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Dutch tomato grower sentenced to fine of 75,000 euros for fatal elevator incident

A malfunction of the packaging robot, on the automatic transport or on a trolley stacker. Just a bit of tinkering, a little diversion and it is functioning again. Yet it can go terribly wrong. This is evident from the accident that happened three years ago at Vereijken Logistics. An employee was killed…

Greenhouse grower to offer taste-tests "behind closed doors" at PMA

The dynamics of the Canadian greenhouse industry are getting more sophisticated each year. It's impressive enough to think that hothouse vegetables are growing in a freezing climate, but now these greenhouse growers are taking further steps to bring their produce to a higher level. NatureFresh™ Farms, based in Leamington,…

Dutch delegation visits vegetable farm in Rwanda

On 4th October 2018, the Agricultural Counselor, Carian Emeka, with a delegation from the Netherlands: A.J.Arno Rohde from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality and Frank Buizer from the Netherland Entreprise Agency (RVO) - visited SUNRIPE farm Ltd, a 7 hectare farm located in the Kayumba…

Australian agriculture groups join together to voice concerns over harvest workforce plans

Several major farming and horticulture industry representative groups have raised concerns with the Australian Government's new initiative to get unemployed workers to fill the labour shortage gap in harvesting. Under the new plan announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, farmers have to register their need and…

South Africa: "The extent of farm attacks must be internationally recognized"

Agri SA is displeased with President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement that there is “no killings of farmers" in South Africa. He said this in an interview at the United Nations in…

Greenhouse vegetable grower to launch seven products at PMA

With the produce industry preparing to head to Orlando for PMA Fresh Summit, greenhouse vegetable grower Pure Flavor® is prepping for one of the biggest trade shows ever. Pure Flavor® said it will be launching 7 new items at the trade show. “We are bringing new products to market that will help our retail & foodservice…

Businessman-philanthropist Patrice Motsepe at annual congress AgriSA:

“South African farmers need security of land and assets”

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Patrice Motsepe says South African farmers, both black and white, need to be safe in the knowledge that their right to land and…

US (AZ): Chef partners with local grower

Joseph Dominguez works closely with some local chefs to create the freshest farm to table dishes. From cucumbers to his famous cherry tomatoes, beefsteak tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes to eggplants, peppers and colored carrots, he helps grow organic produce for people to enjoy in Yuma. “Hillside Farms, I started…

Following the Dutch model, here they work on trolleys between rows.

Italy: "Hydroponic cultivation lowers disease risk"

The young, Italian horticulturist Rosario Aurnia has made a very meticulous working system for the farming of his tomatoes. Six hectares are mostly cultivated in mini plum tomatoes (70%), while the remainder is used for the datterino variety. The entire surface has been allocated for hydroponic…

Sarah Dressel: New Paltz woman is a vibrant symbol of farming’s future

Sarah Dressel, the youngest person to lead the New York Apple Association, is in the vanguard of a generation that is coming back to the farm and securing her family’s –and…

Italy: the fennel campaign has started in Emilia-Romagna

The fennel harvesting started two days ago. The production area is located in Emilia Romagna. The Cagliari & Babbi company – specialised in fennel (Finò brand) – have 36 hectares, between direct production and farmers. Vittorio Cagliari explains, “The production is of high quality. Also, the quantity met the expectations. The lowering…

Frank Vansimpsen, Sint-Lucie:

“Watercress power food for all seasons”

Things are calm for Sint-Lucie at the moment, after the watercress fields were flooded last June. “We had to clear everything before re-sowing at the time, and that kept us busy. Fortunately, we’re spread across Haspengouw, Belgium, with our seven nurseries, and nature was kind enough not to flood all…

US (NV): Aquaponics farm increases tomato yields by 20% with new lighting

Founded in 2015, Dayton Valley Aquaponics is a year-round aquaponic greenhouse designed to provide the northern Nevada area with consistently fresh, sustainable, local produce. They currently use their LumiGrow fixtures to light 20,000 square feet of greenhouse. Tomatoes are Dayton Valley’s bread and…

Canada: Opportunity Scholarships awarded to students pursuing education in agriculture and food-related fields

This year’s Opportunity Scholarship winners are starting their first year of post-secondary education and all look forward to having an impact on Canadian agriculture and food…

Cees and Nynke Groenewegen grow 25 tomato varieties in Sweden

Growing for the local market. That was the wish that Cees and Nynke Groenewegen brought along with them to Sweden 13 years ago. From their greenhouses in the town of Karintorp, near Åsbro, they provide shops and restaurants with a wide range of tomatoes. Cultivation outside the Netherlands is nothing new for Cees. After he…

Canada: Winners announced of 2018-19 ASPB Conviron Scholars Program

The ASPB Conviron Scholars Program is aimed at supporting the next generation of plant scientists by helping students build their foundation for a successful career. The program selects exceptional Undergraduate and Graduate students studying Plant Biology and delivers a year-long experience which…

Malaysia: Three friends supply fresh veggies thanks to NFT

Using the ‘nutrient film technique’ (NFT) hydroponic system technology, three friends are now enjoying the benefits from a 30 x 35 square metre plot which has been developed into a greenhouse and planted with various types of salads and highland vegetables. The Farmia developed by Saiful Bahri Ahmad Adibi, 42, together…

Wout van Es, Van Nature:

“I care about Dutch product a great deal”

Since May this year, Wout van Es has been working as product and market specialist for Van Nature. He’s the connecting link between growers and mercantile houses, and every day he dedicates himself tirelessly to both parties. It’s an understatement to say Wout has an extensive fresh produce background. It started…

Serbia arrests 36 for alleged smuggling of EU fruit to Russia

Serbian police said that they have arrested 36 people suspected of illegally exporting fruit to Russia that was originally imported from the European Union. This would be a…

Can the Russian greenhouse industry overcome challenges?

The development of Russia’s greenhouse industry has become a well-known fact in the last few years. Analytics argue that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the industry thus far with more than 250 hectares of new commercial greenhouses commissioned. This rapid increase resulted mainly from a…

Four million sealed bell peppers for cruise ships and military bases per year

Recording a TV show at your company, changing buyers and a 15th anniversary. Three good reasons to make a new company film, according to bell pepper sorter MidFresh in Harmelen, the Netherlands. As of late August, a modern company film is online, featuring drone images of the entire production process. “The old…

Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard

From rose greenhouse to vineyard under glass

On Friday 28 September, Europe's largest greenhouse vineyard could be admired on television. In Dutch TV program BinnensteBuiten, chef Leon Mazairac and sommelier Lendl Mijnhijmer visited Egchel in Limburg, where a former rose nursery of 1.5 hectares was turned into a vineyard in 2015. Winemaker Joep van…

US (TX): Big Tex Urban Farms donate more to local community thanks to oxygen nanobubbles

Big Tex Urban Farms has installed Moleaer's Boost nanobubble generator to increase crop production. Throughout the growing season, Big Tex Urban Farms donates all its produce to local Dallas area organizations. Big Tex Urban Farms wanted to incorporate an innovative solution that would help them grow more food per square foot…

US (MI): Flint resident wants to beat the food desert with a greenhouse

The north side of Flint is largely a food desert, the result of a steady decline in jobs and economic security compounded by the city’s enduring water crisis. But Mark Baldwin wants to change that. “Especially for young folks, there’s an amazing amount of opportunity in Flint,” he says on a crisp Thursday afternoon, gesturing…

US (IL): Organic farm sees "healthy and productive tomatoes" with clipper system

Tempel Farms Organics is a diversified, certified organic vegetable, cut flower and egg farm located in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. Mike Morrison has introduced the Qlipr system in July 2018 and shares their experience. Mike Morrison about Qlipr: "The system has been working very nicely for us. Our tomatoes were grafted…

CAN (ON): Tomato grower to be sentenced for illegal cannabis

A 64-year-old farmer who was enlisted to grow marijuana due to his proficiency in growing tomatoes will be sentenced in the new year for his role in a medical marijuana facility that police say grew thousands of plants illegally. In the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2016, Niagara Regional Police responded to a…

The broccoli season is starting, as well

Courgette: a good beginning for the autumnal campaign

In the area surrounding Foggia, in Puglia, the harvesting of courgettes and broccoli has started. Giovanni Pasquariello, the owner of the Azienda Agricola Pasquariello Giovanni di Carapelle, told to FreshPlaza, “Fortunately, our fields were not affected by the bad weather. It did not rain much and we had…

Over $10,000 raised

CAN (BC): Village Farms Runs for the Cure

The Village Farms family came together to raise awareness for the Run for the Cure while exceeding their goal by raising more than $10,000 last week for the Canadian Cancer Society. In addition, Village Farms took home the Pepsi Corporate Spirit Award as the top fundraising corporate team at the CIBC Run…

Tomato grower celebrates 10 years in Tunisia

SanLucar, a premium brand for fruit and vegetables, celebrated its 10th anniversary of production in Tunisia with a commemorative event at the farm La Cinquième Saison in El Hamma in the region Gabés. 1,400 people attended the celebration, including employees and their families, the entire management team of SanLucar…

UAE: Pure Harvest reaps 1.5 million USD investment

The Mohammed bin Rashid Innovation Fund, MBRIF, operated by the Emirates Development Bank, announced a disbursement of AED5.5 million [1.5 million USD] to UAE headquartered Pure Harvest. The fund will be utilised on construction and pre-production of Pure Harvest’s foundational, high-tech greenhouse in Nahel, UAE.…

CGC Bus Tour: challenges for Canadian enterprises in a good market

Due to the switch being made by its competitors to cannabis and the gap occurring in the market, the team of plant nursery Waldan Gardens has decided to expand its company faster than originally planned. It's one example on how the cannabis industry affects the whole horticultural industry at the moment.…

Minister MacAulay concludes second "Growing Canadian Agriculture" tour

In August, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, embarked on the second "Growing Canadian Agriculture" tour, which concluded on Friday in Southwestern Ontario. During the tour the Minister travelled to many parts of the country to meet with farmers, processors, and industry…

Qatar: Melon grower increases production with hydroponics

Prominent Qatari agriculturist Nasser Ahmed al-Khalaf told Gulf Times that his farm will harvest melons and watermelons, grown for the first time in the country using hydroponics, in the coming weeks. "We have also increased the (production of various types of) herbs,” disclosed al-Khalaf, who is also the owner and…

How a New Zealand family made tomato growing their passion

Growing fruit and vegetables commercially is not all about serious business and finances. A small New Zealand produce farm, called The Curious Croppers, mainly produce tomatoes on a small scale, but couple Angela and Anthony Tringham are on a ride that has given them plenty of fun and stories along the…

Sarah Dressel: New Paltz woman is a vibrant symbol of farming’s future

Sarah Dressel, the youngest person to lead the New York Apple Association, is in the vanguard of a generation that is coming back to the farm and securing her family’s –and…

Netherlands: 20 hectare strawberry greenhouse opened

2, 10, 20, 200, 400 and 2.2 million. Just some figures that are related to the newly built Dutch Berries 20-hectare strawberry greenhouse in Zuilichem. Processed in 2 blocks of 10 hectares are 200 kilometers of gutters, 400 kilometers of heating pipes and 2.2 million strawberry plants to pick as many…

UAE: Syrian grower uses hydroponics to grow greenhouse lettuce

A Syrian farmer in the UAE is producing a variety of salad vegetables and herbs in the inhospitable climate and terrain of the region. Amjad Alkhal, who works as an agricultural engineer at Emirates Hydroponics Farms, uses a hydroponic farming system. Using alternative farming systems has saved Alkhal around 90 percent of the…

Fiji: Entrepreneur builds hydroponic farm at home

Rinesh Sharma, 25, is an entrepreneur living in Lautoka who has started up something unique. “While studying in India, I came across a software engineer who had an indoor hydroponics farm in Goa,” he said. “After reading his success story, I made up my mind to do the same back home.” “Engineering combined with agriculture allows me to grow plants…

CAN (AB): Vertical farm completes CanadaGAP audit

Vertical Growers Network, home of Trusted Freshness, has completed their CanadaGAP audit. They are anticipating their official certification next month to confirm their passing grade of 97%. CanadaGAP is a food safety program for companies that produce and handle fruits and vegetables. It is designed to help implement and maintain…

British startup wins 100,000 euros for indoor agriculture method

The startup LettUs Grow from Bristol (UK) beat 844 other startups to win €100,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge , hosted in Amsterdam. During the final, Co-founder and Managing Director Charlie Guy convinced the international jury that their indoor agriculture method, in which the roots of the…

How does a pepper travel from the farm to your plate?

Have you ever wondered how the pepper you buy at the supermarket makes its way to your table? Bob Readding is the field operations manager with Dandrea Produce and has been in the agriculture business for over 50 years. He’s referred to as the “godfather of produce.” Even from the car he can tell you if the fruits…

Success of Agriculture Bill will be in the details, warns British Growers

The British Growers Association has broadly welcomed the Agriculture Bill published by the Government. The Bill is largely enabling legislation and so there is still a lot of…

Bell peppers pampered at World Horti Center

Every Friday, TV presenters Sosha and Kiefer from the Zapp NPO3 show De Buitendienst go on an adventure in nature. This time they visited the World Horti Center for the educational children's show. The episode takes place in the knowledge and innovation center and is dedicated to sustainable cultivation…

Efficient irrigation for blueberry grower

Schrijnwerkers is a blueberry company, founded in 1969 by Rob Schrijnwerkers. Nowadays, this family business has locations in Horst, Overloon (Netherlands), and Weeze (Germany). Schrijnwerkers has two production sites in Weeze of over 75 hectares in total. The companies in Germany are known by the name…

France: Hotel puts stop to food waste with virtuous biosystem

In Versailles you will find the Madame Elisabeth Estate, eight hectares given by Louis XVI to his sister Princess Elisabeth of France, who grew her fruit and vegetables there and gave them to the underprivileged. The Yvelines Département and Simone Zanoni, Head Chef at Le George, the Michelin-starred…

Nigeria: Wells Hosa Greenhouse will partner with government, private sector

Wells Hosa Greenhouse Farms Limited in Benin City recently inaugurated its farm. In this interview, Managing Director, Bright Okunbo, told journalists that while intending to export its produce in future, the immediate plan is to satisfy the Nigerian market.  Wells Hosa officially harvested its first fruits recently. What is…

US (WY): Tomato grower pleads guilty to growing marijuana

An organic tomato farmer in Wyoming pleaded guilty to federal charges of growing marijuana and money laundering. Stewart Doty of Big Piney faces about two years in prison when he is sentenced in November. He also must forfeit $63,000 in cash seized during a search of his property in August 2017. KTWO-AM reports Doty told U.S. District…

Earlier strawberry crop and year-round production with LED toplighting

Brookberries is one of the first strawberry growers in the Netherlands that chose Philips GreenPower LED toplighting to move to an earlier crop and year-round production. The company gradually equipped all its locations with LED flowering lamps from 2012 onwards. Codema B-E de Lier carried out the…

Belgian tomato group switching to hybrid lighting system

Tomeco, one of the biggest clubs of tomato growers in Belgium, will be installing a new lighting system at the Hortipower location, measuring a total of 4 acres. The entire area of this partnership is over 125 acres, 40 acres is currently being lit with traditional HPS lights. Hortipower will be able to…

Australian tomato grower goes from strength to strength using latest technology

For Jon Murphy one of the greatest things about farming is seeing his produce on the supermarket shelves. “We saw our fruit up in Cairns once and I get text messages from people around the country, so you never really know where it goes when you’re supplying the major chains,” said Jon, whose family…

Abu Dhabi: Cultivation started in Al Dahra BayWa greenhouse

It was one of the most remarkable projects announced last year: in the hot desert of the United Arabic Emirates, German fresh produce giant BayWa AG and Abu Dhabi-based Al Dahra Holding LLC planned to build a €30 million project in the production of premium vegetables as well as in the marketing of the…

US (VA): Year-round greenhouse draws tourists' attention to family farm

It may take close to an hour to walk through the twists and turns of a corn maze at Haynes Greenhouse in Glade Spring, but for business owners Jared and Kristen Haynes, it’s a yearlong endeavor. The couple recently purchased more than 17 acres off Fleet Road in Glade Spring from Bob and Judy Holmes, who…

AU: Katunga fresh to expand with 15 hectare cucumber greenhouse

Victorian-based firm Katunga Fresh has lodged plans with Sunshine Coast Council to build a $60 million facility on a Maroochy River property. It wants to build six greenhouses…

India: Women growers looking to save environment, conserve water

The Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, while making efforts to protect Ladakh’s environment and preserving its culture, is persuading farmers of the cold desert to practice organic farming and traditional water harvesting as farmers face water scarcity because of low snowfall in recent years. “It seems water is…

Bristol man baffled by giant cucumbers

To his amazement, a gardener from Bristol ended up growing two-foot long cucumbers. Gordon Blewitt from Dundry said he was “stunned” when the vegetables grew to a whopping 72.40 centimeters. Weighing in at just over 10lbs, the pair of Italian cucumbers were grown in Blewit’s garden greenhouse over the…

Australia: Is your farm eligible for a grant of up to $500,000?

If you have an initiative which will help you to drought proof your business in the future, PMA A-NZ encourages you to apply for a grant or interest-free loans of up to $500,000? Coles announced in late July that it would provide $5 million in grants and interest-free loans from its Nurture Fund to help…

US (MO): A hydroponic twist on the family farm

Quickley Produce Farm represents a modern take on the family farm. It’s not a farm that has been passed down from one generation to the next, but rather a newly formed high-tech hydroponic farming operation run by four generations of family members. Located in Galena, Missouri in the heart of the Ozarks,…

Australia: Greenhouse growers tour Woolgoolga

PCA has gone back to grass roots, reconnecting growers, getting them networking and sharing knowledge and ideas, providing platforms for learning and training to up-skill and re-energise members. The allied trade are supporting the PCA on their crusade by providing sponsorship to get events off the…

Largest organic nursery in Central America inaugurated in Panama

The largest organic nursery in Central America was inaugurated this Wednesday in Panama; a project that aims to promote an agricultural model based on innovation and technology. The nursery is located in El Olivo de Natá, in the province of Coclé, and consists of a Simply Natural Farm project, which in…

US (NC): Hydroponic farm buzzing with activity

Wendy Woolard’s family had been farmers for a century, but a change in the economy left several turkey houses sitting abandoned. They were, however, the perfect location for a business venture. A couple years ago, Wendy and her husband, Jeff, began growing lettuce. The opportunity began in the…

US (MA): Little Leaf Farms signs on to supply Springfield's 26,000 students

Little Leaf Farms, a Devens operation growing baby greens hydroponically, has signed an agreement to supply lettuce and arugula to one of the state's largest public school districts. Little Leaf Farms announced the deal with Springfield this week, adding the state's third-largest city to a list of…

"no competition with local growers"

US (MO): Investigating Springfield greenhouse project with residual heat

The Missouri City of Springfield Solid Waste Management Division is pursuing the possible development of an Agriculture Park; which would include the construction of a greenhouse. This greenhouse will be powered by renewable energy generated by the Noble Hill Renewable Energy Project, which produces its…

US (CA): Oxnard-area farmer's produce has international roots

Tim Dyer, an El Rio farmer and the owner of Uncle Tim’s Pickled Pleasures, displays tomatoes he grows from seeds sourced all over the world and sells them locally. He also pickles cucumbers grown from seeds sourced as far away as England. While Ventura County has no shortage of tomato and cucumber…

SA: Alexandra’s urban farmer has big dreams

Urban Fresh MD Fazlur Pandor, at the Lenin Drive Gardens in Alexandra, wants small farmers to produce and distribute fresh organic crops. An urban farmer from Alexandra hopes their proximity to Africa’s richest square mile will inspire others in his community to one day have their crops sold across the…

US: MSU horticulture student awarded future organic farmer grant

John Gove, a junior in the Department of Horticulture, earned the 2018 Future Organic Farmer Grant to support his education in organic agriculture. This nationally competitive grant is provided by the California Certified Organic Farmers ( CCOF ) Foundation. CCOF is a nonprofit organization that advances…

Furore over 'dumped' bell peppers

There is not a grower who has not had to deal with it - fruit that has become unsellable due to the hot weather. Dutch bell pepper grower, Erik Gubbels, decided to use part of his failed crop as compost. Someone noticed this, and his actions have since been widely discussed.   Class 2 Bell peppers are sensitive. Too…

US: Georgia Southern University serves produce grown in its greenhouse

When students on the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University bite into a slice of pad thai on campus, they might be chomping on Thai basil freshly harvested in the university’s aquaponics program. The Foram Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC), a joint venture between Georgia Southern…

Richard Ballard:

How will technology allow us to feed future cities?

In this TEDx Talk Richard Ballard, Co-founder of Growing Underground, explains how the underground farm uses redundant urban spaces to feed a growing population sustainably and efficiently. Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of…

Jerry and Susan grow organic tomatoes for farmers markets

They attract customers at the Kootenai County Farmers Market, grace tables at the Davenport Hotel, and are in demand by produce managers at groceries across North Idaho and eastern Washington. Some of the area’s tastiest, most colorful organic tomatoes are made right here at Deerfield Farms. After moving…

AU: Hydroponic herb growers reveal key to good parsley

Herb grower Dean Halpin says parsley is one of his favourite herbs to use in salads and believes it's a versatile ingredient. The Halpin family business, New Reef Hydroponics, produces fresh parsley every week and delivers it freshly to its suppliers throughout the region. "We do around about 400 bunches…

Namdeb Garden Project doing well in Oranjemund

The Namdeb Garden Project started in March 2017 at the Old Nursery in Oranjemund with the objective of establishing the viability of growing fruit and vegetables locally to attract investors to the town. When Oranjemund was first established, it was very isolated with extremely limited access from…

Pomfret School passive solar aquaponics greenhouse comes to life

In the summer of 2017 construction of an 850 sq. ft. Ceres greenhouse was completed, a milestone in an endeavor to design and build a year-round aquaponic solar greenhouse to house the Helios Project at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut. The Helios Project’s core purpose is to provide a platform for…

snack cucumbers or snack bell peppers

"The market isn’t ready for an explosive growth yet"

Nowadays, there’s a lot of choice in the field of snack vegetables, but snack tomatoes have received the most attention. Yet snack cucumbers and snack bell peppers have also gained popularity in recent years. Will these vegetables take over supermarket shelves in the next few years? “Snack cucumbers and…

"Italy: "Mozia cherry tomatoes only ones providing satisfactory yields in summer"

The new 2018/19 campaign has started at Italo's Farmer. The company is currently producing Mozia cherry tomatoes in greenhouses, the only ones that - according to company manager Giuseppe Cilio - provide satisfactory yields in summer.  "We are pleased with production and, although this is the beginning of…

Supporting development of Norwegian fruit and vegetables

Grofondet was established in Norway in January 2017 by Gartnerhallen SA, BAMA Eiendom AS, and NorgesGruppen ASA. Over the next ten year, the fund will make EUR10 million…

Gebroeders Vahl, IJsselmuiden:

"If you're not on maximum yield by now, it's not good"

"It really is cucumber time now", André Vahl says with a wink. In Dutch 'cucumber time' refers to the summer weeks when media has very little interesting news to report, but for cucumber growers it really does mean high season. It's mid-July and there's lots of sun. The abundant light makes for a big…

8-year-old Trevor grows and sells hundreds of tomatoes

An 8-year-old boy gets an early start on his ambition to become a farmer by growing a bumper crop of hundreds of tomatoes. And then there's the business of selling them. An…

Smart farming enthusiast Clive Nyapokoto wins award

Clive Nyapokoto, founder of Shift Organics Technologies and innovator of smart farming solution Vermi Aquaponics System, scooped the Best Young Exhibitor’s Award at the just ended Harare Agricultural Show. Nyapokoto was part of exhibitors who thronged the Harare Show Grounds to showcase their various…

Horowhenua, New Zealand

"Asparagus and strawberries make it possible to create year-round employment"

Lewis Farms from Horowhenua decided to diversify into strawberries out of a selfless desire to create year-round employment for the staff. Geoff and Liz Lewis, who started growing and packing Tendertips asparagus in 1980 for the local and export market, now have son Cam and wife Catherine on board as…

Tomato guru shines at Kane Street Garden

George Fulford is easy to spot as he works amid some 500 tomato plants at the Kane Street Community Garden on La Crosse’s North Side. His tall-crown straw hat rises just above the head-high plants that are trained between double lines of twine woven between steel fence posts in the rows. He calls it the…

"US (WA): "Aquaponics takes the best of both worlds"

A Washougal-area farm in the Columbia River Gorge has taken the soil out of the process and added in fish. Wind River Produce owner Carl Hopple calls it “the pure food revolution,” but it’s more commonly known as aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture, or farming fish, and hydroponics, which grows…

Belgian grower Rik Vanackere:

“Weather forced spinach back into greenhouses”

“The spinach and baby leaf market are currently fairly stable. We weren’t affected by the negative consequences of the warm weather, and we’ve had plenty of product to supply,” says grower Rik Vanackere. Yet he had to take measures during the warm and dry period. “Normally, the spinach is outdoors in…

“Diffuse glass is definitely worth the investment”

Gary Lazarski told you all about the expansion plans of MightyVine yesterday. Now let’s focus on the tech! What will the greenhouse look like?   Due to the cannabis boom in Canada, it’s quite a busy time for greenhouse builders and suppliers, and the recently announced 15 acre expansion plans at MightyVine will…

Langa Mountain Tomatoes: Niche in supply and delivery market

Yandisa Langa is the founder and sole owner/beneficiary of Langa Mountain Tomatoes in Tokai. This project produces and supplies tomatoes to local vegetable stalls, supermarkets and restaurants, and has created jobs for three employees in the area. Langa is a born entrepreneur and worked as a security…

Solar greenhouse on top of Berlin hotel

On the sun terrace of the Estrel in Berlin, the largest hotel in Europe, SUNfarming has built its solar greenhouse at a height of 50 m. The greenhouse, which is covered by a 4 m wide light dome, has a size of approx. 42, 5m ² (5m x 8, 5m). The rooftops east and west of the light dome are equipped with…

"There is a great, long-term future for growing cucumbers"

Tina Weng and her family moved to New Zealand in 2002, when she was just 14 years old. Tina was born and raised in Tainan City, Taiwan. Early in 2002 the family decided they would immigrate to New Zealand, the prospect of a better life and good education system were the reasons Tina’s parents chose New…

US (CA): Building summer tomato business is a focus

Demand for tomatoes looks good as summer turns to fall. “Demand for tomatoes is good across the board,” says Aaron Brookes with Jacobs Farm Del Cabo from Pescadero, CA. “In the summer months, the market shifts to the local production deals as they’re available. But the demand for the national program…

South Africa: INMED project beneficiary wins agriculture prize

INMED Partnerships for Children and INMED South Africa announced that project beneficiary Pella Food Garden Cooperative was named Best Subsistence Producer by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries at this year’s annual Female Entrepreneur Awards. The group also was named the Overall…

promoting heatlhy food

Check it out: the new urban (farming) rap

What do you do when you have a small farm with a modest advertising budget, but big thinking when it comes to getting people to eat their veggies? You make a rap video, of course. That's exactly what Jimmy Myers of Front 9 Farm in Ohio did. "Early in the season I knew I wanted to make a video to promote…

MightyVine: Doubling the acreage

MightyVine is doubling their greenhouse acreage from 15 to 30 acres. This expansion is driven by the growing demand for safe and locally grown produce. CEO Gary Lazarski explains how the company manages to serve both local outlets as well as bigger retailers in the area, and to grow their own brand identity.   It’s been only three years…

Rainbow Mushrooms

How Alexander Udodov is tackling the challenges of agriculture in Russia head-on

Rainbow Mushrooms is leading the way in mushroom cultivation in Russia. Founded by Udodov, the company is filling the void created by the 2014 import bans, and contributing to the growth and dynamism of the local mushroom production market.   Until 2012 industrial cultivation of champignon mushrooms in Russia was…

Azerbaijan: A portrait of a grower and his tomatoes

Nardaran is a settlement not far from Baku. Local residents are known for their religiosity. However, that’s not the only thing they’re known for: some of the most delicious tomatoes in the country come from Nardaran. 77-year-old Sadiq has been growing them for most of his life. “I’ve had a greenhouse…

US (KY): Cancer diagnosis inspires microgreens cultivation

Brian Turner’s cancer diagnosis ignited the flame for Happy Sprouts Farm. Passionate about health and fitness, the former personal trainer focused on improving his nutrition to speed his recovery. While conducting intense research, Brian discovered the healing powers of microgreens, a nutrient-dense food…

New Zealand: Sustainability was the theme of the Young Grower final

Last week, the national finals of the Young Grower of the Year were held in Napier. In addition to practical in-the-field events and business sessions, there were a leadership panel run like a media conference and a speech contest. by Mike Chapman The focus of the leadership panel discussion was…

Uganda: Couple strike gold in aquaponics

Despite having several other businesses that were taking them places; a metal fabrication workshop for making steel doors and windows, and a solar installation company, Joyce and Charles Mulamata had a deeply ingrained passion for fish farming. It is this which got them investing all their savings into…

Fritz Meier, Gebrüder Meier:

"Returns of new mobile gutter system exceeds our expectations"

Fritz Meier from Gebrüder Meier Gemüsekulturen AG in Dällikon, Switzerland, runs a horticultural company together with his brother and sister. It’s about 100 hectares of open fields and 10 hectares of greenhouses. They grow cucumber, tomato and eggplant in the warm greenhouse, and in the cold greenhouse…

New Zealand: How a little farm is growing microgreens

Urban Farm has a microgreen assembly of kale, mizuna, pak choi and purple rambo radish (sometimes rocket or other greens). This adds sharpness to maybe falafel wraps, or a splash of colour and flavour to poached eggs on toast. It's also perfect to toss through an iceberg lettuce and spinach salad, or…

Jan de Winter, butterhead lettuce grower:

"Nice weather, so a good butterhead lettuce year"

"Demand has been somewhat less this week because it has not been as sunny. However, up to now, 2018 has been a good year for butterhead lettuce", says Jan de Winter. He is a butterhead lettuce farmer from the Netherlands. "When it is sunny, and temperatures are high, people eat a lot of lettuce. Prices…

South Africa: Hydroponic cucumber project grows from garden to enterprise

“When customers buy our products at grocery stores, it empowers us and creates hope for everyone involved with the enterprise. It shows that there will be a continued market for us.” These are the proud words of Edwin Mabotsa, the leader of the Windsorton-based Tshwaraganang Hydroponics Cooperative. This…

New Zealand: Young Grower title goes back to the Bay

After a lengthy battle, Danni van der Heijden was crowned Young Grower of the Year 2018 at an event in Napier. Danni, 24, was named the winner after a day-long gauntlet of horticultural challenges, testing her skills and knowledge to the limits. As the regional Bay of Plenty champion, she beat out six…

First Center in Argentina for children whose families work in the harvest of blueberries

Blueberry producers inaugurate childcare center

In the framework of the social strategy developed by the Argentinian Blueberry Committee (ABC), led by Federico Bayá, the Association of Blueberry Producers of Tucumán (APRATUC) inaugurated the first Integral Community Center (CIC) for childcare in the country. This Center, which is intended for children…

"We create a greenhouse environment in which people can also thrive"

When Peet van Adrichem from the foundation 'Weet hoe je leeft!' ('Know how you live') placed a request on an online horticulture marketplace for a second-hand climate computer, Priva and partner Cogas Tech saw an opportunity to help. Priva and Cogas Tech installed a new Compass climate computer and…

US (CT): Aquaponics farm named Meriden Farmers Market Master

With the tagline “farmer’s market fresh all year long,” Trifecta Ecosystems, a Meriden-based aquaponics farm since 2015, was recently named the 2018 Market Master for the Meriden Farmers Market. Selected annually by the Meriden Farmers Market Advisory Committee, the Market Master ensures the smooth and…

Lian Price, LaManna Premier Group

"It was a challenge to keep up with the chopper"

“At the LaManna Premier Group, an Australian fresh produce company the first crop rotation of tomatoes has finished at the group’s Lancaster’s retractable roof greenhouse located in Victoria’s Goulbourn Valley. This season they used their new Weterings Super Bio Chopper for the first time. Head grower…

New Zealand: Tomato grower increases winter production with LED

Mid last year Gourmet Mokai decided to install LEDs on a large trial basis to increase their winter production of Campari. Gourmet Mokai is the first company in NZ, to install LED supplementary lighting for a commercially grown crop of tomatoes. The selected site was a 4000m2 glasshouse situated at…

Fritz Meier, Gebrüder Meier:

"Returns of mobile gutter system exceeds our expectations"

Fritz Meier from Gebrüder Meier Gemüsekulturen AG in Dällikon, Switzerland, runs a horticultural company together with his brother and sister. It’s about 100 hectares of open fields and 10 hectares of greenhouses. They grow cucumber, tomato and eggplant in the warm greenhouse, and in the cold greenhouse…

US (PA): Tomatoes are a matter of taste

In Lancaster County’s Washington Boro — on the eastern shore of the Susquehanna — there is a long tomato history. Washington Boro claims to have the right limestone soil and weather conditions to produce some of the earliest, finest tasting tomatoes in the state. One variety the area is known for is the…

First plants in Pure Harvest Smart Farms’ desert greenhouse

Two milestones for the team of Pure Harvest this week. "We've successfully commissioned our first greenhouse and planted our first crop", Co-founder & CEO Sky Kurtz tells us. The company wants to grow top quality produce for the local market - something that is quite a challenge when you are located in…

building a 35 hectare greenhouse

"Thankfully we are on schedule"

Hard work is being done in and around the new Lans' greenhouse in Dinteloord, the Netherlands. Truckloads full of building materials are coming and going and excavators are going to and fro. Erwin van der Lans: "The greenhouse seems finished, but a lot of materials still have to be installed." Being the person responsible for…

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,…

US (KS): Man grows 10-foot tall tomato plants

A local man’s tomato garden has gained a lot of attention from community members recently, that’s because it has several 10 feet tall tomato plants. The average tomato plant ranges from 3 to 5 feet tall. David Guyle said he’s been gardening almost all his life and has never seen anything quite like this.…

Project calls for women entrepreneurs in Africa to build intelligence network

VALUE4HER, a new CTA project, will empower women entrepreneurs working in the agricultural sector – agripreneurs – by giving them the skills, knowledge and access to markets, finance and services they need to build their businesses. The project is calling for women-led agribusinesses to register to…

Four climatic zones in organic greenhouse Reichenau-Gemüse

It's the biggest organic greenhouse of Southern Germany and the first crop started eighth months ago. So far the season is going really well: with a harvest of 385 ton organic tomatoes, 85 ton organic cucumbers and a million organic cucumbers up until July, cooperation Reichenau-Gemüse, grower Benjamin…

Slovakia: Coating helps tomatoes get through hot summers

After a few years of experience with ReduFuse, tomato grower Prima Fruit switched to ReduFuse IR. This coating combines optimal light distribution with heat shielding in Slovakia’s harsh land climate. Krisztian Kovacs of Prima Fruit Prima Fruit, where Krisztián Kovács is the grower, is part of the…

Kenya: Wheat grower switches to greenhouse tomatoes

A few kilometres from Mulot Trading Centre in Kilusu village, Narok County, stand two large greenhouses on a quarter-acre farm. Geoffrey Rono, a one-time large wheat farmer, has found his footing in greenhouse tomato farming, having made the switch in 2016. “I planted 70 acres of wheat and made some…

North Alabama man grows tomato that looks like a duck

Tomatoes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but Carl Barnes is the proud owner of this very special duck-tomato! It was grown in Limestone County, Alabama.

Video: Educational organic greenhouse trials cucumber cultivation

Stone Barns Center is a non-profit farm and educational center with a partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located in Pocantico Hills, New York. The center is trialing vegetables for a wide range of partners, including Cornell University, Vitalis Organic Seeds and Bejo Seeds. In this video, Crop…

US (NE): Immigrant workers arrested at tomato greenhouse

A raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on a tomato greenhouse operation in O'Neill on Wednesday triggered immediate condemnation from immigrant advocates in Nebraska. News Channel Nebraska reported that law enforcement officials blocked the entrance to O’Neill Ventures at 8:45 a.m.…

CAN (ON): Local grocers carry produce from new greenhouse tomato grower

Local grocers are stocking up on some local produce, with a number of stores in the area now carrying beefsteak tomatoes from Graham’s Farm Market in Minden. Shannon Blanchard and Andrew Graham are in their second year of production with a greenhouse on the farm property just off Bobcaygeon Road. The…

Aldo van Os, organic pepper grower:

"Rootstocks: the most common thing in organic pepper cultivation"

On 2.5 ha, Aldo van Os cultivates three pepper varieties from Enza Zaden, supplied by Vitalis (organic branch of Enza Zaden, red.): the red variety Artega, the yellow variety Gialte and the orange variety Orbit. "You might say that I am a fan of Enza Zaden / Vitalis varieties," according to Aldo. "They…

August 22, Napier

New Zealand: Young Growers to face off in final

New Zealand’s top young fruit and vegetable growers will compete for the title of Young Grower of the Year in Napier on Wednesday, 22 August. Seven finalists - the most the competition has ever seen - will go head to head at venues along the Napier waterfront. They will face a gauntlet of practical and…

Bas Huijser, Tuinbouwbedrijf Huijser feels dry spell in greenhouse and open ground cultivation

"I'd rather it's too dry than too wet, but this is too much"

It's the start of August and the seed cultivation of spinach has already left the greenhouse at Tuinbouwbedrijf Huijser, a month earlier than usual. The seed cultivation of lettuce, of which the seeds, like that of spinach, go to breeder Rijk Zwaan, are also growing quickly and will soon follow. The…

US (OK): Beggs couple pioneers in aquaponic farming

Bob and Debbie Rider grew up working in their family's garden. They've always had one of their own too in Beggs on their 40 acres. Ten years ago, their youngest son came home from high school excited about a new way to farm is called aquaponics. That day, Bob Rider, made his son a deal. "If you'll put…

"US: "Horticulture industry’s age problem bigger than you think"

As older plant growers, nursery managers and groundskeepers reach retirement age, there are too few youngsters arriving to replace them. “There’s an age gap in commercial horticulture, a drastic and obvious lack of people under the age of 40,” said Cole Mangum, vice president of production at Bell…

Dutch lettuce grower installs LEDs in 29,000 m² greenhouse

In recent years, B-Four Agro has developed into a specialist producer of lettuce, grown outdoors, mainly to supply the vegetable processing industry. B-Four Agro has tested hydroponic growing methods and is now investing, in a new greenhouse facility to be run under a new subsidiary company, B4Hydrogrow…

Sweden: Former wood factory transformed into vertical farm

In a former factory hall in Tibro the growers of Ljusgårda AB are preparing to harvest the first crops from their vertical towers. The company has been realizing their indoor farm to offer customers sustainable and locally produced vegetables. Vertical farming and innovative LED lighting solutions play…

US (NH): Extending the strawberry growing season

Kaitlyn Orde, who graduated in May with a masters in agricultural sciences, conducted research with New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station scientist Dr. Becky Sideman. Learn about why she chose UNH for her graduate studies, what she researched, and what she's gained from her research experience.…

Westhof Bio: Organic snack products

"Our mini pepper acreage doubles every year"

Just like cucumbers and tomatoes, the snack pepper is also gaining ground. It's not just conventional growers who specialize in the production of high-quality snack products: organic farmers are exploring this market segment as well. One of them is the German company Westhof, headquarterd in…


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