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Growing beans with goldfish? It's possible

The Hootie 1.0 Indoor Aquaponic System was able to grow a string bean with only about 100 grams of ornamental goldfish powering the train, Anacostia Aquaponics reports.This string bean was just a test to see if they could grow a decent fruiting vegetable with this 29-gallon system. (Fruiting plants like.....

"Ag tech investment boom will create wave of agriculture unicorns"

Mega funding rounds from companies like Farmers Business Network, Gingko Bioworks, Indigo Ag and Plenty are redefining the agtech investment landscape as we move into 2018. The total investment in 2017 topped $1.5 billion-- setting a new record. With indoor farming, disruptive retail, along with genome and.....

Plenty wants to roll out indoor farms in China, Japan

Plenty is seeking urban sites for new farms in Chinese cities as part of a global drive to set up high-tech facilities growing organic vegetables in warehouses under banks of LED lights.Matt Barnard, chief executive of the San Francisco-based firm which counts Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Japanese tech.....

Project EDEN ISS: Arrival on the eternal ice shelf

Greenhouse reaches the Antarctic

"Now that we have unloaded at the ice shelf edge, we are under construction," says EDEN-ISS project manager Daniel Schubert. "We could hardly wait, landing on the Antarctic continent as a four-person construction team, right before Christmas." Over the next few weeks, the team from the German Aerospace.....

Belgian restaurant grows its own veggies

Huis Van Wonterghem, a famous Belgian event organizer and caterer, has been planning exclusive events for more than 75 years. This specialist is well-known for its culinary high-quality catering. Recently they started to grow their leafy greens and herbs in a FarmFlex unit. Have a look at what Barbara Van.....

Geoff Gray grows own paleolithic diet

“Good quality, real food is hard to come by. Clean eating has helped a lot of people. It’s a must,” Gray said. “We just saw how difficult it was to acquire. So we decided to do something about it.”Gray is the owner of Primal Gardens in Seminole, an aquaponics farm where a variety of vegetables are grown and.....

Argentina: A smart greenhouse for urban crops

Two young entrepreneurs who graduated from the UBA have developed smart hydroponic greenhouses (i.e. greenhouses that use mineral solutions instead of soil substrate to cultivate their crops). This invention allows people to produce healthier vegetables in 50 square meters, on the terraces of the buildings,.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics leaders indicted

Global Aquaponics executives Tobias Ritesman and Timothy Burns have each been indicted by a federal grand jury on 18 counts of mail and wire fraud.If convicted, each count is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.Federal prosecutors say Ritesman and Burns misled potential investors about the viability of.....

US (NY): Where mushrooms grow just a few feet from the table

A Bushwick company is growing crops inside the restaurants they supply. The company is Smallhold, a distributed farm startup; its first product is the mushroom, which is being grown in two city restaurants–Bunker in Bushwick and Mission Chinese Food in Manhattan–that lease small, refrigerator-sized units.....

Young entrepreneur aims to feed Fiji with hydroponics

Sandhiya Goundar, who is a lecturer in social science at the University of Fiji, is looking to begin a hydroponic farm in Fiji.This, she believes, will in turn not only give back greater yields and profits, but potentially create employment."I come from a farming background so I always wanted to start up a.....

India: Hydroponics to increase production of vegetables in Raj

The agriculture department of Rajasthan is planning to experiment with the use of hydroponics technique in the cultivation of a few vegetables. An Australian delegation visited the government’s centre of excellence at Bassi in Jaipur district recently to study the prospects of introducing the technique in.....

Vietnam: Farming with phones and without soil

After working with the military-run telecom group Viettel for seven years, Nguyễn Quốc Phong decided he wanted to do something else.The 33-year-old man from Núi Thành District in Quảng Nam Province has since used his IT know-how and experience to study and promote hydroponic farming,.....
February 21, Raleigh

US (NC): Does the future of conventional ag include vertical farming?

If you are involved with the vertical farming or indoor agriculture industries, then you should plan on attending Ag Tech Worlds Collide. Scheduled for Feb. 21, 2018, at North Carolina State University, this event will tackle the big questions currently being addressed in the vertical farming and indoor.....

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The Gardians spreads its wings

The Gardians was established last year and is ready to spread its wings. This company, which is a cooperation between Agro & Food specialist Viscon and young plant grower Hishtil, launched a year round 'mail your plants' program at the Fruit Logistica 2017. For both companies, operating on the 'end.....

Pegasus acquires new farms in the UAE and Portugal

2017 has been an exciting year for Pegasus Food Futures, as they acquired farms in Abu Dhabi, Ras-Al-Khaimah and two sites in Portugal.Pegasus recently secured 3.5 hectares of existing farmland in Al-Ajban, where they now have several greenhouses under construction. The farm will predominantly grow mint,.....

Movie to be made of Vertical Harvest drama

"Hearts of Glass" will capture the drama of the first year of operation of Vertical Harvest, a cutting-edge greenhouse in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming. Can a vertical farm with a social mission nourish a community and become a model for others?156 donors helped the filmmakers raise 156% of their.....

US (NY): Bronx apartment building includes aquaponics greenhouse

Like many new buildings being built in New York City, Bedford Green House in the Bronx will be energy efficient with an environmentally friendly design. But thanks to a rooftop aquaponics greenhouse, it will also encourage its residents to try their hand at urban farming.The 13-story, 118-unit Bedford Green.....

Singapore: Panasonic salad hits the market

Catering company Tong Chiang Group has come up with a new salad using locally grown vegetables supplied by Panasonic, and salad dressings inspired by two popular local dishes - chilli crab and Hainanese chicken rice.For a start, the SingaSalad is now available only on the menus of eight of Tong Chiang.....

Video: Aquaponic cannabis cultivation in action

Green Relief was founded in 2013 by Warren Bravo, Lyn Bravo, and Steve LeBlanc on the principles of sustainability, social responsibility, and research, something that is reflected heavily in Green Relief's new brand image."Rebranding our company was a very personal decision," said Green Relief CEO Warren.....

Alaskan family use shipping containers to grow produce in unlikely place

When thinking about shipping containers the first thing that comes to mind may not be lettuce and herbs, but that may soon change according to a family of growers from Alaska. The Aleutian Greens farm is located on Alaska's Aleutian Islands and are using hydroponic farms to grow lettuce and herbs in an.....

Peri-Urban agriculture: a solution for urbanisation in India

Indian agriculture has seen rapid growth in fruit, vegetable, dairy and fishery production, according to Union Ag and Farmers Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh,reports India Infoline. He said that their unprecedented development in ag production is 'setting an example for the world'.The Ministry is.....

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Indoor Ag-Con Asia introduces pitch competition

Indoor Ag-Con is returning to Singapore for the third time in January 2018. This years’ event will be focused on accelerating innovation in the industry, in areas as diverse as plant biology and artificial intelligence.The two-day event will be hosted at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore on January 16- 17,.....

"increasing outputs while reducing inputs"

Three new vertical farming lighting solutions launched

Fluence Bioengineering launched three new horticulture lighting solutions designed for the world’s largest vertical farms. The new Fluence RAZR Series is built for a wide range of vertical farming applications from full-cycle cultivation of leafy greens and microgreens, to young plant propagation of.....

Indian hospital grows veggies and guppies in aquaponic system

Growing vegetables in their backyard is a dream that everyone cherishes. But for many, it just remains a dream. However, the Dietary Department of the General Hospital has turned their dream into reality. The staff here wanted to serve at least a day’s meal made using the vegetables grown on their premises......

US (PA): Pittsburgh students win $35,000 with aquaponics project

The Aquaponics Project, a University of Pittsburgh student group bent on sustainable urban farming, won the grand prize of $10,000 and a Ford Connect Transit Van at the 10th Annual Ford College Community Challenge to support their efforts to provide Pittsburghers with fresh, locally grown food. The Pitt team.....

Company looking to build its SQF vertical farm in Ontario

CAN (ON): Vertical farming concept to help food-insecure community

A Toronto, Ontario-based company has brought its proof of concept vertical farming system to be part of an initiative to grow food for the non-profit community in Windsor.Zale Tabakman with prototype unit.Local Grown Salads, in a partnership with Science City, set up the indoor farm in an underutilized high.....

US: International leaders discuss next frontiers in indoor agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, is bringing together leaders from 26 businesses, seven universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and two trade associations to identify opportunities for indoor.....

Jordan: Hydroponic systems set up in Sweilma village

The village of Sweilma in northern Jordan launched its first hydroponics and community garden in the presence of representatives from the National Centre for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), a FAO statement said. With the support of the FAO, NCARE.....

Cambodia: Students encouraged to take up vertical farming

Dozens of Cambodian college students gathered at the Royal University of Agriculture on Saturday to participate in an “agri-techathon” that encouraged them to discuss the need for sustainable and smarter technology-based solutions to support the sector.Organised by the Belt and Road Angel Investment.....

Solar-powered floating farm combines agriculture and dining

As urban farming becomes increasingly popular, people are finding new, unexpected ways of incorporating agriculture into cities. From rooftops and community gardens, urban farming has descended to waterways and lakes – as in this solar-powered floating farm that doubles as a restaurant. Lotus is designed to.....

UK: Planting the seed of inner-city farming

"Our agricultural sector is under pressure like ­never before. Charged with meeting ever-growing demand, agriculture has had to diversify and adapt at an astonishing rate", writes Philip Gane, Capital Projects Manager at the James Hutton Institute, in an opinion piece for The Scotsman."To achieve this,.....

US (MN): Urban Organics continues to expand

Winter is around the corner in Minnesota, bringing freezing temperatures, plenty of snow and an abrupt end to the outdoor growing season.But at Urban Organics, an 87,000-square-foot aquaponics farm in St. Paul, vertical fields of snappy fresh greens and herbs thrive under an artificial sun. Salmon and arctic.....

Hydroponic and aquaponics designs: an overview

There are two categories of hydroponic systems: aggregate and non-aggregate. Non-aggregate hydroponic systems are designed to support plants with their roots hanging into the nutrient solution. Aggregate hydroponic systems use substrates to provide support for the plants. In aggregate hydroponics, the.....

Trinidad & Tobago: $10K donated for aquaponics unit at special school

On Friday 17 November, a 6-Pipe Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) Aquaponics Unit was installed at the New Beginnings Special School in Petit Valley.The Digicel Foundation donated TT$10,000.00 to assist with the start-up costs of purchasing fingerlings, seedlings, and feed for the system. The Aquaponics.....

US (WI): Growing Power founder Will Allen announces retirement

Growing Power founder and CEO Will Allen is retiring, leaving his urban farming nonprofit to alter course as it faces nearly a half-million dollars in pending legal judgments.Allen, 68, confirmed Monday he will retire once Growing Power decides on, and announces, its future direction. Allen, also an author.....

Autogrow launches cloud application to grow anywhere, on any device

Global ag-tech company Autogrow has launched an API-enabled cloud application giving indoor growers access to grow anywhere, on any operating system and viewed on any device. “With our growers now in 40 countries; our new IntelliGrow application can seamlessly support their crop production via the cloud,.....

Freight Farms expands reach into Asia with new partnership with Everlane

Freight Farms announced Everlane as a new partner, who plans to purchase and launch three of the company's Leafy Green Machines at Saitex, their LEED-certified denim factory in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.Everlane will be placing the farms at Saitex to provide its workers with two healthy meals a day. This.....

Potential for using brackish water in an aquaponic system

A poster presented at the Drylands, Deserts and Desertification conference (Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 6-9 November 2017) reported the results of an experiment to test the suitability of different plant species for aquaponics systems using brackish water. Plant growth was excellent for.....

US (CO): A look into UCCS Aquaponics

“The circle of life” is a good description of how the aquaponics system, built and utilized by the UCCS Farm, operates. At the UCCS Farm, the demonstration-scale aquaponics system grows a variety of produce. The aquaponics farm has been in place since June 2016, and the team is looking for more helping hands.....

US (OK): Vertical farms allow food banks to grow their own produce

When temperatures dip below zero, it’s too cold for farmers to grow fresh produce in Tulsa.Until spring, almost all of the fresh fruits and vegetables distributed through the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma are imported from warmer climes like Mexico and California. Those donations are few and far.....

Indoor Farms of America presents solar powered vertical aeroponic farm

Indoor Farms of America announces the first fully operating, 100% solar powered vertical aeroponic indoor farm in the world."This farm represents a major milestone for indoor farming. Everyone in the industry knows that the additional investment of solar energy generation to power an indoor farm can turn a.....

US (VA): 865,000 dollar investment for new aquaponics facility in Loudoun County

Kappa Farms will create 21 new jobs and invest $865,000 to open an aquaponics operation in Loudoun County.The company will build a closed-loop nutrient cycle aquaponics facility which will produce certified organic baby lettuces and arugula using water and nutrients derived from fish waste. The company will.....

CAN (ON): TruLeaf planning next growth stage

With its indoor farm in Guelph, Ont., nearing completion, TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture is plotting its next phase of growth with more farms, a licensing model for its technology and new round of funding.Gregg Curwin, founder and CEO of the Halifax vertical farming company, also says the company is focused.....

European universities dive into aquaponics

On 9-10 November 2017 project partners from the University of Greenwich, the Technical University of Madrid, the University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Centre Naklo and the Zurich University of Applied Sciences met in Madrid for the kick-off meeting of ‘Aqu@teach: innovative educational tools to promote.....

CAN (AB): Aeroponics MMJ grower appoints President and COO

Thrive Growing announced the appointment of Mr. Charles Ramsey as President and COO, effective November 14th, 2017. Mr. Ramsey was the founder and former CEO of Agrisoft Development Group LLC., a regulatory compliance software provider to the licit cannabis industry. Mr. Ramsey is a seasoned entrepreneur,.....

NL: Provincial governors visit Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo

On November 16th and 17th, Herman Reynders and Theo Bovens, provincial governors of the Dutch and Belgian provinces of Limburg, paid an official visit to the “two Limburgs”. The idea behind these visits is that both Dutch and Belgian Limburg have plenty of interesting things to offer, and can bundle their.....

What are the optimum nutrient levels for hydroponic edible crops?

How much different is it growing edible crops organically than it is with conventional production inputs? Hort Americas special projects manager Tyler Baras is studying the differences in trying to grow organically versus using conventional production methods.Baras has been doing organic production research.....

Singapore: 63-year-old grower builds aquaponics farm from scratch

For a year, 63-year-old Joseph Phua toiled to create his own hybrid aquaponic farm from scratch.His back bent, he would construct his own concrete fish tanks and cut holes in rectangular wire casings to hold his vegetable seedlings.Even the piping to circulate water in the system, which combines conventional.....

Aquaponics: Ergonomics and economics

The seventh and final training school organised by the EU Aquaponics Hub was hosted by the AquaBioTech Group in Malta from October 30 to November 2, 2017. The four-day training school on ‘Aquaponics: Ergonomics and economics’ covered the design of Recirculating Aquaculture System and hydroponic greenhouse.....