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CAN (ON): Something fishy about downtown Toronto’s Waterwheel Farms

When you think farm you may not think of downtown Toronto, but Alec Wheeler is trying to change that perception.His Waterwheel Farms uses aquaponic techniques to grow leafy greens and herbs in the facility near Queen Street West and Dufferin Street.“It looks a little ‘labby’ in here but this is the identical.....

Italy: PiantaNatura promotes microgreens

With its urban agriculture project, PiantaNatura is astart-up that managed to bring micro-vegetables to Italian tables and to commercialise them as well."We grow over 25 varieties of edible plants including mustard, watercress, radish and rocket. We called these shootsMicro Ortaggi, which is the closest term.....

Affinor Growers reduces cost of tower technology by 30%

Affinor Growers announces several design improvements have resulted in a 30% reduction in overall cost and optimized growing conditions.30% tower cost reductionOver the summer and during various grow-trial testing periods, Affinor took the opportunity to redesign certain aspects of the tower technology with.....

Bermuda: Aquaponics farm planned for Smith’s Island

Plans to set up an aquaponics farm on Smith’s Island have been approved by the Department of Planning.The farm, earmarked for the site of a former cottage, is described as a pilot scheme to test the viability of the farming method in Bermuda.The farm would include a 480 square foot shaded area covering three.....

March 27 & 28, Atlanta

US (GA): AgLanta Conference returns for second edition

The City of Atlanta Office of Resilience and Agritecture announce that the AgLanta Conference is officially returning for a second year. On March 27 & 28, 2018, AgLanta 2018 will build upon the inaugural year.At last year’s AgLanta Conference, over 270 attendees joined together for intimate and.....

US (ME): Aquaponic grower secures $1.6M to expand greenhouse

Springworks, an aquaponic farm growing fresh, organically-certified lettuce, has secured $1.6M in capital to finance the creation and operation of a second, larger, and more efficiently designed greenhouse. The three-year old company’s current 6,000 sq ft greenhouse will be complemented by the new 8,000 sq.....

"High yields and nutritional quality of leafy greens with LEDs"

The results of a controlled horticulture lighting study conducted by the NSF funded Center for Lighting Enabled Systems and Applications (LESA) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI, Troy, NY), have been released. The study, utilizing a variety of commercial LEDs, compared the effectiveness of different.....

How to farm fish in the Egyptian desert

Driving up to his eight-acre farm, 45-year-old Faris Farrag waves disparagingly at the construction work that surrounds him. “This is all new,” he says, pointing at what looks to be a residential villa under construction. “It just used to be olive trees here.” The land around his little plot, once the site.....

The beauty of aquaponic cultivation

Architect Leopold Bianchini has crafted an installation in Brussels in collaboration with Café Recyclart, combining a traditional Belgian dish - eel in green sauce - with the production of the necessary ingredients.With his latest work, the Swiss architect Leopold Bianchini has come up with a concept that.....

Sweden: Plantagon crowdfunding new vertical farm

Plantagon launches its first City Farm out of ten until 2020 in the Swedish capital Stockholm. Plantagon invites the crowd to be part of a movement #feedingthecity. Under the famous building "DN-Skrapan" up to 70 metric tonnes of high quality food will be produced yearly - from a place previously being used.....

US (NV): Fresh Farms of America launching in the Las Vegas market

Fresh Farms of America, announces the first farm under the brand name, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. The local operation is named Vegas Fresh Farms, and is on track to serve and sell its first customers with locally grown, fresh-harvested daily produce in the dynamic market of Las Vegas, starting January,.....

UGA students head to NASA for high-tech agriculture internships

From the greenhouse to space

When the public thinks of NASA, the first images that come to mind are often rockets or satellites. In the future, images of greenhouses might also make the list.This spring, University of Georgia undergraduate students Ruqayah Bhuiyan and Niki Padgett will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida for.....

Singapore: Scientists test nano sensors in vertical farming

The Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (Create), which held a symposium on Friday (Dec 1) to mark its 10th anniversary, announced a new initiative to improve agricultural processes and produce in Singapore, as land-scarce Singapore moves towards high-density urban farming.The.....

6 things you need to know about potassium in aquaponics

When it comes to interesting (and frustrating) nutrients in aquaponic systems, potassium takes the cake. Potassium is the most commonly deficient nutrient by far (9 out of 10 are a potassium deficiency). But that’s not all—potassium also has a complicated relationship with other nutrients in the system,.....

US (NJ): Hopewell Elementary receives $5,000 vertical farming grant

Hopewell Elementary School has been chosen as a recipient of the 2017 BASF Science Education Grant. A total of $5,000, the grant will support efforts to expand the school’s “Sustainable, Green Community” initiative by literally and figuratively seeding a vertical farm in the elementary school’s greenhouse......

US (TX): Why a new Dallas restaurant grows on site

Janice Provost has harvested "tons" of tomatoes and has basil "as big as trees" in her backyard hydroponic garden.The produce goes straight to her restaurant, Parigi, in Oak Lawn. Provost says she would have liked to put her vertical garden at the restaurant, but there is no room. Instead, she installed.....

US (NJ): IKEA & top chef David Chang round out financing for AeroFarms

AeroFarms closed $40 million in Series D financing led by an international line up of financing all-stars including Dubai-based Meraas Holdings, London-based ADM Capital, NYC-based AB (AllianceBernstein), and Netherlands-based Ikea Group with continuing support from existing investors including London-based.....

Tom Webster explains how he is spearheading aquaponic farming in the UK

"I co-founded GrowUp Urban Farms with my business partner Kate Hofman in May 2013. Our vision is to contribute to a more sustainable food system using aquaponics – a combination of aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in a nutrient rich solution other than soil). The farming methods we.....

France: Paris suburbs develops urban farming

Following the success of the Agricool strawberry containers, the town of Asnieres wants to transform more roofs of public buildings into vegetable plots and increase the number of greenhouses. Thierry Sellier, the Deputy Mayor responsible for the project says that “In Montreal, 10% of agricultural.....

US (PA): Phipps Conservatory grows local produce with green wall

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has created a display of LiveWall green walls to showcase vertical gardening as an option for growing local produce in urban areas. Founded in 1893, Phipps has been Pittsburgh’s green oasis for more than 120 years.“Limited space is a significant challenge for urban.....

US (SC): Farm containers grow local leafy greens for students

Ashley Ridge High School’s farm to school program in Summerville is delivering fresh local vegetables to six Dorchester District Two schools.A container farm on the school’s campus provides fresh lettuce to students at Ashley Ridge, Summerville High School, DuBose Middle School, Beech Hill Elementary, Sand.....

US (WA): Plenty opens 100K square-foot facility in Seattle region

Plenty will open a 100,000 square-foot farm in Kent, Wash., where the 3-year-old company will grow pesticide-free, “backyard quality” produce for consumers in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. It’s the first time the startup has expanded beyond its home markets in South San Francisco and Wyoming; it will also be.....

US (PA): Elementary school expands aquaponics program

Larry Sutton’s classroom at Frazier Elementary School is full of plants, aquatic life and reptiles — perhaps a little too full.The third-grade science teacher annually leads lessons on water-based plant-growing techniques — hydroponics and aquaponics — that require a lot of space and a lot of attention. The.....

US (NY): New legislation in support of NYC urban agriculture

Supporters of new legislation to create a comprehensive plan for urban agriculture in NYC packed a public hearing at City Hall. The turnout to endorse Intro No. 1661, introduced by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr., is a testament to the significance of Urban.....

US (NY): Bringing the farm right to the table

Diners flock to Mission Chinese Food in Manhattan’s Lower East Side for the ambience, as much as the innovative twists on Sichuan food. Customers have been known to wait hours for the privilege of eating Kung Pao pastrami amid “Chinese banquet and surrealist” decor, as executive chef Angela Dimayuga.....

NOSB: Hydroponic and aquaponics are USDA Organic

On November 1, 2017, thousands of farmers nationwide waited to hear if the National Organics Standards Board, an advisory body to the USDA, would decide that hydroponic and aquaponic farms could remain eligible for the USDA Organic certification – a process which allows products from these farms to carry the.....

US (WY): How a vertical farmer is strengthening the community

Penny McBride, co-founder of Vertical Harvest, has made it her mission to educate others about how the vertical farming industry can not only improve the way we eat, but the way we build communities.Vertical Harvest, a 13,500 square foot, three-story hydroponic greenhouse in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sells.....

US (AK): Elementary school students show off aquaponics system

Inside a small room at Ketchikan’s Fawn Mountain Elementary School is a lush garden. It’s tended by students, who are growing lettuce, zucchini and … knowledge.“There’s another broccoli plant here. There’s zucchini, there’s basil growing here… tomatoes,” says Fawn Mountain Elementary School principal Alonso.....

Urban Crop Solutions wins FoodNexus Innovation Award in Belgium

Urban Crop Solutions was awarded on Thursday evening October 26th the FoodNexus Innovation Award. Out of many innovative companies a jury of experts in the agriculture and food industry selected Urban Crop Solutions as the most promising company in the Belgian agri-food industry. Urban Crop Solutions will.....

Growing Underground featured on CBS News:

"They can port this model to any town in the world"

Beyond the novelty of growing food in the bowels of London, Growing Underground's approach shows that it's possible to feed a growing population without the carbon-intensive effects of conventional industrial agriculture, which is in many ways unsustainable."They can grow food under deserts, they can grow.....

US (VA): $40K incentive match for Kappa Farms’ aquaponics expansion

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved a $40,000 incentive package for the expansion of Kappa Farms in Sterling Thursday.For nearly a year, Kappa Farms has been operating a pilot-scale operation in Fairfax County. The grant will help the farm establish a full-scale, commercial aquaponics operation.....

US (IN): The balancing act of aquaponics farming

Little did Stefanie Woodring and Trevor Dawson realize those many years ago when as children they spent carefree hours fishing in Hoosier waters that this beloved pastime in the outdoors would later become intertwined with their life’s work.“I think early experiences out in nature can really help one gain an.....

Missed out on Indoor Ag-Con Philly? Here's a recap

For the first time, Indoor Ag-Con located its smaller East coast event in Philadelphia on October 16, hosting Indoor Ag-Con Philly at the modern Samuel V. Hamilton building of the country’s oldest art museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA).The event sold out well ahead of time, and.....

CAN (ON): AquaGrow Farms is expanding

Since starting the AquaGrow Farms last year, one of the most common questions received by the Mississauga Food Bank is “do you have plans to expand?” The response has always been along the lines of “we want a year to familiarize and optimize our farm before branching out further”. Now they're ready to.....

UK: LED lighting for new sustainable algae production facility

AlgaeCytes, based in Kent, UK, is installing Philips GreenPower LED interlighting in its new algae farm, which uses a patented technology to meet the growing demand for Omega-3 supplements and oils without depleting the world’s fish stocks. AlgaeCytes chose Philips LED lighting because it is ideally suited.....
November 3-5, Portland

US (OR): Full schedule revealed for aquaponics conference

The Aquaponics Association will kick off Putting Downs Roots - the 2017 national aquaponics conference - on Friday, November 3 at the Red Lion Hotel Conference Center at Jantzen Beach.The conference will feature three days of aquaponics tours, presentations, discussions, and hands-on demonstrations by the.....

October 9-11, New Forest

UK: International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and.....

US: Pioneering locally grown basil in North Carolina

Growing up on a farm taught Matt Marsh the work ethic to pair with his "dreamer" personality. The result of this pairing? Matt was uniquely equipped to solve a problem rampant not only in his home state of North Carolina, but across the country.In an area with dozens of local farms, he saw an industry with.....

US (MN): Aquaponics farm planned on 12 acres in Wellston

A Minnesota businessman is planning an urban aquaponics farm to raise fish and grow vegetables in Wellston.Glenn Ford, of InCity Farms, this month closed on the purchase of about 12.5 acres from the St. Louis County Port Authority for the venture, a $325,000 sale that has been in the works for over a.....

US (WI): Nelson and Pade donates aquaponically-grown lettuce to schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, Nelson and Pade has donated fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield and Montello public school districts. On Monday, October 23rd, Nelson and Pade staff member, Jannel Dunn, personally delivered the freshly harvested, Certified Naturally Grown.....

Plumbing in hydroponics: What you need to know about valves

The essential function of hydroponic valves is to start, stop, and control the flow of water. The type of valve you choose will be based on the function you’d like it to perform.Valves will be a key element in your system whether it’s hydroponic or aquaponic. They allow the isolation of different parts of.....

US (PA): Aquaponics facility opens doors for farm tour

Six farms, a high school aquaponics lab, a Quaker meetinghouse and the Reading Area Water Authority welcomed visitors during the recent Berks Agriculture Resource Network farm tour.The event raises money for the group, which promotes agriculture and related food industries through economic development.....

US: Anacostia Aquaponics hosts DC Food Recovery Week events

From Saturday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 28, events across the region will spotlight, celebrate and advocate for all the ways we can reduce food waste and feed more people in metro DC.Anacostia Aquaponics is hosting two events in conjunction.Backyard Aquaponic Fish Harvest, Clean & CookOctober 26, 5:30 –.....

CAN (AB): Thiel's Greenhouses ventures into hydroponics

Greenhouse owner Nadine Stielow started testing hydroponic growing technology last spring and saw the fruits of her labour come to life literally in the form of lettuce and other vegetables this summer.With the successful testing, the next step launching campaign to raise $25,000 this fall, which helps the.....

US (MA): Stockbridge students explore the future of farming

In the past two years, the University of Massachusetts Amherst took great strides to invest in sustainability on campus.Its most recent investment? A student organized hydroponic farm.Dana Lucas, a senior sustainable food and farming major, and Evan Chakrin, a junior non-traditional horticulture student,.....

Oman: University students grow crops using vertical farming

Students at the Department of Crop Sciences, College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University have successfully grown lettuce, strawberries and few other low stature vegetable crops using vertical farming methods.As part of its efforts to produce technologically advanced youth, the SQU.....

Tomatoes are coming to Antarctica in January 2018

Antarctica is no place for a tomato. But starting in January 2018, researchers at the German Antarctic research station, Neumayer III, will begin growing not only tomatoes but also lettuces, herbs, peppers, cucumbers, Swiss chard, radishes and even strawberries inside a climate-controlled shipping container......

US (PA): Metropolis Farms unveils new indoor ag lighting technology

Jack Griffin, President of Metropolis Farms, unveiled a new breakthrough in lighting technology for the emerging indoor vertical agriculture industry at the Indoor Ag Con Philly conference in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by NewBean Capital.Griffin presented during the conference’s concluding.....

Freight Farms lays off staff, shifts focus to college campuses

Freight Farms, the Boston startup that makes automated farms in shipping containers, laid off seven employees Monday to focus on its growing segment of college campus customers as some other initiatives foundered.Brad McNamara, Freight Farms’ CEO and co-founder, confirmed the layoffs to BostInno Thursday......

Desertfoods project brings aquaponics to Namibia

A 12,000 m² climate-controlled greenhouse will be built in the Namib Desert East of Swakopmund next year. It will be expanded by another 32,000 m² after 3 years. This will be a step towards increasing the food security of Namibia as well as the practical implementation of decoupled multi-loop aquaponic.....

Delhaize opens first store rooftop farm in Belgium

Delhaize Belgium is testing an innovative "urban farm" on the roof of one of its stores in the Brussels area. The farm, consisting of a garden and a greenhouse, will allow Delhaize customers to buy freshly picked vegetables that are grown exclusively on-site. The brand is the first supermarket in Belgium to.....

Desktop greenhouse raises over $300,000 on Kickstarter

Want to spruce up your desk but not exactly the world's greatest gardener? The EcoQube Air is the world's first desktop greenhouse and provides the perfect environment to grow in any season in your home. Beyond looking great, the Air actually circulates 450 cubic feet of purified air every hour, while the.....

Germany: Tomatoes from the hotel roof

On the sun terrace of the Estrel in Berlin, the largest hotel in Europe, SUNfarming has built its agro-solar greenhouse.The greenhouse, covered with a 4 m wide light dome, has a size of 42.5m² (5m x 8.5m). The roof tops, east and west of the light dome, are equipped with SUNfarming modules, the generated.....

US: Cloudponics’ IoT-supported hydroponic Grobox now shipping

Cloudponics' second generation GroBox, is now available to consumers nationwide. The fully autonomous and self-sustaining hydroponics grow system for growing medicinal plants and vegetables indoors can be easily controlled from a smartphone.The GroBox intelligently monitors and manages multiple variables.....

Former Tesla executive joins Plenty

Tesla’s former director of battery technology has joined Plenty to lead the vertical farming startup’s plan to build indoor growing rooms around the world.Kurt Kelty, who joined Tesla in 2006 and left earlier this year, was one of the longest-serving executives at the carmaker led by Elon Musk. He joins.....

US (KY): Local family brings aquaponics to West Kentucky

Better quality vegetables grown without soil —One family wants to bring that to west Kentucky by using aquaponics.Leaving nursing after 26 years to pursue a lifelong dream isn’t easy. For Tammie McCullough, it’s worth taking that leap.“I was nervous about leaving the corporate world, but I’m fortunate I get.....

CAN (ON): Toronto entrepreneur brings vertical farms to Windsor

Toronto area entrepreneur Zale Tabakman has brought his budding vertical farming business to Windsor through a collaboration with Canada South Science City and support from Unifor Skilled Trades.Tabakman’s agriculture and technology company — Local Grown Salads — is taking root inside the Forster Community.....

US (NY): Viability of indoor urban agriculture is focus of research grant

Growing crops in controlled environments – in greenhouses, plant factories and in vertical farms – provides alternatives to conventional farming by producing food year-round near metropolitan areas, reducing transportation costs and water use, and improving land-use efficiency. Such local systems also offer.....

Germany: Growtainer delivered at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University

Dedicated research to analyze opportunities for applications and innovations in indoor environments often comes with high initial investment costs. But thanks to the mobility of an indoor cultivation environment like a Growtainer®, that investment cost can be significantly decreased.A Spanish pharmaceutical.....

South Africa: Chamber of Mines launches urban ag initiative

The Chamber of Mines of South Africa hosted the launch of the Urban Agriculture Initiative in the Johannesburg inner city. The aim of this initiative is to create a vibrant urban agricultural ecosystem by innovatively repurposing disused rooftops and making use of hydroponics and aquaponics to produce.....

US (LA): Aquaponics comes to Baton Rouge middle school

Since August, dozens of students at Brookstown Middle School in Baton Rouge have been raising catfish with a plan to use the fish waste as fertilizer to grow lettuce.The school aquaponics lab is the brainchild of ExxonMobil electrical engineer Ronnie Morris, who spent $6,000 of his own money to buy the.....

US (NY): Mushroom site becomes commercial indoor veg farm

The site of what was to become a large-scale indoor growing operation for maitake mushrooms in the Town of Mamakating, NY, is now destined to become an indoor commercial vegetable farm. Town Supervisor William Herrmann said Lex Heslin, owner of Beautiful Earth Group, a solar industry business, will develop.....

Philippines: House panel approves bill promoting urban agri

The Philippines House Special Committee on Food Security on Tuesday gave its nod to the substitute bill promoting integrated urban agriculture to boost the country’s food security.Party-list Rep. Orestes T. Salon of AGRI, one of the principal authors of the proposed Integrated Urban Agriculture Act, said the.....

US (OH): Toledo restaurant builds 8,000 sq. ft. urban farm

Toledo-based Balance Pan-Asian Grille, a fast-casual restaurant chain started by two University of Toledo grads, is expanding to downtown Toledo in a revolutionary manner — something that fans of Balance have come to expect of owners Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang.The two men said Thursday that by.....

Dell takes a fresh look at IoT with Aerofarms

At Dell’s IQT event in New York this week, Andy Rhodes, vice president of IoT edge computing at Dell, was joined on stage by David Rosenberg, CEO and founder of AeroFarms, to discuss how a smart warehouse full of plants exemplifies a forward-thinking IoT strategy.Instead of using soil, water and sunlight,.....

US (CA): Adventure in aquaponics

On a warm Friday afternoon, student volunteers help trim eight different varieties of basil leaves for a study headed by undergraduate Fisheries Biology major Bryan Lester.Lester is studying which strain of basil grows the fastest using this aquaponics facility, he completed his second trial on Friday. The.....

US: Aquaponics Association calls on NOSB to retain organic eligibility

The Aquaponics Association submitted its official comment to the NOSB ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting, at which it will vote on aquaponics' organic future. The Association will also deliver web comments later this month. Here is the state of the Association's Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic.....

October 19, Ettrick

US (VA): VSU to host 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day

The status of small-scale freshwater aquaculture in Virginia is the theme of the 30th Annual Aquaculture Field Day being held Oct. 19 beginning at 8:30 am at Randolph Farm, 4415 River Road, Ettrick. The Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Program at Virginia State University hosts this annual event. Dr. Brian.....

US: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation tours Nelson & Pade

Throughout October, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is joining more than a dozen state agencies and other partners in celebrating Manufacturing Month to promote manufacturing, manufacturing careers and manufacturing education.As part of Manufacturing Month, WEDC officials toured Nelson.....