on a visit to Nunavut two years ago to research ideas for social entrepreneurship in northern communities, one thing stood out more than all the rest: food insecurity, particularly the inaccessibility and exorbitant cost of fruits and vegetables.The food.....

Canada: Nova Scotia entrepreneurs successful with vertical farming

Entrepreneur Gregg Curwin says his light-bulb moment came during a trip to Japan six years ago. The choice of words is fitting, given that he was visiting an indoor vertical farming operation where lighting figures prominently.He later brought that technology to Nova Scotia to found TruLeaf – touted as one.....

February 24

US (AZ): Aquaculture and vertical farming at University of Arizona

There will be two speakers at the next CEAC Covering Environments Seminar, held Friday, February 24th from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM in the CEAC Lecture Room. At 4:15 PM, Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons (Professor ABE, SWES and CEAC Faculty) will give his presentation entitled “Technological Advances, Trends and Challenges.....

Can a commercial aquaponics greenhouse be profitable?

This is a common question that circulates in forums, and for good reason. Aquaponics is a more sustainable method of growing than conventional agriculture, but if it’s not financially sustainable as well, it is not a viable venture for most growers. Before we evaluate data on this question, two caveats......

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.....

UK: HydroGarden wins national innovation award

HydroGarden, provider of hydroponic products and systems is celebrating after being crowned champion in this year’s EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.Despite some tough competition from a range of dynamic businesses from across the UK, the hydroponic specialist took gold in the Innovation Award. Judges were.....

Aglanta: breath of fresh air for CEA industry

Aglanta is now finished, yet the urban agriculture sector is still buzzing about the conference. Follow up posts are getting shared like wildfire, and feedback has indicated the conference was a badly needed breath of fresh air for the CEA industry.Agritecture / Blue Planet Consulting approached the.....

Vifra introduces professional 'plug and play' humidity control solution

Dehumidification systems are gaining ground in the greenhouse industry. Vifra's answer to this trend is the new series of V-Dry dehumidification units. The small, lightweight units claim to be more flexible and adaptable to any kind of situation.For many years now, Italian engineering company Vifra is known.....

The Growroom urban farm pavilion now open source

The design for The Growroom, an urban farm pavilion that looks into how cities can feed themselves through food producing architecture, is now open source and available for anyone to use.SPACE10 envision a future, where we grow our own food much more locally. To spark conversations about how we can bring.....

Why vertical farms fail

This weekend 250+ urban farmers, policy makers, industry professionals, and good food advocates gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the first annual “Aglanta” conference.A highly promoted and anticipated segment of the event featured a unique panel titled: “An Examination of Shuttered Vertical Farming.....

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.....

Cooperation with Calsa-Weiss

Veg@table: cultivate your own vegetables at home

Last year, Archiduc, a DIY kit for mushrooms, was introduced during the Fruit Logistica. This year, the company introduced a new concept for vegetables: Veg@table. “With this, consumers can cultivate lettuce and herbs at home year-round, in a miniature greenhouse with organic soil and organic seeds. You.....

US: VSU makes it easier for urban farmers to get certified

From rooftop gardens and aquaponics centers in converted warehouses, to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides a wide range of community benefits, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income.....

March 29, West Lafayette

US (IN): Purdue to host first hydroponic lettuce production workshop

Purdue University’s horticulture department will host its first ever hydroponic lettuce production workshop on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide lettuce producers with the tools they need to increase the productivity of their operations.The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be.....

Growing food in African cities

Cities should not only be able to serve the need of settlement acquainted with aesthetic of yards and flower gardens. In our age and time, urban regions should be able to accommodate farming practices in order to feed the populations.This is a view according to experts in agriculture, an analysis made in.....

Herbert

Another home hydroponic kit looking for crowdfunding

Home vertical farming seems to be becoming a bit of a trend. Now, an Austrian company has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Ponix Systems promises to bring fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruits into everyone's home. Herbert, the hydroponic vertical farm, makes indoor gardening as simple and clean as.....

CAN (BC): Aquaculture system produces 600,000 kilos of fish annually

Pentair AES spotlights Marine Harvest Canada – Dalrymple Hatchery. Located in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, this Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) facility produces 600,000 kilos of Atlantic Salmon Smolt annually (approximately 5.5 million fish).Source: Canadian Aquaponics

Lighting Science steps into vertical farming with new VividGro LED product line

Lighting Science announced their entrée into the vertical farming space with the addition of an LED T8 grow lamp to their industry-leading VividGro product line. Engineered specifically for vertical farming facilities and grow chambers/facilities, the latest addition to the VividGro line packs high output,.....

Fresh Box Farms’ Dave Vosburg on indoor ag’s potential

As consumers increasingly demand food that is both locally sourced and more nutritious, Controlled Environment Indoor Agriculture (CEIA) has an important role to play in our future food system.By growing close to urban consumers, produce gets from its point of harvest to tables faster. Shorter travel.....

Canada: Food Bank greenhouse provides fresh produce all year round

The shed was just collecting dust out behind the Regina and District Food Bank but the group could see its potential.During the summer, fresh fruit and vegetable donations run aplenty at the food bank but in the winter, those dry up. So the solution was simple, why not turn the shed into a greenhouse?“We’re.....

Canadian food banks grow own food as donations decline

In a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food, some Canadian food banks are growing their own produce — and even farming fish.The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without.....

US: Aquaponics gains momentum in Arizona

In 2012, Arizona was tied for the third-most aquaponics farms – both commercial and residential – in the U.S. and possessed the second-largest average aquaponics farms by size with an average of about 3,208 gallons of water per farm, according to research by the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.George.....

US (CA): Tower farm sprouts in Los Olivos

As of late last year, the Santa Ynez Valley has its first retail tower farm. It's called The Farm - Los Olivos, located in Los Olivos, of course. It's a Tower Garden by Juice Plus + operation, owned by Todd Mehl.He and his fiancée/business partner, Maria Arroyo, moved to the Valley from Santa Barbara several.....

US (NE): Hydroponics facility attracts Chinese researchers

Arlyn Cattau’s hydroponics facility has attracted curious visitors from across the country, from Texas to Minnesota.Thursday morning's group set a new travel record as a delegation from China stopped by the farm just north of Columbus.Curt Chittock, CEO of Simply Country, the manufacturer of Cattau’s system,.....

US (WI): Family sets up 'drive-in' aquaponics greenhouse

In their new two-bay, 6,000-square-foot greenhouse near Bangor, the Steve and Michelle Glandt family and their Lyfe Gardens, LLC, have begun growing tilapia fish and produce for sale year-round.Lyfe Gardens began selling vegetables in November, Michelle said, and will begin selling tilapia by March. It sells.....

February 23, Overton

US (TX): Learn about the essential components of aquaponics

An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton.The seminar is free and open to the public.Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the.....

US (MN): Owatonna market grows fresh hydroponic veggies

A market focused on connecting area residents with fresh, locally grown produce and products has opened in Owatonna.Greens Market, owned and operated by Ron Phillips and Jason and Kirie Sarazine, opened its doors at 216. W. Bridge St. last week after months of work at the space.“This will be a farmers market.....

US (CO): Restaurant-supplying indoor farm to expand in size and crops

In a shipping container surrounded by snow, Wendy Wyatt is growing lettuce, arugula, kale and other greens.Suspended from the ceiling in hollow fiberglass fencing, her 4,000 plants are kept in a near perfect environment that accelerates their growth and allows them to thrive year-round, Wyatt said.Since the.....

Staay, Philips and Rijk Zwaan collaborate on vertical farm

Philips Lighting today announced that Staay Food Group is building the first of its kind vertical farm in Europe, in Dronten, the Netherlands, which will use Philips GreenPower LED horticultural lighting. The facility will serve one of Europe’s biggest supermarket chains and will be used for testing, and.....

UF/IFAS researchers to launch new plants-in-space mission

People put on sweaters when they’re cold. Plants on the other hand, have to essentially knit one on the fly. Plants “knit” with their genes, and when University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers launch their Feb. 14 space experiment, they want to know more about how gene.....

Take a look inside Panasonic's first indoor farm

Panasonic may be known for its consumer electronics, but the Japanese company is also venturing into indoor agriculture.In 2014, Panasonic started growing leafy greens inside a warehouse in Singapore and selling them to local grocers and restaurants. At the time, the 2,670-square-foot farm produced just 3.6.....

CAN (SK): Regina Food Bank takes up vertical farming

Most people think of walls of canned goods when they think of food banks.But the food bank also supplies fresh fruits and vegetables – which is a challenge when the community gardens that usually donate are covered under blankets of snow. The Regina Food Bank has found a solution to that problem in its own.....

CAN (ON): Elderly couple goes into urban farming

Imagine it’s -10C outside, but you’re warm inside harvesting a crop of lettuce that is hanging vertically without even the hint of dirt around to make a mess.That might sound like science fiction to some, but it’s the reality for Ruth and Harvey Easton, owners of The Urban Farm in St. Thomas.“The response.....

US (AK): How an indoor farm could help at-risk youth

To help disadvantaged teens and young adults land jobs, an Anchorage mental health provider is staking out ground in the high-tech farming fields of hydroponics and vertical gardening.Inside a warehouse off Arctic Boulevard last month, violet light bathed rows of tall white columns. Leafy greens poked out in.....

Consumers’ perceptions of aquaponics products in Europe

The first commercial aquaponics companies are starting up in Europe. The main focus has been on solving technology issues and optimizing production. However, increasing attention is now being paid to certification and regulations linked to aquaponics, as well as the marketing of products and services.A new.....

Fresh veg on top of Israel's oldest shopping mall

According to estimates by the United Nations, by 2050, 66 percent of the world population will be living in cities. Providing these urban residents with fresh and local vegetables won’t be so easy. Because in large cities it is not possible to have large fields available to grow fresh vegetables. A solution.....

Part 2

Essential plant nutrients educational video

Part 2 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson define the three states of nutrient concentration: deficient, toxic, and sufficient. Tyler and Don then discuss the process of diagnosing nutrient deficiencies and toxicities.Source: Urban Ag.....

US (NY): Former accountant grows lettuce in Long Island

East Northport resident Jonathan Bernard is on a mission to bring urban farming to Long Island and start a real food revolution.Bernard, 24, is a graduate from Half Hollow Hills West High School and Stony Brook University, where he earned his Bachelor’s in accounting.The accountant-turned urban farmer, who.....

US: Aquaponics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and Growing Power will offer three-day workshops once-per-month February through June.The workshops are designed for those who want to learn about growing their own food using aquaponic and recirculating system technology. This three-day.....

Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson

Video: Essential Plant Nutrients 101

Part 1 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson review the essential plant nutrients and discuss the grouping of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients, and Micronutrients at the Hort Americas demonstration greenhouse. For more.....

US (IN): Hydroponics towers to be built in Lafayette

A Purdue entrepreneur in hydroponics is working in conjunction with the non-profit Red Giant Union to bring nine-foot hydroponics towers to Lafayette.Scott Massey, Purdue senior and founder and CEO of Hydro Grow LLC, has developed a household hydroponics garden that could replace the traditional.....

US (MA): Springfield’s Gasoline Alley turns into hydroponic valley

Springfield’s Gasoline Alley District is mostly known for its fuel storage tanks, but the area may soon gain fame as a farming hub.Just a short distance from the iconic gasoline storage tanks along Albany Street, the Urban Artisan Farm grows lettuce using the hydroponics food system.Four types of lettuce.....
April 19, Murcia

Spain: Free tickets still available for aquaponics.biz

Free tickets for the aquaponics.biz conference at the University of Murcia (Spain) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 are being snapped up. SMEs and community initiatives that will be attending include Aquatic Science (Belgium), Building Integrated Greenhouses (Belgium), Écosystèmes Alimentaires Urbains (Canada),.....

Kuwait: "Hydroponics farming boosts production at low cost"

Hydroponics farming in Kuwait is a vital alternative for traditional methods with various benefits including an increase in production at lower cost, according to agricultural engineering specialists.This method, which is not soil based, is one of the best methods used to boost production in such harsh.....

Choosing a hydroponic pump sized in horsepower

So you’re building a hydroponic or aquaponic system, and have done the calculations to size a pump. Let’s imagine that you’ve calculated your flow rates and decided that you need a pump capable of moving 2000 gallons per hour (GPH).Most of the time, a GPH rating will help you find the pump you need. However,.....

Philippines: Lawmaker pushes urban farming bills

The House of Representatives’ committee on food security has approved the creation of a technical working group that will consolidate various bills seeking to institutionalize urban farming.During the hearing, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (2nd District, Negros Occidental), committee chairman, commended Reps......