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Princeton vertical farming project harvests knowledge for a budding industry

Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project began at a conference in 2016 when the topic turned to increasing the crop yield of hydroponic systems — wherein plants are grown indoors without soil by using only water and nutrient solutions — by pressurizing water with extra oxygen in a tank before feeding.....

US (AR): Veterans start community garden to inspire other vets

Jerry Martin is a veteran and a farmer, but not just any kind of farmer. Martin said, "I'm a Vietnam Veteran. I went into service in 1969."The goal is to provide fresh farm to table vegetables for the Northwest Arkansas community. "Vet Veggies is a concept where we provide fresh local vegetables," said.....

Substrates for hydroponics and aquaponics

A substrate, also called a medium or media, is a supporting material or base on which a plant can grow. The most commonly used substrates are: Rockwool, lightweight expanded clay aggregate, coco coir, coco chips, perlite, vermiculite, peat moss, lava rock, river rock, and sand. Some uncommonly used.....

Building a database of plant protecting agents for aquaponic systems

The vast majority of the commercially available chemical pesticides cannot be used in aquaponic systems because of their toxicity and environmental persistence. A recent paper reports on work in progress to build up a database of toxicity and ecotoxicity data for all registered pesticides.Access the full.....

US (OR): Aquaponic farm diversifies with truffles and tea

First conceived as an aquaponics business, Truffle Tryst Farm owners Bob and Stephanie Frenock have added truffles and tea, and are planning to open the farm to agri-tourism. Located 12 miles out of Toledo, the farm sits on 36 acres, and after four-and-a-half years of trial and error, the Frenocks are.....

US: Send an organic message to Congress

Send a message to your representatives that you support the NOSB’s decision to uphold aquaponics’ and hydroponics’ Organic eligibility.Click here for a Sample letter to Congress expressing support for the NOSB's Organic decision.Copy and paste to send them a message.There are two main reasons it is a great.....

US (NY): 2-Michelin star restaurant gets vertical farm

Farm.One​ ​announces​ ​the​ ​launch​ ​of​ ​Farm.One’s​ ​latest​ ​farm,​ ​underneath​ ​restaurant​ ​Atera​ ​in​ ​Tribeca.​ ​The farm​.....

Rijk Zwaan Viet Nam shares NFT knowledge at HortEx Vietnam

During the upcoming edition of HortEx Vietnam, which is being held from 14-16 March 2018 in the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Rijk Zwaan Viet Nam will organise a seminar focusing on successful NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) vegetable production business in tropical.....

Europe: Interactive map lets you find aquaponics farms nearby

Have you ever wondered who is doing Aquaponics in your area? Now you can find out with EU Aquaponics' updated map on aquaponics in Europe. The map was made using Google Maps and includes the location (addresses) of all the research institutes and companies currently actively working on aquaponics. It cannot.....

Myanmar collaboration aims to enhance rice-fish production

WorldFish and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) will join forces with Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation to improve the productivity, profitability and development outcomes of rice-fish systems in Myanmar. The ACIAR funded project, Development of rice fish systems in the.....

US: Indoor Harvest and BIOS Lighting to develop integrated LED solutions

Indoor Harvest has selected BIOS Lighting as its exclusive LED development partner for its efforts in Arizona, Colorado, and Texas.The two Companies plan to collaborate, alongside Harvest Air, towards the development of a fully integrated platform designed to provide producers the ability to manage and.....

Containerized growing system for the coldest weather

Year-round produce for Canada’s most northern communities

Getting fresh produce in remote northern parts of Canada has been costly because of the increased logistics for delivery, but now an Ottawa-based company has created a way to provide these communities access to growing fresh vegetables year round. “We started developing our technology with the specific idea.....

US (SC): Groundbreaking held for hydroponics farm in Pee Dee

On Thursday morning, Dillon County held a groundbreaking ceremony for East Nile Farms’ new facility along Heritage Road in Lake View.The company invested $15.5 million and will create 200 new jobs in Dillon County.“We’re definitely excited. It’s been a long time coming for Lake View and Dillon County,” said.....

Three varieties of vegetables harvested in space

On Friday, astronauts aboard the International Space Station harvested three varieties of vegetables in the "Veggie" growth chamber and installed a new generation of plant research: The Advanced Plant Habitat.The first three plant varietiesThe Veggie team made a breakthrough on the International Space.....

Dell takes a fresh look at IoT with Aerofarms

At Dell’s IQT event in New York this week, Andy Rhodes, vice president of IoT edge computing at Dell, was joined on stage by David Rosenberg, CEO and founder of AeroFarms, to discuss how a smart warehouse full of plants exemplifies a forward-thinking IoT strategy.Instead of using soil, water and sunlight,.....

US (CA): Adventure in aquaponics

On a warm Friday afternoon, student volunteers help trim eight different varieties of basil leaves for a study headed by undergraduate Fisheries Biology major Bryan Lester.Lester is studying which strain of basil grows the fastest using this aquaponics facility, he completed his second trial on Friday. The.....

US: Aquaponics Association calls on NOSB to retain organic eligibility

The Aquaponics Association submitted its official comment to the NOSB ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting, at which it will vote on aquaponics' organic future. The Association will also deliver web comments later this month. Here is the state of the Association's Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic.....

October 19, Ettrick

US (VA): VSU to host 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day

The status of small-scale freshwater aquaculture in Virginia is the theme of the 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day being held Oct. 19 beginning at 8:30 am at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. The Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program at Virginia State University hosts this annual event. Dr. Brian.....

US: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation tours Nelson & Pade

Throughout October, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is joining more than a dozen state agencies and other partners in celebrating Manufacturing Month to promote manufacturing, manufacturing careers and manufacturing education.As part of Manufacturing Month, WEDC officials toured Nelson.....

October 12, Vancouver

CAN (BC): Sustainably farming fish and plants together

This workshop is an introduction to the synergistic and sustainable method of growing food known as aquaponics: a combination of recirculating aquaculture (growing fish on land) and hydroponics (growing plants in nutrient rich water). Aquaponics drastically reduces water consumption, waste and environmental.....

US (MI): How Muskegon is banding together to fight food insecurity

Tameka Smith is known as the okra whisperer at McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, but spend any time with her and it’s clear she can charm pretty much any plant that comes her way.Smith, 42, was born and raised in Muskegon; for a while, she lived not far from McLaughlin Grows Urban Farm, an expanse of green space.....

UK: Vertical Future's flagship farm is called MiniCrops

Philips Lighting announced that it supported MiniCrops, an agriculture technology initiative in the UK, using 200 GreenPower LED production modules for its first vertical farm in the center of London. The MiniCrops farm has 65 m2 of production capacity, and triples its growing surface to 195 m2 by rotating.....

Eliminating bottlenecks to improve aquaponic processes

A new publication by Hendrik Monsees, Werner Kloas and Sven Wuertz reports a pilot study comparing production in a decoupled system with that in a coupled system. Fruit yield was found to be 36% higher in the decoupled system, and pH and fertilizer management was more effective, whereas fish production was.....

US (PA): World's first solar powered indoor farm comes to Philadelphia

At Metropolis Farms they are building indoor farms, and they’re still using the sun to power the growth of crops. Just not in the traditional sense.Pictured above is a massive 100,000 sq foot solar array with 2,003 solar panels, and it captures enough sunlight to supply over half a megawatt of energy......

India: Are vertical farms the way forward for Bengaluru?

Pollution and space restraints — something that Bengalureans tackle every single day. Scarcity of water and erratic climate changes have become unfortunate realities, but we still carry on leading our lives in traditional ways that were meant for a plentiful world. It is said that by 2050, there will be well.....

Joakim Rytterborn, Head of Research & Development at Plantagon:

"We're not killing the farmer – yet"

Will we be able to grow our food without experience in the future? Modern technology has taken quantum leaps recently regarding ways to monitor crop production. Does this mean we don’t need educated farmers in the future? by Joakim Rytterborn, Head of Research & Development at PlantagonMany Ag-Tech.....

United Arab Emirates launch Mars Science City

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, have launched the Mars Science City project.The AED 500 million-City will.....

Jason Arnold, Upstart University:

"Why I support organic certification for soil-free farmers"

It’s hard to get a count of how many hydroponic or aquaponic farms are currently certified organic in the U.S. ATTRA claims that there are around 17 certified organic hydroponic or aquaponic facilities, while other sources say the number is higher. You can find one of them in the heart of Berkeley.The reason.....

US (IL): Four brothers turn aquaponics dream into reality

Four men in Galesburg have a dream.Maybe you’d call it a vision. Or an ambitious goal. A plan for the future.Demarkius Medley, Kelvin Medley, Durell Butler and Samuel Medley want to grow fruits and vegetables and herbs. And they want to do it through the use of aquaponics.The dream already is a small-scale.....

South Africa: Aquaponics system teaches pupils to grow their own food

Janet Ogilvie and a colleague joke that they are guilty of "fish mass murder"."In the eight years that we have been doing this, there have been unexpected circumstances," she said.Ogilvie - who is involved in running a school aquaponics feeding scheme - works for Inmed SA, an NGO in partnership with Air.....

The key elements of a healthy water environment in aquaponics

Water is the lifeblood of your aquaponic system. It helps move the fish waste out of the tank into the filter and brings new fresh water to your fish. It recirculates nutrients from the filtration to the plants. Warm, nutrient-rich water provides the perfect environment for the bacteria to thrive and perform.....

NZ community wants self-sufficiency: generating power and growing veggies

The Mataura and Districts Marae plans to become self-sufficient by generating its own power and starting a commercial aquaponics business.Chairman Terry Pohatu said the Marae was investigating installing an 80 Kw hydroelectric power plant on the Waimumu Stream, which would provide power to the Marae and the.....

US: Edible Garden to supply organic herbs to supermarket, restaurants

Edible Garden has been selected by two new customers, Hannaford supermarket and Sweetgreen restaurants, to supply organic fresh herbs to selected retail outlets. Hannaford was founded in 1883 as a fresh produce vendor in Portland, Maine, and is now a major supermarket chain with over 180 stores servicing the.....

US: Vertical farmers gather at summit in Washington D.C.

The AVF Summit in Washington D.C. was an event to get a very eclectic group of people together that all want the same thing: to feed people and grow food sustainably as we move into a future that is rapidly growing and urbanizing.Recent grads, farmers, politicians, and tech driven individuals all had a.....

US (IL): ACES International Seminar educates on vertical farming

As part of the Illinois-National Taiwan University Global Issues Forum, the ACES Office of International Programs sponsored a seminar on vertical farming presented by Dr. Wei Fang.Dr. Fang is a professor in the Department of Bio-Industrial Mechatronics Engineering and Director of the Center of Excellence for.....

Spanish company makes hydroponic lettuce cultivation possible in Greenland

Growing crops in Greenland is not easy. Conventional farming has no chance at temperatures ranging from 10 °C to -40 °C, winds reaching 250 kilometres per hour and ice masses covering more than 77% of the surface. The only alternative is greenhouses. But their high energy and water consumption costs compel.....

US (CA): Urban Produce now under new management

Indoor vertical farm Urban Produce is now under new management. Based in Irvine, California, Urban Produce previously grew microgreens, culinary herbs and wheat grass.The primary focus of Urban Produce is now solely on growing USDA-certified organic wheat grass for the cold-pressed juice beverage.....

US: What will the NOSB decide about soilfree organics?

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will vote November 2nd on a prospective rule change that would remove hydroponic, aquaponic, and other soilless or container-based growing systems from the USDA organic label.This article is part of a series in Upstart University's ongoing coverage about on the.....

Aurora Cannabis acquires BC Northern Lights and Urban Cultivator

Aurora Cannabis has completed the acquisition of 100% of both BC Northern Lights Enterprises and Urban Cultivator, companies, respectively, in the production and sale of proprietary systems for the safe, efficient and high-yield indoor cultivation of cannabis, and in state-of-the-art indoor gardening.....

A visit to PlantLab:

Vertical farming's best kept secret?

Stacked layers with leafy greens in fully controlled units; some call it the future of farming. While opinions are divided if all that fancy lettuce will indeed solve world hunger, at PlantLab they are convinced that controlled environment agriculture can introduce groundshaking revolutions to our food.....

Malaysian students develop local aquaponics system

The Aquatic Science Students Association at UCSI University is one of six grantees – consisting of community groups and universities in Malaysia – who received a total of RM30,000 to implement river care projects under the third cycle of the National River Care Fund (NRCF).The UCSI students, who received a.....

US (IL): High school students gain learning experience through tower garden

In an effort to teach students where food comes from, Unit 40 is implementing a new method in the classroom that gives them a first-hand look at the process — without the aid of soil.At Monday's Effingham Unit 40 school board meeting, three students and two teachers presented a Tower Garden that is only the.....

Turkish agency to boost agriculture in Bosnia-Herzegovina

The state-run Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) is reaching out to Bosnian farmers with a new project aimed to diversify and improve their incomes.Unveiled yesterday in Bratunats, the project seeks to help the economic recovery of eastern Bosnia, heavily affected by the Bosnian War from.....

UK: Underground air-raid shelter in London turned into urban farm

Beneath an anonymous back street in south London lies a vast underground air-raid shelter that has been turned into a pioneering urban farm supplying supermarkets and restaurants in the capital.The World War II shelter in Clapham, which could protect up to 8,000 people from Nazi bombs, consists of two large.....

October 16, Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture joins Ag-Con Philly speaker faculty

Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculture for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been added to the speaker faculty for Indoor Ag-Con Philly on October 16. Secretary Redding is a farmer himself, and has extensive experience in agriculture public service. He will talk about his role as Chair of the USDA.....

Lumileds expands hort portfolio

Lumileds introduced three new products in its Luxeon SunPlus Series of award winning LEDs for horticulture lighting. The Luxeon SunPlus Series is the only line of LEDs on the market to be tested and binned by photosynthetic photon flux (PPF). The portfolio of colors enables wavelength tuning for maximum crop.....

US (IN): Indoor garden helps students broaden their food horizons

Bailey Horning knew all about lettuce and broccoli, but recently, she came home excited about Swiss chard.That’s because it was one of the vegetables and herbs growing in the 6-foot hydroponics garden in Nicole Dean’s first-grade class at Tenth Street Elementary School.“I got it from the Anderson City.....

Video blog series covers small-scale urban ag production

University of Illinois Extension has announced the debut of a video blog (vlog) series by Local Food Systems and Small Farms Educator Zack Grant. The series will cover small-scale urban ag production and home-scale food production. The first installment, a 16-minute video on Season Extension, is available.....

Singapore: Urban farming startup raises $1.5m

Packet Greens, a Singapore-based startup which couples hydroponics technology with automation to make urban farming more efficient, has raised US$1.5 million in funding from government-related venture capital firm SPRING SEEDS Capital and cleantech-focused fund Trirec.It currently grows 51 types of crops in.....

Are vegetable flats the future?

The most densely populated island in the world is Macau. In the Chinese state, 600,000 people are packed together on 30 km2, making the population density practically 20,000/km2. That figure is much lower in the Netherlands. On average, 500 people live on a square kilometre here. In Dronten, in the centre of.....

How to sanitize and sterilize hydroponic systems

Ever since you built your hydroponic system, you’ve kept your grow room tidy. You sweep and wipe down your workspace frequently.But is that enough? How clean is your hydroponic equipment actually getting? Is it sanitary or sterile? What’s the difference anyway?In this article, Upstart University discusses.....

Vegetable intercropping in a small-scale aquaponic system

A new paper reports the results of the first study of an aquaponic system for Pangasianodon hypophthalmus production that uses Lactuca sativa L. (lettuce) and Cichorium intybus L. rubifolium group (red chicory) intercropping in the hydroponic section.The experiment was conducted in a greenhouse at the Zurich.....

US: Federal fish farming lawsuit moves forward

On September 21st commercial and recreational fishing groups, and conservation, consumer and farming organizations jointly filed their arguments in a legal brief on why the federal government cannot allow industrial aquaculture in U.S. waters. Read more here.The new filings are notably significant, as the.....

US: Illumitex introduces digital horticulture at AgTech meetings

Illumitex is accelerating the digital revolution for controlled environment horticulture by introducing Digital Horticulture to industry leaders in a series of speaking events this fall. Jeff Bisberg, CEO & President will be discussing how Digital Horticulture provides actionable information to make.....

Guelph vertical farm brings leafy green production to industrial property

Are skyrocketing land prices preventing you from starting your own farm business? Don’t fret, because crops can be grown in old industrial buildings too – legal crops at that.Vertical farming – a comparatively new agricultural system – offers some promise for producing crops in novel ways and novel.....

Argus Controls featured in EDEN ISS project

EDEN ISS is a four-year project created by the European Union‘s Research & Innovation Programme Horizon 2020 in which researchers aim to address the supply of food for long-term missions to outer space with innovations in cultivating food in closed-loop systems. Private and public organizations from.....

5 profitable urban farming questions with Metropolis Farms

Jack Griffin, President of Philadelphia-based vertical farming company Metropolis Farms, is known for his passionate support of the burgeoning indoor agriculture industry, whether that’s founding an industry association or representing the industry in Congress. Attendants will be hearing about his.....

US (NY): SUNY Potsdam brings new tower farms on campus

At SUNY Potsdam’s new greenhouse, college students, elementary school kids and local residents are learning how to grow greens — in mid air.On Monday, the Wagner Institute for Sustainability and Ecological Research Center hosted a workshop on building Tower Gardens — plastic pillars with plants set into the.....

Upstart University connects aspiring farmers to jobs in ag

Plenty is growing rapidly and expects to employ dozens of farmers in the coming months and years. Plenty is training and educating local farmers of all kinds to power the local food movement. Now, that includes updates and news about career opportunities in modern ag from Upstart University, the online.....

Ikea is bringing a pop-up vertical farm to London

Ikea is bringing a pop-up vertical farm to Shoreditch, as part of the London Design Festival.Researchers from the SPACE10 lab at the Lokal pop-up want to show the general public that delicious, fresh food can be grown right in your home, using a hydroponics farming system.The pop-up features a futuristic.....

Fluence illuminates Las Vegas' new cannabis vertical farm

In the cannabis industry, there are a variety of products on the market: flower, oils, waxes and the increasingly popular infused edible products. With the rise in demand for infused products, a group out of Denver, Colorado set out to address the inconsistencies with THC and CBD dosage in edible products.....

US: Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce merger

Urban agriculture companies Agritecture and Blue Planet Consulting announce their merger. The new entity, Agritecture LLC, will be better suited to pioneer the optimization of food cultivation in urban environments.The Agritecture platform was founded in 2011, beginning as a blog curated by the founder,.....

UAE government, Union Coop collaborate on hydroponic agriculture project

The Ministry of Community Development has signed a memorandum of understanding with Union Coop, the largest cooperative in the UAE, to support the 'Hydroponic Agriculture Project'.The project aims to develop the capacities and skills of 'people of determination' in project management and applied life skills,.....

US (GA): Research center aims for more cost effective aquaponics

The adage goes that if you give a person a fish, you feed them for a day; if you teach them how to fish, you feed them for a lifetime.If you create an affordable system that not only grows tasty fish but also a variety of fresh produce using no soil and a fraction of the water of traditional farming, you.....

US (NY): The future of farming is sprouting in a restaurant

Beneath one of NYC's best restaurants, down a hallway you could find only if you knew where to go, rows of heady, hydroponic herbs, sticky with residue, grow under LED lights. Across the East River, in an old factory, a small lab of growers tinker with their own seedlings, while a greenhouse just two miles.....

Indonesia: Vertical farm wins Tropical Architecture Design Competition

The first prize winner of the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition was an 11-storey marvel featuring hydroponics, water harvesting technology and built using recycled building materials, waste plastic and glass bottles.As Indonesia’s urban population growth outpaces growth in infrastructure.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics still seeking cash for stalled project

An investor in the Global Aquaponics fish farm near Brookings says he has been assured by the project’s backers that they are continuing to solicit investors for the project.Jerry Gross, a Sioux Falls accountant, said he was recently told by Tobias Ritesman, the CEO and chairman of Ritesman Enterprises, that.....