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Vertical farming


Disafa, Turin:

Italian research station to boost domestic basil production

Our Italian collageus at FreshPlaza.it recently visited Disafa's Experimental Centre in Turin. Here, for the past 20 years, professor Silvana Nicola has been coordinating the research for the soilless cultivation of vegetables and medicinal plants. Nicola is currently grown basil plants cultivated with on a.....

Urban Crop Solutions teams up with Dutch supermarket

Urban Crop Solutions (UCS), a total solution provider in indoor vertical farming, has teamed up with Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn and fruit and vegetable supplier Bakker Barendrecht.FarmFlex container in front of the headquarters of Ahold Delhaize in Zaandam (The Netherlands).Already more than a decade.....

US (FL): Fresh Ministries battles poverty using aquaponics

Once Fresh Ministries’ new aquaponics greenhouse on Jacksonville’s Eastside is fully operational, neighborhood residents will have a nearby place to buy fresh fish, fruit and vegetables. Students in the nonprofit’s educational and youth employment initiative will have a place to learn agribusiness skills.And.....

green” benefits consumers expect could be meager at best:

"Urban ag only provides small environmental benefits in northeastern US"

“Buy local” sounds like a great environmental slogan, epitomized for city dwellers by urban agriculture. But when it comes to growing fruits and vegetables in vacant lots and on rooftops in cities, is the practice really better for the planet than conventional farming? A new analysis of urban agriculture in.....

Plantlab says it has a patent on indoor farming

PlantLab can obtain its patent on indoor farming, described by the company as a 'closed plant nursery system'. Since 2008, the company has been defending this patent at the European Patent Office (EPO), with Philips Lighting and Certhon as their major opponents. Last Wednesdaythe EPO decided that the.....

"High time for high-tech farming in Vietnam"

The Government will focus on technology-based agriculture to resolve problems like the lack of value-added products for export, the low competitiveness of Vietnamese farm produce in world markets and inconsistency in quality.Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Dang Huy Dong speaks to Vietnam News.....

US: AgTech acquires control of True Colors International

Ross Lyndon-James, CEO announced that AgTech has acquired control of True Colors International in an exchange of shares. In connection with this transaction, the name change of True Colors International to AgTech Global International has been registered with the Secretary of State of Nevada, and its.....

The beginner’s guide to hydroponic tomatoes

Native to the Andes, tomatoes started traveling the world in the 1600’s. Though enjoyed as a food by its fellow Mesoamericans, the tomato was used mostly as an ornamental in Europe for centuries.Over the years, the crop has become a favorite food and can now be found in practically every grocery, restaurant,.....

UK: Hydroponic internships available in South Wales

Hydroponic agriculture has significant potential to deliver impact in food production. The pressures on conventional agriculture, the increase in urban populations and the need for sustainable food with shorter supply chains all highlight the need for new ways to grow crops. It is therefore timely to.....

Scotland: Vertical farm at James Hutton nears completion

Intelligent Growth Solutions, (IGS), a Scottish-based vertical farming business, is set to complete the construction of its first indoor growth facility in the next few months. The purpose-built facility is being constructed at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee. The completion of the indoor farm will.....

June 16-25

Learn about vertical farming... from the comfort of your chair

The future of food is being developed in tech hubs and cities around the world. If you’re not currently in one of those places, going to live events is a great way to learn more about vertical farming and urban agriculture. If you haven’t been able to make it to any AgTech events in person, there's an online.....

Finland funds aquaponics project in Namibia

Windhoek-Droughts in recent years and the apparent changes in climate are a driving force behind an exciting new agricultural project called Aquaponics for Improved Nutrition and Employment.Costing more than N$2 million (153,000 USD) it has been launched by the Finnish Embassy in partnership with the Namibia.....

Taking stock of the cooperation between INAPRO and the Aquaponics Hub

Since the project’s launch in 2014, the INAPRO project team has always sought to establish and maintain fruitful collaborations with other projects, programmes and initiatives working in the field of aquaponics, horticulture, aquaculture and sustainable food production.In particular, a long term.....

Contain Inc partners with AmHydro, Bright Agrotech & CropKing:

US: Newbean Capital launches finance arm to support indoor ag

Newbean Capital, a registered investment advisor and organizer behind the Indoor Ag-Con events,has launched an alternate finance arm, Contain Inc.. “Our goal is to become the alternate finance provider of choice to indoor farmers”, said Nicola Kerslake, co-founder of Contain Inc.The venture has partnered.....

US (CT): Vertical farming proposed for G&B wire mill

Redding resident and Harvard Design School graduate Jane Philbrick has a plan for the redevelopment of the Gilbert & Bennett wire mill site in Georgetown near the Weston border.She gave a presentation to the Weston Building Committee on Tuesday, May 2, in which she discussed community-based development.....

Dynamic Systems introduces greenhouses and vertical farming traceability

Dynamic Systems announces an end to end traceability system for Aquaponic, Aeroponic and Hydroponic growers using the SIMBA line of Barcode Tracking & Labeling Solutions. SIMBA gives the processor the ability to record, label and track their products faster and more accurately while including numerous.....

US vertical farm technology destined for export to Dubai and Botswana

Indoor Farms of America announces that sales through the first four months of 2017 have exceeded the entire year of 2016, when the company first sold its vertical aeroponic indoor farming equipment.According to company CEO David Martin, "During 2016, our first year selling our equipment, we enjoyed what we.....

Ireland: Hydroponic garden signs deal with restaurant group

Ireland’s first commercial hydroponic garden, Green Space, has created a commercial partnership worth €150,000 with The Market Lane Collection, one of Cork’s biggest restaurant groups.Green Space is located in Cork’s inner city, within 2.5 miles of the Group’s four restaurants – Market Lane, Orso, Castle.....

US (KY): Student compares container, vertical and hydroponic gardens

As a self-proclaimed foodie and a lifelong gardener, it was no surprise that University of Kentucky student Anna Townsend answered the call to share her knowledge when the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky (CKUK) formed in 2014. As she prepares for graduation, Townsend, the group’s vice president.....

US (CA): Educational greenhouse enthuses kids about aquaponics

At Palmquist Elementary School, kids are learning how to germinate plants, manage irrigation and use state-of-the-art farming systems. And they’re producing food for their own cafeteria and local restaurants in the process.In the school greenhouse, Swiss chard, cilantro, strawberries and watercress grow in.....

Japan: Growing greenhouse produce on a polymer film

Film farming is the brainchild of Yuichi Mori, the chemical physicist who founded Mebiol in 1995.Mori spent the majority of his career developing polymer technologies for the medical industry. However, he had long been fascinated by plant biology and found inspiration in the adaptability of the vegetable.....

CAN (YT): Research station tests Yukon's first hydroponic growing system

This fall, right about the time Calgary gardeners are putting away their shovels and gloves for the winter, researchers at the Kluane Lake Research Station (KLRS) in the Yukon will start planting their first solar-powered hydroponic crop of spinach.KLRS, 220 kilometres northwest of Whitehorse, is combining.....

Can New York State feed the Big Apple?

Locally grown does not always mean a lower footprint?

Food production is taking root in cities, from commercial rooftop greenhouses to indoor “vertical farms” in warehouses that maximize space efficiency by growing plants in layers from floor to ceiling. For Neil Mattson, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University, the.....

Mazaya Agro brings hydroponic farming to Omani communities

Mazaya Oman has brought a hydroponic farm to Barka to provide fresh vegetables grown locally above the markets in Muscat, where conventional farming is not possible all year round. The endeavour is being conducted by a new subsidiary company called Mazaya Agro.The first crop started harvesting in April. Six.....

European project introduces students to aquaponics

Last week, the INAPRO demonstration site in Murcia was visited by more than 50 people in the framework of the Eramus+ project “ANNIE - Aquaponics New Novelties in Education”.The ANNIE project started in 2016 and aims to set up a network of educational institutions, rural and urban aquaponic companies,.....

Singapore government encourages high-tech agriculture

In his latest blog post, Singapore's Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong, shed light on how Singapore is transforming its agriculture sector:"Some of you may have read about local fish farm Apollo Aquaculture opening a new high-tech joint venture farm in Brunei a few months ago. This helps to.....

US: Aquaponics farm provides hunger relief to Texans

The greenhouse on Richard and Sharon Hasting’s property in rural East Texas looks like a typical greenhouse any gardening enthusiast might own.But a closer look reveals the channels of water where red and green butter lettuce plants are floating on foam pads. This is not a typical greenhouse after all.The.....

Singapore: Release of land paves way for high-tech farming

For the last 20 years, Mr Alan Toh has been diligently tending to his vegetable farm in Lim Chu Kang because he believes Singaporeans deserve fresh and quality local produce.But Mr Toh's Yili Vegetation will not be taking part when 12 new plots of farmland meant for leafy vegetable cultivation come up for.....

Osram acquires stake in plantCube developer Agrilution

Osram has acquired a stake in Munich-based start-up Agrilution. The lighting group holds a strategic minority interest in the company via its venture capital arm Fluxunit. The start-up has developed a smart indoor growing box, the plantCube, that serves as a salad, vegetable and herb garden for the home......

US (MA): Hydroponic gardening program wins over students

Hands-on science lessons in a greenhouse can grow more than fruits and vegetables. They also nurture a love of science among youths in student populations long underrepresented in the sciences, according to a new report by researchers at Boston College's Lynch School of Education.Elementary-age students -.....

Able adds task-management system for small farmers

The next innovation in Able farm management software has arrived. The program now offers a full task-management system aimed at allowing growers to spend even more time working in the greenhouse instead of sitting in the office.The latest updates build on Able’s existing planning capabilities, which allow.....

UK: IGS completes ground works for indoor farm

Intelligent Growth Solutions has recently completed the ground works for its vertical growth facility at the James Hutton Institute near Dundee and is looking forward to commencing the superstructure build.BHC Limited, a specialist steel construction company, will be on site later this month to erect the.....

Design, maintenance and risk management of aquaponics systems

The EU Aquaponics Hub ran its sixth training school on 24–28 April 2017 at LEGTPA Lozère, La Canourgue, in France. Situated in the Lozère department in southern France, the Lycée d’Enseignement Général et Technologique Agricole (LEGTPA) at La Canourgue specialises in aquaculture training. The facilities.....

INAPRO aquaponics showcased at the GFIS in Milan

Last week the INAPRO project was showcased during the Global Food Innovation Summit that took place in Milan.The event gathered many visitors and some high level speakers such as Barack Obama, former President of the United States, several European Commissioners such as Phil Hogan and Karmenu Vella, some.....

Canadian government invests in Yukon aquaponics farm

In the North of Canada, where the growing season is brief and many northern communities rely on food flown in by plane or trucked up via ice roads, traditional farming has its challenges.Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced an.....

Is this skyscraper going to solve African hunger?

Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are suffering from a famine that affects 20 million people. According to eVolo magazine, over 40 percent of people living in sub-Saharan Africa live in extreme poverty. In the last three decades, absolute poverty has been reduced from 40 percent to 20 percent.....

US (OR): Smart Grow Systems updates MMJ grow light s

After years of research and in-the-field testing, Smart Grow Systems announced the availability of the newest member of its commercial vertical farming system, the GOLDENi LED grow light series for propagation and flower.“Smart Grow Systems’ mission is to drive out waste from commercial horticulture,” said.....

Is farming in a box viable, or just a fad?

Bed in a bag, soup in a jar, cake in a cup and now ‘farm in a box’? As many urban-ag-ers jump on the shipping container farm bandwagon that’s made inroads across the pro-grow community, some are wondering if the farm in a shipping container idea is really as cost effective and sustainable as it may at first.....

China to build CO2 absorbing green towers to tackle smog

VIDEO China is building vertical forests that will produce 60 kg of oxygen a day. According to this video, the towers will be home to more than 1,100 trees and 2,500 plants and will absorb 25 tons of CO2 every year.

ECO Energy Tech Asia names Robert Abenante as consultant

Robert Abenante will join ECO Energy Tech Asia USA as consultant. Mr. Abenante will bring in experience in Vertical Farming and help the company realize its objectives to become a leading producer of organic food ecologically produced by using vertical farming in the company-owned biodomes.Robert Abenante is.....

Pakistani growers learn about hydroponics

A 15-day training workshop on hydroponics agriculture started at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) on Tuesday.The workshop was organised under the project titled ‘Testing Indigenous Hydroponic Greenhouse for Vegetable Growing’ funded by the Agriculture Department,.....

Famgro vertical farms says it can compete with conventional farms

Steve Fambro, CEO at Famgro Farms in Oceanside, Calif., isn’t your typical farmer. And his “farm” isn’t the typical agricultural operation. It’s located in a 10,000-square-foot building that was previously used to make surf boards.Prior to starting Famgro Farms, Fambro, who is an electrical engineer by.....

"Hydroponic lettuce and kale can't keep people alive for long"

Over the past few decades federal governments, provincial governments, and academic institutions in Canada have been pouring millions of dollars into indoor food production projects in Canada's North.The intention is to provide the food security that is so desperately needed in northern communities. However,.....

US (VA): Aquaponics growers overcome bears and other challenges

Bears, aphid infestations and dying fish represent a few challenges the Delaplane aquaponic lettuce farmers have faced since starting their business 18 months ago.But, the trio of entrepreneurs has persevered to grow fresh, plump lettuce year-round in Northern Fauquier County.Jake Hall and brothers Hank.....

CAN (BC): Affinor to install large scale vertical strawberry farm in Abbotsford

Affinor Growers has received its largest equipment order to date from a license holder in Abbotsford B.C. These 10 level growing towers will be installed during the next 6 months and be used to grow and produce strawberries and other produce.The license holder has ordered 32 vertical growing towers capable.....

Columbia graduates kickstart new hydroponic bottle project

The World’s Smallest Garden turns a bottle into a self-watering hydroponic garden. It’s a fun, easy and really affordable way for anyone to grow fresh food at home.The small cylindrical device fits inside the neck of a bottle, where it creates an optimal environment for seed germination. As the plant matures.....

US (TX): Students donate greenhouse for food program

Four engineering students from Abilene Christian University gifted a new greenhouse to the West Texas Rehab Center in Abilene, which is now able to grow even more food to benefit their food school program.The program helps 75 patients a week and aims to help children and teens who struggle to eat understand.....

US (VA): Students bring hydroponic veggies to dining hall

Those walking into the University of Virginia’s Clark Hall find themselves face-to-face with a state-of-the-art hydroponics system. A table full of growing plants and violet light is hard to miss.As part of an undergraduate sustainability initiative, these systems have been installed in various locations on.....

US (WY): The challenges of hydroponic farming

Joe Wesnitzer’s goal of year-round growing has taken his farming off a horizontal plane to new heights.Behind his house off Big Horn Avenue, Wesnitzer constructed a greenhouse filled with more than 1,000 plants, most of which don’t root themselves in soil, but out of a vertical system instead.University of.....

New trials at AgriLife Extension:

Aquaponic systems gaining interest in Texas

Aquaponic systems are gaining interest around the state of Texas as producers and scientists work out the kinks in the relatively new production method and create best practices to spur future successes.Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, prepares.....

Blake Lange, Philips:

"We are going to see more and more indoor production as time evolves"

For the past two-and-half years, Blake Lange has been helping people make the shift to a new way of growing as Business Development Manager – Vertical Farming in Rosemont, IL, USA. He enjoys the challenge of helping our customers build a profitable business. Blake comes from a long line of farmers who have.....

Commercial horticulture technology meets indoor farming needs

Indoor farming is nice and fancy, but how can it pay your bills? Yesterday, attendees of the 5th edition of the annual Indoor Ag-Con got an answer to this and other important questions during the second day of the event at the Las Vegas Convention Center.Through interesting technical presentations and a.....

Lucchini Vertical Farming solutions on display at Macfrut 2017

Growing fresh vegetables, shoots and aromatic herbs anywhere, without needing soil, and with an advanced software monitoring all agronomic conditions, is now possible. Two years ago, protected environment specialistIdromeccanica Lucchinishowed what was possible in terms of Vertical Farming at Expo 2015......

Plant factories, corporate growers see value in studying customers

The sun is peeking out for Japan's agricultural sector, as some plant factory operators and corporate farms finally report profit after a rash of strategic failures and withdrawals. In many cases, dogged efforts to understand consumer demand bore fruit.One brand of frilly lettuce, recently spotted at an.....

US (NY): Teacher inspires kids with urban farming

In The Power of a Plant, globally acclaimed teacher Stephen Ritz shows readers how, in one of the nation’s poorest communities, his students thrive in school and in life by growing, cooking, eating, and sharing the bounty of their green classroom. His innovative program began by accident. When a flower broke.....

Germany: Old cotton mill converted to 18,000 sq.m. vertical farm

At a time when regionality and sustainability are becoming more and more important, ever more possibilities are opening up in local neighbourhoods.Klaus Eckelmann, Managing Director of New Energy London Deutschland UG, is currently working on a new project.He wants to transform an acquired property, with a.....

US: Florida brewers set up hydroponic hop farm

What makes craft beer “local” is typically the people behind the pint — what they put in it, how close they open a microbrewery to your house. But that’s about the extent of it, says master brewer Aaron Barth, who’s part of a new St. Petersburg brewery called Twin Bays alongside founder Brenden Markopoulos......

Australia: Melbourne City Council to approve urban greenhouse

An “urban greenhouse” that will be used to educate the public about food production is set to be approved for Queen Victoria Market.Melbourne City Council has released images of the proposed structure, which will also provide a home for displaced traders under the market’s $250 million redevelopment.The.....

July 17-21, Penallt

UK: Five day intensive aquaponics workshop

Humble by Nature and Aquaponics UK is organising a five day intensive aquaponics course from 17-21 July 2017. The course will include topics such as fish biology and husbandry, planting, maintaining an aquaponics system, troubleshooting, closed loop aquaponics, commercial aquaponics systems and technology,.....

US (TX): Growtainer grown leafy greens for Dallas' Central Market

After more than a year of meetings with the Produce Marketing team at Central Market, the first custom built for onsite production Growtainer has been delivered and is turning out fresh leafy greens, herbs and spices for Central Market customers in Dallas. “We spent over a year discussing their concerns and.....

Has vertical farming hit the ceiling?

Should we start building giant, garden-stuffed skyscrapers in our cities, or abandon the idea and devote our efforts to improving existing (horizontal) farms? Could vertical farming legitimately help us meet the world’s growing demand for food, or are we chasing the proverbial pie in the sky?Click here to.....

May 22-28

UK: Bristol Fish Project offers commercial aquaponics course

The Bristol Fish Project is organising a seven day commercial aquaponics course from 22-28 May. The course will include topics such as fish health, biosecurity and compliance, fish feed and nutrition, monitoring water quality, managing your production schedule, building a business plan and applying for.....

Portugal: Aquaponics featured at environmental sustainability expo

The team from Aquaponics Iberia and the Portuguese members representing the EU Aquaponics Hub COST Action recently put on a display at GREENFEST, the biggest sustainability event in Portugal, at the Torres Vedras exhibition centre.The 18 square meter aquaponics system, which had been designed specifically.....

US (NC): From row crops to hydroponic lettuce

Continuing the family tradition of farming, Winslow farms more than 2,500 acres with his family producing various crops including corn, wheat and soybeans.In 2016, Winslow started Carolina Hydrogreens utilizing hydroponics to grow several varieties of lettuce.Winslow researched hydroponics for three years.....

Nigeria: Expert recommends hydroponics as alternative to livestock

Mr. Adebowole Onafowora, Managing Director of BIC Farms Limited and pioneer of hydroponics farming in Nigeria has said soil-less farming could bring an end to the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria.Mr. Onafowora stated that gone were the days when you could graze your cows with Nigeria’s growing population.....

Marianne Cufone, Recirculating Farms Coalition:

"We should be encouraging farmers to use resource-smart techniques"

In response to Mr. Perdue's confirmation and in light of last week's National Organic Standards Board meeting discussion regarding hydroponic and aquaponic organic certification, Marianne Cufone, executive director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, issued the following statement:"Now that our new.....

US (KS): Dairy farmers switch to aquaponics

When Jeff and Pam Meyer took their family to Florida on vacation in 1998, they stumbled on something that would change the direction of the family’s dairy farm forever. At Epcot, the Meyer family saw a new concept of growing things – hydroponics.As the Meyers shifted their Basehor farm away from the dairy.....

Lufa Farms featured on CBC:

CAN (QC): Young entrepreneurs bring the farm to the city

VIDEO Mohamed Hage and Lauren Rathmell are a new breed of farmer. They've created a model of food delivery to address the challenges of our world's fresh food systems by building 31,000 square feet of 21st century farmland… on the roof of an old Montreal warehouse.A tomato from Hage and Rathmell's company Lufa is.....

John Choo, Indoor Harvest:

Competition a healthy sign for the indoor farming space

As we’re visiting the 5th Indoor Ag-Con in Las Vegas this week, vertical and indoor farming will be significantlyin the spotlight in our news updates for the coming days. Today we kick off with a Q&A with John Choo, co-founder and recently appointed CEO of Indoor Harvest. We asked him about their.....