Vertical farming

Plant hormone makes space farming a possibility

With scarce nutrients and weak gravity, growing potatoes on the Moon or on other planets seems unimaginable. But the plant hormone strigolactone could make it possible, plant biologists from the University of Zurich have shown. The hormone supports the symbiosis between fungi and plant roots, thus…

US (WI): Aquaponic grower donates lettuce to area schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, on Monday, October 15th, Nelson and Pade donated over one hundred heads of fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield and Montello public school districts. The lettuce is Certified Naturally Grown and it is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems at…

Video: Take a look inside Scotland's biggest vertical farm

Earlier this year, Intelligent Growth Solutions unveiled its first vertical farm in Scotland . The Scottish-led team at IGS has developed, patented and productised an IOT-enabled power and communications platform consisting of patented electrical, electronic and mechanical technologies. All this is managed by a…

South Africa: Aquaponics facility launched in Soweto

A new aquaponics facility was launched in Soweto to enrich residents and eradicate poverty in the area. The City of Joburg donated the facility, near Elias Motsoaledi Clinic in Orlando. Inmed Partnerships for Children, with the help of the Mondelez International Foundation, run aquaponics plants which reach up to…

South Korea: Urban farming bonds communities in Seoul

Tucked away in a dark, damp corner of an underground parking lot in Nowon-gu, northeastern Seoul, mushrooms mature under fluorescent lights.  The vertical farm is tended by residents who live right above it, in Sanggye Hyundai Apartment Complex.  Together, the residents grow, share and sell the mushrooms, donating the profits to local charities and…

Current, Powered by GE and Stockbridge Technology Centre partner

New facility to research the farm of the future

Current, powered by GE celebrated the opening of CHAP’s new Vertical Farming Development Facility, supported by Innovate UK and based at Stockbridge Technology Centre (STC), which leverages the company’s Arize horticultural lighting solution to propel commercial urban farming success in the UK. The…

US (OH): Hydroponic program gets boost from police department

Equipment seized by the Boardman police in drug busts is getting a second life at Boardman Glenwood Junior High School. School resource officer Phil Merlo made the connection between equipment used to grow marijuana and Boardman’s hydroponics program when he cleaned out the Boardman Police Department’s evidence room…

Urban farming during World War Two

Urban farming was way more than a fad in the 1940s. Urban gardening may be catching on now, but today's urban gardeners have nothing on their grandparents. During the World Wars, the U.S. government urged citizens to plant their own small vegetable gardens. It was a super positive spin on "We don't have enough war…

New vertical farming light bar/panel hybrid designed to maximize yields with less space

The team of lighting experts at TotalGrow have announced the launch of the new TotalGrow Stratum . The features and benefits of this new light include: Thin profile to maximize space under 4” from canopy to shelf Full spectrum and modular design for extra versatility Broad panel/bar hybrid for improved uniformity and penetration in tight spaces Simple mounting and electrical…

Grow & Roll with vertical farms

Vertical farming is one of the solutions to the problem of the growing demand for food. A multilayer system uses less surface, energy and water. And production takes place all year round, resulting in a higher yield. At Bosman Van Zaal they create vertical production systems, where sustainability, convenience and a higher yield…

TEDx Talk by Joel Cuello:

AI does food

AI will help realize Cuello’s Law, which is the projected industry goal that crop productivity per unit resource use in a tech-dense vertical farm must double every 4-5 years. The Global Marshall Plan for AI-based Food Production is introduced to provide capacity building so that no nation is left behind in AI-based food production, making sure…

US (HI): Researchers help Waimānalo families use aquaponics, improve health

Three researchers at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa have won a national fellowship and will receive $350,000 funding over three years to assist Waimānalo families with backyard aquaponics to sustainably produce healthy food. The project will connect the modern technology of aquaponics with Native Hawaiian food practices.…

UAE: Dubai South selected as site for Emirates Flight Catering project

Dubai South has signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with Emirates Flight Catering. Under the agreement, Emirates Flight Catering will expand its operations in the aviation district to build the world’s largest vertical farm in a joint venture with Crop One Holdings. The facility, which will cover 130,000 square feet,…

US (NJ): Strange-looking hydroponic farm at Forbes College is fully functioning experiment

Just inside the main lobby of Forbes College, an eerie white glow emanates from an alcove containing a strange contraption covered in signs warning passersby not to get too close. The Forbes hydroponic farm may look like a portal to another universe, but its purpose is to show students that crops can grow anywhere by…

US (MO): Urban farming organization visualizes franchise model to produce fish and vegetables

On a cool September morning, Dre Taylor dodged raindrops while talking with several people tending beans, peppers, tomatillos, collards and more outside of a 4,500-square-foot building. This is Nile Valley Aquaponics, a vibrant fixture in Kansas City, Missouri's urban core. The name came from Egypt where…

US (NY): Future chefs educated in hydroponic garden

In his first year as the Director of Sustainability at the Institute of Culinary Education, Chef Bill Telepan has immersed himself in the school’s indoor hydroponic garden, an agriculture system that uses LED light in a climate-controlled environment. Over 50 different crop varieties are grown at any…

US (KS): Professor uses aquaponics to teach sustainability

Kansas State was built as a college of agriculture, but there is a smaller operation in the basement of Seaton Hall that can help communicate the work of producers to the consumers of the world, Stacy Hutchinson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering, said. Hutchinson said she uses a single-barrel aquaponics system…

CAN (ON): DelFrescoPure announces partnership with CubicFarms

A new partnership between DelFrescoPure and CubicFarms has resulted in the LivingCube – a system of automated vertical farming growing machines that continuously produces living lettuce, living basil and microgreens all year long. The LivingCube system has 12 mechanized growing, germination and…

Hydroponic farm as furniture

If someone told you that every home in the future would have its own farm smack dab in the middle of the living room, that’d be a hard sell, wouldn’t it? When you see this design called Aeva, however, it becomes a little easier to believe. Designed to blend in with the existing home atmosphere, this is what happens when…

Vertical farming - the reinvention of horticulture?

Vertical farming has grown to become a world-wide concept since the early 2000s. The basic premise is simple: Instead of spreading production across endless acres of land, horticultural productions are facilitated in vertical layers, requiring far smaller areas to produce the same amount of crop. The potential of vertical…

US (CT): Students work hands-on with data analytics and IoT through aquaponics project

With more employers looking for specialized skill sets, the University of Connecticut's Operations and Information Management (OPIM) Innovate initiative is working to give students real-life experience with 3D printing, internet of things, virtual reality and microcontrollers. In 2018, the program…

EU invests 2 million euros to raise aquaponics awareness

In order to raise public awareness of aquaponics, Interreg France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen is launching the Smart Aquaponics project. The cooperation program between the four border regions (West and East Flanders, Wallonia and the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions in France) is receiving two million…

"Having little space is no longer an excuse"

Urban agriculture can transform our cities, bring social benefits to communities and contribute to food production around the world. Here, former Youth Ag Summit delegate Diana Pamela Rico Campos shares why she believes the future of agriculture lies in urban farming – and how having limited space at…

Survey to provide insight on emerging indoor farming trends and challenges now live

Be a part of Agrilyst’s annual State of Indoor Report

Agrilyst has released their third annual State of Indoor Farming Survey. This survey will give Agrilyst and growers insight on emerging trends and challenges in the greenhouse…

Trinidad & Tobago: Aquaponic farmers get refresher course

Beneficiaries of the Digicel Foundation’s Aquaponics programme had the benefit of a refresher workshop on ‘Aquaponics Networking and Sensitisation’, on September 19, 2108. The event took place at the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries’ Aquaculture Demonstration Centre, Valsayn. Participants comprised officials from Special Needs…

South Africa: Philippi households to get lessons on hydroponics

About 40 households from Philippi and the surrounding areas will be trained how to use a newly developed hydroponics vegetable garden. It's an initiative between Fresh Life Produce, Food Lovers Market and Investec which will be piloted in the Western Cape. Director of Fresh Life Produce Louis-Gillis Janse van Rensburg says these…

Fancy staying at an aquaponic hotel?

The annual Radical Innovation Award competition always features elaborate and imaginative hotel designs, including water-powered resorts on mountaintops and rooms in flying glass pods. This year, one of the finalists created a hotel design centered on aquaponics. Varinot & Varinot Architectes, a firm based in…

AVF Hong Kong event leads to industry roadmap

Last month the AVF hosted its 5-year Roadmap Event. The intent was to gather individuals and companies from across the spectrum of vertical farming to create an overarching action plan for the industry. There were representations from members of the AVF as well as newcomers from technology companies,…

US vertical farm supplier partners with Spanish greenhouse builder

Green Sense Farms has formed a joint venture with Rufepa, a Spanish greenhouse builder with over 25 years of turnkey project experience. The joint venture will focus on building combined indoor vertical farm and greenhouse projects for third parties to sustainably grow a wide range of vegetables using less land, water…

French strawberry container farms come to Dubai

A French company is trialling a method of farming in Dubai that would allow communities to grow food right on their doorstep, despite the harsh desert climate, and it is beginning to bear fruit. Agricool have already had success in Paris, where the company grows strawberries around the city in recycled shipping containers…

UK: CHAP opens two new state of the art agri-tech facilities

CHAP (Crop Health and Protection) has invested in two new ventures based at Stockbridge Technology Centre, a leading applied R&D facility based in the heart of North Yorkshire. Nigel Adams MP is the guest of honour at the official opening. CHAP’s new ‘Vertical Farming Development Centre’ will enable growers, food producers and researchers…

US (NJ): Automated indoor farm continues to grow

Around two years ago, the then 10-person team of Bowery, an indoor farming startup, started growing a small array of leafy greens out of what was once a shipbuilding yard in Kearny, New Jersey. Undeterred by the rather harsh post-industrial environment, the Bowery team was just looking for somewhere to…

US (MI): Millennium Fellows launch Big Box Farm initiative

A cohort of Alma College students have won international recognition as Millennium Fellows for a project designed to bring locally produced healthy food year-round to hospitals, food banks and other outlets in Gratiot County. Alma College is one of 30 campuses worldwide selected to host Millennium Fellows — an…

Veganism boom leads to $1.2 million seed funding growth for high-tech garden startup

Natufia Labs, Estonian-born startup developing machine-learning technology that grows plants right in the kitchen, announced the closing of a $1.2-million seed round led by Butterfly Ventures, Techstars, and the Dubai-based family company Ginco Investments. The funds raised will be used to enable the…

UAE: Farming grows sense of community at Dubai's Sustainable City

Dubai’s Sustainable City sits on the southern outskirts of the rapidly expanding metropolis. Phil Dunn, 46, a landscape architect from Canada lives in the city with his wife and two children. “Urban farming has really connected people,” he said. “There’s no better way of growing a community than physically growing in the community. “We…

BBC Radio Scotland visits vertical farm

At the end of August, CEO David Farquhar of Intelligent Growth Solutions welcomed BBC Scotland’s Euan McIlwraith to their indoor vertical farm in Invergowrie. A regular presenter on the Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors show, Euan was keen to come indoors and hear more about IGS technology, the opportunities for vertical…

How to stay pest-free in a Modular Farm

Any conventional farmer will tell you that losing crops to pests is one of their main concerns. You may be surprised to hear that it’s no different in a Modular Farm. The good news is that Modular Farms uses tried and true methods to both prevent and eradicate infestations should they occur. Modular Farms Research Scientist…

US (NJ): Generation of farmers use alternative techniques to grow crops

When New Jersey's founders coined the term “The Garden State”, they likely didn’t envision trays of plants and artificial light. But these have become the symbols of an alternative farming movement that’s on the rise in the state. Organic, sustainable farming that connects fresh produce with the…

150,000 square feet of indoor growing space

Fully-automated indoor farm to open in the United States

80 Acres Farms, a fast-growing Cincinnati-based firm in the indoor vertical farming industry, announced it is building in Hamilton the first fully-automated indoor farm in the U.S. 80 Acres Farms executives will join Hamilton city officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, September 24, 2018 at…

LEDs revolutionise the horticulture industry

“It’s a real luxury to eat locally grown, leafy greens in the middle of a Chicago winter,” declares Robert Colangelo, founder and CEO of Green Sense Farms. Before he launched his business in 2012, the only truly feasible way to provide fresh salads and herbs during the cold Illinois winter was to truck…

US: Groups ask Congress to support urban/innovative farms

In a letter to the leaders of the Agriculture Committees in the U.S. House and Senate, assorted local, state and national groups jointly asked that the 2018 version of the…

CAN (QC): 2,000 square feet of gardens to be added to school

Villa Maria is launching its new Techno-Farm program, an urban agriculture and composting project to be carried out on the School's campus. With this educational project, the school seeks to encourage its students and their parents to become more eco-responsible.    Involving the creation of more than 2,000 square feet of garden plots…

US (GA): Hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line

A first-grader at Lakeview Primary School quietly studied the options on the lunch line, unsure what he wanted to eat. He decided on the nachos — a scoop of ground chicken with a bag of Doritos, beans, and a bowl of steamed corn and peppers. At the end of the line, a cafeteria aid asked the student if he…

The Nespresso for lettuce?

A farm on a shelf

Farm-to-table is taking root in corporate offices. Farmshelf, a Brooklyn-based startup, has begun selling indoor farm kits that grow food like lettuce and herbs using hydroponics — a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution instead of soil. And the product is so popular that corporate cafeterias,…

CAN (SK): Opportunities grow for Creighton container garden

A group hoping to grow vegetables in Creighton with a hydroponic greenhouse is furthering its plans. Northern Growing Abilities (NGA) presented to members of Creighton town council for the first time in months on Aug. 22, providing an update on the group’s plans to construct, own and operate a hydroponic…

Container farm producer now also supplies farmers

Freight Farms has announced the addition of Grown by Freight Farms, an on-site vertical farming service, to its product line. With Grown, Freight Farms will not only install its signature hydroponic farm—the Leafy Green Machine—on site, but staff a designated farmer to operate, monitor, and maintain the…

"Vertical farming sounds fantastic until you consider its energy use"

Vertical farming is hot at the moment. Many indoor growers promise to feed the world efficiently. There are still some question marks though, most notably regarding energy use, according to Andrew Jenkins, Research Fellow, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen's University Belfast. In an opinion…

Growing crops with roots in the mist

Growing crops by letting the roots hang in a dense, nutritious mist and that way lowering the water usage and CO2-emissions. That's the goal of the UK start-up LettUs Grow. Plants are grown within aeroponic grow beds and all data gets uploaded to the Ostara™ software platform, which reduces unnecessary…

US (GA): Campus dining uses 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…

US (GA): $5 million to help reduce energy costs of indoor farming

One of the steepest barriers to profitable controlled-environment agriculture is the energy cost associated with providing the plants enough light, but new research being pioneered by University of Georgia could cut those costs by 50 percent. With the support of a $5 million grant, a UGA-led team is…

Malaysia: City dwellers grow veggies at home without soil

Growing your own vegetables could be fun and help you get the freshest greens to your dining table, but not everyone has the luxury of space to have their own vegetable plot at home. However, with the hydroponic system, city dwellers could enjoy harvesting their own vegetables even with limited space.…

Jan Willem van der Schans, WUR

Is urban farming economically feasible or is it a recipe for a financial failure?

Can urban farming be economically sustainable by only producing food (see GrowX model)? If yes, what does it take to succeed? Is it about increasing scale of production? Full automatisation? Further cutting energy costs? Can all those savings compensate for high prices of the real estate in the cities?…

Blake Lange:

How the right sales channel can make or break your vertical farm

Produce is everywhere. But finding the right sales channel for your produce can be challenging. Like many countries, the food distribution system in the U.S. is complex with many players. Creating your product is only half of the battle; the next step is to distribute and market it. This goes double for…

Nona Yehia, Vertical Harvest

"New responses to the way we grow food are a must to respond to the challenges of the future."

With rising global urban populations, existing food infrastructure systems are rapidly becoming unsustainable. Some of those looking for alternative solutions note food’s potential to act as an organiser of urban systems and catalyst for change. Tapping into this potential, architects and designers have…

US (PA): Plans advancing for greenhouse in former garage

Plans for a hydroponic vertical greenhouse in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are moving ahead, its backers say, and the facility, budgeted at $16 million to $17 million, could start operating in the fall of 2020. “This is our flagship project,” said Corey Fogarty, president of the nonprofit Lancaster…

John Apesos, GROWx:

"We want to supply Amsterdam with locally grown food"

The future is urban. With a growing population that increasingly clusters in large cities, the looming question is how we are going to feed all these people. And while the acreage of vertical farming is not yet enough to feed the Randstad, the development of this new way of cultivation is not standing…

South-Korea: As temperatures rise, farmers plant crops in tunnel

Behind a blue wall that seals a former highway tunnel stretches a massive indoor farm bathed in rose-tinted light. Fruits and vegetables grow hydroponically — with no soil — in vertically stacked layers inside, illuminated by neon-pink LEDs instead of sunlight. Operators of this high-tech facility in…

Initiative promotes sustainable ideas of young adults

Vertical vegetable cultivation in Rwanda

In Rwanda, farmland is scarce: the East African Commonwealth is about the size of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and has 13 million inhabitants. The mountainous landscape…

Reducing environmental footprint

US: Urban greenhouse grower expands into romaine lettuce

The demand for greenhouse greens are going strong. So says one greenhouse grower who sees continuous growth for the greenhouse product. “We continue to sell out every day,” says Nicole Baum of Brooklyn, NY-based Gotham Greens. “Our retail partners report exceptional sell through of our packaged salads…

RotoGro partners with strategic organic produce group

Roto-Gro has entered into a Heads of Agreement with Freshero pertaining to a joint venture involving the purchase and sale of Roto-Gro rotational hydroponic garden systems and services. Freshero is an aspiring organic fresh produce grower with long standing relationships across the wholesale, retail and…

US: Aquaponics in STEM education

According to Economic Modeling Specialists International (2017), STEM jobs will grow 13% between 2017 and 2027, while other career options will grow 9%. In addition, STEM jobs have a median salary of almost twice that of non-STEM jobs. The majority of STEM careers require at least some college, and most students, regardless of…

US (WI): Aquaponics facility lands BAP certification

One of the world’s largest aquaponics facilities has attained Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification, the Global Aquaculture Alliance announced in late August. It’s the first aquaponics facility in the BAP program as well as the first land-based, recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) raising…

Charity uses aquaponics to transform children's lives

A growing global population and increasing impacts from climate change call for new methods in farming. One such method, no longer new but becoming a household name in modern agriculture, is aquaponics. Aquaponics growers everywhere provide local communities with fresh lettuce and fish. But this…

Is your controlled environment working?

The ultimate goal for controlled environments? Higher, faster, more easily repeatable yields. One 25,000-square meter Japanese indoor farm produces 10,000 heads of lettuce per day, which is an impressive 100 times more per square foot than traditional, outdoor farming methods. This yield is accomplished…

US (NC): $325,000 grant helps provide west Charlotte with fresh food

West of Uptown Charlotte, the Historic West End is home to some of Charlotte’s oldest African-American neighborhoods. Anchoring the West End is Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), originally founded in 1867 to teach freed slaves, and now a thriving urban university. Rooted in the tradition of…

Scottish agritech business unveils first vertical indoor facility

Intelligent Growth Solutions, the Scottish-based agritech business, has unveiled its first indoor vertical farming demonstration facility. Based at the James Hutton Institute, Perthshire, it is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. IGS will not be producing crops for sale, but will…

US (LA): Indoor hydroponics farm comes to downtown Shreveport

Catching a bus to a market miles away from home and then hauling armfuls of groceries back may not be the ideal shopping scenario. But it’s a reality many residents in downtown Shreveport and other “food desert” communities live every day. Michael Billings, a resident of downtown Shreveport, realized he…

US: Fast food companies shift sourcing to indoor farms

As the fast food industry realizes the need to move to sourcing their products from indoor farms, Grow Pod Solutions could be a solution for companies that are seeking a higher quality crop that can be grown year-round. For example, according to the Wall Street Journal, Wendy's is removing the risk…

CAN (ON): University of Ottawa gets its own container farm

The Growcer has returned to its University of Ottawa roots, this time installing its hydroponics system on campus to contribute to the cafeteria’s produce supply. The Ottawa-based hydroponics startup installed one of its converted shipping containers on campus in front of Fauteux Hall Tuesday. Produce…

New software to create hydroponic nutrient formulas

“Nutrient Pro Hydro is a powerful tool for all levels of hydroponic growers,” explained Andrew Olley, the software developer and director at Myriad International. “It is suited to small hobby growers using pre-mixed liquids through to commercial operations running large nutrient systems sourcing powder,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Aquaponics as a way to reduce food imports in the Caribbean

Tackling the Caribbean’s high food import bill and improving food security is increasingly being explored through aquaponics. This potential was highlighted by the recent visit to the Choiseul aquaponics facility and mobile desalination plant in Laborie in Saint Lucia by both the Hon. Dean Jonas,…

Kenya: Makueni enrolls 150 youths for hydroponics training

Makueni County has rolled out a new food and nutrition security programme that will see 150 youth benefit from hydroponics training. Working in partnership with the German Development Cooperation through GIZ and KCB Foundation, the partnership will see the youth aged 18 to 35 years under the Makueni…

Video: Vertical farms on the rise in the UAE

Dubai now has its first commercial indoor vertical farm. Find out how it could change the food industry in years to come, in this video from CNN.

Singapore gets largest indoor farm at 20,000 m2

With investment and support from one of the most technologically-advanced indoor vertical farming companies, Sanan Sino-Sciences Photobiotech (SananBio), Singapore’s VertiVegies is building a 20,000 m 2 ​indoor vertical plant factory in the Lim Chu Kang area. “After years of intensive research in this…

US: Indoor agtech producer providing lease-back program

United Opportunities, the developer of an exclusive program that allows individuals to take ownership positions in the AgTech market, announced that manufacturing of its high-tech growing environments has commenced. The company's advanced indoor cultivation Pods are being manufactured in Southern…

Soil-less farming startup wants to solve India’s food crisis

Sriram Gopal was running Synamen Thinklabs, an IT firm, in Chennai when he stumbled upon videos of soil-less farming and rooftop farms on YouTube. The year was 2014, and Sriram’s seven-year-old IT venture, which offered business consulting and go-to-market strategies to tech startups, was enjoying a good…

UAE: Plenty builds 200,000 sq.ft. vertical farm in the desert

Plenty plans to start selling locally grown produce, including kale and other leafy greens, to communities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai early next year. Last year’s $200 million investment in Plenty marked Masayoshi Son's first bet on agriculture. The SoftBank chief is interested in how the 4-year-old startup…

Malaysian farmers asked to adopt aquaponics system

Those wishing to harvest fish and pesticide-free premium organic vegetables that fetch a higher price than ordinary farm produce have been asked to invest in aquaponics. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional…

Growtainer 20’ micro greens factory introduced

CEA Advisors now offers a 20’ fully equipped Growtainer, a highly engineered modular vertical production environment optimized to produce high value Micro Greens for growers wishing to market Hyper-Local specialty products to consumers, chefs and restaurants. Each 20’ fully insulated Growtainer has been…

US: 300 aquaponic signatures to Congress

The Aquaponics Association published a letter asking Congress to support aquaponics and other sustainable growing methods in the 2018 Farm Bill. The Senate draft of the Farm Bill includes provisions that benefit aquaponic growers that are not included in the House version. The two chambers must reconcile…

UK: Greenhouses to spring up on Manchester rooftops

Manchester’s city office blocks and apartment towers are powering a regional economy like no other. That much is obvious. But could they also be growing salads? Experiments by a Belfast-based academic and a local property developer have revealed that city centre buildings could be turned into a market…


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