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Luray grower uses topless high tunnels to feed community year round

A retired nurse is growing food for her community using a unique form of greenhouse. Alice Hill of rural Luray literally wrote the book on the use of topless high tunnels: 'Grow Topless: A Modified High Tunnel Design for Headache Free Extended-Season Gardening', which was published in 2019. Hill has been…

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Setting the course for protected cropping

A strategy to provide direction and support for crops grown under shelter in Australia has been launched. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the Australian Protected Cropping Strategy 2021-2030 is a pathway for the industry to develop. “Protected cropping is a very…

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The growth cycle of plants in a hydroponic farm

Hydroponic farming doesn’t require soil and it is considered to be a more environment-friendly manner of growing food. Here is a visual journey of how seed pellets are nurtured to produce kale.

Utilizing space efficiently with hydroponic farming in the UAE

Rooftops, kitchens, gardens, and other spaces can be developed hydroponically for growing vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumber, okra, eggplant, capsicum, beans, and gourds, as well as leafy greens.  "Since 2017, we, at GreenOponics Agricultural Services LLC, have evolved into a premier hydroponics solutions…

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Breeder Q&A: All about basil

While basil is popular with consumers and economically important for the industry, the culinary herb has yet to benefit from the intensive research treatment enjoyed by crops such as corn, wheat, and soy. It is also no secret that the pipeline of new degreed or experienced talent simply is not flowing as freely as it did in…

"Pay extra attention to water quality during crop changeover"

The crop changeover in greenhouse horticulture is in full swing again. This is invariably the moment for Glastuinbouw Nederland and the water boards to once again draw attention to water quality during crop rotation. The water used for cleaning can contain nutrients and crop protection agents and should…

China: Breeding in an RV, where plants in all latitudes around the world can grow

It looks like an RV, through the windows, the purple, red, and blue light are shown inside. In the RV, new shoots of perilla, rosemary, and Leontopodium alpinum sprouted on the shelves. It turns out that this is a plant factory located in the Amway (China) Plant Research and Development Center in Wuxi.…

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China: "Everything in the greenhouse can be controlled anytime and anywhere"

Walking in the greenhouses of the Jinxian Agricultural Development Smart Agriculture Project in the East of China, you are met with clusters of tomatoes hanging on the branches. Outside the greenhouse, Liu Zian, the project leader, is remotely controlling the equipment in the greenhouse via his mobile…

PepsiCo launches MENA edition of Greenhouse Accelerator program

PepsiCo has partnered with the UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) to launch the former’s first greenhouse accelerator program in the MENA region. As part of the partnership, MOCCAE will offer technical and strategic mentors to applicants participating in the program and amplify…

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New hydroponic greenhouse offers new way to feed Dayton’s food bank

Dozens of rows of small green seedlings are peeking through the dirt, hoping soon to blossom into a small forest of lettuce and leafy greens. Dayton’s Beverly K. Greenhouse is beginning to grow at the Foodbank as the first batch of vegetables takes root in the months-old facility. The 6,000 square-foot…

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Quebec greenhouses eye native blue-green bee for increasing food production

A small native bee could help make Quebec's north less dependent on fruit and vegetables flown in at a high cost. Researchers at the Boreal Forest Experimentation and Development Center in Baie-Comeau, Quebec, are studying whether the Osmia Tersula bee could help grow food in greenhouses in northern…

"Building more greenhouses would mitigate Canadian consumption needs"

The global supply-chain shortage has left many sectors struggling, including local supermarkets. Executive director and general manager of Ontario GreenHouse Vegetable Growers, Joseph Sbrocchi, relays the importance of developing year-round greenhouses, and how it could help Canadians.

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India’s foray into hydroponics: will it usher in a new green revolution?

Big drug companies such as Himalaya, Dabur, and Patanjali are already using hydroponically cultivated herbs in their concoctions. Simultaneously, there has been a dramatic increase in new-age hydroponic farms and start-ups that are leveraging this technique and taking the agriculture industry to the next…

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Montana Family Farms: Farm to School programs grow themselves

The nationwide movement of taking locally grown foods straight from the farm right to school lunch plates called 'Farm to School' is picking up momentum across Montana due to supply chain issues and staffing shortages caused by Covid-19 implications. Montana Farm to School Coordinator Aubree Roth said…

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Indian school group in UAE teaches vegetable growing

Although many think of the UAE as a desert country with arid land, students of an Indian school group here have created history by learning farming in their schools and harvesting more than 7.4 tons of vegetables over the past five years. Having taught farming as part of the CBSE curriculum for the last…

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Nevada grower produces rare edible plant in his driveway

Sea Ice, Sea Stix, and Akulikuli are just a handful of edible plants you have probably never heard of, but that is exactly why local agriculture enthusiast Brian Harasha and his family chose to produce them. Brian is producing more than a dozen pounds of produce per week, which he grows in either a…

Going green: Saving water and making money in Greenback

In Greenback, Tennessee, a family farm turns a profit by saving water. Eco-Rich said its lettuce tastes better, lasts longer, and could help cities struggling to feed their people. “We can produce over a ton of lettuce a week, and lettuce doesn’t weigh much,” Eco-Rich Farm’s co-owner Jeff Dean said. “If…

India: College student starts hydroponic farm

When Tirupati-based Sandeep Kannan graduated college in 2020, most of his friends and classmates were thinking about moving out of their town to explore career prospects in other cities. Others wanted government jobs. “I was among them and started preparing for civil service examinations. Later, I…

Remarkable: 'Poop' tomatoes grow on UK shore

So much raw sewage is pouring into the sea near holiday beaches on the Kent coast that hundreds of ‘poop’ tomatoes are growing on the shoreline and from seeds in the human excrement, say appalled residents.   They have reported the sight of ripe tomatoes at Pegwell Bay in Kent, along a stretch that has been the center…

Chinese research institutes cooperate in greenhouse project

In the 2.5-hectare glass greenhouse of Jintang Agriculture in Langxia Town, Shanghai, a greenhouse is constructed. Jintang Agriculture and the Shanghai Academy of Agricultural Sciences have cooperated in two agricultural science and technology projects, and also received the support of the local…

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China: Vegetable "oasis" in the desert

 In the Badain Jaran Desert, North China, where the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center is located, the staff ate the tomatoes just harvested from the vegetable factory in the base. The vegetable factory here requires no soil, no pesticides, and diverse varieties. It only takes 35 days from sowing to harvesting.…

Leaf area index: definition and importance in crop production

Leaf area index (LAI) is a key variable used in horticultural studies involving the relation between crop growth and yield. This variable can be a very useful tool when looking to evaluate the performance of your crop. What is LAI?LAI represents the structural attributes of the leaf components estimated…

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Hydroponic hop growing in Chinese greenhouse

Jintang Agricultural Technology Development, and Budweiser Grouph are cooperating in planting and producing hops. The first trial of soilless cultivation was a great success. Mr. Jan Clysner, Vice President of Budweiser Asia Pacific Purchasing and Sustainability, said that this is the first large-scale…

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US (VA): Welcome to the college jungle

Sprinkled across the campus of the College of William and Mary are dozens of manicured flower beds, potted plants, and decorative trees. Though they often appear in admissions brochures, most current students barely stop to glance at the landscaping, let alone wonder where it comes from, but if they were…

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Patriot Guardens farmer now featured at local restaurants

When Nikki Parker began growing her vegetable garden a few years ago, she did not dream that her produce eventually would be featured at popular local restaurants. Thanks to connections made through Patriot Guardens, an agricultural initiative of the West Virginia National Guard, Parker’s Four Arrows…

Growing hydroponics in the Israeli desert

This profitable hydroponic business by Teshuva Agricultural Projects, is located in Israel. In a 500 m2 tunnel with a full hydroponic system, packing station, and support mobile app, several crops are grown. 

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The world’s most expensive spice grows in a greenhouse in North Plains, Oregon

In the green, rolling hills of North Plains, where established family farms increasingly share the land with multimillion-dollar estates, the world’s most expensive spice is being grown inside two nondescript greenhouses. Saffron, also known as red gold, in part because it costs more per ounce than…

More spread out growing now and hopefully back to 'normal' later this winter?

More than growers might care to, they have had to deal with energy prices recently, which are so high that cultivation adaptations are necessary. But what adaptations exactly? And do you coordinate energy around your crop or should it be the other way round? Horti-Consult International's seven-strong…

Belgium supermarket introduces new crop:

"Greenhouse ginger has a stronger flavor than imported ginger"

In Belgium, CRU is now offering prime fresh ginger on its markets. It is grown locally and sustainably. It is also cultivated pesticide-free and with a minimum of organic fertilizers. The ginger has a stronger flavor than imported ginger. Also, its carbon footprint is kept as low as possible. This prime ginger is…

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Scientists say: phloem

Phloem is a type of plant tissue that distributes sugars that leaves make during photosynthesis to the rest of the plant. These sugars are the plant’s food, and just like people can overeat, plants can make more sugars than they need at a certain time. When this happens, plants can stash excess food in storage organs, such as…

Growers make their own climate screens

Growers use many tools in their greenhouses, but most will probably never see how they are made. Aad Hendriks and Hani Mohammad from Growers BV, however, did not only see how their energy screens were made; they were allowed to start the knitting machines and thus the production of their screens…

Terrestrial fungus may be key to farming in space

Mold is something that most people try to avoid, but NASA may soon welcome a certain type of mold aboard its spacecraft. On long-distance space voyages of the future, astronauts will have to grow some of their own food. That could be problematic, as there is notoriously little unused space aboard ships…

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Farms of al-Abbas holy shrine, Iraq, present their autumn crops

The Department of Agricultural Affairs and Livestock Resources of the Al-Kafeel Company for Public Investments, one of the companies of the al-Abbas's holy shrine, announced that its farms have started supplying their vegetable crops for the autumn season to the local market, supplying them with the…

German restaurants are growing their own produce

At De Kas in Amsterdam, you can dine out among greenhouses. In around 2000, it was considered to be one of the very first farm-to-fork restaurants in the Netherlands, and now, a few years later, even restaurant formulas such as Vapiano, La Place, and Subway started cultivating their own herbs. They do so…

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Civil engineer grows hops hydroponically on a rooftop in Johannesburg, South Africa

Construction engineer Khaya Maloney grows hops – the key ingredient in beer – hydroponically on a rooftop on Johannesburg's Constitution Hill. Maloney, who studied civil engineering, worked in the corporate sector for a year and just knew he did not like it. He had always been interested in…

New cucumber greenhouse constructed in Australia

Watch how the most recent Flavorite glasshouse is built and how it becomes home to a delicious cucumber crop. For more information:Flavorite+61 409 528 489reception@flavorite.com.au www.flavoritetomatoes.com.au 

November: A Fresh Start

A clean slate is a perfect start for a new crop. But how do you realize the cleanest greenhouse? What kind of schemes will you apply? And what kind of things should you bear in mind when taking the crop out and preparing for a new crop? While the end of the year is nearing, we're focusing on the start of the season. Youngplants,…

“In the U.S. we see a real explosive opportunity for hydroponics”

Alex Fisher is the founder of Saturn Bioponics, a creator of soilless crop production technology. “It’s about bringing the crop out of the soil in order to increase the density,” he says. Fisher started Saturn Bioponics back in 2011, describing it as “a long and painful journey.” He had been involved in…

Researchers develop new robot pollinator to assist in greenhouse

The shortage of natural pollinators, such as bees, is threatening global food production around the world. Researchers at West Virginia University have come up with a plan B to this decline in pollinators by creating a robotic pollinator. A team led by Yu Gu, associate professor in the Department of…

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Building an ecosystem at Bouldin Food Forest

In 2015, Ben McConnell planted a forest in his front yard in Bouldin Creek. "It was probably close to 30 different trees that I planted, smaller trees, all sorts of fruit trees." The next year, as the operation grew, he bought a farm in Rogers, just outside Temple. Five years later, Bouldin Food Forest…

Plant Empowerment publishes third edition of book

‘Plant Empowerment, The Basic Principles’ has sold more than 6,000 copies so far. Therefore, a third edition has now been published.  Third edition publishedPlant Empowerment is a data-driven growing philosophy that aims to facilitate higher yields and better crop quality by focusing on plant balances. At…

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New water technology is making its way across the US to combat drought

If you’re having a salad for lunch today, chances are it comes from the “Salad Bowl of the World,” the farmland that stretches for some 90 miles across California’s Salinas Valley, but none of it would be possible without water, and that is the problem. The Salinas Valley is at the epicenter of a…

UK: Help determine the future of soft fruit pre-breeding research

The views of the UK soft fruit industry, from growers to retailers, could be critical in determining its future, urges NIAB and the James Hutton Institute. The two research organizations are developing a business case for the establishment of a Soft Fruit Genetic Improvement Network, following in the…

Harvesting the first peppers in space

NASA offers a weekly update on what is happening aboard the International Space Station. Watch them talk about their pepper plants growing in space here:  

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Palestinians transform Bethlehem rooftop with innovative hydroponic farming

On a rooftop in Bethlehem, Palestinians are using innovative farming techniques to grow cucumbers. Under an opaque white tent, cucumbers are concealed behind large green leaves stretching to the ceiling. The crop stands beside tall tomato plants, while pots of mint line a low pool and lettuce leaves…

Malaysian TV producer starts aquaponic farm

"I produced TV shows, so why not vegetables"

Like most people who got into organic foods, Michael Christian Simon, founder of Homegrown Productions, just wants his family and himself to eat healthier. “You just want the best for your family, so I put my head down, and thought: ‘hey, you produce TV shows. What’s so different from producing…

Fresh Hema Beijing:

Preparations for China's first organic seedling cultivation base started

According to Fresh Hema, Huaixiang Agriculture, the largest organic vegetable production base in Beijing, has settled in Machangying Town, Pinggu District, where the first…

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Taking care of your plant plugs

Of course, ordering new plants is only half the fun. It is important to know how to take care of those plants in order for them to grow to their full potential. Below is a list of tips for making the best of your plant plugs. Unpack your plants as soon as they arrive, even if you do not have time to plant them up straight away –…

Preventing heat stress in indoor commercial growth

When temperatures rise, you are not the only one who feels the heat. Plants suffer when temperatures rise, especially if it is for an extended time: it can cause irreversible damage by way of plant function or development. Heat stress is not simply droopy leaves, but can also show up as, for example,…

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Leafy vegetables grown during dog days in hydroponic farm

In the scorching summer, some leafy vegetables in greenhouses are already wilted before the dog days. Many farmers stop growing leafy vegetables in July and will replant them when it cools down, but in an 8 hectare vegetable base in Jugezhuang Town, Miyun District, Beijing, the water spinach and amaranth…

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Israel: Taking away the hurdles for growers to start indoor vanilla orchid cultivation

“Growing vanilla is more complex than growing ornamental orchids, yet the demand for vanilla is increasing and it is a profitable crop for growers,” explain Motti Sharon from Argos and Shay Lhermann from Top Greenhouses. That is why the two have been working together closely to develop a greenhouse…

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Growers in Bangladesh successfully cultivate watermelons on floating platforms

For the first time in Gopalganj, local farmers have successfully grown off-season watermelons by using a modern agricultural method called the “floating platform.” The farmers’ joy at seeing the results of the unconventional approach was boundless as watermelons are usually harvested during the dry…

The other greenhouse effect: self-care for astronauts

There’s growing evidence that gardening on Earth has both physical and mental benefits. However, so far there has been little research into the psychological benefits of gardening in space. In this podcast, Emma the Space Gardener explores anecdotal evidence that suggests we should ensure long-duration…

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Brimato: a grafted plant that grows both tomato and eggplant

The agricultural scientists at the Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi successfully develop the Brimato – a grafted plant that yields both eggplants (brinjal) and tomatoes. Each plant yields up to 2.3 kilograms of tomato and 2.64 kilos of eggplants. Plans are afoot for its large-scale…

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Rwanda: Vertically stacked strawberry farm focusing on hydroponics

Rwanda needs at least Rwf 68.5 billion in the next two years or so to invest in hydroponic farming. The Ministry of Agriculture says it has earmarked 38.1 hectares on which to conduct hydroponic farming by 2024 as it steps up efforts to increase food production. However, in order to achieve its…

American organic crop delivers same production as regular in test at Dutch grower

In the greenhouse of cucumber grower Herman Keijzers in Veldhoven, tests have been carried out with VitalFluid's natural nitrogen. The test involved a 'standard' USDA organic cucumber crop. In his greenhouse, the grower achieved the same productivity in the USDA organic crop as in the traditional crop,…

IPS company tour showcases cultivation in climate cell to plant breeders

Plant breeders had a great time during the International Propagation Seminar. After day 1, with a number of interesting lectures about which we already published a (photo) report, day 2 was all about company visits to Certhon and De Ruiter (or to Artechno and Rijk Zwaan for the other group). On behalf of…

China: nutrient liquid film hydroponics in solar greenhouse

In the Juhaikuo Vegetable Cultivation Cooperative in Miyun District, Beijing, the greenhouse is full of plants, the growth is gratifying, and the production in the park is in full swing, despite it being the hottest period of the year. Since the transplanting in early July, both water spinach and…

Swiss berries grown under photovoltaic installation

Is it possible to feed citizens and the grid at the same time? The construction of insolagrin Conthey in Valais (Switzerland), a solar power plant, provides some elements of an answer. The first raspberries from the project were harvested in late summer, launching a four-year program to analyze and…

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New wastewater discharge regulations cause concern among Mexico’s growers

In September the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced stricter wastewater discharge regulations, with the first update of the so-called Official Mexican Standard NOM-001-SEMARNAT-2021 in 25 years. Environmental groups applaud the new regulations; agricultural and industry…

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Addressing sustainable food production and consumption in Malaysia

In early 2019, 20 acres of undeveloped land were repurposed in Sunway City Ipoh for food and agriculture. This led to the establishment of the Sunway Organic Farm.  The concept of organic farming came from Sunway Group founder and chairman, Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah, who hails from Pusing, Perak, and was appointed…

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"Let's have pride in Singapore-grown produce"

When it comes to food production, Singapore has a specific goal. While the country will continue to diversify its food import sources, it aims to ramp up local production so it can meet 30 percent of the country's nutritional needs by 2030. Achieving this level of self-sufficiency will help guard against…

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"Fall in Florida is primetime for growing lettuce at home hydroponically"

Harvested on more than 342,000 acres across the nation, lettuce represents a $2 billion industry mostly situated in California, Arizona, and Florida, according to the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Census Data. In Florida, more than 10,000 acres of lettuce are harvested during cool and short days…

Luffa: a niche vegetable for food and eco-sponges

Luffa is a vegetable of the pumpkin family which resembles a large cucumber or zucchini. It is grown mainly for the production of natural dishcloths and sponges, and it is not yet widely known in cooking, despite a number of beneficial properties for health. The plant is thought to originate in Northwest…

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Women in space

This week (Oct 4-10) is World Space Week, a global event celebrating science and technology, and their contribution to improving the human condition. This year the theme is “Women in Space”, and thousands of participants in over 90 countries will be celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women to the space sector…

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The story of Trevor Kenkel, an aquaponic farmer and business man

Growing up in Montana, Trevor Kenkel liked fishing at a creek near his house, but eventually, the wildlife disappeared due to chemical effluent from a nearby farm. In reaction, he looked into organic gardening and came upon aquaponics, a chemical-free system in which waste produced by farmed fish…

Home Growers South Africa:

“From home growers to schools, charities and corporations, our products are open to anyone”

“Vertical farming is only one aspect of what we do; we cover a wide variety of sustainable growing and focus on edible plants. Many others focus either on cannabis or ornamental plants in garden centers, but we decided to focus on the sustainable and organic growing segment,” says Cassian Davis, owner of…

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Welsh green-tech firm launches climate controlled mini greenhouses

Harvst is a green-tech startup in Cardigan, West Wales. They have now launched a new range of climate-controlled mini-greenhouses for anyone who wants to grow greens, herbs, and salads at home, all of the time. The new range comes as the UK continues to face supply chain issues with their food supply,…

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Ship will collect CO2 for greenhouses

Value Maritime has developed an onboard CO₂ Capture and Storage solution for the Maritime Industry. A Capture Module captures CO₂ from the vessel's exhaust and uses the CO₂ to charge a CO₂ Battery; a CO₂ storage facility on which CO₂ can be charged and discharged. The Capture module will be integrated…

Energy-efficient raspberry cultivation in the winter?

CO2 dosing of raspberry crops in the winter has almost zero effect on production and quality. That is according to the Netherlands' Fruit Growers Organization (NFO). More light does mean more production. But there are vast differences per variety and plant. This is evident from a study done by Wageningen…

The impacts of introducing hydroponics to Libya’s farms

Libya’s agrarian community is small. The country has a desert climate, so the land is not typically fertile enough to sustain Libya’s farms. Due to this, more than 690,000 Libyans struggle with food insecurity. However, a new hydroponic farm in Libya hopes to enhance agriculture techniques. This is a…

Asaja states that the price of Almeria type cucumbers has dropped by 81%

Almeria's horticultural campaign starts with 45% lower prices compared to the previous one

The horticultural campaign has started in the province of Almeria with prices that, according to Asaja, are 45% lower than those recorded in the previous campaign. According…

Turning waste into an income stream

Whitsundays region project turns surplus tomatoes and capsicums into high value powders

In Queensland’s Whitsundays region, the Bowen Gumlu Growers Association represents farmers who produce up to 40 percent of Australia’s yearly tomato and capsicum crops. Every…

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New tomatoes selected from 'ancient' genetic material

Lamboseeds has introduced new tomato varieties over the past few months, developed thanks to breeding activities that lasted a decade. At Macfrut, Sandro Colombi represented the company with an exhibition that impressed operators. "We eliminated the distance between researchers and consumers. For our latest…

Singapore: New accreditation scheme underway for pesticide-free vegetables

Work is being done on a new accreditation program to certify farms in Singapore that meet the national guidelines of producing pesticide-free and sustainably grown vegetables.…

Pedro Paniagua, of Cobella: "In a matter of half an hour, everything was flooded".

Storm in Spanish province of Huelva hits Campo de Lepe, Cartaya, and La Redondela

The storm that hit Lepe, Cartaya, La Redondela, and Ayamonte last Thursday has caused considerable damages to the residents of these municipalities of the Spanish province of Huelva. As far as the agricultural sector is concerned, the damage to farms has also been significant. In the case of strawberries,…

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Muzarabani tomato project prospers

Small-scale farmers in Muzarabani are using portions of land to maximize horticultural production. They mainly focus on tomatoes to earn extra income. Tomatoes thrive in warm…

New accreditation scheme being developed for S'pore farms

A new accreditation program is being developed to certify farms in Singapore that meet the national guidelines of producing pesticide-free and sustainably-grown vegetables, Enterprise Singapore (ESG) said on Monday (Sep 27). The new program – to be drawn up by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC),…

Flex Singapore launches rooftop farming initiative at Kallang

In keeping with the Singapore Government's goal of producing nearly 30% of the country's nutritional needs by 2030, Flex Singapore's site in Kallang has converted its rooftop into a pesticide-free farm. The 10,000 square feet area has been converted into a rooftop farm using a bio-hydroponics carbon…

Dutch companies raided for making their own remedy against ToBRFV

Detectives of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority NVWA-IOD searched the premises of 2 companies and a house in South Holland on Tuesday 21 September. These two companies are suspected of cooperating in producing and using an unauthorized substance to combat the highly contagious…

Drought-hit Jordan leaves farmers and officials facing tough choices

Brown, rubbish-filled water flows slowly along an irrigation canal near Jordan's border with Israel. Shepherds by the side of the channel use the same water for their sheep. "The water has been getting dirtier, and it's level lower," says one shepherd, Samer Mansour, 24. "It is our only source of water."…

"It is of the utmost importance that robots are economically feasible"

Ridder adds robotics to its portfolio with MetoMotion investment

“Our goal is the autonomous greenhouse. Over the last couple of years, we’ve built a portfolio consisting of greenhouse technology products contributing to this goal; robots too can be a big part of this development,” says Joep van den Bosch, CIO with Ridder. Today, they reveal that since 2019 they have…

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IN: growing hydroponic vegetables on a floating island

Majuli is the largest river island in the world. Majuli, in the northeastern state of Assam, is a 553-sq-km island in the Brahmaputra River. Around 1,70,000 people belonging to 11 ethnic groups live on the island. Irshad Ali, the sub-divisional agricultural officer for Majuli, said that around 9,270…

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There's now a farm and orchard on top of the Javits Center

Way atop New York City's massive convention center is a one-acre farm and a 10,000 square foot orchard that grows fruit. You wouldn't know it to look at the Javits Center, but it's now home to a green roof farm that will grow up to 40,000 lbs of produce per year. Brooklyn Grange, the New York City-based…

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US (WI): Man creates aquaponic farm by himself

Nestled in the forest off Highway 8 east of Laona sits Wild River Harvests farm. A newly built pole building and greenhouse catch your eye as you come up the driveway, but inside is not what you’d likely expect. “I think it looked like I was a mad scientist in the backyard building a rocket ship. They…

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Israeli avocado plants are growing in India

In 2016, undergraduate business student Harshit Godha ran across an article that inspired a dream: establishing one of India’s first commercial avocado orchards. Wanting to learn from Israeli experts how to do this in his hometown of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, whose climate is similar to Israel’s, Godha…

Caitlin Tierney, Frances Dillard and Victor Savanello discuss

How to make 'greenhouse grown' relevant for the consumer?

How do retailers market indoor-grown produce? Does the consumer know the difference between produce that’s grown indoors versus outdoors? If so, does the consumer care? This article summarizes a panel discussion on the Growth of Controlled Environment Agriculture from a retailer/consumer perspective that…

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Kampong Chhnang’s hydroponic farm garners support from customers

A hydroponic farm in Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia, saw customer satisfaction and support grow for its organic crops. This is another sign of changes in the country’s agricultural practices. Eden Hydroponic Farm, located in Chrey Bak commune in the Rolea Bier District, has garnered support from customers for…

Irrigation tool helps growers get more "crop for their drop"

Three upcoming Irrigation Field Days will give Tasmanian farmers the opportunity to test out a new irrigation tool that uses local weather data to enhance water budgets and irrigation scheduling decisions. Developed by the Centre for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland, the…

Growers united in Belgian ToBRFV project

Belgium's Agricultural and Fishery Department is allocating €4.5 million. That is for innovative, renewed agricultural and horticultural projects. It has approved 46 such…

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What if food could build biodiversity and tackle climate change?

Fast-moving consumer goods companies (FMCGs) and retailers have the power to make nature-positive food that's good for farmers and business mainstream, writes the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. FMCGs and retailers have a substantial influence on the food system. For example, in the EU and UK, 40% of…

FAO promotes sustainable production of fruit and vegetables

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD) launched an important publication supporting the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables 2021 today. Vitamin, mineral and fiber-rich,…

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Growing pitaya in Northwest China

  In the Limin Farmers Professional Cooperative in the Wanwan Community, Northwest China, workers were weighing and packing the newly picked pitaya. In the pitaya greenhouse, brightly colored, huge and fresh pitaya fruits are all over the branches. August is the fruit-bearing period for the pitaya of the Limin Farmers…

Guy De Meyer, Demargro:

“Belgian strawberry quality is unrivalled”

"This year hasn't been the greatest for quality in the Belgian soft fruit sector," says Guy de Meyer of Demargro. "The cold weather means woody, soft fruit's quality was poorer than normal. The supply lagged, resulting in relatively high prices. That, in turn, meant lower consumer uptake." However, the…

First half of 2021

"Of all Dutch fruit-vegetables, eggplants are performing worst"

Price-wise, most Dutch greenhouse vegetables got off to a good start this year. This, however, did not continue, partly due to COVID-19. Price formations are reverting to their usual…

Stone wool mat will soon be bricks again

The end of the traditional greenhouse cultivation season is approaching. This means that the crop rotation is back in the picture, and stone wool slabs are being removed en…

Raising the raspberries helped Dutch grower use less crop protection

"Higher cultivation prevents many pathogens from reaching the plant"

Joost Derks is responsible for propagating the raspberry and blackberry long canes at Het Broek Substrate Plants B.V. His other responsibilities include organizational tasks, such as planning, fertilizing, and crop care. A versatile role, which continually challenges him to examine his profession as a…

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Financing a sustainable global food system

The global food system is unsustainable. While it is worth approximately $8 trillion annually, its negative impact is valued at roughly $12 trillion. And this is not the system’s only contradiction. Around the world, food systems are affected by climate change (due to disruptive weather and rising…

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Filtered sewage water used for indoor farms

The capacity of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE) to be a key enhancer of the nation’s food security was explored at a workshop held yesterday, with the activity outlining a specialist research project that is being conducted in the UAE. Undertaken by four main partners; the UAE-based International Center…

China: New-season pepper production has decreased in Jinxiang, further boosting prices

The current pepper planting area in Jinxiang has been stable at about 26,000 hectares all year round. The adjustment of the planting area is mainly due to the increase or…

University garden thriving again after yearlong COVID shutdown

From March 2020 to this past May, the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s UW-Sprout Garden lay fallow, its once-carefully tended rows choked out by 6-foot-tall weeds. Twelve-foot-tall raspberries towered over the fence, and flowering bulbs, like garlic, overcrowded. The one-fifth acre garden on the north…

Can Tomatoes Grow on the Moon?

Mankind has always been fascinated by the universe. Scientists are always trying to learn more and more about the universe. However, with a size of more than 46,000 million light-years (equivalent to…

15 calculators to help you grow

The Greenhouse Growers Toolbox App, developed by Graeme Smith Consulting, is a suite of 15 calculators. The company is pleased to advise of an update to their Greenhouse Growers Toolbox App that is now available in both IOS and Android versions. "This updated app is intended to be an industry resource to meet the needs of…

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Dutch tomato growers switch to cucumber crop

After completion of the new Growers United Maasdijk packaging site, the packaging activities of Prominent Maasland, Green Diamonds Packing, DC Sweetpoint and Purple Pride were gradually brought together at this new site. The certification process has largely been completed and the audits have been…

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"I was a hydroponic expert, but I could not ignore the aquaculture side"

The waterwise and environmentally-friendly aquaponics farming method used at FinLeaf Farm maximizes productivity on a small two-hectare piece of land and could be the answer to achieving food security and sustainable agriculture. Integrated Aquaculture Group, which specializes in operating and building…

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Vacant lot in South Dallas food desert transformed into urban farm for new growers

A vacant lot near a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station in South Dallas will soon come to life as an urban farm. And that is just planting a seed for more. Restorative Farms, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to creating community-centric farm systems, runs an existing training farm that’s near the…

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Vertically cultivated mushrooms are blossoming in Brussels’ cellars

“Once the summer break is over, our 10 growing rooms, consisting of 1000m2 in total, will be fully occupied and deliver 1000kg of mushrooms a month in total for 4000kg coffee grounds recycled,” says Julie Jacqmain, Production- and communication manager at Permafungi. “About four rooms are in use now, as…

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Using a CRISPR/Cas9 system in vegetatively propagated berry crops

Fruit and berry crops, as well as grapes, are important parts of the human diet and, at the same time, significant objects of genetic, breeding, biochemical and nutritional research. Traditional approaches to crop research and improvement are now complemented by effective modern genetic technologies. In…

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Zambia: Youth changing lives one plant at a time

Just like millions of teenagers around the world, Daniel has a dream: to help make the world a better place. Having just turned 16, he recognizes one of Zambia’s biggest challenges: food systems are not robust enough to meet the needs of the population. “When I grow up, I want to use technology to…

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Space chilies are blooming marvellous

Over our heads, on the International Space Station, chili peppers are blooming and being hand-pollinated by astronauts. There are four pepper plants growing in the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH). NASA astronaut Megan McArthur posted pictures of them starting to flower. Plant researchers at NASA’s Kennedy…

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“Urban agriculture is the future of agriculture"

US Rep. Bobby Rush introduces legislation for urban agriculture

U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, announced the introduction of the Urban Agriculture and Community Food Security Act (H.R. 5173), legislation that would establish two new programs to bolster urban agriculture in communities across the nation. Joining Rep.…

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22-year-old student pioneers hydroponic farming in Rwanda

Many students go to university but few think about creating businesses that can even help them afford some basic needs at school.   Marie Aline Iraguha, a 22-year-old young female student currently second year African Leadership University, has beaten the odds by founding AliFarms Group Ltd, an agribusiness that…

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Dozens of growers compete in Spain’s ‘ugliest tomato’ contest

Spain's 'ugliest tomato' award, celebrated every year in northern Tudela, has had tomato growers scrambling to find the right product. Dozens of ugly tomatoes competed for the award of this 14th edition, decided by a popular jury. The type of tomato, known as "Ugly tomato of Tudela", is an old tomato of…

How to create sufficient evaporation

"Always keep your plants active"

To grow strong resilient crops we need to empower the plants to bring the needed elements to support this building process. We can do this easily by making sure that there is a sufficient rate of evaporation. During the daytime, the energy from the sun will guarantee there is sufficient evaporation. But during nighttime and/or…

Two branches of plant immune response closely linked

Like animals, plants need to be on a constant lookout to recognize and respond to invasion by microbes. Plant immunity consists of two branches – the initial defense begins with the detection of invaders by receptors at the cell surface, while a second alarm pathway is triggered by receptors within the…

Internet of Things monitoring of rocket growth supplemented by LEDs lighting

In this study, the Internet of Things (IoT) was employed for monitoring the growth parameters of rocket (Eruca sativa) plants cultivated in a greenhouse under supplemental LEDs lighting. Red (R), blue (B) and the combination red and blue in different ratios (75R:25B, 50R:50B, 25R:75B), were employed, as…

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"A new highlight at this autumn demo is cos lettuce for hydroponic production"

A warm welcome to Rijkzwaan's Hydro Demo, which is taking place from 20 September to 1 October 2021, close to their open-field demo in Fijnaart. "We are expecting it to attract just as much interest as our very first Hydro Demo that was held in June of this year. A new highlight at this autumn demo is…

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Student business turns waste water into plant growth

On many farms, "poop water," or the wastewater from livestock, ends up in large manure lagoons. However, Lemna, a 2020 startup co-founded by ASU alumnus Travis Andren, is working to revolutionize the idea of waste in animal farming by turning this poop water into plants. Lemna, operated by a trio of ASU…

Vegetative and productive responses of tabasco pepper to fertigation and plastic mulching

The use of plastic mulching and high-frequency hydroponic drip irrigation (intensive production methods) watering cycle may increase tabasco pepper crop production per unit area. To test this hypothesis, two randomized block experiments were conducted in a greenhouse, using a 2 × 4 factorial scheme with…

Complex event processing methods for greenhouse control

In the greenhouse environment, the application of complex event processing (CEP) technology can effectively tackle the problem of recognition of the complex patterns that…

Philippines: city plant nursery eyed as training hub for urban farming

The local government and the regional office of the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Western Visayas are preparing this city’s Uswag Plant Nursery in Barangay Tacas in Jaro district as a venue for training and showcase on urban farming. City Agriculturist Iñigo Garingala said that in February this year,…

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US: Let’s see how farmers grow chili peppers

When it comes to choosing chili peppers, farmer James Weaver can do it without gloves, but some of his customers are more sensitive capsaicin, a chemical that can heat and give a burning sensation to chili peppers, and need protection from it. “I don’t mind because my hands are pretty used to it, but I…

Riccio di Parma tomatoes weigh in at 1.2 kg each

The harvest of the Riccio di Parma tomato, an ancient variety that has been rediscovered and could become a widespread crop in the hills of Parma, is underway. Currently, three companies have joined the project, but the cultivation is open to other interested parties as well. "This year we are growing about…

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Zimbabwe: Mother and daughters practice hydroponics in their backyard

“In Zimbabwe, we have a mentality that the youth has, they think that you need lots of land to be able to start a farming business, so this has been very good, you know, with a little bit of space you can actually produce a lot of vegetables and produce which you can use to generate an income,”…

Dutch strawberry plant grower shares experience with UV pesticide

In the Netherlands, Plantenkwekerij Kapteijns propagates strawberry plants in a greenhouse. A spray boom regularly 'flies' over the crop. This is no longer an unusual occurrence for the grower. He has been using UV crop protection for years. In 2012, the nursery's Piet-Hein Kapteijns contacted…

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"Consumers are able to recognize the differences between hydroponically and conventionally grown tomatoes"

"Hydroponics is a more environmentally friendly and economical way of growing crops that allows crops to be grown year-round. Tomatoes grown in this way should have a more pronounced aroma and flavor, and the fact that they are harvested at the ripe stage should also be reflected in the fresh red color…

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Mini Symposium on pepper quality

The pepper world is rapidly developing. With the introduction of sweet pointed peppers and the ever-increasing demands of consumers, pepper quality has become even more important. "With the choices we make in the quality we have an impact on the lives of millions of consumers. Every step in the bell pepper supply chain has…

Growing on Mars: Soil is not the problem

If humans want to live on Mars for a longer period it will be necessary to grow their own crops there. And what is more logical than growing the crops in a greenhouse on the surface, profiting from the sunlight, as seen in many scientific designs and Sci-fi movies? However, will this be possible giving…


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