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US (KS): Hydroponic leafy greens also successful in rural areas

While much of the country’s indoor hydroponic food production is being done by growers located near large urban areas, mGardens in Gorham, Kan., is bucking the trend. Tom Murphy, who is the company’s operator, asked why should people living in or near large cities be the only ones able to enjoy the taste,.....

CAN (QC): Montreal supermarket offers produce from rooftop garden

“People don’t believe that we can grow veggies on a rooftop,” says Carl Pichette, marketing vice-president for Sobeys Quebec. But that’s exactly what an IGA supermarket in Montreal’s borough of Saint-Laurent is doing. They have planted a 23,000-square foot rooftop garden that shoppers can spot from the.....

October 1-5, Kashiwa

Japan: Five-day training on plant factory operation

In response to increasing global demands from indoor farmers, researchers and future entrepreneurs in the emerging field of plant factory with artificial lighting (PFAL), this coming October, Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) together with Chiba University will host an intensive five-day introductory.....

Alice Ou, Eponic:

Chinese supplier provides full system from seed to crop

“We offer a whole system for plant factories”, Alice Ou, director of Eponic tells us. “From seeding to nursery, from grow control to an automatic harvest system”. At the Greentech in Amsterdam the Chinese company showed their system, and they showed up at the Cultivate in Ohio as well.Eponic at Greentech.....

Indian growers get acquainted with hydroponics

Australian based company Genesis Horticultural Solutions has been engaged in delivering a 5 day training course to Indian growers in basic hydroponic growing and controlled environment management. Thirty participants from across India attended the event at Dharwad, and came from a variety of climatically.....

"Vertical farming has a place for nations struggling to produce food"

I am following the synthetic meat debate with interest. Will lab-derived proteins be the answer to solving the world's food and environmental problems?When I speak with people on either side of this debate, there is an almost evangelical belief in their position. If the domestic discussion around Air New.....

Aquaponics real estate: Planting densities

Aquaponics allows for plants to be grown closer together. Unlike in soil agriculture, plants do not have to develop massive root systems in the ground to gather nutrients. The constant exposure to nutrient-rich water reduces that need, resulting in stout and more vertical root growth. This means, plants can.....

How to achieve better hydroponic germination rates

In the last blog of the Crop Planning series, we talked about calculating seeding rates. Knowing how many seeds to plant is only helpful if you can properly get them through the germination and propagation stages. That requires carefully planning the environmental conditions for each stage of the plant’s.....

US (NV): Indoor farm brings local produce to Las Vegas

In a brightly lit room, workers donning head-to-toe protective clothing — white jumpsuits, blue bouffant caps, surgical masks, booties and gloves — huddle over tables lined with trays.The environment could pass as a research lab or sterile-processing center deep inside a bustling hospital, but it’s neither......

Meet the man who gave Singapore local strawberries

Farming is not so common in Singapore for two reasons, the first being obviously that land is scarce.Secondly, the hot and humid tropical climate isn’t suitable for all types of fruits and vegetables, meaning conventional local farms can produce bok choy, but not kale.No one would ever have thought.....

UK: Intelligent Growth Solutions appoints Chief Strategy Officer

Intelligent Growth Solutions, the Scottish-based agritech business, further strengthened its team with the appointment of John Chapman as Chief Strategy Officer. John is the first senior appointment by new CEO David Farquhar. He will play a crucial role in identifying and securing investment, as well as help.....

September 5, West Lafayette

US (IN): Greenhouse workshop to promote sustainable growing practices

Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture is offering a Greenhouse and Indoor Hydroponics Workshop on Sept. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Room 1159 of Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St. Participants will learn about optimal conditions for growing hydroponic lettuce, including nutrient.....

July 27, Houston

US (TX): Urban Food Production Conference

The Houston Urban Food Production Conference, covering commercial and backyard food growing, as well as selling produce, will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 27 at the University of Houston Downtown campus, 201 Girard St. in Houston.Sponsors are the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Prairie.....

US (CT): Water authority invests $500K in aquaponics

The South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA) will provide an investment to Meriden-based Trifecta Ecosystems, allowing them to establish a regional aquaponics program in the Greater New Haven Region.The RWA’s $500,000 investment will allow for the creation of a series of custom-controlled.....

US (NV): Indoor farming industry takes root in Las Vegas

Las Vegas’ farming industry might seem as dry as the desert, but Southern Nevada’s agriculture sector is just a bit harder to find than most.To discover rows upon rows of basil, green butter lettuce, mint and even cannabis in Las Vegas, you will have to step inside.Southern Nevada’s indoor farming industry.....

Aussies invent automated vertical farming system

Vertical farming has taken off in the US, especially in big cities where space is at a premium.In Australia, a group of mates have taken it a step further and invented what they say is the first fully automated commercial garden in the world.Read more and watch the video at Yahoo!

US (OK): Grow filter brings sustainable agriculture to vertical farming

Upward Harvest has spent the last six years perfecting a vertical farming design that brings to market a scalable, economically viable way to grow organic goods - all without the high costs of artificial lighting, industrial shelving, scissor lifts, and elaborate environmental controls, according to Travis.....

"Indoor farms could fine-tune the flavours of our food"

A new way to farm indoors using different wavelengths of light could boost the taste of fruits, salads and herbs, while also increasing food supply and nutritional value.Growing food inside brings many benefits to farmers by reducing the amount of land, fertilisers, energy and water needed to cultivate the.....

China: Indoor farming symposium opens to full house in Shanghai

AEssenseGrows announced that its co-sponsored Shanghai symposium on commercial indoor agriculture brought in a capacity crowd to hear from global experts. Co-sponsored by AEssenseGrows and the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences (SAAS), the 2018 International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium drew about.....

US (NJ): A microgreens farm grows in Asbury Park

On the other side of the tap room at Asbury Park Brewery, in a high-ceilinged industrial space with not a whiff of barnyard in the air, you’ll find a pair of brothers cultivating a thoroughly modern farm.It’s soilless, it’s vertical, it’s pesticide-, herbicide-, fungicide- and insecticide-free, and its.....

June 26-28, Salinas Valley

US (CA): Forbes AgTech Summit spotlights modern agriculture

Forbes announced the speaker lineup for the 2018 Forbes AgTech Summit. The Summit will again bring together over 600 global agriculture leaders and entrepreneurs to tackle some of the world’s most critical challenges by focusing on solutions that growers and processors can put to work in their fields and.....

UF/IFAS researcher to experiment with algae in space

A University of Florida scientist will use the International Space Station to see if algae can help recycle carbon dioxide and eventually be used to help make plastics, resins and even food.Initially, researchers want to improve algae’s ability to use light to capture carbon, and in turn, help support animal.....

US (IN): Ivy Tech greenhouse dedicated

When Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne started its agriculture program about five years ago, officials were already pondering options for growing it.Dreams of a greenhouse – a facility that could bridge the campus' agriculture and culinary programs – soon followed.On Wednesday, Ivy Tech showed off its.....

US (MO): Students grow herbs and lettuce for peers

Smelling like cilantro is normal for Missouri State University seniors Rachel Veenstra and Jennifer Rice.“I’ve been in class before and people are trying to figure out why it smells like plants,” Veenstra said. “That gives me an opportunity to tell them about what I do.”The students, both environmental plant.....

Liberia gets aquaponics unit from UNMIL, FFDC

A white perforated structure, made from nylon or rubber-net, measuring 13 meters in width and 26 meters in length.Its floor, 1.3 meters above ground level, is of corrugated concrete built from more than three hundred bags of cement, according to an official of one of the organizations that sponsored the.....

South Africans learn about vertical farming in Scotland

In April 2018, Intelligent Growth Solutions welcomed a delegation from South Africa to visit their facility at Invergowrie. The team of three were from the Tshwane Economic Development Agency (TEDA) and their advisors, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an African research and.....

US (PA): Microgreens make a mark in State College

Isabel Kumerz grew up in Spain with dreams of one day growing her own food. When she moved to State College and the ample space allowed her to garden, she did so voraciously. However, when the barren winters of central Pennsylvania hit, she started looking for ways to continue her passion year-round,.....

Senior Tesla executive joins Plenty

Last year, Tesla’s longtime battery technology director and one of the company’s most veteran engineers, Kurt Kelty, left the automaker to join vertical farming startup Plenty.Now, the company has poached another senior engineering executive from Tesla.Nick Kalayjian has been working at Tesla for over a.....

US (IN): Dairy farmer switches to hydroponics

Micro Farms in Nappanee is a greenhouse growing farm fresh produce year-round using hydroponics.Loren Graber had the idea nearly 25 years ago for a hydroponic greenhouse with vertically grown crops. At the time, he was working on the family dairy farm. When his son Dion was born, milk prices dropped.....

UK: Students' veggies lit up by gear confiscated from cannabis gangs

Hydroponic equipment confiscated from criminal drugs operations is to be used for organic food growing projects in schools thanks to a partnership between police and a social enterprise.Educational social enterprise, Bespoke Engaging Education Services (BEES UK) is partnering with Devon and Cornwall Police.....

Nijssen at GreenTech

Plant growth chambers and indoor farming solutions

At GreenTech Amsterdam (12-14 June), Nijssen will present its innovative solutions in phytotrons and indoor farming.Nijssen presents its latest solutions in climate technology. Among their projects in recent years, Nijssen realised 100+ climate rooms for several seed breeding companies in Seed Valley.....

Belgium: ECLO produces micro-vegetables at Abattoir’s

In the Abattoir cellars not just mushrooms are grown. Only recently micro-vegetables were added as an extra activity. In fact, a micro-vegetable is merely a tiny version of a “normal” vegetable like radishes, broccoli, red cabbage, mustard, sunflower, rucola … They are often compared to germ vegetables with.....

AVF pavilion round table discussions at GreenTech

GreenTech Amsterdam and the Association for Vertical Farming are partnering in organizing a dedicated Vertical Farming pavilion where all innovation, knowledge and technology in Vertical Farming comes together. The Vertical Farming pavilion will feature the AVF café with a programme of ’round table talks’.....
June 12-14, Shanghai

China hosts International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium

The 2018 Shanghai International Indoor Plant Factory Symposium aims to bring together the world's leading experts in indoor farming. The show features both attendees and exhibitors from global commercial cultivation enterprises, private research facilities, and universities in an exchange of ideas,.....

US (VA): Plants with a Purpose supports urban ag at VSU

As an extension of its Plants with a Purpose program, Sabra Dipping Company, LLC (Sabra) will partner with Virginia State University (VSU) to assist in the development of an educational urban garden at Summerseat. The Summerseat Urban Garden Project will transform a 2.2-acre historic land parcel into a food.....

UK: 5.120 m2 indoor farm comes to North Lincolnshire

Current, powered by GE, and Jones Food Company announced that construction is underway toward building one of the world’s largest indoor farms. The intensive plant nursery, located in North Lincolnshire, England, will be producing up to 420 tonnes of leafy greens per year across a growing area of 5120m2,.....

US (OH): Lettuce Heads puts a fresh spin on vegetables

Fifth generation farmers, and cousins, Kurk and Nicholas Ziegler knew they wanted to get back to their roots when they started Lettuce Heads in Lorain County.The pair grew up on a 600-acre traditional crop and swine farm, operated by their fathers, Kevin and Ken Ziegler, who are also part owners in the.....

Antarctic greenhouse yields 120+ harvests

The main operations phase at the EDEN ISS greenhouse in Antarctic started in March 2018. It includes system and component demonstration and plant growth experimentation and is led by DLR’s Antarctic ‘gardener’ Paul Zabel.On March 21, the strongest storm to reach the Antarctic region in over a year occurred,.....

South Africa: Aquaponic farming project ticks all the boxes

An aquaponic farm in rural KZN established by a group of big-hearted Durban University of Technology (DUT) students in 2016, continues to thrive.Situated in the Noodsberg community within the iLembe district, the project came about as a partnership between international non-profit organisation Enactus and.....

US (NY): Bronx teens grow 25,000 pounds of produce in hydroponic farm

A group of Bronx teens helped create a 1,300-square-foot hydroponic farm designed to grow 25,000 pounds of produce a year in one of the city’s toughest “food deserts.”The project is designed to teach students about sustainable agriculture, advocacy and nutrition while building their science, technology,.....

June 23, Langley

CAN (BC): Aquaponics workshop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Learn from aquaponics expert and instructor, David Sayson, in a three-hour overview for backyard hobbyists, educators, and even those considering a commercial operation.Topics covered include:How it Works: the science behind aquaponicsOverview: learn about the different kinds of systems from tabletop to.....

China: Rooftop vegetable garden takes root

Above the concrete jungle, rooftop gardens are emerging in Jing’an District, offering an escape from busy routines and a new way to use space in the densely-populated metropolis of Shanghai.The Kerry Everbright City, a mixed-use complex near the Shanghai Railway Station, has turned three of its rooftops into.....

US (LA): Niche for hydroponic vegetables, herbs discussed at meeting

Growers interested in hydroponic gardening have another source for the information they may need.LSU AgCenter horticulture agent Lee Rouse is conducting research on the practice, by which crops are grown without using soil. He and others from the AgCenter hosted a Hydroponic Education Day at the LSU AgCenter.....

The green promise of vertical farms

Indoor farms run by AI and lit by LEDs can be more efficient than field agriculture, but can they significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions?by Harry GoldsteinI emerge from the Tokyo Monorail station on Shōwajima, a small island in Tokyo Bay that’s nestled between downtown Tokyo and Haneda Airport......

Glenn Behrman:

"Qatar could export vegetables in the future"

Qatar could become an exporter of several agricultural products at some point in the future, Glenn Behrman told Gulf Times.“There are tremendous opportunities for the country,” he claimed.“We can recreate nature. If the plants want rain, there will be rain, if there is no need of wind, there will be no wind.....

"Metropolis Farms' CEO is either the farmer of the future or a fantastic fraud"

Jack Griffin says he can still revolutionize agriculture and build the urban farm of the future.But first, Griffin needs to survive a war with many of the folks he has worked with. His backers are suing him for fraud, accusing him of diverting over $1 million to his personal accounts. They’ve also outed him.....

CAN (YT): Off-grid hydroponics to improve Northern food security

A Whitehorse solar energy company is expanding its business to include hydroponic farming.Solvest has partnered with Cropbox, an American company that refurbishes shipping containers to grow produce. A container now on the Solvest compound is for demonstration only, and not equipped with the features needed.....

June 20-21, Utrecht

NL: Innovations Theatre showcases smart food production

Technology innovations and solutions from start-ups and entrepreneurs from across the world that will drive the future of sustainable agriculture and smart food production will be showcased in Europe next month during the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) at Jaarbeurs Expo Center, Utrecht,.....

Adjusting lighting conditions to grow NASA salads

Osram is providing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) with a customized version of its proprietary connected horticulture research lighting system, Phytofy RL. The smart lighting software, coupled with a unique setup of connected grow light fixtures, will supplement the lighting.....

The quest for knowledge in indoor farming and new crops

Soy, cotton, sugar beets, corn, hemp. They might not be the biggest greenhouse crops, but for horticultural supplier Valoya they have been important over the last couple of years. “Our customers are into breeding or seed production and all have very specific needs. We do our best to provide them with the.....

France: Signify signs partnership agreement with Eiffage Energie Systèmes

Signify has signed an official Philips Horti LED partnership agreement with Eiffage Energie Systèmes. As of May 28, Eiffage Energie Systèmes will be a certified supplier of Philips GreenPower LED lighting for all horticulture applications, such as greenhouses as well as innovative vertical farming.....

"OLEDs could boost vertical farm efficiency by 20 per cent"

The energy efficiency of vertical farms could soon be boosted by as much as 20 per cent, thanks to a new system developed by a student from Brunel University London.vFarm, by design student Jonny Reader, 21, uses OLEDs – organic light-emitting diodes – and smart automation to significantly reduce the amount.....

UAE: Vertical farm signs restaurant distribution deal

The GCC’s first commercial vertical indoor farm, Badia Farms, is now the first local brand to have their products be distributed by Classic Fine Foods. This partnership will extend the farm’s reach to the premium restaurants and HoReCa trade across the UAE, as Classic Fine Foods caters only to the country’s.....

US (GA): Greenhouse gala raises funds for local food charity

This month, nearly 200 people gathered at Fill Ministries’ Aquaponics Farm in northeast Forsyth to celebrate the opening of their first greenhouse at the inaugural Feeding Hearts Farm to Table Gala.At the event held on May 20, attendees were given an insider’s tour of the greenhouse, fed a meal of fresh.....

Pakistan: Tobacco growers are turning to vegetable farming

Use of modern farming techniques is helping farmers in the Swabi district (Pakistan) get good yield of bitter gourd and tomato, leading to a boost in their incomes.During the last few years, it has been observed that a good number of farmers have switched from growing tobacco to vegetables and fruits,.....

US (GA): Aquaponics greenhouse all abuzz

Last week, David Cato was worried about bees. He’d bought 5,000 of the insects recently, and they were not doing their jobs. “Bees are so directionally aware, if you move them even two feet, they get disoriented,” Cato said, “So right now they just aren’t coming out of the hive.”He needs those bees. He’s a.....

The origin story behind one of vertical farming’s innovators

The vertical farming movement is pushed forward by visionary thinkers and enterprising personalities. But they do not necessarily have to be farmers or scientists; one of vertical farming’s greatest characteristics is its inclusivity. By opening the world’s biggest industry to people from all corners of.....

US (IN): Hydroponics comes to Seton Harvest

Before the first vegetable ripened in its fields on Evansville’s West Side, of the Daughters of Charity’s Seton Harvest Ministry had provided enough fresh vegetables – grown on-site – for 500 meals. Hydroponics has come to Seton Harvest – thanks to the Healthy Harvest Partnership with Ascension Health’s St......

US (AK): Addressing food insecurity and creating opportunities for youth

Alaska Seeds of Change (Seeds of Change) is a social enterprise that runs an 8,000 square foot hydroponics grow space and produces fresh, nutritious, and locally-grown herbs, leafy greens, and strawberry crops. Their dual mission is to provide local produce for Anchorage and the wider Alaska community as.....

India: Meet the trio practising soilless farming in Delhi

When Ullas Samrat and Dhruv Khanna spoke after a long hiatus in the summer of 2014, they had a lot to share. The childhood friends had drifted apart when Khanna relocated to Singapore for a master’s degree in 2013, while Samrat stayed back in Delhi to work in his family’s lighting business.On that call, they.....

South Korea: Smart farms cultivate 'vegetables of the future'

They may be farms, but there are no signs of soil or smelly manure. Instead, the sound of water flowing, a breeze, a pleasant temperature and bright artificial lights fill the indoor space of "smart farms" in South Korea. In this environment, countless numbers of different leafy plants thrive in.....

Guy Galonska, INFARM:

"Going ‘green’ can be profitable and sustainable"

Our busy, modern lives demand that fresh produce be available 365 days a year, even though some varieties may only be seasonal and/or produced on the other side of the world. The result is a food system centred on quantity, low prices and efficiency rather than on quality, sustainability and traceability.The.....

US (PA): From bibb lettuce to bustling business

The business plan for his successful growing enterprise came in the form of the “school of hard knocks,” said Bob Kilgore, the entrepreneur and owner of Brogue Hydroponics.Kilgore and his wife, Nancy, purchased their steeply sloped, heavily wooded property in 1974, about the time they were married. Having.....

US (CT): Hydroponics company eyes multimillion-dollar development

A California company is in talks with Hartford leaders to build a hydroponic farming facility along a desolate stretch of Homestead Avenue.Crop One Holdings, a San Jose-based corporation, would invest more than $16 million in the project – $6 million in the structure and $10.5 million toward equipment,.....

UAE: The Farmhouse offers locally grown hydroponic produce

A new UAE fresh food producer, The Farmhouse, has launched its inaugural line of locally grown, pesticide-free vegetables.The Farmhouse has since signed its first major sales contract, partnering with Barakat Group to supply multiple product varieties. The produce will also be sold in supermarkets across the.....
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UK: Rhydian Beynon-Davies rejoins Stockbridge

Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies will (re)join the STC Science team in mid-June to head up their ‘Photobiology’ department. Dr David George, STC Director of Science, welcomed the news. “We were extremely pleased to receive Rhydian’s application. Having previously worked with us, for the most part in our LED4Crops.....

Video: Inside the Asian plant factories

VIDEO The food crisis has always been one of the threats to the survival of humankind. However, there are business opportunities hidden in the crisis. Taiwanese technology companies have invested in LED hydroponic vegetable cultivation, which does not require sunlight and soil. Air is circulated through the.....

US (NJ): Princeton brings vertical veggies to elementary school

Princeton University’s Vertical Farming Project announced they will partner with Hopewell Elementary School in Hopewell, New Jersey to develop their vertical farm-to-cafeteria program.Fifth grade teacher at Hopewell Elementary, Helen Corveleyn, oversees the school’s outdoor garden beds, six indoor vertical.....

June 20-21, New York

US (NY): Startups look to redefine indoor agriculture

Six international agtech start-ups have been selected to pitch their technologies to a panel of ‘Sharks’ and an audience of 200 leading international indoor and vertical farming operators, agri-food businesses and VC investors at the upcoming Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit on June 20-21 in Brooklyn, New.....

The benefits of wireless technology in hydroponics

Hydroponic growing has certain inherent advantages. Plants grown in a nutrient solution will mature up to 25 percent faster and deliver up to 30 percent more yield than plants grown in soil. Wireless IoT systems are a key element of achieving these kinds of results.Hydroponic growing depends on control. As.....

Young Bruneians venture into hydroponics

An increasing number of young entrepreneurs in Brunei are venturing into agribusiness, thanks to the sultan's call for youth to get into agriculture.Four young Bruneians have embarked on an ambitious agriculture business to construct and supply hydroponic structures.Their company, Agrometro, is located at.....

US (CA): World's first caviar from aquaponics

On a farm just outside of Sacramento, hundreds of prehistoric-looking fish swim around in 50-foot diameter tanks. These are white sturgeon, the largest freshwater fish in North America. They’ve been around since dinosaurs, can grow more than 7 feet long and lay hundreds of thousands of eggs at a time. The.....

US Tri-state area

No pesticides and 95% less water - the indoor farming revolution

Indoor farming is not really that new, the most prevalent example being that of greenhouses. A New York based company is taking the concept to another level. Bowery, which launched just last year, has started up their concept of vertical indoor farming by acquiring warehouses in urban areas and turning them.....