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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.....

Indonesia: Vertical farm wins Tropical Architecture Design Competition

The first prize winner of the International Tropical Architecture Design Competition was an 11-storey marvel featuring hydroponics, water harvesting technology and built using recycled building materials, waste plastic and glass bottles.As Indonesia’s urban population growth outpaces growth in infrastructure.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics still seeking cash for stalled project

An investor in the Global Aquaponics fish farm near Brookings says he has been assured by the project’s backers that they are continuing to solicit investors for the project.Jerry Gross, a Sioux Falls accountant, said he was recently told by Tobias Ritesman, the CEO and chairman of Ritesman Enterprises, that.....

Mars farmers come home again

Six NASA-backed research subjects who have been cooped up in a Mars-like habitat on a remote Hawaii volcano since January emerged from isolation Sunday. They devoured fresh-picked tropical fruits and fluffy egg strata after eating mostly freeze-dried food while in isolation and some vegetables they grew.....

Jon Dayton joins Agrilyst as Chief Technology Officer

Agrilyst welcomes Jon Dayton to the team as CTO. Jon brings with him over a decade of experience building cutting-edge applications and growing product teams. Prior to joining Agrilyst, Jon served as the Director of Engineering at Vestorly, a platform combining artificial intelligence and content marketing.....

Hydroponic vegetable producers demand fixed prices

Small hydroponic vegetable producers want their products to have fixed prices in order to differentiate them from conventional production. The demand is warranted by the fact that hydroponic production is more expensive and demanding. With prices decreasing across the market, small producers are finding it.....

September 22, Washington, D.C.

US: AVF Washington summit to focus on policy challenges for vertical farming

The Association of Vertical Farming (AVF) organizes the annual AVF Summit event to engage policymakers, thought leaders, industry experts, entrepreneurs and scientists via an interactive, dynamic discussion platform. The Vertical Farming sector in agriculture is in a nascent state of development. Engagement.....

US (ME): Lisbon farm raises money for aquaponics facility

A farm in Lisbon that grows lettuce indoors year-round using aquaponics has raised one-third of the total $1.6 million in equity funding it is seeking.Springworks Farm Maine Inc., started three years ago by Bowdoin College student Trevor Kenkel, 22, raised $535,838, according to a U.S. Securities and.....

US: Urban food from supermarket rooftops to a storied ball park

Since its inception in 2008, Green City Growers (GCG), a Certified B Corporation that installs and maintains vegetable gardens and farms within the greater Boston area, has assisted in the production of more than 175,000 pounds of organic produce, donated more than 12,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables, and.....

US (AL): Future Farm, Volunteers of America to build vertical farm

Future Farm Technologies is collaborating with the Volunteers of America and CBO Financial to develop a new vertical farming facility in Mobile, Alabama. The Alabama project will be designed, financed and constructed in tandem with the previously announced Baltimore facilities. By bundling the projects.....

FFAR awards $1 million research grant to AeroFarms

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, announced a Seeding Solutions grant awarded to AeroFarms, a leading indoor vertical farming company with global headquarters in Newark, New Jersey......

CAN (ON): Indoor farm thrives inside Toronto industrial unit

Jonah Krochmalnek is a 26-year-old farmer. He pulls up to work every day ready to plant, tend and harvest a variety of organic greens and herbs.He produces loads, too. In a given year — he doesn’t have to worry about seasons on his farm — Krochmalnek estimates he could grow 16,000 kilograms of pea shoots, if.....

US (MI): "Indoor vertical could invigorate Grand Rapids"

Brian Harris is not a traditional farmer. But neither is the tender kale, spicy arugula and crispy pak choi he raises inside of a converted freight container on the edge of downtown.Harris, who sold his steel company a couple of years ago, had little experience in farming or gardening before he created Green.....

Vertical farming, Spongebob-style

85% of the world’s fisheries have been pushed beyond their limits – and the future of ocean life looks grim. Fortunately, GreenWave has developed a revolutionary floating farm that actually regenerates our oceans while providing jobs and a sustainable source of food. The vertical aquaculture farm yields.....

US (AK): Anchorage entrepreneur tests personalized hydroponic cabinets

As the short farming season wraps up across Alaska, an Anchorage entrepreneur is working to develop a portable hydroponic system to more widely grow fresh vegetables and herbs in homes, businesses, and schools year-round.Vertical Harvest Hydroponics is testing a prototype of a self-containing hydroponic.....

Singapore: Next-gen farming concepts on show

In Singapore, the "Growing More with Less" exhibition launched at The URA Centre in Maxwell Road, organised by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) in collaboration with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority and a number of commercial partners.On show until Oct 31, it is the fifth in URA's Urban Lab.....

Plants germinated in International Space Station to be analysed

Humans have been cultivating on the face of the earth forabout 10,000 years. It is a skill that has given us the knowledge necessary to survive as a species on the planet, but when it comes to space, human agricultural experiences are really scarce, despite the great interest of the major space agencies. A.....

Indian students develop smart vertical farm

Vertical farming and aquaponics is catching up in a big way across cities. Cashing on its popularity, three students from the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University have developed a smart project that combines vertical farming with aquaponics.The students, Udit Ranjan (Civil engineering),.....

Singapore: Aquaponics without the lettuce

Multi-storey fish farms on rooftops, parks or even under viaducts could become a reality if infrastructure consultancy Surbana Jurong has its way.It has come up with a vertical farm system that needs much less space to house than traditional farms.The Temasek Holdings-owned firm unveiled its Floating Pond.....

Finland: School uses LED grow lights to teach biology

Besides saunas and Santa Claus, the national brand of Finland also stands for high quality education. Numerous articles have been published in the recent decade praising the Finnish educational system and they typically reference the PISA scores where Finnish children rank very high year after year. The.....

Hydroponic farming to be tested in Cambodia

Japanese company Asian Gateway (Cambodia) will soon conduct a pilot project with a hydroponic farm in Cambodia.It will be tested at the Royal University of Agriculture (Chamkar Dong campus) in the first stage and after that it will be used as a model for farmers and the private sector to implement across the.....

US (NH): New Zealand farmer starts aquaponics business in Londonderry

Ross Williams came to America from New Zealand for the same reason Americans move “Down Under”: adventure. He was raised on a farm and came to a place in his life where he felt he needed a change. He got a job on an American tuna boat and “a week later, we sailed for the States.”He settled in Massachusetts,.....

US (WI): Superior Fresh opens doors

The largest Atlantic salmon farm in the country, Superior Fresh, opened its doors to Gov. Scott Walker Thursday in the small town of Northfield in Jackson County, providing a look into the future of harvesting fish and producing vegetables.Superior Fresh is North America’s largest aquaponics facility, which.....

Bamboo vertical farming inventor aims for sustainable growing

In the shadow of Mt. Timpanogos, Orem-based NaturePonics creator/founder Daniel Wagner reveals his plan to change the world: “We would like to have a similar effect on the food industry that Tesla Motors has had on the car industry,” he says, comparing his natural approach to vertical gardening to the.....

UK’s first commercially viable vertical farm being assembled

An indoor farm being built on the outskirts of Dundee is expected to be growing salad leaves and herbs by the end of the year.The futuristic construction nearing completion at the James Hutton Institute (JHI) at Invergowrie will be the UK’s first commercially viable vertical farm.It is being built by.....

US: Aquaponics farmers band together to set their industry apart

Kimberly Aney, a recent graduate of the agriculture program at SUNY Cobleskill in Upstate New York, has dreams of building a small farm that grows fish and lettuce in concert with one another. She says she sees the practice, known as aquaponics, as a cheap, clean, and compact alternative to the.....

US (AK): 1200-pound pumpkin grown using hydroponics

The 12th Annual Alaska’s Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off at the Alaska State Fair drew a sizable audience Tuesday, as dozens gathered to watch giant pumpkins tip the scales. There were five total entries this year, including a 32-pound pumpkin from child competitor Thomas Whitmore.This year’s winner was.....

October 16, Philadelphia

US (PA): Philadelphia's Mayor Kenney to address Indoor Ag-Con Philly

The organizers of the Indoor Ag-Con Philly have seen the impact that supportive local policies can have on indoor agriculture communities across the country - and even wrote about it in one of their white papers - excited that Philadelphia's Mayor Kenney will be speaking at the event on October 16. The.....

US (TX): Amarillo College approved to build high-tech greenhouse

Amarillo City Council recently approved a plan to build a high-tech greenhouse, which Amarillo College officials say will provide their students with major opportunities.Amarillo College officials say the greenhouse will have high-tech equipment including an aquaponic water system."We are right on the cusp.....

Packet Greens: Light testing facility grows into commercial vertical farm

Having taken over the reins of the family's business in solar energy, Mr Frank Phuan, 40, considers himself a second-generation businessman. But there is no denying his entrepreneurial spirit nonetheless.Over the years, he has expanded the family's business in solar energy into a group of companies -.....

Canada: Nova Scotia’s first aquaponics operation planned

Nova Scotia’s first commercial aquaponics farm is poised to start production by next February at the former Newport Station elementary school building in West Hants.The building was sold by the Municipality of West Hants through a public tender process late last month. The successful bidder was CaNile.....

Aquaponic representative shares experience with the NOSB

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) had their Spring 2017 meeting in April at the Denver Sheraton Conference Center (coincidentally the same venue as the 2012 Aquaponic Association conference.) The panel of 16 board members had a lengthy agenda reviewing a variety of substances, different livestock.....

Azerbaijan marks country #103 for Nelson and Pade masterclass

In mid-August, Nelson and Pade hosted another 3-day Aquaponics Master Class offering at their state-of-the-art greenhouse and training facility. The classroom was packed with attendees from all across the United States, Canada and Azerbaijan, eager to learn more about this sustainable method of food.....

US: Global Aquaponics investor says company won't release finances

Dan Kondziolka bought two ownership units in Global Aquaponics’ project to build a 40-tank indoor fish farm that would have also used nutrient-rich water to grow fruits and vegetables. Company officials estimated the facility would produce up to 2.5 million pounds of food annually.They held a groundbreaking.....

After shipping containers, we are now converting grain elevators into farms

Grain elevators have long served the High Plains farming industry and now, even abandoned elevators are finding new farm life.Vertical Innovations is taking old, city-owned abandoned grain elevators and transforming them into vertical farms.The company formed in 2014 to re-purpose old elevators, making them.....

US (MD): Baltimore vertical farming project adds second location

Future Farm Technologies announces an update with respect to its Baltimore farm. As previously announced, Future Farm signed a LOI to lease 25,000-sq ft of commercial space from Volunteers of America Chesapeake to accommodate a vertical farm in Baltimore, MD, which will distribute high value healthy produce.....

US (IN): Goshen hydroponics farmer expanding operation

Interested in serving a fresh salad with your next Christmas dinner? Daniel Yoder, an auto glass repairman turned hydroponic farmer, wants to help.“I’ve always wanted to do something with food,” Yoder explained while giving a tour of Yoder's Produce Farm Thursday morning. “I wanted to provide people with a.....

A closer look at the financial feasibility of aquaponics

Aquaponics, producing fish and vegetables in a closed-loop water system, reduces fertilizer use and water discharge, and is therefore promoted as a sustainable venture. A recent global study found that the majority of 257 surveyed aquaponics farms made losses, but the reasons have been poorly analyzed. Based.....

September 16-21, New York

US (NY): Third Annual NYC AgTechWeek coming up

The NYC Ag Collective is hosting the Third Annual NYC AgTechWeek September 16-21 at locations all around NYC. The week will be full of farm tours, workshops, demos, panels, networking, and the extremely popular Locavore Feast. The schedule below is confirmed, but more events may be added in the months to.....

US (NY): Square Roots launches sequel to entrepreneur program

Square Roots is now accepting applications for Season 2 of the Square Roots Resident Entrepreneur Program. During the 13-month program, 10 dedicated individuals have access to the full Square Roots platform—a campus of hydroponic controlled-climate farms, specialized programming, and an engaged community.....

Eric W. Stein, Penn State:

"Need remains for a permanent Center for Indoor Ag"

Eric W. Stein Ph.D. – an associate professor at Penn State – will be speaking at Indoor Ag-Con Philly about the center of excellence that nearby indoor agriculture hub, Kennett Township, is spearheading. Ahead of that, the event's organizers caught up with him to find out more about his work on the.....

CAN (NB): Local by Atta to rebuilt with GE LEDs after devastating fire

Hort Americas has conducted a new case study with Local by Atta.Local by Atta — located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada — produces a variety of lettuces, basil, kale, Swiss chard, bok choy, cilantro and microgreens. Products are sold at farmers markets, health food stores, grocery stores, restaurants and.....

Growing cilantro in hydroponics

Like many herbs, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is native to the Mediterranean area but has been spread wide across the world. Today, the herb is prominent especially in Asian and South American cooking.Cilantro is notorious for a polarized fan/enemy base. Most people will experience either a cool, fresh.....

September 8, West Lafayette

US (IN): Hydroponic Lettuce Workshop II at Purdue

Greenhouse and indoor based hydroponics for growing green leaf produce is rapidly growing near urban areas in Indiana. To bridge the gap in learning and increase the competitiveness of Indiana and Midwestern growers, Purdue Extension specialists and researchers in the department of Horticulture and Landscape.....

US: EB-5 scandal haunts former Global Aquaponics officer

A key player in a proposed multi-million-dollar fish farm south of Brookings was recently named as a debtor in several judgments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.Timothy Burns of Brookings was the chief operating officer for Global Aquaponics, which announced last year that it was building a 40-tank.....

UK: Mid-air cultivation using NASA technology

A student is using NASA technology to grow vegetables without soil and using minimal water, in a bid to alleviate hunger and provide an alternative source of income for communities across developing nations.Nikian Aghababaie, a BSc Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University, has created a low cost.....

US (FL): Fourth indoor hydroponic farm for Brick Street in the works

Brick Street Farms, the high-tech, Best of the Bay-nominated St. Petersburg city farm, located in the Grand Central District, is gearing up to expand its year-round bounty to the community through a fourth indoor hydroponic farm.Selling everything from rainbow chard to tarragon — vertically grown inside the.....

US (TX): Mission Waco greenhouse officially opened

The corner of North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue has become a one-stop shop for turning sunlight into electricity, food waste into soil and fish feces into fresh produce that fine restaurants want to buy.It carries the name Urban REAP, which is short for Urban Renewable Energy and Agriculture Project, and.....

October 16, Philadelphia

US (PA): Debate hydroponic organics at Indoor Ag-Con Philly

Hydroponic organics have been a source of great controversy as of late. Indoor Ag-Con Philly has just announced that Esteban Macías of the Coalition for Sustainable Organics will be joining the event to discuss preserving innovation in organics.After two successful years in New York, Indoor Ag-Con is.....

Indian hydroponic venture serving growing markets

Sachin and Shwetha Darbarwar of Simply Fresh have been cultivating exotic flowers, vegetables, fruits and leaves in almost two acres of land through hydroponic farming and are now the biggest and the sole suppliers of all salad leaves, exotic berries, salad veggies, and edible flowers to almost all leading.....

US (MO): Neosho man builds aquaponics farm at home

Joseph Madson was at his usual spot on the Neosho square a few weeks ago when he noticed the man standing in front of him was wiping fresh tears from his cheeks.The man, owner of a local Mexican restaurant, was overcome by emotions after discovering that Madson, a familiar figure at the Neosho farmers.....

Startup launches GrowChef – the "Ultimate Hydroponics Food Generator"

Now, it’s possible to grow nutritious, tasty and fresh food at home with GrowChef - an easy-to-use hydroponics home garden, specially designed to let users harvest a pod of greens per day. GrowChef is designed so, that you can place it anywhere: on the wall, on the floor, on the window sill, or in the.....

EU Aquaponics Hub offers conference grants for junior researchers

The EU Aquaponics Hub have been allocated funding to support the participation of PhD students and Early Career Investigators (up to 8 years from the award of their PhD) from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC) at international science and technology related conferences not specifically organised by the.....

US (SD): Global Aquaponics project near Brookings delayed, but 'alive'

A Sioux Falls company's aquaponics project near Brookings has hit some snags, but the company insists it's still "very much alive."Global Aquaponics announced Thursday it was working on a new development timeline for its planned multimillion-dollar, agricultural food production system after problems with.....