Greenhouse

Kenya: Attracting youth to invest in greenhouse farming

Imagine that with as little as $150 (Ksh 15,000) per month, you could invest in a business that would yield a return of $3,800 (Ksh 380,000) within the first six months. That’s exactly how Peter Wangai Muriithi, Founder and CEO of Golden Escape Group Limited, hopes to lure young people into agri-business…

US: New York's rooftop farms provide fresh local produce - and help stop a sewage problem

High above the streets of New York, more than 36 tonnes of organic vegetables are grown every year. And the farms that produce them aren’t just feeding residents – they’re helping to stop sewage polluting the city’s rivers too. Covering a total of 2.3 hectares (5.6 acres), the farms sit on top of three…

Greenhouses set up in desert to develop eco-agriculture in NW China's Gansu

An aerial photo taken on Aug. 18, 2019 shows greenhouses put in use at an eco-industrial park in Jiuquan City, northwest China's Gansu Province. Bordering the Badain Jaran Desert, the city used to find it difficult to develop the economy. In recent years, a program has been kicked off in the local region…

Order given to start the construction of geothermal greenhouses in Sanliurfa, Turkey

Sanliurfa governor Abdullah Erin has instructed municipality officials to allocate treasury lands for the construction of new geothermal greenhouses in order to aid the development of the greenhouse production in the city. Governor Erin: “We are planning to start a state company and to accelerate…

US (NC): New educational greenhouse coming to Newland next spring

A new educational greenhouse is coming to Heritage Park in Newland. The Avery Journal reports an $18,000 grant will cover most of the cost of a new 26-48 foot greenhouse for the Avery County Cooperative Extension. According to the report, Extension Executive Director Jerry Moody said some additional…

US (CO): Denver urban farming trend grows from a Sloan’s Lake condo tower to a Larimer Square parking garage

It was 8:15 Tuesday morning and the greenhouse was just waking up for the day. Spurred by an electrical panel that serves as its brain, its roof vents had popped open, letting in the cool, morning air. Meanwhile, the human staff of Altius Farms was already busy doing its work. Moving among rows of…

Australia: Wallace Vegetable Farm makes the move to hydroponic capsicums

The Wallace family is gearing up for a huge expansion of their hydroponic capsicum business, a move they hope will significantly boost the operation’s capacity and bottom line. After enduring years of low water allocations, third-generation vegetable grower David Wallace and his wife, Robyn, decided to…

Growing more with less: boosting efficiencies in low-tech greenhouses

A Nuffield research report reveals numerous currently available methods for Australian horticulture producers to boost the efficiency and productivity of low-tech greenhouse systems and unlock new market opportunities. The report’s author is Bao Duy Nguyen, a greenhouse vegetable grower and 2017 Nuffield…

and the building below

Who wants to buy the Dutch rooftop greenhouse?

More than a year ago, the city nursery on top of the building De Schilde in The Hague went bankrupt. Since the bankruptcy of the nursery Urban Farmers in July 2018, the greenhouse has been empty. "It turned out that (vertical) city farming does not have a future in the building on Televisiestraat 2", is…

CAN (ON): Mucci Farms acquires Orangeline Farms

Mucci Farms has announced that it has acquired controlling interest of Leamington, Ontario based Orangeline Farms, including its existing greenhouse and warehouse facilities, and additional land with plans for expansion. Subsequently, the company also announced additional expansion plans in Canada and…

India: Using greenhouses to help farmers build climate resilience

In a farming region outside of Hyderabad, India, the nonprofit Kheyti is using a “Greenhouse-in-a-box” solution to build climate resilience and income stability among India’s smallholder farmers. Founded in 2015, the organization’s founders spent thousands of hours speaking to Indian farmers to…

Russia: Bryansk region ramps up agricultural exports and greenhouse capacity

The Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev paid a working visit to the Bryansk region. He discussed the development of the agro-industrial complex with the head of the region, Alexander Bogomaz, and opened a new greenhouse complex Zhurinichi. The agricultural sector is one of the key drivers of…

Viennese start-up is dedicated to aquaponics

"Striking vegetables from a aquaponics system"

In Vienna, several young farmers founded the Blün company. Using aquaponics, they intend to save on water and fertilizers. "Aquaponics is a circulatory system that combines fish farming with vegetable production," Gregor Hoffmann told the Kurier in an interview. View into the aquaponic facility / Source:…

"Use the right cleaning agent to remove a coating"

ReduSystems coatings are developed to prevent them from quickly wearing off. When they are no longer useful at the end of the season, ReduClean is the only way to remove them effectively. Because there are coatings with different properties, the company have also developed different types of ReduClean.…

convertible cover for protected apple cultivation unveiled

Even apples can benefit from a greenhouse

What is a way of protecting apple cultivation from pests and fungal diseases while reducing the use of pesticides as much as possible? Researchers at Wageningen University & Research may have developed an answer for this: the convertible cover, an innovative cover that is deployed when it rains. The…

GIVE Partnership

Mastronardi and DeJoria start greenhouse partnership in Middle East

Mastronardi Produce, North American grower and distributor of greenhouse produce, and John Paul DeJoria have selected the Middle East as the first market in which to develop their large scale technologically advanced indoor farming project. The newly formed company, Green International Ventures LLC…

US (WA): New research center for the University of Washington

Deforche Construct is a global partner in the construction of research centres. They do not only have expertise in constructions in steel, aluminium and glass. Their knowledge centre also has the necessary knowhow to implement various techniques: ventilation, lighting, sun blinds, irrigation and many…

CAN (QC): New temporary agricultural project at the Hippodrome site

Today, the borough of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce is announcing the establishment of a temporary urban agriculture project to encourage citizen participation and sustainable development. The demolition of old buildings and stables at the site of the former Hippodrome has been completed for…

Hydroponic mobile farms to let anyone grow vegetables in Hong Kong

As a social movement gathers pace on the city streets this summer, there’s another growing revolution – a green movement. This one is all about groundbreaking farming technology that cuts lengthy supply chains to allow easy access to fresh produce rich in nutrients and bursting with flavour. Farmacy, an…

UAE: Growing sustainably in the heat of the Abu Dhabi desert

The Pure Harvest Smart Farms greenhouse in Abu Dhabi is producing greenhouse vegetables in temperatures that reach 53 degrees Celcius. The greenhouse features a state of the art climate control system that adjust the lighting and air intake through sensors, so the greenhouse stays around a Mediterranean…

"A greenhouse is just one piece of the puzzle"

The Australian company Pirrone Brothers Produce was originally only a sugar cane farm before it started growing vegetables. Initially outdoors then using a variety of protective measures, such as greenhouses. The North Queensland growing company is benefiting following the transition into protected…

Egypt: Al-Sisi inaugurates 2nd phase of water-preserving national greenhouse project

President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated 1,300 greenhouses at Mohamed Naguib military base on Saturday morning, as part of the national agricultural project. The first phase of the project was opened in February 2018 to grow agricultural products using less water for irrigation than traditional…

Jan Olsthoorn jr. (Force Demolition) winks to father and focuses on the future

"Back in greenhouse demolition, it's time to bring out the big guns again"

It has been a point of recognition for years in Poeldijk: the very recognizable logo on top of the old auction building. Save for the letters JO in the ring, there was no text, but everybody knew the logo belonged to the greenhouse demolishing activities of Jan Olsthoorn sr. That logo disappeared, but…

Turkey’s first greenhouse heated through industrial chimney waste is erected in Canakkale

The first greenhouse in Turkey which will be heated through industrial chimney waste is erected in Can district of Canakkale as a part of Kale Ceramic Production Facility. The greenhouse is set up for the purpose of organic production and the group spokesman pointed out the improved sustainability…

US: Arizona agriculture’s tomatoes are tops in the nation

Arizona ranks sixth in the United States for greenhouse tomato production. But, there’s even more to Arizona agriculture’s tomato story, mostly that they are delicious! The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2017 Census of Agriculture shows Arizona hosting 61 acres of tomatoes grown in the…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove GmbH, on the advantages of tunnel cultivation for berries:

"Extended season, better taste and coloring, reduction of pesticide use"

"Our new substrate hanging systems offer a more comfortable method of working with the berry: no one wants to work on ground level, and at the same time necessary work, such as mowing under the gutters, is facilitated by the suspension system. We would like to show this installation to new and existing…

Response to ‘low amount of enterprising young people’

Growers switch to housewives and consciously don’t hire students

While Greenhouse horticulture Netherlands tries to reach a younger target audience in the summer by using vlogs and even growers try to reach this group by a variety of…

Russia: Major eggplant greenhouse to be opened in Leningrad region

The biggest eggplant greenhouse in the Northwest Federal District of Russia is scheduled to be opened in September 2020. Production capacity is going to reach 10 thousand tons. The overall amount of investments will comprise 81.7 million Euro. Agricultural company Vyborgec will act as an investor to the…

"It has been one and a half years since I've seen the cucumber mosaic virus in my greenhouse”

Building an extra 4,000 square meters of greenhouse caused the cucumber grower Edwin Hendrickx quite a few headaches the past four years. The greenhouse has since been finished and Edwin now grows cucumbers the traditional way - with interplanting - on 2.4 hectares. But there was still one major headache…

Kazakhstan: New tomato greenhouse soon to be launched in Ekibastuz

A new greenhouse complex for growing tomatoes will soon be opened in Ekibastuz. It will be the third greenhouse constructed next to Ekibastuz regional power station. The station provides the energy-intensive production with cheap warmth and electricity. The project is constructed in accordance with Dutch…

Eco-Kultura wants guarded greenhouse complex

Russian greenhouse grower planning to engage in cannabis

One of the biggest greenhouse vegetable growers Eco-kultura is planning to engage in growing and processing of industrial hemp. "It is not produced by anyone in Russia yet", says vice-president Mr Sergey Fomenkov. Major player Eco-Kultura is a major greenhouse vegetable grower in the Russian Federation.…

Update North Holland whirlwind:

'Hundreds of thousands of damage', glass repair specialists getting started

On Monday, it already became apparent that glass damage occurred last weekend, but it was not immediately clear where exactly it had happened. Now we know, because the…

Turkey: University in Kirsehir taking lead to develop geothermal greenhouse production in the city

Kirsehir Ahi Evran University Dean Prof. Dr. Vatan Karakaya: “The geothermal greenhouse we are building as a part of the pilot projects and initiatives undertaken by the university will hopefully set an example for the growers in the area and bring many investors to our city. The construction for the…

Spain: Cooling greenhouse surface trend in Almeria

This is an update of the research on albedo or reflectance, which, 12 years ago, meant the characterization of a buffer effect of global warming by urban settlements, specifically in the horticultural area of Almería. Albedo is the cooling effect produced in the temperatures of an area by the increase of…

Turkey: Cold weather drops efficiency in greenhouses in Bingol

Grower Abdurrahim Saridag: “I have been growing cucumbers in a greenhouse for the last 5 years. Bingol is located in the eastern region of Turkey and the climate conditions play an important role in the productivity we have from season to season. This season the weather was colder than usual and our…

This is what the Dezhou Horti Center in China will look like

Following the World Horti Center in the Dutch Westland, the initiative to realize the Horti Center in Dezhou has been taken. Dezhou is a city in the northwest of the Shandong province of China, where a lot of horticultural and agricultural developments are taking place. AAB has been called upon to be the…

by Casey Houweling

An Overview of Semi Closed Greenhouses

"Through concept, creation and execution, the semi closed greenhouse has revolutionized the greenhouse industry, by enhancing grower’s ability to control indoor greenhouse climates", says Casey Houweling, Principal Consultant at Glassholdings Ltd. of Delta, BC. Being at the heart of the development of…

Russia: Teplichnoye greenhouse sold in Mordovia: over 2.5bn RUB will be invested

On 11 July, 100% of Teplichnoye was sold. The winner of the tender was Agrocapital Managing Company established in 2016. The company manages greenhouse assets. The company controls LipetskAgro and Eletskiye Ovoschi greenhouses in the Lipetsk region. Overall greenhouse area exceeds 120 ha. Projected gross…

US (ME): UMPI research greenhouse on schedule for completion in mid-September

The new Zillman Family Greenhouse at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, which will serve the university’s recently established agricultural science and agribusiness program, is on track for completion this fall, according to UMPI officials. Local company PNM Construction has worked on the facility…

US (NV): Financier passes on Las Vegas solar greenhouse project

Green Stream Holdings, a holding company of Green Stream Finance, a company that focuses on currently unmet markets in the solar energy space through proprietary solar product offerings, financed for customers via its public and private partnerships, today announced that, after completion of its due…

New corporate company video for KG Systems

KG Greenhouses launched a new company video recently. In this 2-minute video, they explain - among other things - that they have been helping to bring knowledge and technology together since 1970 and that they have grown to a provider of turnkey greenhouse solutions. "Control from A to Z with short lines…

US: New greenhouse for breeding weevils

At Caddo Lake, on the border between Texas and Louisiana, a new greenhouse is being built. Not to grow tomatoes or flowers, but to breed weevils. They are used to kill Giant Salvina, an invasive plant that is causing problems, since its arrival in the area in 2006. The most efficient remedy has been the…

Vegetable greenhouses flooded due to rainstorms brought by typhoon Lekima in China's Shandong

Vegetable greenhouses are flooded due to heavy rainstorms brought by typhoon Lekima in Jitai Town of Shouguang, east of China's Shandong Province. The city of Shouguang, China's major vegetable production base, suffered from the largest rainfall since the meteorological record started in 1959. Floodwater…

Teplichniy in Sakhalin is going international

The biggest agricultural complex in Sakhalin is planning to expand for another 6 ha of greenhouses. This will allow them not only to provide the local dwellers with the annual supply of fresh vegetables but will also open possibilities for export. The head of the region, Mr. Valeriy Limarenko has…

Turkey: Greenhouse fruit and vegetable harvest has started in Aksaray

80% of the population in the Turkish city of Aksaray earn their living through agricultural production and cattle breeding and the harvest has just started in all greenhouses across the city. The greenhouses in Gucunkaya area had been built with significant support for state funding programs which…

US (WA): Global aquaponics practitioners survey

CITYFOOD at the University of Washington is conducting a survey of global aquaponics practitioners. Their work connects practitioners, researchers, and specialists to co-create the future of aquaponics and a vision of its connection with cities. Your support by filling out the survey will help document…

Doing business with Dutch people and still have a foothold in China

Chinese agricultural park Taizhou: 33 hectare of greenhouse

In December 2018, the Dutch project developer HX Agriculture signed a project contract with the city of Taizhou in Jiangsu province in China for the realization of an agricultural park. On 144 hectares of land there will be 33 hectares of greenhouses, whereby on 6 September the realization will start…

Paper greenhouses in Spanish region of Navarre

A few days ago, the experimental farm that the INTIA (Navarre Institute of Agrifood Technologies and Infrastructures) has in the Navarre town of Sartaguda hosted an open day, which served to showcase the tests that the entity is carrying out to replace plastic mulch in horticultural greenhouses for more…

Australia: Brand new hi-tech greenhouse opens its doors for PCA conference delegates

There was a collective gasp upon entering the brand new, 4ha hi-tech snacking tomato greenhouse called Bunya Fresh, during the Protected Cropping Australia farm tours on July 10th 2019. Eighty fellow growers and greenhouse allied trade were guided through the ultimate and ideal environment for the…

Russian greenhouses produce 700K tons of vegetables in first half of 2019

Russian farmers collected 700 thousand tons of greenhouse vegetables in the first half of 2019. In recent years, the greenhouse vegetable growing industry has demonstrated a significant investment boost. Over the period from 2014 to 2018, more than 1 thousand hectares of high-tech greenhouses were built…

CAN (SK): New greenhouse set to bring food, medicine to First Nations

A new greenhouse in Treaty 4 is in the works to bring food and medicine to Saskatchewan First Nations. On Friday, the File Hills Qu’Appelle (FHQ) tribal council and Farm Credit Canada agreed to construct a greenhouse to grow food and medicinal plants in hopes of addressing food security issues and the…

US (IN): New Palestine teen engineers greenhouse project for Hope Center Indy

He took an old household gutter and other materials and engineered a nutrient-rich planter to keep water flowing to the plants that are growing out of the contraption. The greenhouse project is just one of the many Ben Blachly worked on this summer volunteering his time and skills at Hope Center Indy, a…

Georg-August University Göttingen observes:

Fifty percent of consumers would buy 'vertical agriculture' products

Rising populations and worsening weather conditions due to climate change make it difficult to produce enough healthy and fresh food. A contribution to solving this problem could be provided by so-called vertical agriculture. Here, the vegetables and fruits are grown on floors one above the other. This…

US (MA): Worker co-op greenhouse to mark first anniversary

The largest urban commercial greenhouse in Massachusetts is marking its one-year anniversary. The Wellspring Harvest greenhouse was built on the once badly polluted former Chapman Valve site in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield. It is a year-round hydroponic farm that trains and employs…

“I think most people could build this greenhouse”

In Novo, Ohio, Doug and Katy Kern grow lettuce, Asian greens, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers in a greenhouse that they built themselves. According to Doug, assembling the CropKing greenhouse was relatively easy. “I think most people could build this greenhouse. We really didn’t want to hire a…

Visiting Jochen Haubner at Haubner Gemüsebau:

"We are selling ourselves short"

In the German food industry, a trend can be seen: Large farms take over small-scale family farms in many places or displace them. "That was already the case with the bakeries and butchers, and now we are also seeing it in vegetable cultivation," says Jochen Haubner from Haubner Gemüsebau in Nuremberg. He cultivates hydroponic…

US (CO): Plans for geothermal greenhouse

Plans have materialized for a project east of Gunnison which would utilize the geothermal resource at Waunita Hot Springs Ranch for its heat- and power-generating potential.…

CAN (ON): Wheatley-area greenhouse more than doubling its size

Construction is well underway at a Wheatley-area greenhouse operation, which will have more than double its existing acreage upon completion. Hacienda North Farms, which grows bell peppers, will be adding 36 acres to its 34-acre farm along Coatsworth Road near Talbot Trail. General manager Johnny Braun…

Russian growth

“Another 260 hectares of greenhouses planned in 2019”

“The greenhouse industry in the Russian Federation has demonstrated a significant growth during the past 5 years, due in no small part to the boycott,” says Elvira Sakhabutdinova of Vostock Capital. “The market of protected ground vegetables grows annually, and greenhouse area increases by 1-4% every…

US: More greenhouse lettuce for a growing local market

By far the most lettuce that you can find in American supermarkets is grown in California and Arizona and is distributed throughout America by truck. However in Minnesota, since one year local produce has also been on the shelves. Greenhouse company Revol Greens grows spinach and various types of lettuce…

CAN (MB): Arctic Organics to supply Churchill Wild ecolodges with fresh produce

Riley Friesen has recently undertaken a massive orchard project that will supply Churchill Wild ecolodges with fresh produce. Riley began cultivating an interest in gardening and horticulture several years ago when his parents bought a small plot of land and planted a few fruit trees. Since then he’s…

US (NY): Bedford Green House will house more than 160 residents and include an aquaponics greenhouse

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Corporation for Supportive Housing…

Scottish innovation provides a vision of future farming

PhD students from AHDB’s £1.4 million programme witnessed the power of applied science and agriculture in action on a recent visit to Scotland. The visit exposed young researchers to some of the ways the industry is tackling practical issues such as labour challenges and pest management, sharing…

How an Italian farmer found a better way to grow tomatoes – without soil

The Italian tomato is prized around the world, but its reputation has soured in recent years over reports of mafia infiltration, slave labour and toxic fires that poison water sources. Southern Europe's biggest hydroponics farm is out to change all that, by growing pesticide-free crops in environmentally…

Somalia: From raising livestock to farming tomatoes

Displaced pastoralists in Somaliland, whose livestock died in recent droughts, have been collecting their first harvest of vegetables grown in greenhouses. The project, supported by a Somali diaspora group in cooperation with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), is gradually changing the lives of former…

Greenhouse is fully computerised, while insects protect crops from pests

Ultra-modern tomato greenhouse in Eastern Poland

From a distance, the greenhouse looks quite otherworldly. Among sparsely distributed agricultural buildings, the few-meter-high glass walls make a great impression. This is one of the most modern tomato farms in the Lublin Voivodeship. The two-hectare greenhouse, which the Wicińscy family set up four…

Turkey: Entrepreneur started dragonfruit production in his greenhouse and earn significant profits

Grower Bilal Bayram in Kumluca district of Antalya switched to dragonfruit production 2 years ago in his greenhouses and he is delighted with the results so far. The harvest period starts after July and continues until the end of December. Since there is no need to use chemicals or fertilizers for…

US (AZ): Amado tomato grower expanding greenhouses

More organic tomatoes are being grown in Amado greenhouses by Wholesum Family Farms. The company has added 25 new year-round jobs as it expands the existing 18-acre facility with six more acres. Amado – historically a rural, ranching area – is now changing to greenhouse farming. “Amado suits us very well…

Idromeccanica Lucchini

Nanotechnologies and semi-closed greenhouses for protected cultivation

Nanotechnologies too can be applied to regulate the protected environment in a greenhouse, especially in places with difficult weather conditions. Idromeccanica Lucchini, a specialist in the design and manufacture of greenhouses, can do just that. "A lot of elements must be considered when a greenhouse…

Beijing: glass tomato greenhouse added to agricultural demo park

Xiao Tang Shan Modern Agricultural Technology Demonstration Park (Xiao Tang Shan agriculture park) in the north of Beijing is the only national grade agricultural base in Beijing. The Xiao Tang Shan agriculture park is used for vegetable production, education of agriculture and leisure farming, which is…

Christian Drechsler, Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler:

Photo report: growing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants and peppers in 8.5 ha greenhouse

"We have had greenhouses since 1973 and we were one of the first horticultural companies in Bavaria that switched to growing in substrate gutters," says Christian Drechsler of Gemüsebau Bernd & Christian Drechsler. Since then, there have been many extensions and the Drechsler family now grows produce…

Turkey: Tomato growers in Kahramanmaras start a cooperative

The cooperative established by tomato growers in Kahramanmaras is officially opened with the participation of local officials to the opening ceremony. The tomato greenhouses were first built in 2007 in the area and were only a few hectares big but in time greenhouse tomato production rapidly increased…

Urban greenhouse brings new meaning to eating local in Montreal

Often, when you buy fruits and vegetables at your local grocery store, they were actually grown far away. A new initiative east of downtown aims to totally change the relationship between Montrealers and their food. It’s called the Emily De Witt greenhouse. “We want to offer local produce, a product of…

US (WY): "It's about exposing ability."

Nona Yehia is CEO and Co-founder of Vertical Harvest, a company in Jackson, Wyoming, that cranks out roughly 100,000 pounds of produce each year in a three-story, state-of-the-art, hydroponic greenhouse. Bumble Bee tomatoes, rainbow chard, butterhead lettuce — the company’s 34 employees generate as much…

Make sure your insurance-to-value ratio covers your business

Insurance to value is a common term in the insurance world. But do you know what it means and how it affects your business? In general terms, insurance to value is having…

Investing 20 minutes per week to grow 200 plants

Students at the EPFL University of Lausanne can reap the harvest of the start-up of - amongst others - Tom and Grégoire. At the campus, they were able to install the prototypes of their smart indoor greenhouses Caulys. In this video the founders of Caulys explain how the fully automated, modular…

Russia's greenhouse vegetable production up 65% since import ban five years ago

Exactly 5 years ago today Russia imposed an embargo on a wide range of imports from the EU and other countries. This embargo included greenhouse vegetables. Ever since, the Russian industry has skyrocketed. This week we're offering you various insights on the embargo and the short- and long-term effects.…

US (MI): Glasshouse owners trace their heritage back to Luxembourg

The sun won't rise for a few more hours, but Michael Leider Sr. knows that if he's not up by 4 AM, he's already late. He puts his crops into the wagon and starts his day. It's 1898, and it would be almost 40 years until Lake Shore Drive is completed. Riding on a horse and buggy from Rogers Park to the…

Italian strawberries from substrate

While being hosted by Gianluca Savini of Sant’Orsola in the Trentino region of Italy, TunnelBerries had the opportunity to view strawberry production in substrate. Plants are grown in bags or long trays of coconut coir media that are supported on a raised structure. All production occurs under high…

US (CT): Aquaponics business moves from Meriden to New Britain

Trifecta Ecosystems Inc., designer of large-scale aquaponic gardening systems, has moved from Pratt Street to an urban farm in New Britain. “We tried to purchase the old Urban Oaks Farm prior to going to Meriden,” said Eric Francis, a Trifecta founder and chief operating officer. “When it came back on…

US (MI): New greenhouse coming to Nagelkirk

Workers continued tearing down Nagelkirk's former greenhouse in Harvey Wednesday afternoon. The process began on Tuesday. Nagelkirk owners say the reason for the demolition is because one-third of the building cracked due to last winter's snow load. The gardeners plan to replace it with a new building,…

Rwanda: Why greenhouse farming is the future of young farmers

Africa's agriculture sector has made significant progress over the years, but despite the progress, the continent remains a net importer of food. This is despite having 60 per cent of the world's uncultivated arable land. Africa will have a population of 2 billion by 2050, and agriculture will be central…

Saudi Arabia: Growing fruits and vegetables at an average summer temperature of 45°C

Saudi Arabia is hot and dry. Difficult conditions for growing fruits or vegetables, but not impossible. Farmers and growers in the country would, therefore, be greatly helped with knowledge about watering, fertilization and crop protection. That is why the Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit at…

Russia: Greenhouse complex construction was recommenced in Serpukhov

The construction of a greenhouse complex for vegetable and greens production was recommenced in the Turovo settlement of the Serpukhov district. “To date, the metal structure has been erected, there are ongoing works on the assembling of equipment foundation”, informed Artur Garibyan the head of…

France: Greenhouses fitted with photovoltaic films

Using the sun to its foremost, that's what three French horticultural partners are trying to do. That's why they've installed ASCA photovoltaic films at a commercial greenhouse nearby France. Partners in the project are horticultural Eiffage Energie Systèmes, the French growers with Les Maraichers…

"Year-round production of soft fruit only really becomes viable if heat is available"

With growing consumer demand for soft fruit throughout the year, many growers are capitalising on the opportunity to supply the increasing market. To do so, however, probably means a change in approach and an investment in some new – or perhaps old – infrastructure. For those with existing glasshouses,…

CAN (ON): Dutch greenhouse technology companies want to expand operations to the Windsor-Essex region

According to Matthew Johnson, director of business attraction for the WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation, an influx of Dutch greenhouse technology companies want to…

6 ha project brings high-tech strawberry cultivation to Russia

In the south of Russia, a six-hectare high-tech strawberry greenhouse is currently being constructed. Yuriy Bondariev, operation director and senior agronomist with Stavropol Flavor, the company behind the project, tells us more. According to Yuriy, this is the first high-tech strawberry greenhouse in…

"Are growers ready for technology? Probably not."

Darryn Keiller, CEO of Autogrow, was recently asked by producers and investors whether growers are ready to adapt to the new technology they are creating at Autogrow. His answer: "it’s not about whether they are ready, it’s whether they can afford NOT to be and how we get them there." Given the changing…

CAN: Agricultural Land Reserve cannabis rules spark boom in conversions

Agricultural Land Reserve rules enacted last summer have fuelled a boom in commercial greenhouse conversions to cannabis production in the Lower Mainland. At least 5.2 million square feet of greenhouse space — about 120 acres or 50 hectares — is being converted from tomato and pepper production after the…

US (NH): Researchers find specialty eggplant varieties grow well in high tunnels

Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire have found that eggplant varieties developed specifically for growing in greenhouses and high tunnels produced a prolific amount of fruit, offering Granite State growers another option for their summer…

CAN (SK): Estevan officials return from marketing opportunity in the Netherlands

With the economy in Canada having as tough a time as it has been in recent years, diversifying what we do to add more revenue streams can be an important way to help boost it back up again. Our Economic Development Coordinator Dwight 'Fitz' Bramble, along with Mayor Roy Ludwig, a local business…

US (NY): 40 Acre greenhouse project takes another step

Point Positive Inc., the investing and mentoring group of business leaders in the Greater Adirondacks, has made an early-stage investment in Confluent Energies Inc. The controlled-environment agriculture operation seeks to establish its first greenhouse facility in St. Lawrence County to build economic…

Russia: TV program reports on how to recognize a good tomato

The Sreda Obitaniya program on the OTR channel (Public Television of Russia) did a piece on how to select tasty and healthy tomatoes in a store or in a market and examined the Russian tomato segment. A few employees of Eco-Culture holding participated in the story as the invited experts The reporters…

Photo report: Peak season at Emsland Gemüse

"Planning to extend the season so that we can still harvest by the end of November."

The domestic season for fruit vegetables is currently in full swing. In all major growing areas in Germany tons of cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers are harvested. This goes for Emsland Gemüse as well. Since its founding, the farm has been entirely dedicated to the production of tomatoes in three…

The benefits of greenhouse roll-up sides

Plant care is a constant cycle of monitoring and reacting. Overly dry soil? Adjust watering levels. Signs of scorching? Reduce the amount of direct sunlight. Excessive heat and humidity? Find a way to ventilate the greenhouse. For many growers and garden centers, accomplishing the latter is a process…

Photo report: Visiting Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland

"Cooperatives have more innovative power"

Regional goods are booming in the German retail sector and so the big chains are trying to secure their share of the cake by contracting and gaining foreign investors through major projects. Florian Wolz, Managing Director of Franken-Gemüse Knoblauchsland eG advocates the preservation of structures:…

Closer to the consumer:

Are city farms a model for the future?

Like abandoned marquees, the three greenhouses marked "City Farm" stand among the trees. Through the dusty windows of the aging facades you can not see that here, in the middle of Berlin's Lichtenberg district, a new kind of model for agriculture is being tested on 3,000 square meters. The principle is…

Why growers measure oxygen in the root zone

In addition to regular climate data from wireless sensors and climate computers, growers can now also see the oxygen level, pH value and temperature of the root environment in Zensie. Recently, 30MHz partnered with Sendot Research whose sensors can be connected to the data platform. In addition to oxygen…

Western Australia: Mariginiup gooseberry farm takes off

Dean Wakefield and his wife Alex recently established the farm with Kevin and Kathy Stubbs - who own the land. The Wakefields operated an open crop gooseberry farm in Zimbabwe…

Short-circuit fire in a greenhouse in Viesca, Mexico

At the beginning of this week, there was a fire in the municipality of Viesca, in the greenhouses of the Almarimex company, which is located on the road to El Esterito shortly…

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"Zhongnong Futong is a pioneer in modern Chinese horticulture"

The Chinese horticultural market is developing at a rapid pace and is increasingly adopting Dutch technology. This video shows the cooperation with Viscon and Hoogendoorn in the project for the Chinese greenhouse company Futong, located in Xingtai city, in the northern Hebei province. Pioneer Zhongnong…

"In a few years, hydroponics lettuces will be grown commercially"

Emsland Gemüse GmbH relies on high-tech cultivation technology

Emsland Gemüse GmbH based in Emsbüren has been successfully using modern production ways for modern, high-quality greenhouse products for many years. The high-tech producer and 100% subsidiary of Emsflower GmbH currently produces three different varieties of tomatoes under glass growing. 7 hectare start…

The best performing turmeric was chosen, black pepper from tissue culture cultivation still requires more research

Positive feedback after the first trial period of turmeric and black pepper cultivation in Dutch greenhouses

To find out whether or not spices that originate from countries with a warmer climate can be cultivated in the Netherlands, a trial is going on that focuses on the cultivation of two tropical spices. The results of the first trial with turmeric and black pepper are now known and are overall positive, as…

Zollner high-tech greenhouse in operation since recently

2.5 million cucumbers per year from Bavarian greenhouses

Cucumbers have been harvested in the state-of-the-art greenhouse of Zollner Gemüsegärtnerei in Eitting since February, being marketed in Bavarian Rewe stores, these companies…

Russia: Government approves investment credit prolongation for greenhouses

Deputy Prime Minister Alexey Gordeyev held a working meeting with The Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev, the head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert and representatives of the Ministry of Energy, industry associations, unions and organizations. The participants discussed the development of…

Protected Cropping Australia Conference 2019

"We need to talk about what we are offering and what makes us special"

No matter how good a company's produce, technology and business structure, it all counts for little in the modern-day horticulture industry without the right network of people around it, according to Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) chair Nicky Mann. Delivering a presentation at Protected Cropping…

NL: Japanese delegation from Kochi visits Westland business community

A joint delegation of high-level representatives of the Japanese government, educational institutions and entrepreneurs is currently visiting Westland. Aldermam Zwinkels yesterday received Mr. Arima, deputy director-general of the Japanese Department of Agricultural Development, and his delegation at the…

Japan: Cucumber crisis after Tokyo hit by cloudiest spell since records began

Tokyo’s cloudiest few weeks in nearly 60 years has cast a shadow o ver the capital’s vegetable markets, forcing up the prices of some by 70%. Japan has been hit by unseasonably cloudy weather and cool temperatures, Tokyo enjoying fewer than three hours of sunshine a day for 20 days through to Tuesday,…

"Against intuition but still good results"

Peet van Wingerden is a senior crop caretaker at Wageningen University & Research in Bleiswijk and has been involved in the trial with high-wire cucumbers in the winter light greenhouse from the start in 2016. Van Wingerden and his colleagues are responsible for all crop activities and the settings…

"Effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important"

June 2019 was the hottest June ever in Europe, but the trend is certainly towards new records. For this reason, effective screens for high-tech greenhouses are becoming increasingly important. Arrigoni offers two solutions that can help farmers adapt to climate changes in recent years, to produce more…

From seed to tomatoes in this new video from inside a greenhouse

Beekenkamp Plants has launched a new corporate movie. The film follows a curious young girl who, together with a Beekenkamp Plants Vegetables employee, discovers the company. Field crops, fruit crops, from sowing to final products at the grower, it all appears in the new corporate movie. The importance…

How simulating social behaviour can help reduce post-harvest losses

A pilot project by Wageningen University & Research in 2017 and 2018 found that Nigerian tomato farmers can reduce their post-harvest losses in terms of both quality and quantity when using plastic crates rather than traditional raffia baskets to transport their crops to the urban centres of Lagos…

Northland to become hydroponic fruit growing capital of NZ

Northland’s future is looking fruitful as the hydroponic horticultural capital of New Zealand. A $2.37 million Provincial Growth Fund partnership today announced by the…

What’s really at risk when your farm isn’t recall-ready?

No matter how tight your production or streamlined your operations may be, every produce farm is vulnerable to food safety incidents — especially indoor farms. A controlled environment does not automatically eliminate climate changes, pest infestations, and contamination. In fact, according to food…

Canada: Taxed green tomatoes

What happens when theory and practice collide? The theory is that carbon taxes reduce emissions by penalizing people for emitting greenhouse gas. That is the theory. Tomato farmer Bob Mitchell, owner of Ottawa-based SunTech Greenhouses, is more concerned with practice. He releases CO2 into his greenhouse to encourage better…

Israel: International attendance for Hazera Seeds' open days

Hazera's International Distribution Open Days & Seminar, that have been held every 3 years for 15 years, are a celebration of agriculture. The open days are an opportunity to exhibit their range of crops for open fields, as well as an assortment of tomato and pepper varieties for greenhouse. These…

Automating your grow operations

With increased demand for products and limited space to grow them, the horticulture industry is becoming more technologically advanced through the implementation of automatic farming systems in their grow operations. By using automation in a commercial greenhouse, indoor farm, or in-field operation the commercial grower is able…

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Photo report: Protected Cropping Australia Conference

On forehand Nicky Mann, Chair of Protected Cropping Australia, promissed their biannual conference would be the best one yet and one week after the show it can be concluded she was right. Last week the PCA Conference 2019 wrapped up after three successful days on Queensland's Gold Coast. A total of 575…

Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects demolishes greenhouse that can be largely reused

"It pains to say goodbye to the company my father started fifty years ago"

His greenhouse was still perfectly usable and could have supported cultivation for years to come, but due to the expansion of the Dutch town of Oirschot and the need for housing, Frans van den Heuvel has stopped being a grower since the start of this year. It pains him to say goodbye to the company his…

Preparing to grow bananas in Tajikistan greenhouses

Members of the “Dustobod 2” farm in the Spitamen district of the Republic of Tajikistan intend to build four innovative hectares of hydroponics on 4 hectares by 2021. There,…

US (TX): Take a tour of the UT Norman Hackerman Building rooftop Greenhouse

Take a look inside the 16,000-square foot energy efficient greenhouse built on the roof of the University of Texas at Austin’s Norman Hackerman Building. The Greenhouse includes eight separate compartments containing individual controls to vary the temperature, humidity, supplemental growth lighting and…

Research into the impact of agroecological practices on greenhouse vegetable production

In greenhouses, where intensive systems are widely used for organic production, the differences between “conventionalized” and agroecological approaches are especially evident. Among the agronomic practices, green manure from agroecological service crops (ASCs) and organic amendments represent the main…

Irish Farmer's Association releases July fruit and vegetables report

According to the Irish Farmer's Association, the season began well this year with excellent light levels reported over the winter months and early spring, this however, deteriorated in April and early May. During these months poor light levels were experienced and temperatures were below average which…

Debate over heated greenhouses heats up in France

France: No more heated organic greenhouse crops sold in winter

Growing organic vegetables in a heated greenhouse. According to various French organizations this is a complete contradiction, but according to the European organic certification rules there's nothing wrong with it. Today the French decided it will remain possible to grow organic in heated greenhouses -…

"Hot temperatures are causing the production of tomatoes to slow down"

In Poland the season for greenhouse tomatoes is currently in full swing. All in all it appears to be a promising season, but the ever rising temperatures could cause issues for the produce in the long term. For one Polish exporter, the need for a good marketing plan for pink tomatoes is currently on his…

Cultivation advice on water and fertilization: what is the wiggle room for increasing sodium figures?

Research has confirmed that growers can work with a higher sodium concentration in their root environment. This is especially true when, during cultivation, the EC increases in which case the amount of sodium can also increase. Take for example bell peppers which can increase to 10 millimoles per liter,…

Global CEA Census launched to help drive agriculture industry forward

Global automation specialist Autogrow and New York based Agritecture Consulting are appealing to growers to take part in the inaugural Global CEA Census. The Census seeks to understand the scale and nature of Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) to better determine the roadblocks to accelerating the…


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