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USDA assists vertical farmers with funding, research

Imagine walking into your local grocery story on a frigid January day to pick up freshly harvested lettuce, fragrant basil, juicy sweet strawberries, and ripe red tomatoes – all of which were harvested at a local farm only hours before you’d arrived. You might be imagining buying that fresh produce from.....
September 7, Hong Kong

Vertical farming on display at Asia Fruit Logistica

On September 5-7, Hong Kong will play host to Asia Fruit Logistica, one of the world’s largest fruit and vegetable trade conferences. With thousands of key stakeholders in the world’s agricultural supply chain meeting up in Hong Kong, what better place could there be for the AVF’s first-ever Vertical Farming.....

"Indoor-farming tech is growing on investors"

There’s plenty of buzz around the coming legalization of cannabis, but behind all the smoke, another type of grow-op is catching the attention of investors and budding entrepreneurs.Indoor farming is taking root in Canada and around the world – in homes and businesses, cities and remote communities, in.....

January 15-16, Singapore

Indoor Ag-Con Asia returns to Singapore for 4th edition

The Indoor Ag-Con Asia will be returning to Singapore in January for its 4th edition. Indoor Ag-Con will introduce new features to the event, including unconferencing sessions where you can hive-mind with fellow indoor agriculture enthusiasts and mini workshops with Singaporean firm Upgrown Farming to add to.....

October 1-2, Cologne

Harvest failures due to drought: innovations in food production in sight

Food security is becoming an important issue even in Europe, where this year's summer drought has led to significant crop failures. How can future food security be guaranteed in times of climate change? Are digitisation, robotization, biostimulants and new possibilities of food production in cities, seas and.....

Passively cooled LED offers bright, uniform light for all crops

FlowerMax offers an innovative, intelligent lighting and control system for the flowering stage for all crops. With the needs of indoor farmers in mind, VividGro has developed a lighting solution for the flowering stage of plants that combines ease of use, energy efficiency and stability. The FlowerMax can.....

Jan Willem van der Schans

Dutch economist discusses benefits of urban agriculture

In my PhD thesis, I focused on what the first advocates of free trade, John Locke and Hugo Grotius, meant by the word ‘free’. At that time the Catholic church regulated international trade; the English, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese fought wars about international trade routes.by Jan Willem van der.....

UK: Entrepreneur seeking to grow his aquaponics farm

Tom Astor, from Woodstock, produces usually-imported greens at his aquaponics farm in a small rented barn in Sandford St Martin, near Chipping Norton. Mr Astor admits he started from ‘a knowledge base of zero’ when he began building the farm last July, but the 31-year-old is a quick learner.Since then, he.....

US (NY): Indoor farm offers new life for ex-elementary school

When the Unatego School District Board of Education voted to close the Otego Elementary School in February 2017, a committee formed to decide the fate of the building. In a 4-2 vote on Monday, Aug. 6, the board accepted an innovative farming proposal.AgZeit is the brainchild of James Dutcher and its.....

AccorHotels using 600 onsite urban food gardens

AccorHotels has announced that it is on track to install urban fruit and vegetable gardens at 1,000 of its 4,500 global hotels by 2020. This giant project is part of its commitment to cut emissions from food transportation and reduce its food waste output.On August 9, the hotelier revealed that it has fitted.....

Hyper-local cultivation: Restaurant integrates aquaponics greenhouse

Consumers, supermarkets and restaurants are increasingly going for local produce. They do this by going to the farmers' market, sourcing fruit and vegetables from small-scale growers in the area, or growing produce right next to the restaurant table. Asian-fusion restaurant Tao Yuan in Maine is taking this.....

Vegetable seed germination without gravity

"It did. It really did," said Alice Drive Middle School student Alana Garrick."Yay," said fellow rising seventh-grader Mary Brooke Mooneyham.That's after the two learned on Friday in a special ceremony at the school that sodium polyacrylate can be used in space for seed germination and plant growth. ........

Aruba government approves vertical farming project

On Aug 9, 2018, the Government of Aruba held a press conference to announce they have approved VDA Vertical Designs Aruba VBA to build a vertical farming project in Aruba, using AFI's vertical farming technology. The technology will allow VDA Vertical Designs Aruba VBA to produce crops year-round in Aruba's.....

Arctic agriculture: Smart greenhouses and light on demand

Scientists of the Tomsk Polytechnic University designed "smart" greenhouses for the Arctic regions, where growing vegetables does not depend on climate conditions or sunlight. The scientists told TASS about how the Arctic regions may grow vegetables for their own needs and what other technologies may be used.....

Georgia to cultivate grapes on Mars

Georgian scientists announced that they intend to join in the exploration of space, hoping to cultivate grapes in alien conditions. “NASA astronauts on the space station have carried out several successful experiments on growing food, which is an important step towards the breeding of other crops. The.....

"In aquaponic farming, modules minimize risks"

Aquaponics is gaining popularity in Oregon, and as producers build their systems they can reduce their risk by starting small and designing their operations in modules, a commercial aquaponic producer says.Doing that allows a scalable operation that can be more easily expanded and isolates any problems that.....

Fresh produce for both patients and the community

US: Boston Medical Center’s rooftop farm

Boston Medical Center is going green. The building has a rooftop farm, supplying fresh fruits and vegetables to patients and the community. This is the first rooftop farm associated with a hospital in New England.‘Farm’ manager Lindsay Allen: “BMC for a long time has had a mission that food is medicine. We.....

US (MA): Greens growers branch out to marijuana

Ashley and John Irving are farmers.But you won’t see them out working in a field.They grow their crops, organic micro-greens, in pans neatly arranged on wooden racks, under special growing lights behind high brick walls wrapped around 15,000 square feet of floor space in an old factory at 81 West St. in.....

Philippines: Seed supplier targets growing urban farming market

Vegetable and flower seed producer and supplier East-West Seed is planning to expand its portfolio by offering vertical farming solutions such as hydroponic units and smaller greenhouses to urban dwellers.East-West Seed Agricultural Engineer Pedro F. Dayag III, who designed the hydroponic unit prototypes,.....

Singapore: Government plans increased support for vertical farming

On the sidelines of a visit to an R&D laboratory belonging to Sus-tenir Agriculture, which developed a method to grow strawberries in Singapore, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Koh Poh Koon said government agencies will need to see how best they can change rules to assist vertical.....

CAN (ON): Modular farms now made in Dalkeith

In good farm country like Dalkeith, where soil is abundant, it seems unusual to introduce vertical farming. But Eric Amyot, CEO of Modular Farms Inc., believes he’s found the perfect location to build the modular farm that are being shipped worldwide. These metal boxes — some say they look like ATCO storage.....

Trinidad & Tobago: Works Credit Union launches aquaponics facility

Works Credit Union has started on a journey to feed Tobagonians with its Green Works initiative for sustainable food production – an aquaponics system which was launched on Monday night at its compound in Spring Garden.Speaking at the launch, President Fitzroy Ottley said the initiative was focused on.....

US (TX): Vertical farm introduces chemical-free produce line

Eden Green Technology, a next generation vertical farming company, unveiled Crisply, a locally grown, freshly picked produce line. Eden Green Technology's Crisply produce, which is non-GMO and pesticide-, herbicide- and chemical-free, can be found in Walmart stores beginning in Texas next month."We are.....

Turn-key vertical farm technology available in Japan

Netled has made an agreement with M2 Solution on a presence in the Japanese market. The agreement opens Asia's fast growing market to Finnish high-tech vertical farming technology.Netled has been developing vertical farm technology with the brand name Vera for several years. Turn-key farming technology with.....

US (NJ): Middleschoolers give hydroponic crops to the needy

Students at Union City's Emerson Middle School, with help from a few hardworking and passionate educators, have started growing community gardens.What started out as a classroom filled with old lunch tables and a courtyard marred by weeds has evolved into an indoor hydroponic garden where crops are grown in.....

US (PA): COE for Indoor Agriculture feasibility study completed

Barisoft Consulting Group has just released a feasibility study to establish a Center of Excellence (COE) for Indoor Agriculture in the Kennett region of Pennsylvania. This region, located near Philadelphia, PA, has long been considered the “Mushroom Capital” of the U.S. The proposed Center of Excellence.....

UAE: Emirates invests in 130,000 sq.ft. vertical farm

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) and Crop One will co-invest US$40 million to build a large vertical farming facility near Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central. The project is a joint venture with U.S.-based vertical farm operator Crop One Holdings. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al.....

US (WI): Nelson and Pade honored with Sustainable Business Award

Nelson and Pade received the Wisconsin Sustainable Product of the Year award for a small business, from the Wisconsin Sustainability Council. This award provides recognition of the many facets of sustainability that the company's Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems represent. From low water usage to zero waste,.....

US (MI): Car manufacturer invests $127,000 in Detroit urban farming

Now in its fourth year, the Mahindra Urban Agriculture Grant Program disbursed $127,000 in funding and equipment to eight southeast Michigan non-profits in support of sustainable farming and gardening.Since the program's inception in 2015, Mahindra has donated more than $425,000 in cash and farm equipment to.....

US (CO): Church aquaponics garden a source of healing within and beyond

On a Saturday morning last November, Tina Zamora entered a steel and solar-wrapped structure as if a stranger in a strange, new world.Heads of lettuce floated in beds of water on the ground. Tilapia teemed in a tank. What kind of place was this to be checking off court-ordered community service hours?And.....

"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.....

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.....

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.....

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.....