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Malta: Growers asked to sell land for cannabis cultivation

Farmers in Malta are being approached to sell their fields to prospective cannabis cultivators – and the struggling crop growers are viewing the offer as a lifeline, according to those who spoke to the Sunday Times of Malta.The farmers report that property brokers, or sensara, have gone to them in recent.....

US (MA): Dutch company to set up 30,000 sq.ft. vertical farm

Polartec put its 559,868-square-foot, two-building site in Lawrence up for auction last spring. Among those expected to set up shop at the building (renamed IndusPAD) is Beyond Organic, a Dutch indoor agriculture company, which is working to open a 30,000-square-foot hydroponic vertical farming facility to.....

US (NH): Greens get extended life at hydroponic farm

Don’t get caught saying “spring mix” around the greenhouse of lēf Farms.That phrase will cost you a quarter in the office swear jar. The founders of this innovative hydroponic farm in Loudon, N.H., believe their mixes of fresh, pesticide-free baby greens are so distinct and pleasing to the palate that.....

Phil Ritchie of Rijk Zwaan visited the third ModulAIR platform

"Semi-closed greenhouses require sturdy, generative plant types"

At the start of this year the third ModulAIR platform took place in South Australia at Sundrop Farms. The platform is an initiative of Van Der Hoeven, which was founded to get even more out of the ModulAIR greenhouses and to learn from each other. By now the group consists of 26 persons, quite a nice growth.....

UK: Young vandals trash Angus polytunnels in latest attack

Vandals have caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage at an Angus farm.The teenagers even took pictures of themselves while climbing up polytunnels at East Seaton Farm, Arbroath.The main perpetrators have been tracked down following a social media appeal and their families have been spoken to.The weekend.....

China: Greenhouse in Dali is on fire

Growers are supposed to realize that they should not use inflammable types of materials, such as foil, plastic or other sheet metal to build a greenhouse.This greenhouse in Dali County is on fire. The firequickly goes up to the walls and roofs. Normal 0 false false false EN-GB ZH-CN.....

US (OH): Farm forum to tour aquaponic grower

The Greene County Farm Forum members and guests will be visiting a unique Beavercreek Twp. farm that produces fruits and vegetables year round without using soil.Oasis Aqua Farm utilizes the aquaponics method to grow food inside a heated greenhouse on the farm, which is home to sheep, chickens as well as.....

CAN (SK): Creighton greenhouse project hopes to grow opportunity

A Creighton-based group hopes to grow two things – fresh food and fresh opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.The group, tentatively called Northern Growing Abilities, is hoping to begin a hydroponic greenhouse to grow vegetables in Creighton.The goal for the project is not just to provide.....

US (CA): Lettuce production completes transition to Salinas

The production of lettuce is now maintaining steady volume after weather events several weeks ago caused some disruption to the market. Supplies have since stabilized and production has now fully transitioned out of the desert regions and into the northern California growing districts."We have recently.....

Three story greenhouse Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole passes GAP audit

First US vertical farm receives GAP Certification

Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole becomes the first vertical farm in the United States to receive GAP certification, joining an elite global group of vertical farms that have received the certification. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is a voluntary audit that verify that fruits and vegetables are produced,.....

US (AK): Entrepreneurs brainstorm new plan for Seeds of Change

The Seeds of Change hydroponic farm that was at risk of shutting down two months ago is operating under a new business plan and has stopped losing about $30,000 per month.The shift came after Anchorage’s entrepreneurial community brainstormed with Seeds of Change management in February. As a result, the.....

UK: Bristol’s urban farmers turn to aquaponics

“We can grow food for money, or we can grow food for people,” says Alice-Marie Archer, founder of Bristol Fish Project. “We need to figure out the line between the two.”A Community Interest Company (CIC), the project was founded in 2011, when Archer sought a solution to the challenges of increasing urban.....

US (AZ): Urban farming startup embraces aquaponics

Farmers need to be good at a little bit of everything—from growing and marketing to strategic planning. Chaz Shelton of Merchant’s Garden in Tucson, Arizona, approaches farming from a slightly different angle. He earned his MBA at Indiana University-Bloomington and is using that broad business knowledge to.....

CAN (QC): How 'data nerds' are transforming produce markets

A decade ago, Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell set out to change the way Montrealers get their fresh produce.In a city that relies on massive long-haul truckloads of fruits and vegetables from around the world, they instead built a fully functioning greenhouse on the rooftop of a building."One night we came.....

CAN (BC): Greenbelt Microgreens receives $80,000 loan

Whole Foods Market will award an $80,000 loan to Greenbelt Microgreens, a certified organic greenhouse grower of soil based microgreens located in British Columbia. The organic microgreens include arugula, pea shoots, sunflowers, broccoli and radishes. Greenbelt Microgreens grows year round locally in.....

US (IN): Organic vertical farmer grows tailor-made plants

Jonathan Partlow, founder of Aggressively Organic, sells small hydroponic plant growing systems that don’t need sunlight, dirt or pesticides and are grown indoors using just water, nutrients and LED lamps.Partlow says he has the modest of goal of ending hunger. And he’s being taken very seriously.The.....

CAN (AB): Grower praises new bill, still seeking Labour Code changes

Albert Cramer, owner of Rolling Hills Greenhouses, is applauding a new bill to promote local growers and producers in Alberta.However, he is also concerned that not enough attention is being paid to recent labour code changes affecting greenhouse growers.“It’s great to see the government supporting us as.....

drive-through for strawberries opened up in Netherlands

A McDrive? No, a McStrawberry!

Now there is another way to enjoy strawberries while you are out and about. No roadside stall, no automatic vending machine; it is a real drive-in. This week, 'Aardbeien Drive-in J&B' opened on the well-known strawberry roundaboutin the Dutch town of Uden, Netherlands. This weekend traffic was.....

Kenya: Local grower collective finds greenhouse tomato success

Mandera is a vast county neighbouring Somalia to the East and Ethiopia to the North. The men of the county, especially in Banisa constituency, understand the beauty of keeping bees and growing fruits and tomatoes. And they do it in groups.Sharif Sheikh Dahir of Golbo Omachu Farmers Association, a group of.....

supplying fresh produce to Southeast Saskatchewan

Estevan Fresh Farms Inc building year-round greenhouse

It might not have been the type of day that Darcy Vatamaniuck was looking for, but he’s still excited about the potential for Estevan Fresh Farms.A ground-breaking ceremony was scheduled to happen on Saturday morning at the site of Estevan Fresh Farms greenhouse just northwest of the Bienfait town limits......

US (OH): Micro-farm at OSU could help feed residents

Tyler Arter is a local guy who now holds the first new job created by a promising food production experiment at the Ohio State University-Mansfield campus.The extensive experiment is a micro-farm built last year in a campus parking lot. Arter, 23, manages 10 interns who care for and harvest a variety of.....

crunchy finger eggplants, coloured snack peppers and sumptuous tomatoes

“Constantly new varieties on trial in German-speaking Switzerland”

Crunchy finger eggplants, coloured snack peppers and sumptuous tomatoes. For more than six years, the Adèle Royal product line has stood for exceptional goods of first-class quality. Once a variety is successfully produced in Spain, the plants are planted in Switzerland as well. Thus, the range is constantly.....

Production ramping up for Canadian greenhouse cucumbers

As spring takes hold and warmer weather gradually creeps in, Canadian greenhouse cucumber growers are starting to see an increase in production. Although greenhouses enable year round production, the summer months bring about warmer conditions and more sunlight, bringing with it faster growth."We are in full.....

Ireland: Titanic chef uses hydroponic wasabi

The first Japanese Wasabi rhizomes, a hot and tasty herb, to be grown in Ireland are now being harvested in County Armagh.The highly prized rhizomes, popular in Japanese cuisine, are already featuring in dishes created by the top chef in the high-end restaurant at the iconic and multi-award-winning Titanic.....

France: Tomato grower heats greenhouse with waste

The fact that tomatoes thrive at sewage farms is well known - but a tomato farm next to a waste storage centre in the Gironde has taken things to a new level.Greenhouses in which tomatoes are grown at an eight-hectare site in Lapouyade, operated by Peasants de Rougeline, are kept warm by heat recovered from.....

UK: DCF invests in the horticulturalists of tomorrow

Six students studying horticulture have been awarded £8,500 worth of scholarships by the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF).As part of the DCF Scholarship Season, four students have received Student Scholarships with two students receiving the Floranova Scholarship and Markham-Colegrave Scholarship.....
To further innovate the food industry

US: Fresh food provider partners with innovation platform

Taylor Farms, producer of value-added healthy fresh foods, and Plug and Play, the world’s largest global innovation platform and startup accelerator, announced a strategic partnership focused on the advancement of technology within the food and agriculture industries.Taylor Farms’ decision to partner with.....

Italy: Kamarino cherry tomatoes are not a commodity

"After starting with almost all the table tomato segments, we understood that, in order to grow, we had to focus on cherry tomatoes and supply a superior quality," explains Guido Grasso, administrator ofAzienda Agricola Dorilli.Guido GrassoDorilli was established in 1999 by the Planeta family. It decided to.....

Ontario greenhouse grower gains presence in cucumber category

Since 2015, NatureFresh Farms Sales has been selling Long English Cucumbers and Mini Cucumbers exclusively grown and packed at Vine Fresh Acres, a Leamington, ON greenhouse. With the most recent 17-acre expansion completed early this year at the Cucumber operation, NatureFresh Farms Sales now markets a total.....

Charles Farran, Frutas Ponche France:

“Spain compensates for the big deficit in the French market”

According to Charles Farran, import-export salesman at Frutas Ponche France, there is a big deficit in the French market. "We have to import green asparagus because they are not available in France. The market in Northern France absorbs 40% of French production; the rest goes to export, and this causes a.....

StC International:

"Our growers prefer dealing directly with clients"

"We link growers and clients directly with each other," says Jan van der Kaden of StC International. This young Dutch companyfocuses on selling greenhouse vegetables. They have a clear goal in mind: a short, transparent chain. "We bring growers into the kitchen so they can become involved in the selling.....

22 year old Giulia starts first harvest

She might be only 22 years old but that doesn't stop Giulia Bozzoli from being responsible for 35 thousand tomato plants in the Crevalcore settlement of the Italian produce company Fri-El Greenhouse. "I started working here in May 2017 and, at the end of last year, the owner Florian Gostner asked me if I.....

India: ‘Pesticide-free’ poly-houses are catching on

At a time when all things “organic” is the buzzword, poly-houses are becoming a cause for concern due to high pesticide residues in the produce following indiscriminate use of chemicals.In fact, the sustainability of poly-house cultivation is facing a threat as a sizeable number of them have closed due to.....

Albert-Jan van den Berg, Tuinderij J. vd Berg en Zn

"Hydroponic cultivation not an option for specialty crops"

At Tuinderij J. v.d. Berg en Zn in Ridderkerk (Netherlands), Jan and Albert-Jan van den Berg - father and son - cultivate leafy vegetables under glass. There are different crops spread over the four hectare greenhouse, divided over three locations: you will find anything from turnip greens and lettuce to.....

Veresi Paradicsom builds first Hungarian greenhouse with artificial lighting

Veresi Paradicsom is expanding with 3 hectares this year. The Hungarian grower started 3 years ago with 3.5 hectares. In the new greenhouse that will be built this year, Phillips lighting will be installed. Thus, Veresi Paradicsom will be the first grower in Hungary with 360 days availability. Owner and.....

US (AR): Students develop hydroponic system for non-profit farm

Laura Gray and Sarah Gould, both pursuing their bachelor's degrees in biological engineering at the University of Arkansas, did not anticipate that their participation in the 2017 Social Innovation Challenge would turn into a year-long thesis project. But that's exactly what has happened; the two juniors are.....
Horticulture New Zealand:

"Employment law plans could destroy trust and not fit for this era"

Proposed employment law changes are a step backwards, and could destroy trust relationships between employers and employees and result in lower productivity, New Zealand's horticulture industry says.Horticulture New Zealand, joined by 13 other horticulture industry groups, has submitted to the Education and.....

Australia: Tasmanian tomato grower invests in year-round greenhouse

Mathew Cracknell has taken over the family tomato business from his parents 10 years after a huge glasshouse was set up on the property at Granton.The 4,000 square metre heated glasshouse allows year round production of tomatoes, but just over two months is set aside for replanting next year's crop.Matthew.....

US (MA): New greenhouse at Helfand Farm gives gardeners room to grow

A new greenhouse recently constructed at Helfand Farm Community Gardens offers increased opportunities for volunteers to raise produce for use in local soup kitchens while simultaneously learning about organic farming.According to Ben Rivard Rapoza, president of the independent nonprofit, the all-volunteer.....

Turkish growers get good returns on year-round strawberries

Koprubasi, one of the smallest districts in Manisa (Turkey), with a population of only 13,000 people has generated a significant amount of extra revenue through strawberry production. Strawberries are grown year-round, which not only benefits the district, but Turkey as a whole. The district started to.....

US (MS): Ag entrepreneurs bring aquaponics to Oxford

Kim and Lee Stewart moved to Oxford in February with plans to open the first aquaponic farming operation in the state of Mississippi.This week, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors approved the farm’s final site plan, bringing their dream one step closer to reality. In addition to three glass and.....

Italian agrinauts develop underwater greenhouses

Controlled-environment agriculture has pushed the boundaries, making it possible to grow crops in the most unlikely of locations. We've already seen cultivation take root on the North Pole, in space, and underground. An Italian scuba enthusiast adds another dimension to the list: underwater greenhouses.The.....

30 years of SARE's investment in the future of American agriculture

A group of eight Minnesota farmers interested in using cover crops to improve the health of their soil and profitability of their farms had a problem—there was scant information on how to manage cover crops in their area, where the growing season is short. But they were willing to lead the way, so in 2014.....

US (OH): Grower prepares for switch to organic

Bucyrus farmers Bruce and Joyce Clinger think you should know where your food comes from."We only sell what we grow as far as produce goes," Bruce Clinger said. "People want to know where it came from."They also want to make sure it's the highest quality you can find. So they're certifying their produce.....

Romanian growers hit hard by unexpected snow and low temps

A heavy blizzard lashed southern Romania last Friday, which is causing a lot of problems for growers, especially for those growing greenhouse vegetables. The National Weather Administration has warned that the weather is expected to stay cold through to the end of the week."The cold weather and snow.....

US: High tunnels protect crops through sleet and snow

When Cindy Ayers-Elliott, Ph.D., left her career as a CEO and investment banker to become a Mississippi farmer, the last challenge she expected was freezing cold weather – especially snow and freezing temperatures.Last winter brought record-low temperatures to Mississippi, and, along with it, the rare sight.....

Afghanistan: The great greenhouse makeover

Few countries have such a war-torn history as Afghanistan. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, the British Empire and the Soviet Union are just a few of the forces that tried to capture the country by force. Most recently, the country formed the backdrop of a NATO military operation against Al Qaeda, which.....

CAN (ON): NatureFresh Farms adds 32 acres in Leamington

John Ketler, General Manager at NatureFresh Farms, announced the newest NatureFresh Farms greenhouse expansion taking place in Leamington, ON later this year. Construction of a new 32-acre greenhouse facility will commence in the summer of 2018, with production scheduled to begin in 2019. This facility will.....

Dutch horticultural youngster nominated for sustainability award

Bisto de meast duoarsume Jonge Boer? That's Frisian for "Are you the most sustainable young farmer?" This question will be answered in the contest for Friesland’s most sustainable, young agrarian entrepreneur. Tomato grower Marco van Overbeek from Gardener's Pride is one of the nominees.Gardener's Pride is.....

Papenburger pepper starting this season

Germany: Gartenbauzentrale Papenburg expanding with trial variety

The season of local greenhouse vegetables has definitely begun. Gartenbauzentrale eG is also gradually beginning to harvest its products, placing them on the market. From this year, it is not only tomatoes and (mini) cucumbers that are produced in the Lower Saxony greenhouse, but peppers as well. After the.....

New Zealand: Tuba player's tomatoes grow into $1000 profit for brass band

Tuba player Chris Hendry has literally blown away his brass band members with his fundraising effort to get the musicians to France.The former geochemistry professor from the University of Waikato earned $1000 from growing, marketing and selling heirloom tomatoes from 130 heritage plants.The money would be.....

180,000 square foot

BrightFarms to invest up to 17 million in Texas greenhouse

BrightFarms has selected Abilene as the site of its first hydroponic greenhouse farm in Texas. Construction is slated to begin this summer, and shoppers will find their greens and herbs in area grocery stores by early 2019.The company will receive approximately 21 acres in Access Business Park in Texas,.....

Canada: Dutch greenhouse family continues to expand

In 1996, Paul Moerman emigrated from Holland to Canada with his parents, who saw better opportunities there for the greenhouse industry. For Paul as a kid, it was a big change moving to a new country, but the people in Canada, were very accepting, making it an easy transition. Now, the Moerman family.....

Serious business: growing with greenhouses in Lesotho

VIDEO Farming is serious business. Meet two women entrepreneurs in Lesotho who are turning agriculture into agribusiness using greenhouses.Using greenhouse technology protects crops, increases yield, saves water and lengthens the growing period.Read more about this ITC project, funded by the Enhanced Integrated.....

India: Haryana shields vegetable farmers from low prices

In March, Jaiveer Antil, a 33-year-old farmer in Haryana’s Sonepat district, was waiting for the tomato plants on his one-hectare plot to bear fruit. Antil’s family has been growing tomatoes for 15 years now and this year, like previous years, he was anxious about what the markets would be like in the two.....

Italy: Red San Marzano tomatoes deserve more recognition

"Our company was established in the early 1980s. We started working in the business when we were kids and, now that we're older, we know what it takes for the year to be good, even though you never stop learning," explains Giorgio Modica, who runs the company together with his brother Gianfilippo.Giorgio.....

Ontario greenhouse grower fined for selling Mexican-grown vegetables as Canadian

Amco Produce was fined $210,000 this past Monday for passing off Mexican-grown vegetables as Canadian products. Federal prosecutor Paul Bailey said AMCO Produce Inc. mislabelled about $333,000 worth of produce, though it’s unclear how much the company profited from the deception.Superior Court Justice Renee.....

Wolfgang Steiner:

Germany: "Acreage Strabena tomato doubled "

Through the use of geothermal energy, vegetable producer Steiner has been distinguishing itself for several years via sustainable production, high product quality and exclusive supply to the regional Rewe branches. Despite the excellent position on the market, continuous development is the main focus of the.....

Thriving in harmonious chaos

On an 8ha block in South Wairarapa is a sustainable ‘food forest’, with people lining up to get a taste of what’s on offer. Sustainable farmers Frank van Steensel and Josje Neerincx live in a world of organised chaos. Like nature, the Greytown couple farm in a way where finding an ecological balance is the.....

Social media celebrates thousands of #PeopleInFarming

Today, the NFU started an action to flood Twitter with images of #PeopleInFarming to help show how valuable the industry is to the UK. As part of a new campaign, they celebrate the work 476,000 people do on Britain’s farms and highlight its achievements. Also horticultural producers show their works......

Dutch cuke grower cultivates completely organically

De Noordhoek is an organic nursery where diseases and pests are controlled with natural pesticides only. Ladybugs are used for example to manage lice and the Ichneumonidae wasp is used to keep away the white fly. Good insects eat the harmful ones. The nursery uses only organic manure and compost. In organic.....

Turkey: Sanliurfa pepper grown year-round thanks to greenhouses

Sanliurfa, a city located in southeastern Turkey, is very well known for its agricultural production, and the use of greenhouses in agricultural production has been more widespread than ever. Thanks to these greenhouses, the famous Sanliurfa pepper, which was available only during summer months before, is.....

US (LA): Fellowship program brings international scientists to LSU AgCenter

Kwame Ogero was working on his master’s degree in Kenya when he came across some research papers written by LSU AgCenter scientists Chris Clark and Arthur Villordon. He found their work helpful, so he cited them in his thesis, which focused on tissue culture in sweet potatoes and cassava.Six years later,.....

Japan: Mitsubishi to grow cherry tomatoes

Mitsubishi has entered the agriculture business as part of efforts to remodel its businesses for future growth, and plans to produce cherry tomatoes with high sugar content.The company is planning to start growing the tomatoes in June at greenhouses in the Chiba Prefecture under a joint venture established.....

South Africa: Young agripreneur joins growing army of urban farmers

A second rooftop farm has been launched on African Housing Company's Stanop Building run by a young female agripreneur Mapaseka Dlamini ​​following the successful launch of the initiative in October 2017.Through the work of the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership, Wouldn't it Be Cool and key.....
20 tons exported to Europe

Algeria: First batch of zucchinis from the Touggourt geothermal complex

The first batch of “Gloria" zucchinis, out of the geothermal complex of Touggourt, destined for export, left the port of Oran yesterday, towards Europe. It is a zucchini variety different from those found on the national market. Its color is dark green, and its size varies between 18 and 23 cm. As far as.....

US (MI): Hydroponics benefits mentally-challenged students

In Detroit, Michigan, access to local produce has been a struggle for the community. However, with the recent Farm to Table Movement, there is hope that this access to locally grown fresh produce will increase. The Charles Drew Transition Center, part of Detroit’s school district, is hoping to become a vital.....

CAN (ON): Double Diamond Farms partners with Daily Bread Food Bank

Double Diamond has teamed up with the Daily Bread Food Bank to deliver fresh and flavor-packed produce to those in need in Toronto, Ontario.“Giving back to the community is something that we feel strongly about at Double Diamond Farms,” said CEO of Double Diamond Farms Chris Mastronardi. “So when we saw an.....

Lipman Family Farms acquires Huron Produce

Lipman Family Farms – a large open field tomato grower in North America, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ontario, Canada based Huron Produce, a greenhouse grower and distributor of tomatoes and vegetables with operations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Huron Produce packs under the.....

A whole new style of Canadian greenhouse produce

Fresh from the frozen prairies of Alberta, a new produce brand is headed your way.Cultivated in a collaboration between a greenhouse tomato-on-the-vine producer and marketer and distributor Oppy, Frank & Able is the new name for greenhouse tomato quality and enjoyment.Energized by the youthful vision of.....

North American mushroom suppliers hoping for good spring crop

Purveyors of wild mushrooms in the western United States and Canada are considering the possibility of a strong spring mushroom season. Although it is too early to accurately predict, it has been noted that Morel mushrooms thrive in post-fire conditions. This will be good news for suppliers who had a.....

Smooth transition expected for California spinach

The spinach season is expected to make a smooth transition as it approaches the end of the desert season and is set to begin the Californian coastal season. In fact, both are in production now to various degrees, but the bulk of production will shift in the next couple of weeks. Growers are not too concerned.....

Vegetable producer Vitfrisch in the turnaround between winter and last year's products

‘In early April enough fruit vegetables to meet all needs’

The supply of local cabbage and outdoor vegetables is becoming less important because of the rising temperatures. Therefore, vegetable producers are already preparing for the season of greenhouse products. Sales cooperative Vitfrisch is currently transitioning as well; within two to three weeks it is.....

US (WI): Behind the rise and fall of Growing Power

Will Allen is a beloved figure. The former professional basketball player and founder of the Milwaukee-based nonprofit Growing Power has had an influence on urban agriculture that is as conspicuous as his 6’7 inch frame and the characteristic sleeveless hooded sweatshirts that reveal his lumberjack biceps.In.....

UK: Evesham Vale Growers to expand with 14 hectares

A £30 million greenhouse to produce tomatoes in Pershore and put the town "on the map" will be built after planners gave it the green light.The application by Evesham Vale Growers at Rotherdale Farm, Long Lane, Tilesford, Pershore pledges to create 100 new jobs.The mammoth 142,596 metres glasshouse, includes.....

Hydroponic container farm celebrates International Women's Day

In honor of International Women’s Day 2018, Freight Farms celebrates the women farmers, entrepreneurs, leaders, and disruptors whose excellence in their fields and dedication to changing the food industry is truly inspiring. Meet the women who have gone above and beyond to bring positive change to food and.....

Spanish pepper grower successful with predatory mite

Located in Paraje La Cumbre, El Ejido (Spain), Agrosol Export operates a thirty-hectare farm cultivating tomatoes, cucumbers and sweet peppers in multitunnels. The company's produce is sold on the domestic as well as the international market to the UK and other EU countries.At the start of this year, just.....