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Vertical farming


US (TX): Lamar CISD fosters hands-on learning with Aquaponics Center

Three goldfish flutter around a fish tank in the corner of Lamar Consolidated High School Assistant Principal David Squires' office - but they're not pets.Disassembled on the floor next to the tank are the makings of a miniature aquaponics system - a soil-free plant bed and a pump. Aquaponics is a technology.....

UMass researchers run hydroponic farm

Evan Chakrin, 33, spends his summer afternoons harvesting plants, mostly lettuce, at a hydroponic food farm.He worked Friday afternoon, harvesting 10 pounds of lettuce that he was planning to donate to the Amherst Survival Center. He picked a head, doused it in insect soap and packaged it in a clam-shaped.....

Organic produce is sold in the store

Canadian retailer first of its kind to install rooftop garden

Green roofs aren’t necessarily new, but when a grocery store chain decides to install a rooftop garden on one of its stores, that is refreshingly unique. The IGA in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent region officially launched its rooftop garden July 19. The project is managed by Ligne Verte (The Green Line) and has a.....

AVF to address Farm Bill during DC meetings

Once again Congress is preparing to take on the US Farm Bill, which is a billion dollar web of agriculture subsidies, welfare payments and environmental support.One of the goals of the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) is to build political consensus around food and agriculture policy that has the.....

Video: Urban farming in Tokyo, Japan

With the next evolution of Mouser Electronics’ Empowering Innovative Together series, Mouser and Grant Imahara team up with the creative minds at WIRED Brand Lab to take a look at the modern city. Sponsored this year by technology partners Analog Devices, Intel, Microchip and Molex, they’re traveling the.....

E-book delves into vertical farming electronics

Tying into the first EBook from Mouser Electronics, Mouser and Grant Imahara of MythBusters’ fame now explore the up-and-coming realm of urban farming. The Empowering Innovation Together initiative takes readers on a quest for new knowledge where they can see a direct connection between ideas and products,.....

India: Thumbs up for hydroponic farming in Bangalore

As the Indian state of Karnataka has been reeling under severe drought for consecutive years, the horticulture department is now exploring the possibilities of hydroponics to grow vegetables and fruits.An official of the horticulture department said, “There is a directive from higher-ups to prepare a plan on.....

How to safely lower pH in aquaponics

High pH is a common concern among beginning and intermediate aquaponic growers, who want a quick fix to bring it down.Nate Storey's philosophy on lowering the pH in a system with high pH is simple."If you’re thinking about using a chemical or acid to lower your pH, don’t. You’re just going to make your life.....

US (OH): Inmates donate produce to Center of Hope

An innovative venture in sustainable agriculture is yielding a bountiful harvest for the Center of Hope in Ravenna.The center has more than 2,000 pounds of vegetables -- zucchini, squash, kale, cucumbers and lettuce -- from the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, where 20 inmates are involved.....

Combining downward and upward lighting improves plant growth

“Plant factory with artificial lighting” (PFAL) refers to a plant production facility that can achieve mass production of vegetables year round in a controlled environment. However, the high-density planting pattern in PFALs causes low light conditions in the lower canopy, leading to leaf senescence in the.....

Members of the European Parliament visit INAPRO demo site

On the 19th of July, a delegation of Members of the European Parliament visited the INAPRO demonstration site located in Waren (Germany) and discovered how the aquaponic system developed by the INAPRO project produces sustainable food with a low environmental impact.The visit took place in the framework of a.....

Roto-Gro begins delivery of hydroponic cannabis system

Roto-Gro has completed the initial delivery of its order from EuroAg Corporation for the supply of 240 Roto-Gro Units over a 12 month period.The fully-automated Roto-Gro rotary hydroponic system (a method of growing plants without soil) can be used to produce high-quality medical cannabis at a competitive.....

How to avoid zinc toxicity in aquaponics

There are lots of reasons people use galvanized tanks in aquaponics systems. They are cheaper than stainless, they are durable, and they are readily available. Sounds great, right? Galvanized steel can cause problems in aquaponics systems, however; if you are thinking about using one for your aquaponics.....

Taking decoupled aquaponics to the next level

The four loop design allows for optimal nutrient levels in the plant loop, while maintaining low Nitrate levels in the fish loop with very little water loss. A desalination system allows desalinated water to flow from the hydroponic loop back to the fish loop.Take a look at this presentation by Simon Goddek.....

Print your own aquaponics system

Aquapioneers has developed what it calls the world's first open source aquaponics kit in a bid to reconnect urban dwellers with the production of their food.The Aquapioneers system resembles the Open Source Beehives project and the AKER open source urban ag kit in its construction, as the aquaponics plans.....

July 21-23, Yangon

Aquaponics training course in Myanmar

A three day training course will be held at the Institute of Fisheries Technology in Yangon, Myanmar, from 21-23 July 2017. The course will cover the design and management of aquaponic systems in different environmental conditions, as well as the development of low-cost and low-tech systems. The course is.....

Be careful with loose substrates in hydroponic production systems

Many growers of ornamental plants including annuals and perennials traditionally use a peat-based substrate such as 70 percent peat, 30 percent perlite. The growers, who produce these crops in containers, will often use the same substrates if they expand their crop offerings to include hydroponically-grown.....

Evonik launches software for tilapia aquaculture

Evonik is to launch the new software tool AMINOTilapia enabling the aquaculture industry to improve efficiency in tilapia farming through optimal feed formulation.AMINOTilapia calculates the ideal amino acid recommendations for different growth stages of tilapia considering various production features. The.....

October 18-20, Dubrovnik

Croatia: Aquaponics session at Aquaculture Europe 2017

The EU Aquaponics Hub has organised a special session on Aquaponics at the forthcoming Aquaculture Europe 2017 conference which will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 18-20 October.Chaired by Vesna Miličić and Benz Kotzen, the one-and-a-half day session will consist of 23 oral presentations.....

UK: Engineering graduate develops inflatable grow bags

Adam Dixon, 25, an engineering graduate of Cardiff University, first became aware of a problem to solve as a student.The question that inspired his research into hydroponics market was: “land is at a premium in many places and due to global warming will become more so. So why is it used so ineffectively?” By.....

A farm in every grocery store?

Infarm, a 40-plus person startup based in Berlin is developing an “indoor vertical farming” system capable of growing anything from herbs, lettuce and other vegetables, and even fruit. The concept might not be entirely new — Japan has been an early pioneer in vertical farming, where the lack of space for.....

July 31-August 4

US (NM): Spirulina, aquaponics offered at Santa Fe Community College

Santa Fe Community College’s Training Center Corporation and Apogee Spirulina host Artisan Spirulina Immersion Week with Intro to Aquaponics, July 31 through Aug. 4 at 6401 Richards Ave. The five-day course is the first of its kind, a combination spirulina and aquaponics course. Spirulina is a type of.....

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.....