"New local production chain is courageous economic example"

French politicians Claude de Ganay (Member of the French National Assembly, representing the department of Loiret) and Hugues Saury, Senator of Loiret visited the greenhouse of Adrien Quaak. In the Centre-Val de Loire region, four producers are now growing peppers in heated greenhouses. They are members of…

Japan: Young farmers team up with partners to overcome food safety fears

Kōriyama is situated on a plain in central Fukushima Prefecture, with Mount Adatara towering to the north, the vast waters of Lake Inawashiro to the west, and the wilds of the…

Clarence Mwale – Fair-Mark

The man connecting Zimbabwe's resurgent horticulturalists with the export market

As the only licensed farm assurer for global accreditation in six Southern African countries, Harare-based Clarence Mwale works with 99% of the fresh produce exporters from the English-speaking parts in the region; he also has a Portuguese-speaking colleague who covers Mozambique and Angola. Right:…

Young Nigerian farmer is merging his passion for technology with agriculture using hydroponics.

One young Nigerian farmer is merging his passion for technology with agriculture using hydroponics. Hydroponics enable Samson Ogbole, lead trainer with the Soilless Farm Lab, to grow his vegetables with minimum inputs, but it isn't welcomed with open arms everywhere.  

New growing block and sensors give grower more certainty on yield quality

"The roots are more evenly distributed through the slab rather than concentrated at the bottom"

Dutch tomato producer Solyco has been working with Grodan’s new Elite stone wool slab since the start of this crop cycle. According to Jack van Schie, head grower at one of the company’s three locations, the combination of this slab with both the Plantop block and the GroSens sensors gives him more…

René Zwinkels, RKW Hyplast

“Many countries choose different greenhouse films because of expensive raw materials”

From expensive raw materials to transportation issues, René Zwinkels started his new job as Sales Manager Export at RKW Hyplast, a Belgian company that produces greenhouse films, five months ago and is immediately faced with some severe challenges. René Zwinkels of RKW Hyplast Customers choose different…

Investors include oil giant Saudi Aramco

$10m investment for Saudi salt-water growers Red Sea Farms

Growing hydroponically using primarily salt water offers major opportunities for the greenhouse industry. That's why Red Sea Farms, a Saudi Arabian AgTech business whose technology enables producers to do so, received a $10 million venture capital investment today from a group of leading Saudi and UAE…

Video: UK's 29 hectare non-fossil greenhouse

ESB Energy partnered with Low Carbon Farming to design, build and manage a renewable heating solution for the UK’s largest greenhouse complex. "Located in East Anglia and covering two sites and 29 Hectares, the project now serves as a critical proof of concept in meeting the challenges of the UK’s…

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Ynsect kicks off construction at its new farm in Amiens

France: First foundation stone laid of third production unit

On May 6, in the presence of Barbara Pompili, Minister of Ecological Transition, Julien Denormandie, Minister of Agriculture and Food & Cedric O, Minister for the Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, Ynsect laid the first foundation stone of Ynfarm its third production unit. The company says…

Wolfgang and Florian Steiner:

"There's no such thing as a home office in vegetable farming"

In Kirchweidach, a small village some 100 kilometers east of Munich and just a stone's throw from the Austrian border, lie the farms of brothers Wolfgang and Florian Steiner. They grow conventional and organic fruit vegetables, in cooperation with REWE Group. The year 2020 went very well for the…

Mexico: 157 acre acquisition announces start of Rising Park

"With the acquisition of 157 acres of land, deep well & water rights, Rising Farms is very happy to announce the birth of Rising Park," shares Pablo Ricaud, president with Rising Farms. By separating real estate from growing, the company wants to expand their greenhouse business rapidly. Realisation of…

"High economic feasibility of growing vanilla in a greenhouse"

Imagine selling the crops grown in your greenhouse for $700 per kg. Sounds good right? It is the actual price of vanilla and it is possible to grow this in a greenhouse. Israeli greenhouse manufacturer Azrom wants to help growers enter this business and offers a complete package including technical and…

Let's play 'Who's the Man?'

British Tomato Fortnight kicks off

On the occasion of the British Tomato Fortnight, we want to invite you to a little game called Who's the Man? We have some hints to help you.  1. He's British 2. He likes tomatoes. Eating them, growing them, showing them. 3. The growing takes part in a 17 hectare site near Southport. 4. He has been growing tomatoes…

French MP visits glasshouse grower

On Monday, Sébastien Cazenove, member of the French National Assembly, Bruno Galan, the mayor of Palau Del Vidre, and his deputy Françoise Darche, were welcomed on the farm of Frédéric and Carine Congost,-Vila, French tomato growers of the company TOM'SUD located in the town Palau Del Vidre.  The visitors…

Lancashire tomato grower bigs up British tomatoes at Blackpool Tower

Everyone has a favourite tomato-based recipe. A cherry-rich salad; a superbly tangy soup; passata perfection; a healthy snack combo; tomatoes on toast... Now, flying the flag for British Tomato Fortnight, grower of top-tier premium tomatoes, Flavourfresh, have come up with their own British-grown recipe…

Cobbledick Produce SA

Exploring the potential for coloured vegetables in the Australian market

A South Australian vegetable grower says there is an untapped market for specialty vegetables such as coloured cauliflower and Romanesco. Cobbledick Produce SA, are sixth-generation market gardeners at Uraidla, in the Adelaide Hills, and co-owner Richard Cobbledick says he was immediately attracted to…

Colin Chapdelaine, president of BC Hothouse

"Steady, controlled greenhouse expansion in British Columbia"

“Our greenhouse industry covers only 0.1% of the available farmland in British Columbia but produces an enormous amount of vegetables. Roughly 12,000 acres would be needed to produce the same tonnage in the field,” says Colin Chapdelaine, president of BC Hothouse. Second only to Ontario, British Columbia…

US: AppHarvest to expand into berries and leafy greens

Appalachian greenhouse company AppHarvest generated $2.3 million in net sales in the first quarter 2021 as it began harvesting from its initial high-tech indoor farm in Morehead, Ky., representing 3.8 million pounds sold with the farm only partially planted as the facility ramped up. “At our flagship…

Technology leads greenhouse farm’s growth

With plenty of agricultural and technological moxie in tow, Jodi and Adrian Roelands are shifting the greenhouse farming industry while sowing their own success story. The proprietors of Roelands Plant Farms in Lambton Shores, Ont., northwest of London, have exponentially grown their business by 500 per…

High-tech greenhouse grows tomatoes with super-low CO2 emission

On the west coast of Finland, a five-year-old semi-closed greenhouse is stocking supermarket shelves with nearly carbon-neutral, high-quality TOV and cherry tomatoes. Agrifutura Tomaatit acquired a study of its climate footprint from LUKE (Natural Resources Institute Finland) in 2021 and despite growing…

RU: first berry production greenhouse built in Kolyma

In Kolyma, Eastern Russia, the Talaya greenhouse complex has been launched. They are planning to grow tomatoes and cucumbers and in addition to that, 0.5 ha have been allocated for strawberries. The ventilated and air-conditioned greenhouses are equipped with fogger systems. The complex is heating with…

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Russian strawberry grower starts harvesting

LLC Vkus Stavropolya, the biggest greenhouse strawberry producer in Russia, has just started harvesting.  This year, the enterprise switched to a year-round system which means that all the berries they grow, except for the Dutch Elsanta variety, will be available nonstop. Last year, the company harvested almost…

Failed harvests pull the plug on soft fruit grower

On May 4, 2021, Van Elteren Tuinbouw from Hoeven was declared bankrupt. The grower grew strawberries, raspberries and asparagus. The grower wasn't able to recover from two…

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NZ: Heather Feetham wins Pukekohe Young Grower competition

Heather Feetham, a 25-year-old production manager at T&G Fresh, has won the 2021 Pukekohe Young Grower competition. The competition tested the four contestant's vegetable and fruit growing knowledge as well as skills needed to be a successful grower. Contestants completed modules in marketing,…

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UltraClima climate technology applied in Lipetsk greenhouses

The Russian greenhouse company Eletskie Ovoschi in the Archangelsk region has started growing lettuce recently. Currently, they are planning to grow over 2 tons of lettuce of 3.5 ha with the application of UltraClima, a technology that enables the greenhouses to ensure the required microclimate all year…

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Ru: Martynovsky greenhouse complex grows 10 thousand tons of cucumbers

The Martynovsky greenhouse complex in the Kurgan region has grown 10 thousand tons of cucumbers within 2020. Within the first four months of this year, the enterprise has produced 4 thousand tons of cucumbers and greenery. “We are planning on reaching full capacity in 2021, which will allow us to…

Canada

Significant interest for Alberta-grown sweet potatoes

One Canadian grower is hoping to build a new industry for the province of Alberta: sweet potatoes. Currently, the Western Canadian province does grow potatoes already. But Stephanie Lessner of Alberta Sweet Potatoes based in Jenner, AB is focusing on supplying sweet potatoes more locally--rather than…

Miyanda Maimbo - Tanaka Farm

Zimbabwean propagator offers seedlings, training and technical support

Tanaka Farm in Zimbabwe are probably best known for their seed production but they also supply vegetables to locals and retailers, mainly from their trial plots. "90% of our business is seedling production, we sell the vegetables from our trials as they are always in demand," explains Miyanda Maimbo. "We…

HECTAR hydroponics

HECTAR offers free design plans for open source hydroponics unit

Among all of the new hobbies picked up during the COVID-19 lockdowns, gardening has to be one of the most popular. Felix Wieberneit from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London imagined a way for U.K. citizens with a limited amount of indoor space to build their own vertical garden and is…

Red bell pepper making a difference this year

Over the past few years, a trend has been rewarding greenhouse bell pepper growers, especially when it comes to the most popular varieties on the market. This is particularly true for "half oblong" types, grown mainly in Sicily for the Italian market. Angelo Scollo FreshPlaza talked about it with Angelo…

Strawberry grower Loos to gain LED experience

This year, some of the greenhouses of strawberry growers Arno and Sandra Loos will be equipped with LED lighting. Initially, it concerns one department of 9,000 square meters in Moerstraten for the growers, with a total of six hectares of glass at two locations. In BN De Stem the strawberry growers, who…

"We need the support of our community"

Canada greenhouse grower goes viral with tomato deal

Queues for up to 2 hours, people driving up to six hours to buy tomatoes. That's what happened this week at the Ontario greenhouse company Platinum Produce. For only 5 CAD per flat, they sold over 21 skids of surplus tomatoes on their curbside. A great success, but more is going on there. “The costs of…

Food Bio Cluster Denmark

From growing cucumbers on the balcony to an indoor farm in Copenhagen

In a former auto repair shop in the outskirts of Copenhagen, a farm has found its unlikely grounds. Fresh coriander, pea sprouts and edible flowers are grown on the vertical farm and sold to some of the finest restaurants in Denmark.  For almost three years Nabo Farm has been growing in its vertical farm.…

Grower and sales organisation celebrates successful year-round cucumber sales

Last Friday, Leon Duijvesteijn of The Greenery Growers presented a new-style growers' board to Kees Hendriks and Stefan Wubben of Qcumber Optimize Nature in Pijnacker. The growers' board underlines the collaboration between the grower and the sales organization in the supply of fresh vegetables. In…

“We are striving to start the British season earlier, without using gas fuelled greenhouses”

As one of the biggest soft fruit producers in the United Kingdom, the team at Hall Hunter is always looking for new ways of growing and innovations that grow their market and sustain their business. Heating their tunnels with a river source heat pump matches these goals perfectly. “This heat exchange has…

Greenhouse production of edible flowers

"Edible flowers add so much to the dish"

Everywhere you see, spring is blooming. As we bid winter goodbye with cheerful spring flowers, many people start working on their garden again, growing flowers, or even fruit and vegetables for the coming summer. Midiflore, a company located in the south of France, has combined these two and taken…

15 hectare semi-closed hydroponic greenhouse

Greece investment group closes funding on hydroponic greenhouse

The Aurarius Investment Group successfully closed its first round of financing in the first quarter of 2021 covering development activities for Aurarius’ inaugural hydroponic greenhouse/energy plant in Greece. With second round of financing expected to conclude by September 2021, Aurarius first facility…

PICS PICA: a scalable aquaponics system

"If you add 1 kg of fish food, it will produce 1 kg of fish and 10-12 kg of vegetables"

Five hours north of Stockholm lies an aquaponic farm that has spent decades perfecting its system and will soon be ready to distribute its systems to other growers. Peckas Naturodlingar AB is located in Härnösand and was established nearly 25 years ago when founder Pecka Nygård witnessed the…

France: culinary YouTuber Hervé Cuisine meets a Camargue producer

Les Paysans de Rougeline, producer and distributor of fruit and vegetables, announced on its LinkedIn page that culinary YouTuber Hervé Cuisine has met with Valery Goy, a producer based in Saint-Laurent-d’Aigouze in the Camargue. “The opportunity for Valery to talk about his production methods: how he…

Aldi concludes rhubarb deal with Hammonds Produce

Aldi has expanded its partnership with fresh fruit and vegetable grower Hammonds Produce from Nottinghamshire. A new agreement will see Hammonds become Aldi’s sole supplier of…

Jeff Yanes, Pure Beauty Farms:

"Automation enabled us to stay in the game"

Pure Beauty Farms, located in Miami, Fl is the fourth-largest supplier to Home Depot in the USA. "From plant cuttings, filling, transplanting, irrigation, and a fully automated RFID shipping system; a turnkey project keeps Pure Beauty moving at the speed of business," reveals Derek McLaughlin. He is with…

Philip and Jorien Van Overbeke, Aardeien Van Overbeke

"More and more strawberry growers are switching to hydroponic cultivation"

Last Wednesday, the first strawberries were picked at Strawberries Van Overbeke from Waregem. “We have been very satisfied with the quality so far,” says Philip Van Overbeke. “The shape of the strawberries is very nice, because we used the plants from last year that were planted in August. Last April we…

Pablo Ricaud, Rising Farms:

"We want to become the biggest of Mexico"

The ambitions of the Rising Farms team are impressive. The young company wants to become the biggest grower in Mexico – not just by growing tomatoes, but also by introducing new products to the Mexican horticultural industry. In order to reach this goal and to scale their greenhouse business rapidly,…

First strawberry crops in biggest greenhouse in Orenburg region

The Ministry of Agriculture of Orenburg region reports that the new greenhouse berry complex SDO-Logistic in Tashla village of Tashlinsky region have started harvesting the first strawberry crops. The seedlings were planted 1.5 months ago but already now the berries are ripe. In the coming days, the…

"Awareness about quality food consumption poses a challenge for Indian horticulture"

“When the pandemic has passed, we do not want to go back to normal,” says Kunal Kasera. “We definitely think we could go to some better place.” Kunal is the founder of Trufarm Co., an agtech company that has recently begun operations in the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India. They currently own a…

Small-scale spinach farmer supplies Africa’s biggest retailer

South African farmer Kipas Melodi started his business by spotting a gap in the market and through sheer luck he was aided by the buying team at Shoprite and Checkers.…

Mexican tomato grower adds blueberries to program

Magic Sun, a hydroponic grower in Mexico, is seeing continued growth and demand in its original tomato product line. Over the last two seasons, the company has expanded its…

Record crop yields due to smart irrigation breakthroughs

2020 was a record year for strawberry yields at the Water Efficient Technology Centre (WET Centre), based at NIAB EMR in Kent, UK. The WET Centre is a research and demonstration facility that features a portfolio of innovative growing techniques and smart irrigation systems for the soft fruit sector. It…

Turkish family grows winter plums in their greenhouses

In the Iznik district of Bursa, the Asi family, where all family members are agricultural engineers, produces plums in the winter season in their greenhouses. Ali Asi (49), who stated that they will start the plum harvest as of the beginning of March, said that they are planning to obtain 1 ton of plum…

Greenhouse grown cherries give Washington grower a head start

Following low temperatures in Washington last week, a small portion of the upcoming cherry crop is likely affected. “The temperature went down to 24-25 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re seeing damage already but it depends on the area. Kennewick and Foster, WA got some damage. It’s about five percent of the…

Social distancing brings longer life to strawberries

"With our social distancing production and packaging methods, the shelf life of our strawberries is much longer," says Erust Tarim. The Turkish grower started harvesting strawberries from his hydroponic gutters recently. Erust Tarim, which has many kinds of agricultural production on a total area of more…

500,000 sq. ft.

Expansion amidst the pandemic for aquaponic grower

Springworks announced plans to add 500,000 additional square feet of greenhouse space. The sizeable expansion will sustainably serve the Maine farm’s largest customers, Whole Foods and Hannaford Supermarkets, as well as a wide range of local restaurants, stores, and other outlets Springworks supplies…

Adding a ground to air heat transfer to an existing greenhouse

"A Ceres GAHT (ground to air heat transfer) System is our patented geothermal climate control technology that has helped our growers maintain comfortable growing conditions, year-round, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HVAC system," states Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. In this blog, they give…

Temporary contracts central in DOL investigation

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Labor announced has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine. According to DOL, it…

U.S. Department of Labor said company violated federal laws

Maine tomato grower to pay back wages to migrant workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine, that failed to comply with federal laws…

Slovenian growers Panorganix expand to Austria, Romania, Germany, Serbia, Hungary

"We're equipped and prepared to become the most widespread grower in Europe"

What started in a basement in Ljutomer, Slovenia, and then crossed borders to Austria, is now growing out to be one of the biggest and most wide-spread European glasshouse companies. It's Panorganix we're talking about, currently one of the biggest producers of fruits and vegetables in Slovenia and also…

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor:

‘Vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet are undervalued in NZ’

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor says vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet growers are very undervalued in New Zealand. He…

An American growing vegetables in the Arctic Circle

Benjamin Vidmar, an American chef from Florida, has decided to take up the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitzberg, Norway, the…


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