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US (MI): High School Aquaculture Challenge kicked off

In 2015, Dr. Barbara Evans of Lake Superior State University (LSSU) had a vision—to utilize the wonders of aquaculture to engage students from across the state in a multi-disciplinary competition. This vision was realized in 2016 with the first Aquaculture Challenge competition. The competition is based.....

US (IL): Chef starts hydroponics program for high schoolers

Hydroponics farms are hot in Chicago, with new farms sprouting up all over the city. But finding experienced hydroponics workers can be tough, so a local chef decided it was time for Chicago to grow its own. His program in a Northwest Side high school offers students the chance to get their hands dirty – and.....

US (MN): New Ulm High School gets hydroponic & aquaponic facility

The new aquaponic and hydroponic systems at the New Ulm High School are almost fully functional.The greenhouse at the high school contains the two types of systems that use water and fish to grow crops. The school has partnered with community groups like the Farm City Hub Club to raise money for the.....

Yet another home garden comes to Kickstarter

Aeroasis is a young AgTech company dedicated to changing how people grow food. Having designed a consumer scale Smart Gardening Appliance ready to grow food right out of the box, Aeroasis offers a fresh take on hydroponic gardening. With a Kickstarter campaign scheduled for March 21st, Aeroasis is eager to.....

Hydroponics, organic farming top UAE food security strategy

UAE's Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has put a priority on increasing the use of hydroponic technology, which relies on nutrient-rich water to grow plants with the use of little or no soil, and organic farming as part of the 2017-2021 food security strategy, a top official told the Federal.....

Aquaponics in the living room?

Aquaponics has long fascinated those working in sustainable agriculture. The closed loop system, which uses fish waste to fertilize plants whose roots help purify water that goes back into the tank, could provide a sustainable source of protein (fish) as well as plant nutrients (leafy greens work.....

Japan: Scientists increase nutrients in factory vegetables

Vegetables grown in a factory with no pesticide chemicals might be safer to eat than field-grown vegetables, but consumers are still reluctant to bite. To correct this, Kyoto Prefectural University has a nutritious sales pitch it hopes will make them more appetizing.It says it has developed the technology at.....

What are the best crops for raft systems?

So you’re starting a farm. You’ve got a basic business plan, a mentor to help you, and a growing facility. You’re not entirely sure what crops to plant in your raft system (deep water cultivation system), but you’ve got some ideas.To help you make those decisions, Upstart University put together a.....

US (IA): Southeast Polk looking to upgrade aquaponics program

The Southeast Polk agriculture program is looking to revamp its aquaponics program.After eight years in the new school, Matt Eddy wants to replace the current aquaponics system in hopes of raising more fish.With the larger equipment, Eddy is hoping to have a full aquaponic program intertwining hydroponic.....

US (WY): Hydroponic farming brings fresh lettuce to Casper

It's not quite spring, and lettuce is sprouting in Casper.But the romaine isn't clawing its way to the sun from underground. The butterhead isn't vulnerable to bugs or other threats. To find the Swiss chard, you have to look up, not down.That's because this lettuce is growing in a retired refrigerated.....

Aquaponics unit launched at South African university

An innovative and cost-effective food production hub was recently built at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) Missionvale Campus – which is to offer healthy lifestyle solutions to primary school pupils in the neighbouring communities.The aquaponics unit, built last year, is a collaborative.....

March 22, Leduc

CAN (AB): A new workshop on Controlled Environment Agriculture

The Lit Up: Controlled Environment Agriculture in Alberta workshop takes place on March 22, 2017, at the Agriculture Business Centre, 6547 Sparrow Drive in Leduc.Controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) is a technology-based approach toward food production that aims to maintain optimal growing conditions.....

Start-up introduces scalable hydroponic growing system

Phytoponics recently had the opportunity to present their start-up at the Startupbootcamp Foodtech Demo day in Rome, sponsored by Cisco.They celebrated the end of the accelerator program with a successful pitch from CEO Adam Dixon, in front of more than 500 investors, corporates, guests and press attendees.....

US: California micro kale sees macro attention

Interest continues to increase in California-grown organic micro kale. “Supply is steady and consistent for us,” says Danielle Horton of Irvine, Ca.-based Urban Produce LLC. “We are almost at capacity and looking to expand to a second location to meet increased demand for our living products.”Urban’s kale is.....

Why vertical farms fail

This weekend 250+ urban farmers, policy makers, industry professionals, and good food advocates gathered in Atlanta, Georgia for the first annual “Aglanta” conference.A highly promoted and anticipated segment of the event featured a unique panel titled: “An Examination of Shuttered Vertical Farming.....

US (AZ): From CEAC graduate to successful hydroponic grower

At the University of Arizona, Jenn Frymark helped develop a greenhouse for extreme weather and then spent six months at the South Pole growing food for scientific researchers.Now she grows 10 million heads of lettuce and other greens year-round, without soil, in considerably more benign conditions inside.....

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Veg@table: cultivate your own vegetables at home

Last year, Archiduc, a DIY kit for mushrooms, was introduced during the Fruit Logistica. This year, the company introduced a new concept for vegetables: Veg@table. “With this, consumers can cultivate lettuce and herbs at home year-round, in a miniature greenhouse with organic soil and organic seeds. You.....

US: VSU makes it easier for urban farmers to get certified

From rooftop gardens and aquaponics centers in converted warehouses, to growing crops on abandoned properties, urban agriculture provides a wide range of community benefits, including closer neighborhood ties, reduced crime, education and job training opportunities, and healthy food access for low-income.....

March 29, West Lafayette

US (IN): Purdue to host first hydroponic lettuce production workshop

Purdue University’s horticulture department will host its first ever hydroponic lettuce production workshop on March 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide lettuce producers with the tools they need to increase the productivity of their operations.The workshop is free and open to the public. It will be.....

Growing food in African cities

Cities should not only be able to serve the need of settlement acquainted with aesthetic of yards and flower gardens. In our age and time, urban regions should be able to accommodate farming practices in order to feed the populations.This is a view according to experts in agriculture, an analysis made in.....

Herbert

Another home hydroponic kit looking for crowdfunding

Home vertical farming seems to be becoming a bit of a trend. Now, an Austrian company has launched a Kickstarter campaign. Ponix Systems promises to bring fresh organic vegetables, herbs and fruits into everyone's home. Herbert, the hydroponic vertical farm, makes indoor gardening as simple and clean as.....

CAN (BC): Aquaculture system produces 600,000 kilos of fish annually

Pentair AES spotlights Marine Harvest Canada – Dalrymple Hatchery. Located in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, this Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) facility produces 600,000 kilos of Atlantic Salmon Smolt annually (approximately 5.5 million fish).Source: Canadian Aquaponics

Lighting Science steps into vertical farming with new VividGro LED product line

Lighting Science announced their entrée into the vertical farming space with the addition of an LED T8 grow lamp to their industry-leading VividGro product line. Engineered specifically for vertical farming facilities and grow chambers/facilities, the latest addition to the VividGro line packs high output,.....

Fresh Box Farms’ Dave Vosburg on indoor ag’s potential

As consumers increasingly demand food that is both locally sourced and more nutritious, Controlled Environment Indoor Agriculture (CEIA) has an important role to play in our future food system.By growing close to urban consumers, produce gets from its point of harvest to tables faster. Shorter travel.....

Canada: Food Bank greenhouse provides fresh produce all year round

The shed was just collecting dust out behind the Regina and District Food Bank but the group could see its potential.During the summer, fresh fruit and vegetable donations run aplenty at the food bank but in the winter, those dry up. So the solution was simple, why not turn the shed into a greenhouse?“We’re.....

Canadian food banks grow own food as donations decline

In a bid to make up for a shortfall of high-quality nutritious food, some Canadian food banks are growing their own produce — and even farming fish.The Mississauga Food Bank recently launched AquaGrow Farms, where tilapia is being raised in tanks and lettuce is raised through hydroponics, or without.....

US: Aquaponics gains momentum in Arizona

In 2012, Arizona was tied for the third-most aquaponics farms – both commercial and residential – in the U.S. and possessed the second-largest average aquaponics farms by size with an average of about 3,208 gallons of water per farm, according to research by the Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.George.....

US (CA): Tower farm sprouts in Los Olivos

As of late last year, the Santa Ynez Valley has its first retail tower farm. It's called The Farm - Los Olivos, located in Los Olivos, of course. It's a Tower Garden by Juice Plus + operation, owned by Todd Mehl.He and his fiancée/business partner, Maria Arroyo, moved to the Valley from Santa Barbara several.....

US (NE): Hydroponics facility attracts Chinese researchers

Arlyn Cattau’s hydroponics facility has attracted curious visitors from across the country, from Texas to Minnesota.Thursday morning's group set a new travel record as a delegation from China stopped by the farm just north of Columbus.Curt Chittock, CEO of Simply Country, the manufacturer of Cattau’s system,.....

US (WI): Family sets up 'drive-in' aquaponics greenhouse

In their new two-bay, 6,000-square-foot greenhouse near Bangor, the Steve and Michelle Glandt family and their Lyfe Gardens, LLC, have begun growing tilapia fish and produce for sale year-round.Lyfe Gardens began selling vegetables in November, Michelle said, and will begin selling tilapia by March. It sells.....

February 23, Overton

US (TX): Learn about the essential components of aquaponics

An aquaponics seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market 3053 in Overton.The seminar is free and open to the public.Dr. Joe Masabni, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, said the.....

US (MN): Owatonna market grows fresh hydroponic veggies

A market focused on connecting area residents with fresh, locally grown produce and products has opened in Owatonna.Greens Market, owned and operated by Ron Phillips and Jason and Kirie Sarazine, opened its doors at 216. W. Bridge St. last week after months of work at the space.“This will be a farmers market.....

US (CO): Restaurant-supplying indoor farm to expand in size and crops

In a shipping container surrounded by snow, Wendy Wyatt is growing lettuce, arugula, kale and other greens.Suspended from the ceiling in hollow fiberglass fencing, her 4,000 plants are kept in a near perfect environment that accelerates their growth and allows them to thrive year-round, Wyatt said.Since the.....

Staay, Philips and Rijk Zwaan collaborate on vertical farm

Philips Lighting today announced that Staay Food Group is building the first of its kind vertical farm in Europe, in Dronten, the Netherlands, which will use Philips GreenPower LED horticultural lighting. The facility will serve one of Europe’s biggest supermarket chains and will be used for testing, and.....

UF/IFAS researchers to launch new plants-in-space mission

People put on sweaters when they’re cold. Plants on the other hand, have to essentially knit one on the fly. Plants “knit” with their genes, and when University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers launch their Feb. 14 space experiment, they want to know more about how gene.....

Take a look inside Panasonic's first indoor farm

Panasonic may be known for its consumer electronics, but the Japanese company is also venturing into indoor agriculture.In 2014, Panasonic started growing leafy greens inside a warehouse in Singapore and selling them to local grocers and restaurants. At the time, the 2,670-square-foot farm produced just 3.6.....

CAN (SK): Regina Food Bank takes up vertical farming

Most people think of walls of canned goods when they think of food banks.But the food bank also supplies fresh fruits and vegetables – which is a challenge when the community gardens that usually donate are covered under blankets of snow. The Regina Food Bank has found a solution to that problem in its own.....

CAN (ON): Elderly couple goes into urban farming

Imagine it’s -10C outside, but you’re warm inside harvesting a crop of lettuce that is hanging vertically without even the hint of dirt around to make a mess.That might sound like science fiction to some, but it’s the reality for Ruth and Harvey Easton, owners of The Urban Farm in St. Thomas.“The response.....

US (AK): How an indoor farm could help at-risk youth

To help disadvantaged teens and young adults land jobs, an Anchorage mental health provider is staking out ground in the high-tech farming fields of hydroponics and vertical gardening.Inside a warehouse off Arctic Boulevard last month, violet light bathed rows of tall white columns. Leafy greens poked out in.....

Consumers’ perceptions of aquaponics products in Europe

The first commercial aquaponics companies are starting up in Europe. The main focus has been on solving technology issues and optimizing production. However, increasing attention is now being paid to certification and regulations linked to aquaponics, as well as the marketing of products and services.A new.....

Fresh veg on top of Israel's oldest shopping mall

According to estimates by the United Nations, by 2050, 66 percent of the world population will be living in cities. Providing these urban residents with fresh and local vegetables won’t be so easy. Because in large cities it is not possible to have large fields available to grow fresh vegetables. A solution.....

Part 2

Essential plant nutrients educational video

Part 2 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson define the three states of nutrient concentration: deficient, toxic, and sufficient. Tyler and Don then discuss the process of diagnosing nutrient deficiencies and toxicities.Source: Urban Ag.....

US (NY): Former accountant grows lettuce in Long Island

East Northport resident Jonathan Bernard is on a mission to bring urban farming to Long Island and start a real food revolution.Bernard, 24, is a graduate from Half Hollow Hills West High School and Stony Brook University, where he earned his Bachelor’s in accounting.The accountant-turned urban farmer, who.....

US: Aquaponics courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences and Growing Power will offer three-day workshops once-per-month February through June.The workshops are designed for those who want to learn about growing their own food using aquaponic and recirculating system technology. This three-day.....

Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson

Video: Essential Plant Nutrients 101

Part 1 in the Plant Nutrients 101 educational video series by Urban Ag News. Farmer Tyler and Dr. Don Wilkerson review the essential plant nutrients and discuss the grouping of Primary Macronutrients, Secondary Macronutrients, and Micronutrients at the Hort Americas demonstration greenhouse. For more.....

US (IN): Hydroponics towers to be built in Lafayette

A Purdue entrepreneur in hydroponics is working in conjunction with the non-profit Red Giant Union to bring nine-foot hydroponics towers to Lafayette.Scott Massey, Purdue senior and founder and CEO of Hydro Grow LLC, has developed a household hydroponics garden that could replace the traditional.....

US (MA): Springfield’s Gasoline Alley turns into hydroponic valley

Springfield’s Gasoline Alley District is mostly known for its fuel storage tanks, but the area may soon gain fame as a farming hub.Just a short distance from the iconic gasoline storage tanks along Albany Street, the Urban Artisan Farm grows lettuce using the hydroponics food system.Four types of lettuce.....
April 19, Murcia

Spain: Free tickets still available for aquaponics.biz

Free tickets for the aquaponics.biz conference at the University of Murcia (Spain) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 are being snapped up. SMEs and community initiatives that will be attending include Aquatic Science (Belgium), Building Integrated Greenhouses (Belgium), Écosystèmes Alimentaires Urbains (Canada),.....

Kuwait: "Hydroponics farming boosts production at low cost"

Hydroponics farming in Kuwait is a vital alternative for traditional methods with various benefits including an increase in production at lower cost, according to agricultural engineering specialists.This method, which is not soil based, is one of the best methods used to boost production in such harsh.....

Choosing a hydroponic pump sized in horsepower

So you’re building a hydroponic or aquaponic system, and have done the calculations to size a pump. Let’s imagine that you’ve calculated your flow rates and decided that you need a pump capable of moving 2000 gallons per hour (GPH).Most of the time, a GPH rating will help you find the pump you need. However,.....

Philippines: Lawmaker pushes urban farming bills

The House of Representatives’ committee on food security has approved the creation of a technical working group that will consolidate various bills seeking to institutionalize urban farming.During the hearing, Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (2nd District, Negros Occidental), committee chairman, commended Reps......

Alternative farming on the rise in Gaza

With shrinking cultivable land and the water system largely contaminated, many Palestinians in the impoverished Gaza Strip have been searching for alternative ways of finding fresh food and water.At sunset on a warm January day, Said Salim Abu Nasser's three grandsons crouched on the ground, using bricks to.....

China: Lettuce grown in supermarkets

China is setting an example for the entire world. During the visit of a Macfrut delegation to the new Easyhome Ankang supermarket in Beijing, the attention of the visitors was caught by the hydroponic lettuce cultivation system.Watch a video of the Chinese supermarket.Units over 20 metres long on three.....

US (NY): Cornell offers new hydroponics course

Increasingly, greenhouses are being used to grow high-value vegetables and herbs for the commercial hydroponic industry. Growers are taking advantage of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) as leafy greens, tomatoes, basil and other produce are being grown indoors under conditions that can be monitored.....

Indian farmers thrive with Ericsson

After smart cities, it is now about smart villages. An Internet of Things (IoT) solution implemented in Mori village of East Godavari district run by the Andhra Pradesh government in association with telecommunications major Ericsson is showing the way with the help of connected aquaponics and smart water.....

US: Greengro Technologies merges with Biodynamics LLC

Greengro Technologies announced that it is completing the acquisition of a 55 percent majority interest in Biodynamics LLC, an Akron, Ohio-based company in controlled environmental agriculture (CEA), renewable energy and consumer hydroponics.The merger brings together two CEA-industry companies that now.....

US politicians visit high school aquaponics lab

Congressman Pat Meehan, R-7, of Drexel Hill, and State Sen. Tom McGarrigle, R-26, of Springfield, took a look at what a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance will do for an innovative lab at Interboro High School.The lawmakers, school district officials and State Farm representatives toured the burgeoning.....

TED talk inspires student to create vertical farm

Grade 10, 11 and 12 students participating in Strathcona County Christian Academy Secondary’s first aquaponics course are shaping the future of agriculture.The aquaponics farm initially began as a side-project project for students interested in learning about sustainability and agriculture. It has since.....

Lebanese-Dutch joint venture to include grafted vegetables and hydroponics

Agrigrow, a subsidiary of the Batroun-based Robinson Agri, will launch in April, also in Batroun. It will develop a 17 hectares vegetable grafting site in a joint venture with Dutch agriculture company, Grow Group.Nadine El Khoury Kadi, Chief Operations Officer, said that $800,000 has been invested so far,.....

MMJ entrepreneur shares future vision

A skyscraper full of food

According to Rick Byrd, the future of farming is tall, dirtless and local.Byrd’s vision of skyscraper farms to feed city dwellers begins with a much different kind of crop: marijuana.The 45-year-old is chief executive officer and founder of Pure Agrobusiness Inc., a company that sells equipment to grow legal.....

CAN (ON): Nothing is harvested on this farm until you order it

Where some saw an empty warehouse space, Ruth and Harvey Easton saw a fresh new business idea.The couple has built an indoor hydroponic farm from the ground up in a 6,000 sq. ft. Burwell Rd. building. St. Thomas' Urban Farm is getting ready for its grand opening on Feb. 1.The former medical lab technician.....

US (TX): Work to start on Mission Waco aquaponics project

A muddy field at North 15th Street and Colcord Avenue next to the new Jubilee Food Market attracted a crowd Wednesday morning as ground broke for a $392,000 project called Urban REAP that will become a hot spot for raising food, catching and storing rainwater, and teaching students the value of energy.....