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Vertical farming


City zoning and why it’s important to urban farmers

Zoning rights exist to help cities manage their population density, industry, and public space. Unfortunately for urban farmers, many of these regulations fail to account for the indoor growing movement and the unique demands of running a farm within the city limits.Zoning practices can make starting a farm.....

South Africa: Dutch delegation visits Hydroclimaponics

On Wednesday 10 May, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Agricultural counsellors office) and HAS Den Bosch (Dutch agricultural educational institute for applied sciences) visited an innovative greenhouse concept in Centurion. Eden green has developed an innovative way of undercover farming which.....

Fresh kale for Singaporeans thanks to indoor farming

Sustenir is a 668 square meter farm located in a concrete estate, in an industrial suburb of Singapore that wants to grow hydroponic food crops in the land-scarce country to feed more people and keep import costs down. In 2015, local farms produced about 13 percent of the vegetables consumed locally, using.....

US (NY): Personal rooftop farm for luxury apartment building

550 Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn now features a 1,600-square-foot rooftop farm for residents and a local restaurateur to grow fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs.It’s on the eighth floor terrace of the 18-story brick and concrete building, which opened in late 2016. Construction of the.....

Aquaponics a big catch for on-land fish farmers

Is salmon raised on land the future of seafood?” asked National Geographic in a story about Kuterra LP, a farm established in 2013 by the Namgis First Nation in Port Hardy on Vancouver Island to raise Atlantic salmon in tanks. West Creek Aquaculture in Fort Langley has produced tank-raised rainbow trout for.....

Indonesia: Jakarta invests in urban farming

Jakartans will have a greener city soon as the city administration is promoting urban farming in the capital.The Jakarta administration plans to introduce "green aisle" program in 75 areas to grow vegetables, medicinal plants and potted fruit plants this year, aiming at not only beautifying the city but also.....

Pegasus opens larger office in Singapore

Pegasus Agriculture Group has announced their opening of a permanent office in Singapore. The company has already been operating from its smaller branch office and the new larger office in Singapore will accommodate their rapidly growing team along with providing facilities for further growth and expansion.....

China: Sustainable food production looking up

Vertical farming does not require soil, sun or pesticides, and uses far less water and fertilizer than conventional farms. However, the farm's high-energy cost has greatly limited its scale and profitability. In recent years, Chinese scientists at the Anxi plant factory have mitigated the issue by inventing.....

US (ME): Herring Gut offers aquaponics workshops for teachers

Herring Gut's fish hatchery and greenhouse are where students participate in hands-on lessons and experiments using aquaponics to demonstrate concepts such as water and nitrogen cycles, plant biology, fish anatomy, math, chemistry, ecology and business management.The Intro to Aquaponics Workshop takes place.....

US (CT): Vertical farming proposed for G&B wire mill

Redding resident and Harvard Design School graduate Jane Philbrick has a plan for the redevelopment of the Gilbert & Bennett wire mill site in Georgetown near the Weston border.She gave a presentation to the Weston Building Committee on Tuesday, May 2, in which she discussed community-based development.....

Dynamic Systems introduces greenhouses and vertical farming traceability

Dynamic Systems announces an end to end traceability system for Aquaponic, Aeroponic and Hydroponic growers using the SIMBA line of Barcode Tracking & Labeling Solutions. SIMBA gives the processor the ability to record, label and track their products faster and more accurately while including numerous.....

US vertical farm technology destined for export to Dubai and Botswana

Indoor Farms of America announces that sales through the first four months of 2017 have exceeded the entire year of 2016, when the company first sold its vertical aeroponic indoor farming equipment.According to company CEO David Martin, "During 2016, our first year selling our equipment, we enjoyed what we.....

Ireland: Hydroponic garden signs deal with restaurant group

Ireland’s first commercial hydroponic garden, Green Space, has created a commercial partnership worth €150,000 with The Market Lane Collection, one of Cork’s biggest restaurant groups.Green Space is located in Cork’s inner city, within 2.5 miles of the Group’s four restaurants – Market Lane, Orso, Castle.....

US (KY): Student compares container, vertical and hydroponic gardens

As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) formed in 2014. As she prepares for graduation, Townsend, the group’s vice president.....

Balcony gardens becoming more popular in China

"Our square-meter gardens product aims to help people grow their own vegetables on their balconies," said a sales representative from the Home Supply Distribution Centre in Dadong District in Shenyang, China.The management team of the Square-Metre GardenBaby spinach from the square-meter garden of a.....

CAN (BC): Affinor sells vertical farming system for medical cannabis

Affinor Growers has sold a vertical farming system for growing medical cannabis in British Columbia, Canada. Affinor has signed a non-exclusive license and purchase agreement with a private third party to buy an automated vertical growing tower specifically for medical cannabis.The four level tower will.....

Croatia: Microgreens on the 17th floor of Zagreb building

VIDEO Marijan and Andrea cultivate microgreens on the 17th floor of a high-rise in the Croatian capital - and they're proving to be a big hit with local restaurants. Click here to see a ZDF item with them at dw.com

Yurij Duda, Argus Controls, on the challenges of CEA:

"In indoor ag, every project demands a unique approach"

Just two more weeks and the Indoor Ag-Conwill once again take off in Las Vegas. Argus Controls will once again be exhibiting at the educational two-day event that will celebrate and highlight the opportunities of the rapidly rising indoor agriculture industry. We asked Argus Controls' General Manager Yurij.....

by Sierra Clark and Amy Ng

US (RI): 5 vertical farm projects incubating at Brown University

Young people want to be farmers, but not in the traditional sense. The emergence of vertical farming, hydroponics, and the local food movement are inspiring college students across the country to think about how to grow food sustainably. At Brown University, multiple groups of students are working on indoor.....

Hydroponic farming finds its way to Egypt

As Egypt's agriculture is threatened by water scarcity, soil nutrient depletion and fast-shrinking agricultural lands, Amr Bassiouny decided to think outside the box in the hope of finding a way out of this predicament and boosting the agricultural industry in general. After a period of intensive self-study.....

US (VA): Loudoun farmer plans hydroponics greenhouse

When it comes to farming in Loudoun County, the Virts family has about as much experience in the trade as the U.S. has being a country.Since the 1790s, the Virts family has lived and farmed in the Hillsboro area of the county -- producing some 12 generations of farmers and seeing the transformation of.....

Japanese smart farm about to get even smarter

SPREAD‘s Kameoka Plant grows 21,000 heads of lettuce a day using multistage hydroponics and artificial lighting.A network of connected devices, the Internet of Things at work under the roof of one slick indoor farm, ensures full control and data analysis of variables like lighting, temperature and humidity,.....

South Korea: Logistics company installs rooftop urban farm in Seoul

Bolloré Logistics Korea recently installed an urban farm on its office rooftop building in Seoul, South Korea, as part of the Group’s initiative to promoting “Green Projects” and protecting biodiversity.Bolloré Logistics Korea has transformed the available rooftop space of its 6-floor office building into an.....

What are the start-up costs of a greenhouse business?

As farmlands disappear at an increasing rate, many suburban and urban farmers are turning to high density CEA techniques to bring greenhouse businesses into the suburbs and, increasingly, into the urban core.In Controlled Environment Agriculture, the aim is to “provide protection and maintain optimal growing.....

Aquaponics explored on PBS

In this episode from 2015, Chris Hartleb, Professor, Department of Biology, UW-Stevens Point, discusses Aquaponics as a sustainable food source for the future.Source: Canadian Aquaponics

Issues and challenges facing aquaponic producers

Janelle Hager, Research Associate Aquaponics at Kentucky State University, recently held a presentation on the issues and challenges facing aquaponic producers. The presentation is now available for download - check it out at the website of Canadian Aquaponics.

preparations for 20,000 square meter R&D lab:

New horticulture R&D lab taking shape at Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

It’s expected to be built this year, a new horticulture research and development lab, of 20,000 square meters at Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo. This is an initiative of three entrepreneurs: Botany, Blue Engineering and Bluehub, in collaboration with the Province of Limburg. The total investment is aimed.....

June 29, Venlo

NL: Alternatives for producing food in urban environments

The Healthy Nutrition Conference will take place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, The Netherlands. Early Bird discount is available until May 17 (register here).Are there sustainable alternatives for producing food in urban environments? Will the future be nutritious or.....

US (SD): Former motel transformed into urban farm

The goal is to eventually grow 300 pounds of greens a week at Best Day Farm, a new operation utilizing rooms in the former Kozy Motel on Spearfish Main Street to house the hydroponic system and LED lights on the red spectrum to grow the produce vertically, using towers made from four-inch PVC pipes.“It’s an.....

Can technology help feed 9 billion people?

Food is the ultimate technology.It might not have circuits, touchscreens, or an app store, but of all the tech we’ve ever developed as humans, nothing else has had such a direct and significant impact on our progress as a species.It was agriculture — the cultivation of edible things — that made it possible.....

US: Illinois will be home to first aquaponics MicroFarm

At the end of last week, Nelson & Pade's first MicroFarm Clear Flow Aquaponics System departed their campus and headed home with new Nelson and Pade Grower, Tony Stirling, just south of the border to Illinois. Tony is in the photo, on the right, along with Nelson and Pade Team members Matt O’Connell,.....

Paul Brentlinger, CropKing:

"There is no such thing as a typical greenhouse build"

Paul Brentlinger grew up around CropKing, a greenhouse service company founded by his parents Dan and Marilyn in the early 1980s. He grew his first hydroponic greenhouse crop before he was ten. Known for their personal service, CropKing now services nearly 700 commercial hydroponic growers throughout the.....

US (WI): Superior Fresh grows salmon and veggies at high-tech facility

As you come to the Northfield exit on Interstate 94 and look up on the hilltop, you will see a facility. Part of the building is green and the other building is semi-clear.This is a peculiar site for the Town of Northfield, which up to this point did not have much for businesses, let alone a super high-tech.....

USDA official touts the rise of urban farming programs

U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Under Secretary Ann Bartuska and Congressman Don Bacon toured an Omaha urban agriculture program that is the product of a partnership between the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension and the Omaha Home for Boys.The two.....

US (MN): $500K grant for urban agriculture research

It’s easy to assume everything is ready to continue smoothly in the growing field of urban agriculture: Urban home and community gardens pop up more and more, and the evidence of sustainability and social benefits continues to grow. More of a good thing is a good thing, right?Well, hold that thought. As is.....

US: Vertical farming comes to Middle Tennessee

Springfield resident Mona Hitch tends a greenhouse filled with rows of eight-foot PVC towers. Edible plants peek through dozens of holes drilled into the sides. Hitch’s greenhouse contains ten of these towers, though it has capacity for 50. Right now Hitch is growing multiple lettuce varieties, different.....

Smart Food Farming Expo. 28-29 June, The Netherlands:

Europe: New event to discuss Farming 4.0

On June 28, a Smart Farming Conference will take place at the Brightlands Campus of Greenport Venlo in The Netherlands. Speakers from SenZ2, Libelium, University of Bologna / Fa.Mo.S.A, Wageningen University and many more will talk about Farming 4.0, drones, robotics, IoT and more gripping topics.The.....

Catfish & tomato grown in new aquaponics facility:

Germany: Good start of INAPRO aquaponics project

The first catfish and tomatoes produced in the INAPRO demonstration site located in Waren (Germany) have been successfully processed and sold. The construction of the Waren demonstration site was finalized in 2016 and consists of an aquaponic facility exploiting the INAPRO aquaponic system and proving its.....

US (NE): UNK faculty bring aquaponics to Nebraska schools

The University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Nate Bickford, assistant professor of biology, and Matt Bice, assistant professor of kinesiology and sport sciences, are teaming up to teach middle school teachers how to integrate aquaponics systems into their classrooms and curriculums.“One of the problems with.....

US (TX): Dallas' Central Market grows salad behind the store

The Dallas-based specialty food division of H-E-B has cooked up an idea to turn fresh on its head with leafy greens and butter lettuce still attached to the roots and technically still alive.Beginning in May, the store at Lovers Lane and Greenville Avenue in Dallas will have a crop of about half a dozen.....

valoya launches Lighting as a Service concept:

Is it possible to go from HPS to LED for free?

When setting up a greenhouse, vertical farm or growth chamber, lighting turns out to be one of the greatest expenses. Traditionally, high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH) and fluorescent lamps have been the go-to choice until LED grow lights appeared on the market. LED brings significant energy.....

US (OK): Local vet starts aquaponic farming operation

Daniel Wilson retired from the Army after nearly eight years of service and moved back to the family farm in Stuart. Upon arrival, Wilson decided to experiment with a different kind of farming. His parents had sold all their cattle but Wilson wasn't interested in the beef business.He had aquaponics on his.....

US (FL): First urban hydroponic container farm opens in St. Pete

Shannon O’Malley and Brad Doyle represent the new face of St. Petersburg: young, creative, tech-savvy and entrepreneurial.On 1/3-acre of land in the city’s Warehouse Arts District, the couple grow organic, artisan greens prized by high-end restaurants like Marchand’s Bar and Grill at the Renaissance Vinoy,.....

Irving Fain, Bowery:

"Our vision is to change the way fresh food is grown"

Irving Fain, a former banker turned vertical farmer, is the CEO of New York-based indoor farm Bowery Farming. 2017 has been a banner year for the firm, as it raised a $7.5mn investment round to expand its “better than organic” produce farming operations. Ahead of his presentation at Indoor Ag-Con in May,.....

Bjorn Dawson, Grobo:

"Automating growing cycles saves in-home growers hours"

Bjorn Dawson is the CEO and co-founder of Grobo. They’ve developed an easy-­to-­use home growing system that takes the guesswork out of successfully growing small crops of high quality food and legal cannabis. Ahead of his presentation at Indoor Ag-Con in May, he's answering five questions about in home.....

US (CA): Grow tents bring hydroponics to hobby farmers

As more and more of the earth’s population moves toward the urban centers, and that population increases exponentially, a greater and greater burden is being placed upon industrial agriculture to provide food. At the same time, many of the people in those urban centers wish to engage in horticulture as a.....

April 27, Coleman

US (TX): Aquaponics program at Texas A&M

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct an aquaponics program from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 27 in the Public Library Annex, located at 408 Commercial Ave. in Coleman.Michael Palmer, AgriLife Extension agent in Coleman County, said the program is for those interested in starting or refining a.....

US (CA): East Bay companies redefine urban farming

One hundred miles, give or take, from farm to table, is the ideal maximum distance for produce to be considered local. But there are some companies that are greatly improving on that goal — instead of triple-digit mileage, they’re offering produce that’s grown within just a few miles. Even better, when.....

Urban Agriculture Research Centre to be established in Dubai

The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) was recently selected by Plantagon as their academic research partner in Dubai. The Swedish company, known for their patented innovations in the field of urban food production systems, and the University of Wollongong in Dubai, with expertise on Supply Chain.....

US (AZ): Grower expands sales opportunities with vertical farming

The tri-cities area that includes Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley, Arizona — like many places in the country— has a population that’s becoming ever more careful about where food comes from.Patrick Wilcox, who owns Prescott’s Natural Wonders Farm, is hoping to be on the front end of that popular.....

China: 100-hectare urban farming district comes to Shanghai

With nearly 24 million inhabitants to feed and a decline in the availability and quality of agricultural land, the Chinese megacity of Shanghai is set to realize the Sunqiao Urban Agricultural District, a 100-hectare masterplan designed by US-based firm Sasaki Associates. Situated between Shanghai’s main.....

US: Hydroponics in a Wyoming nutshell

One Casper man and his family began farming lettuce in a hydroponics shipping container in their backyard.Skyline gardens, a family business grew after Matt Powell read an article in the Wall Street Journal.Once a city boy, Powell never saw himself as a farmer, until he learned how easy it was.Inside his.....

global indoor agriculture production, research, training, and service hub in Kennett:

US (PA): Autogrow supports global indoor agriculture initiative

Autogrow, a supplier of automated control systems for indoor agriculture facilities, announced its support for a major public-private initiative to develop a global indoor agriculture production, research, training, and service hub on the US East Coast, to be located in Kennett Township,.....

How aquaponics can outperform hydroponics

Even though hydroponic systems use scientifically optimized man-made nutrient solutions, aquaponic plants have been shown to be healthier, more productive, and more nutrient rich than those from hydroponic production. This is possibly because the complex microbial communities present in aquaponics stimulate.....

April 11, Cullman

US (AL): Aquaponics workshop at North Alabama Agriplex

One of the hottest topics in agriculture right now is aquaponics. An aquaponics workshop will take place on April 11th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the North Alabama Agriplex in Cullman.The class, under the instruction of specialists from Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic.....

UAE: Aquaponics in the backyard

Jason Renoux has captured the current zeitgeist for aquaponics. The Dubai-based French scuba-diving instructor was already familiar with the ways of fish in his professional life and had a growing interest in cultivating organic vegetables and salads in the garden of his Springs home, which segued into him.....

US (OK): Growtainers provide Oklahoma food bank with year-round produce

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma wants the people it serves to eat more produce.The organization also understands that for many of them, access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables is an issue.A new initiative by the food bank is hitting both of those fronts by allowing it to grow and.....

US (MN): Aquaponic company to set up shop in former brewery

Urban Organics, the aquaponic company that grows fish and greens in a symbiotic indoor system in the old Hamm’s brewery, will be setting up shop in a second location, also in a former St. Paul brewery, in May.The new farm will be in the Schmidt Brewery, behind the artist lofts, toward the river. As part of.....

May 20, SoCal

Register now for new Seedstock Urban Farming Field Trip

Slated for Saturday, May 20, 2017 the ‘Future of Food – Urban Farming Field Trip’ will visit a series of innovative urban farming ventures in Inland Southern California that have emerged to grow the local food marketplace, increase food access, educate local communities, advocate for food equity, and improve.....

Aquaponic farming catching on despite challenges

When Trevor Kenkel started experimenting with aquaponics eight years ago, he worked out of his garage. Now, he has a 7,800 square foot greenhouse in Maine where he grows vegetables and raises fish in a hyper-efficient, closed-loop system — all without any soil.“We are 10 times more productive than.....

US (OH): Aquaponics farmers are making waves

Kimball and Stephanie Osborn are breaking new ground in Greene County agriculture. Actually, make that water.The couple founded and run Oasis Aqua Farm, an aquaponics farm in Beavercreek. They offer tours, a how-to explanation on their growing method as well as their products – a variety of organic produce.....

India: InfraCo Asia signs agreement for large scale hydroponics project

InfraCo Asia Development has signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) to develop a Hydroponics Project at Junga, Shimla District in Himachal Pradesh, India. InfraCo Asia—through its South Asia developer team, Equicap Asia and local partner Junga FreshnGreen Pvt. Ltd. (JFPL)—will establish a 9.3 hectare.....

Space farming: "no longer a pipe dream"

Following a new NASA bill, passed in March by the US Congress and which authorizes $19.5 billion spending for space exploration in 2017, manned missions to Mars are closer to reality than ever before.As both public and private enterprises gear up towards a return to the Moon and the first human footsteps on.....

UV sterilization in aquaponics

Aquaponics has beneficial bacteria that allow it to outperform sterile systems. Because of this, UV sterilizers are not generally used. Other negative side effects of UV sterilization include the reduction of micronutrients especially iron, boron and manganese."One side effect of the use of UV sterilizers is.....

5 hydroponic greenhouse questions with Joe Swartz of AmHydro

Joe Swartz is Vice President at American Hydroponics, a longstanding indoor agriculture consultant and supplier. Based in California, they service clients across the world. Joe has a lengthy career as a grower, and lives with his family on his East coast family farm. Ahead of his presentation at Indoor.....

High-tech solutions to combat hunger

The world’s population is growing, food is becoming scarcer. Without great strides in innovation, the demand for food is likely to outstrip supply. Vertical farming, urban farming, combine harvesters that are analysis laboratories on wheels, and last but not least, the smartphone: therein lie the hopes for.....

April 27, Ettrick

US (VA): Growers learn how to raise fish in cages for added income

The Aquaculture Program at Virginia State University has scheduled a fish cage-building workshop on April 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at VSU’s Randolph Farm, located at 4415 River Road, Ettrick. Free and open to the public, the workshop is designed for anyone with a farm pond who is interested raising fish.....

Mondelez building aquaponics units for low-income South Africans

Two commercial size aquaponics units are being built at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as part of a R37 million Health in Action programme which will provide children from primary schools in low-income communities with access to fresh, nutritious produce.The Mondelez International Foundation (the.....

Aquaponics lab explores food production for Earth and possibly Mars

Professor Peter Merkle can envision his research, which involves networks of ecotubes full of plants, fish and fish waste, one day helping feed humans living on Mars.“My idea is essentially to have a swamp on Mars,” he says. “We have to learn how to maintain an ecosystem off the planet Earth.”But for now,.....

Affinor signs on-farm test agreement with California berry company

Affinor announces the signing of a research and development Test Agreement with a large strawberry production company headquartered in California, USA.The Test Agreement is a collaboration of Affinor's vertical farming tower technology, proprietary strawberry seedlings from California, and the new greenhouse.....