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

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

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

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

European project promotes rooftop greenhouses

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a major international concern in the fight against global warming, threatening our entire ecosystem. The construction sector obviously has a major role to play and, if energy retrofitting of buildings is one way to contribute, another solution could well come from.....

Indoor Ag-Con bigger than ever

"Becoming an event organizer was never the plan"

It wasn't her original goal, but over the last couple of years Nicola Kerslake and her Indoor Ag-Con event grew to be one of the main connecting events in the Indoor Farming industry. Next week, the sixth edition of the show is coming up and with over 50 speakers, two stages and hundreds of participants. It.....

Europe gets its own Aquaponics Association

To date, collaborative aquaponics work in Europe has been conducted under the umbrella of the EU Aquaponics Hub of the European COST program which is coming to an end this year. Practitioners needed a new organization to continue collaborating and sought the advice of the Aquaponics Association of the U.S.At.....

Vietnam: City district eyes urban farming

The outlying district of Hóc Môn in HCM City plans to focus on urban farming as part of the national “new-style rural area” programme in which it takes part.Lê Thanh Liêm, deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that urban farming could increase the income of local residents, which is an.....

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

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

UK: Bristol’s urban farmers turn to aquaponics

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

Evaluating Photosynthetically Active Radiation with LED Systems

US (UT): Redefining the McCree Curve

For far too long, outdated research has limited horticulturalists’ understanding of photosynthetically active radiation. Otherwise referred to as PAR, these are the critical wavelengths of light between 400 and 700nm that drive plant growth.by Jack BohannanSeminal experiments by Dr. Keith McCree in the.....

US (OH): Farm forum to tour aquaponic grower

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

US (NJ): Princeton project compares vertically farmed with organic veg

Several new research projects that promise to expand the bounds of knowledge have been selected to receive funding through Princeton’s Office of the Dean for Research.The Dean for Research Innovation Funds are awarded annually to promising and forward-looking research across various subject areas and.....

Biobest Maroc opens 2000 m2 production facility

Biobest announced the opening of a new €1.2 mio state-of-the-art production facility at Biobest Maroc. With the brand new 2000 m2 hyper modern vertical farming facility fully equipped with climate controlled rooms, the company substantially expands and improves its global capacity to produce aphid biocontrol.....

US (AZ): Urban farming startup embraces aquaponics

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

US (MA): Vertical hydroponic farm takes root in Worcester

With a Burger King next door and surrounded by the asphalt of Webster Square, it doesn’t look like the most bucolic setting. But within the brick building at 1158 Main St., a 3,500-square-foot farm is producing 300 to 500 pounds of food a week for local restaurants as well as providing work opportunities for.....

CAN (BC): Affinor Growers expands vertical strawberry production

Affinor Growers has received a purchase order for 32 vertical farming towers. These towers will be installed at the Abbotsford vertical farming strawberry facility. A 10 percent deposit will be issued 10 days after confirmation of raw material orders. Affinor Growers will receive a 10 percent profit margin.....

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

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

US (GA): Georgia State gets Fulcrum Award for hydroponic farm

Georgia State University received a Fulcrum Award at Southface’s Greenprints conference March 12-14 in recognition of its hydroponic farm’s excellence in sustainable design, construction, planning and advocacy.“We proudly recognize the Leafy Green Machine, which truly exemplifies innovative, scalable and.....

"Wheat grows twice as fast under LEDs"

A team of scientists has cut the growing time of wheat by 50 per cent by using LED lighting. It’s the latest breakthrough in the LED revolution sweeping the horticultural industry. Researchers from Australia and the UK grew wheat from seed to maturity in just eight weeks instead of the standard 16 week.....

Hydroponic container farm celebrates International Women's Day

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

US (FL): New restaurant uses hydroponics to go local

The World Center Marriott Hotel near Walt Disney World has opened a new restaurant, Latitude & Longitude, with a very local flavor. The new restaurant will serve many of its dishes with produce grown in a hydroponic garden, including greens, berries, small fruits and many other products.Latitude &.....

UK: Hydroponic growers among Food Innovation Network Award winners

From bringing pickled eggs to the people to growing greenery under Glasgow Central Station, the 10 SMEs given the first-ever Food Innovation Network Awards in Manchester represented a diverse range of nutritional solutions.The awards took place during the Food Industry Innovation 2018 event; which focused on.....

Brunei wants to join high-tech ag revolution

Farmers and entrepreneurs alike are encouraged to constantly innovate in managing farm and company operations in Brunei.This was highlighted by the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism YB Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong at the 14th Legislative Council session on Thursday, responding to a.....

US (CO): Aquaponic innovation dome added to geothermal greenhouse park

Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP), an educational nonprofit in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, will complete construction of its geothermal greenhouse park in summer 2018. GGP’s Innovation Dome will demonstrate integrated fish and vegetable production, extreme water conservation, and direct-use geothermal.....

US (GA): Armstrong Aquaponics SARC celebrates anniversary

The Foram Sustainable Aquaponic Research Center at Armstrong State University (or SARC) kicked off the month of March with its open house event. With freshly poured gravel, and large open doors, the SARC community invited students, faculty, and Savannah residents to come explore the facility, learn about the.....

US (GA): Middle school students learn about aquaponics

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students from Lee County Middle School West learned from a real-world professional about aquaponics on Wednesday.And those students are in the process of making their own systems to fight hunger in their community."One of the biggest pieces that we have to address is.....

The importance of sustainable agriculture in St. Kitts and Nevis

“World hunger went from 1 billion to 800 million [people starving] between 2000 and 2015,” according to Kevin Meehan, a professor at University of Central Florida (UCF) assisting Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) in St. Kitts. He added, “Nearly all of that 20 percent drop was accounted for by small.....

Nutrient management in aquaponics

Nutrients that are contained in aquaculture effluent may not supply sufficient levels of nutrients for proper plant development and growth in hydroponics; therefore, they need to be supplemented.To determine the required level of supplementation, three identical aquaponic systems (A, B, and C) and one.....

US (CA): Urban farming workshops start soon in Sacramento and San Diego

Are you an urban farmer in the Sacramento or San Diego region? Are you a gardener thinking of selling some of your produce to neighbors, restaurants or at a farmers' market? Are you part of a non-profit organization growing and distributing food in your community? If so, you are invited to join other urban.....

US (OH): Asian restaurant opens downtown aquaponics farm

A simplified supply chain, lower food prices and vastly increased quality control: Those are just three benefits expected from a daring venture by the founders of Toledo-based Balance Pan-Asian Grille. Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang are building an 8,600-square-foot aquaponics farm in the middle of.....

May 2-4, Las Vegas

US (NV): Tour a 215,000 ft2 plant factory at Indoor Ag-Con

Indoor agriculture, the practice of growing crops using hydroponic, aquaponic and aeroponic techniques, is one of the fastest growing areas of agriculture. Investors and large companies are joining the industry in record numbers as they recognize consumer demand for fresh, local produce anytime, anywhere......

US (NY): Third graders celebrate hydroponic garden opening

After muddling through with limited resources for nearly 3 years, students and teachers alike celebrated the opening of a new Green STEM Lab at P.S. 34 in Greenpoint this morning.Excited elementary students gave tours through the bright green vines of peas, tomatoes and cucumbers, which climbed from.....

UAE: Region’s first vertical farm opens in Dubai

Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has officially inaugurated Badia Farms, the GCC’s first commercial vertical farm, which will enhance crop production and lowers their costs.He toured the farm and explored the latest hydroponic technology and vertical farming.....

US (HI): Aquaponics food safety debate resolved

A South Kona aquaponics farmer was told by the Health Department Friday that a restaurant would not be allowed to buy her crops.The message came after a restaurant customer complained about an insect part traced to the farm's lettuce.Following the complaint, the Department of Health decided to enforce a.....

US (OK): Organic USDA certification for aquaponics incubator program

Eastern Oklahoma State College recently received organic certification status from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the produce grown in the college’s aquaponics system and incubator program for farmers and small business owners.Eastern’s Agri-Business Incubator Program was launched in 2017 to.....

GroBox sells indoor hydroponic greenhouse on corporate website

After raising more than $77,000 from crowdfunding backers on Kickstarter, consumers can continue purchasing the GroBox indoor hydroponic greenhouse on the corporate website at http://www.getgrobox.com in early March.By the end of the Kickstarter Campaign, crowdfunders helped push presales of the all-in-one,.....

Vertical Designs Aruba licences composting technology

Vertical Designs Aruba has signed an exclusive licence deal with Clean Air Organics for the use of patent pending contained commercial composting technology. The Canadian based company has developed commercial composting technology that creates a process for soil remediation. This process to rebuild soil is.....

US (CT): Torrington warehouse turns into aquaponics farm

To encourage community growth, New Opportunities Inc. is looking to create life in an unused Field Street warehouse.The regional community action agency plans to create an aquaponic farm and grow lettuce, basil, thyme and other herbs with the help of a local workforce.Bill Rybczyk, director of research,.....

US (NJ): Building the techiest indoor farm in the world

Indoor vertical farming startup Bowery is in the process of building a second facility which it claims will be the most technologically sophisticated indoor farm in the world.The operation will be in Kearny, N.J., and grow 30 times more produce than its current indoor farm that’s located nearby, and supply.....

US (PA): Hydroponic farm opens in Carlisle

In a dimly lit area in the back of the Bartoli Produce warehouse in Carlisle is a two room hydroponic farm that is years in the making and which Joe Hays, owner of Bartoli Produce and his wife, Anna and business partner Richard Charles hope is the future of farming. The hydroponic farm known as Mully Grubb.....

Hotspots for crops on Mars

Selecting the perfect landing site will be essential for the successful establishment of the first Mars colony. Growing food crops will be one of the key tasks for the astronauts. Scientists of Wageningen University & Research have identified places on Mars that are favourable for plant species to grow......

UAE: Dubai chef offers tours of his greenhouse

John Martho Buenaventura is a chef at a second-floor restaurant at Dubai’s Business Bay. He grows several different kinds of lettuce, a range of herbs, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines and edible flowers in a space that can’t be much bigger than 40 square metres. The results are served in his modern tapas.....

US (FL): Growing vertically since 1994

The hydroponic system is being used in schools, prisons, small farms and gardens, and on islands in the Caribbean. “The whole thing was to save space and energy,” said Tim Carpenter, the Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents’ Marion County outstanding agriculturist in 2017.Trays of lettuce,.....

US (HI): Growers, Department of Health debate over aquaponics safety

There's a growing debate between farmers and the Department of Health over just how safe aquaponics really are. Some farmers feel their businesses are being threatened, but it all comes down to a decades old law that the Department of Health admits could be outdated."There are no specific laws on aquaponics......

Organic aquaculture guidelines for Canada

The Canadian General Standards Board has published a guide for organic aquaculture production.photo Nelson and Pade, Inc., www.aquaponics.com, Copyright 2018, All rights reserved.Organic production is a holistic system designed to optimize the productivity and fitness of diverse communities within the.....