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"China isn't quite ready for indoor farming"

When Tristan Lim co-founded Hydra Biotech in Shanghai with two of other alumni from China Europe International Business School, he first wanted to take indoor farming to China but ended up doing the business with US companies, taking advantage of China’s cheap manufacturing costs.“Food production is a big.....

CAN (AB): Lettuce Lads look to hydroponics in valley

While fresh, locally grown commercial produce is generally not a feature of Rocky Mountain geography, a trio of valley entrepreneurs are hoping to change that with a new hydroponic operation.Lettuce Lads – Caleb Allen, Devon DaDalt and Kyle West – have a provisional patent on a hydroponic system in place,.....

US (MO): Aquaponics facility to alleviate food desert

Nonprofit Nile Valley Aquaponics is raising fish in a Kansas City food desert—and they’re creating jobs, providing healthy food and promoting sustainable urban farming in the process. To help the nonprofit lead the community to greener and healthier living, American architecture and engineering firm HOK.....

EU: Ten-year reprieve for organic hydroponic growers

The European Union has published its new organic regulation, which will enter into force on January 1, 2021. For organic hydroponic growers, the following passage is of interest, which states that operations certified as organic before June 28, 2017, may continue growing on their production surfaces for.....

Strawberries grown in Singapore vertical farm make debut

Strawberries grown in a vertical farm in Singapore - and available all year round - are being sold at selected supermarkets.Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon, who took a look at Singapore's first commercially-grown local strawberries on Wednesday (June 20), said government agencies.....

Mid-winter greetings from the Antarctic greenhouse

While in the Antarctic summer up to 50 people live and work at the Neumayer Station III of the Alfred Wegener Institute, it is barely unoccupied in winter. Then there is only the cook, three engineers, a doctor and four scientists on site. They form the so-called wintering team. Watch this short video and.....

Gotham Greens raises $29 million in growth equity funding

Gotham Greens, urban greenhouse developer and grower of locally and sustainably grown produce, has announced the closing of $29 million in Series C equity funding last month. The new round brings the company's total funding until date to $45 million, not including bank debt. Since its launch in 2011, Gotham.....

Antarctica: Plenty of production in Future Exploration Greenhouse

The most important element of the EU H2020 EDEN-ISS project is the simulation of a one-year "space mission" on Antarctica, in preparation of future space missions. The business unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research has been involved in all preparations (from the design and.....

Does Indoor Farming hold the key to the global food challenge?

The world is on the cusp of a global agri-food revolution, powered by technology innovation. Globally, we face enormous challenges of water scarcity, hunger and malnutrition as the traditional food supply chain struggles to feed a population set to grow by more than a third by 2050. In the United States.....

David Farquhar, CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions:

"The need to optimise growing conditions goes beyond just light"

The world of indoor farming is rapidly evolving, we all know that. There are the innovators, the visionaries and even the opportunists (yes, there always will be). These groups contrast with the more traditionalist approach, the naysayers who are less than convinced about the positive future of indoor.....

Purdue-affiliated startup travels to Togo to teach hydroponics

A founder of a Purdue University-affiliated startup that makes a kitchen appliance that grows garden vegetables year-round traveled to Africa to lead a hands-on workshop to help residents of Togo, a small West African country, create sustainable agriculture methods.Scott Massey, a Purdue graduate and founder.....

US (NV): Indoor farming industry takes root in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ farming industry might seem as dry as the desert, but Southern Nevada’s agriculture sector is just a bit harder to find than most.To discover rows upon rows of basil, green butter lettuce, mint and even cannabis in Las Vegas, you will have to step inside.Southern Nevada’s indoor farming industry.....

Aussies invent automated vertical farming system

Vertical farming has taken off in the US, especially in big cities where space is at a premium.In Australia, a group of mates have taken it a step further and invented what they say is the first fully automated commercial garden in the world.Read more and watch the video at Yahoo!

US (OK): Grow filter brings sustainable agriculture to vertical farming

Upward Harvest has spent the last six years perfecting a vertical farming design that brings to market a scalable, economically viable way to grow organic goods - all without the high costs of artificial lighting, industrial shelving, scissor lifts, and elaborate environmental controls, according to Travis.....

"Embracing ‘citified’ agriculture means rethinking land use priorities"

Community gardens, the feel-good darlings of the growing season, are great for raising awareness about sustainability—but they’re just scratching the surface of a much larger harvest, according to a University of Alberta researcher.They and other ag-based initiatives bring a bounty of benefits to cities by.....

New commercial aeroponic systems

Pure Grows Aeroponics are launching three new product choices, Commercial Aeroponic System, Intelli Tissue Culture Clone Nursery and a 40 Foot Smart Grow Aeroponic Container.“We keep a close eye to what our clients require for their cultivation needs and aim to meet these requirements with the latest, proven.....

Australia: Office car parks turning into farms

The future-proofing of buildings has led landlords to trial a range of new ideas, with pop-up farms the latest way to utilise basements and potentially redundant car spaces when driverless cars arrive.Industrial, retail and offices assets are now being inspected by owners for their potential to offer.....

Tips for thriving in hydroponics

Growing hydroponically carries several noteworthy benefits. Perhaps the most significant advantage is that hydroponic systems are energy-efficient, since they require less water, pesticides and soil. Growers who wish to produce crops year-round in an environmentally-conscious way would do well to consider a.....

Joel Bartlett on open source aquaponics

From tarantulas to turtles

Joel Bartlett isn't your run-of-the-mill aquaponics grower. An engineer by education, it was a tarantula he inherited from his aunt that set him off on a path towards developing aquaponics systems. Not only with fish, but with turtles. And he makes it a point to share all the knowledge he gathers in the.....

Russia: Robot grows cucumber and rocket

Local Novosibirsk enthusiasts have designed a robot for crossing rocket and cucumbers. The design was carried out by the Robot League company. The specialists from Novosibirsk have constructed a robotic greenhouse, named FarmDroid, which takes care of seedlings. The robot is capable of providing growing.....
Pairing watermelons with fish

UAE: City of Al Ain farm tackles food and water security

In the scorching sands of Al Ain’s desert there is now a strange, symbiotic relationship between fish and watermelons. Abdulrahman Al Shamsi is growing both, while using 10% of the water and producing up to three times the yield of conventional farms, using integrated farming techniques.The method has gained.....

US (MI): Nature meets technology at urban growers

Mike Skinner and Bruce Ellwanger turned a greenhouse that was about to be torn down in Oakland County into a high-tech agriculture company. Their different types of growing systems allow them to grow fresh produce all year long. The shop opened up last year in conjunction with Oakland County. Skinner says.....

US (TX): Urban farm uses hydroponic systems to teach, feed Dallas

Big Tex Urban Farms has exceeded beyond anything that co-founder Drew Demler could have ever imagined. Demler, who is the director of horticulture at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, said the growing operation got its start out of an interest by fair president Mitchell Glieber to become more involved with.....

US (MA): Rooftop farm powered by CO2 from people inside the building

The fifth floor stairwell at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences opens up to the sky.Here, amid heating and air conditioning vents and ducts, an unusual crop is being collected, says Nathan Phillips, professor of earth and environment."We're growing food on the rooftop at BU and we're harvesting.....

US (WY): Pastor and hydroponic lettuce grower preaches local

Matt Powell opens the door to his hydroponic lettuce farm, housed in a used refrigerated storage container on the corner of his Casper, Wyoming property, and the Marriage of Figaro fills the air.“My little Mp3 there is loaded up with Mozart and Bach. The study I heard said they tested growing plants in three.....

CAN (BC): Affinor signs agreement with MJ producer license applicant

Affinor Growers has signed a definitive license agreement, with a later stage Licensed Producer Applicant in British Columbia. The license represents royalties of 3% of all products grown using the patented technology and gives the exclusive rights for Vancouver Island for Fruits, Vegetables and Marijuana.....

Floating greenhouse

An Italian architecture firm called Lazzarini Design Studio has created a conceptual design for a floating city, dubbed Wayaland. The plan calls for luxury pyramid-shaped houses powered by solar energy, which CEO Pierpaolo Lazzarini hopes to build off the coast of the United Arab Emirates or Italy.This.....

US (NY): PBS puts spotlight on indoor farming

The Cornell University CEA team (and their colleagues at RPI) were featured in a Science and Technology show by a local PBS station. The show aired last Thursday and is available online at: https://video.wcny.org/video/indoor-farming-sb7flz/The segment on indoor farming is from about 1:15 to 9:30.

US (OR): Volcano Veggies packs 2 acres of food into 200 square feet

Two stories of green vegetables grow under lights and above round tanks of teeming fish, awaiting their turn to be harvested at Shannon and James Sbarra’s farm.Groups of workers place starter plants into racks, and others pack the leafy greens in clear plastic boxes that will be on store shelves the same.....

China grows food on simulated moon

A group of Chinese volunteers has emerged from 110 days of isolation in a virtual “lunar lab”, state media reported Tuesday, as the country pursues its ambition to put people on the moon.The official Xinhua news service streamed images on its website of the would-be astronauts emerging from their temporary.....

September 21-23, Hartford

US (CT): Aquaponics Association Conference speakers

The 2018 Annual Aquaponics Association Conference is getting filled with speakers. Take a look at the list of speakers lined up at the Putting Up Shoots conference for this year.Nick SavidovMurray HallamRyan ChattersonAngela TenBroeckKen ArmstrongCarlos LeonArvind VenkatAs the organizers continue to confirm.....

Extension of aquaponic water use for NFT baby-leaf production

Aquaponics is a recirculating technology that combines aquaculture with hydroponics. It allows nutrients from fish waste to feed plants and thus saves water and nutrients. However, there is a mismatch between the nutrients provided by the fish waste and plant needs. Because of this, some nutrients, notably.....

June 13, Fort Wayne

US (IN): Open house at verticulinary greenhouse

"Though our greenhouse is only 3,000 ft2, visitors can expect to see more industry-relevant hydroponic equipment in one location than we believe is anywhere else in the country", says Robert Eddy of CEA Consultancy about the upcoming open house at the verticulinary greenhouse.Verticulinary Greenhouse Open.....

US (WY): Vertical Harvest celebrates second anniversary

VIDEO On the verge of completing Hearts of Glass, the feature-length documentary following the first 15 months of Vertical Harvest’s operation, JenTen Productions wishes Jackson Hole’s vertical farm with a social mission, “Happy 2nd Anniversary.” The production company put together a short video for the.....

C-LED and Biolchim partner to increase output capacity

LED technology is gaining more and more ground inside greenhouses. This is because it allows customisation of light spectra according to crop type and, at the same time, improves energy efficiency compared to traditional lighting systems.Latest-generation greenhouses are designed to aid natural growth 365.....

US (WI): Hydroponic greenhouses give grower fast start in wet spring

The wet spring in Wisconsin has slowed many farmers, all eager to start planting their fields. But that's not the case at Ledgeview Gardens. As Kris Schuller reports the De Pere family business started planting in their hydroponic greenhouses in March and are already beginning to harvest crops. Inside the.....

CAN (BC): Yellowpoint grower does big business in microgreens

The best business stories seem to have an element of happenstance – a fortuitous meeting that sparks an idea or interest. So it was for Yellowpoint’s Susan Newman, owner of FoodyBiz Microgreens.Raised on a 200-acre Kootenay farm, growing has long been part of Susan’s DNA, but her early career path led.....

US (WI): Farmers take Mother Nature out of the equation

It was a slow start for farmers this year as winter just seemed to hang on. According to the Wisconsin Crop Progress and Condition report, many farmers are working through the night in hopes of catching up. But, what if farmers didn’t have to rely on the Midwest’s varying weather to be able to put food on.....

Italy: Vertical farm plant research lab launched in Milan

Philips Lighting announced its collaboration with Travaglini FarmTech, a new business division of Travaglini S.p.a., to build Italy’s first vertical farm plant research lab in Milan that will serve the Italian market as the first step of a global strategy. Philips Lighting supports Travaglini with its.....

GrowUp Urban Farms joins female-led accelerator program

The names of the female-led startups picked for the inaugural London-based Plexiglass tech accelerator were announced today.A dozen early stage companies, selected from the 80 who applied, will join the East London Innovation Centre, Plexal, based at Here East, for an eight week programme. London Mayor Sadiq.....

Italy: Field simulator to grow plants indoor patented

Science and technological innovation are advancing day by day and often change our lifestyles. First and foremost, they benefit producers, although the concept of cultivation is no longer strictly connected to open fields. What used to be a simple veggie plot could potentially turn into a super-Hi Tech.....

US: A vegetable greenhouse scaled to city dwellers

Vegetables are part of a healthy diet, but urban apartment dwellers in some places around the world don’t have regular access to them. A group of Rice University senior engineering students set out to remedy that for their capstone design project.Team Växthus — mechanical engineering students Mary Bao, Mike.....

UAE: SEED Agriculture to set up hydroponic farm at RAKEZ

SEED Agriculture, an innovator in agriculture methods and technology under Pegasus Food Futures, has signed an agreement with Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) to acquire a total of 670,000 m2 land where it is set to establish the largest hydroponic farm in Ras Al Khaimah.The signing ceremony was held at.....

Plant Growth Chambers in use at University of Florida for over 45 years

In 1973, as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology of the Riverside campus of the University of California, William O. Dawson participated in the challenge of looking for a plant growth chamber to help with their research efforts. From all the alternatives, there was only one.....

Why Cisco selected aeroponics for its smart city in China

Cisco is active in the global “smart city” movement, deploying the latest technologies to benefit communities. The Silicon Valley tech giant turned to an AEssenseGrows aeroponics system to provide fresh produce for its smart city in Guangzhou, China.At an April 24 event in Guangzhou, Cisco signed a.....

Netherlands: Students to turn former prison into urban greenhouse

Twenty-three student teams from around the world have taken up the challenge to transform the former Amsterdam Bijlmerbajes prison and its surrounding area into an urban greenhouse. This innovation competition is a perfect match for the plans for this area as the prison district is earmarked to become a.....

Photo Report: 6th Annual Indoor Ag-Con

PHOTO REPORT Networking opportunities, interesting speakers and exploring new technologies. On the sixth edition of the Indoor Ag-Con it was al present and we will inform you completely on it. But first get ready for some photos!Check out the photo report here.Organizer Newbean Capital every year unites the indoor.....

The future of small-scale agriculture

Many experts believe small-scale agriculture is the future of growing. For those who choose that path, success may be closely tied to controlled environments and the use of agricultural technologies.To understand how ag-tech drives success in small-scale farming, it's important to first take a closer look at.....

US (WY): Vertical farm in Jackson offers fresh produce and jobs for the disabled

The idea for Vertical Harvest first blossomed about 10 years ago, when three women from different backgrounds came together to solve a problem. “Our growing season is only about four months long, so we shipped a lot of our produce in from other places,” said Vertical Harvest CEO Nona Yehia. “A friend of mine.....

Aquaponics enhances St. Kitts and Nevis agricultural sector

Recognizing that small developing countries like St. Kitts and Nevis face enormous challenges following the passage of category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).....

US (CO): Aeroponic garden provides students with fresh greens

A new aeroponic garden in the Village Center Dining and Community Commons is the first in the nation to provide students, staff and faculty with fresh salad greens grown on site in a high-tech greenhouse attached to a dining hall.The “air garden” will help the university reduce its carbon footprint, cut.....

"50% higher clone production with new AEtrium-2.1 SmartFarm-72"

In advance of next week's MJBizConNEXT conference, AEssenseGrows introduced last Monday the AEtrium-2.1 SmartFarm-72, enabling 50 percent higher clone production than prior versions of the aeroponics system. The new 72-tray configuration increases yield to 13,500 per month from the prior version's 9,000 per.....

Is there a future for shipping container farms?

At first sight, farming in a used shipping container in a megacity parking lot might not look like a sustainable source of food. However many believe that there is a huge potential in this field of vertical farming and there are many startups introducing new designs for container farms, most of which are.....

NL: Staay Food Group launches website about Vertical Farm project

Staay Food Group has launched the website www.verticalfarmconsortium.com. The website keeps readers informed of the progress of this innovative project. It also provides greater clarity on how and why the Vertical Farm is being developed. The ambitious project to grow lettuce in the most sustainable way, in.....

Container farms on the rise in Australia

Growing herbs and vegetables vertically in shipping containers is a rising trend in Australia, and aims to reduce food waste and food miles.The Canadian company Modular Farms Co. launched its first vertical hydroponic farm in Brisbane last month, and not only supplies food vendors at the city's Eat Street.....

These MBAs just launched an urban farming startup in Hong Kong

A team of five recent MBA graduates from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have just launched Farmacy HK, a smart city, urban farming concept based on cutting-edge hydroponic technology.The first concept city farm opened in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay in February this year. Over 100 species of organic food.....

Growing Pains: 5 challenges facing urban agriculture (and how to overcome them)

Urban populations are growing rapidly, and so is the popularity of urban agriculture with city dwellers, chefs, and policymakers. As more people place larger demands on what was originally a grassroots movement, we look at some of the hurdles and how some companies and individuals are addressing them.1......

Swedish grower is going vertical

In a former factory hall in Tibro,Ljusgårdais preparing to realize indoor cultivation with vertical towers. CEO Andras Wilhelmsson: "The first rocket will be harvested in the summer and before next year there will be fresh Swedish strawberries."In the anteroom, rocket lettuce, dill and chives are grown in an.....

Robert Colangelo, Green Sense Farms:

"Vertical farming raises the bar for sustainable agriculture"

Sustainability is a hot issue for growers these days. From greenhouses to open-field operations, growers are looking to reduce their impact on the environment. A trailblazing industry in this respect is the vertical farming sector. We spoke to Robert Colangelo, CEO of Green Sense Farms, about the central.....

UK: Underground-grown salad mixes come to Waitrose

Growing Underground has announced its launch into Waitrose. To start Waitrose are stocking two of their five salad mixes: Italian and English.Italian Mix – A blend of fresh pea shoots, subtle garlic chives and punchy rocket. This mix picks up on the famous flavours of Italy, with a hint of wild garlic and.....

US (MA): Dutch company to set up 30,000 sq.ft. vertical farm

Polartec put its 559,868-square-foot, two-building site in Lawrence up for auction last spring. Among those expected to set up shop at the building (renamed IndusPAD) is Beyond Organic, a Dutch indoor agriculture company, which is working to open a 30,000-square-foot hydroponic vertical farming facility to.....

US (NH): Greens get extended life at hydroponic farm

Don’t get caught saying “spring mix” around the greenhouse of lēf Farms.That phrase will cost you a quarter in the office swear jar. The founders of this innovative hydroponic farm in Loudon, N.H., believe their mixes of fresh, pesticide-free baby greens are so distinct and pleasing to the palate that.....

European project promotes rooftop greenhouses

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a major international concern in the fight against global warming, threatening our entire ecosystem. The construction sector obviously has a major role to play and, if energy retrofitting of buildings is one way to contribute, another solution could well come from.....

Indoor Ag-Con bigger than ever

"Becoming an event organizer was never the plan"

It wasn't her original goal, but over the last couple of years Nicola Kerslake and her Indoor Ag-Con event grew to be one of the main connecting events in the Indoor Farming industry. Next week, the sixth edition of the show is coming up and with over 50 speakers, two stages and hundreds of participants. It.....

Europe gets its own Aquaponics Association

To date, collaborative aquaponics work in Europe has been conducted under the umbrella of the EU Aquaponics Hub of the European COST program which is coming to an end this year. Practitioners needed a new organization to continue collaborating and sought the advice of the Aquaponics Association of the U.S.At.....