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UK grower harvests 839 tomatoes from a single stem

By harvesting 839 tomatoes from one single stem, a UK grower goes for a Guinness World Record attempt. The current world record is 488, says UK grower Douglas Smith, who is currently awaiting verification from Guinness itself.  So today I went for a Guinness World record attempt for ‘most tomatoes on a single truss /…

Fresh produce grower works with Mexican government to increase trade

Fortune Growers, a fresh produce company based in Elgin, Illinois, has partnered with the Mexican government in order to strengthen the growth of Mexican produce. The company works closely with larger agribusiness companies across North America, and their latest initiative has them working closely with…

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Texas growers lose millions following weather challenges

The Texas agriculture industry has been hit hard by the pandemic and the February freeze. Now, the recent summer storms haven't made their recovery easy. Southeast Texas farmers say they're constantly having to adapt to the changing climate and conditions, but 2021 has been one unlike any other. A…

“Potential tomato greenhouse projects halted due to Russian uncertainty”

The Azerbaijan tomato industry has been hit hard by the sanctions and restrictions from Russia, says Ilyas Ahmadov, General Director with Azerbaijan greenhouse company Zira Agro. “Growers try to adapt to the changing market conditions.” Zira AgroAbout 60 kilometers from the Azerbaijan capital Baku the greenhouse…

Rainy weather ruins French harvest

"We harvest about 5 tons of tomatoes less, just for this greenhouse"

As a result of the rainy summer weather in France, the harvest is complicated for tomatoes and zucchinis, as those plants have been weakened. For the growers, the loss of income is significant. At the height of the season, Louis Thomassin, a grower in Puiseux-Pontoise (Val-d'Oise), is three weeks behind…

Deon Vermaak, Dew Crisp

Covid changes lettuce consumption in South Africa

Dew Crisp is a major lettuce supplier in South Africa with two operating centres in Johannesburg and Cape Town where it processes and packs lettuce, vegetables and herbs. The impact of Covid and the series of lockdowns and curfews has been disastrous on the hospitality industry and restaurant sector.“We…

"Solar panels above raspberry crops benefit everyone"

For Dutch raspberry farmer Piet Albers, it all started in 2019. He and GroenLevenset up the first trial field. This is a company that develops solar energy, The darker the panels, the more power they produce. But raspberries need light as well as shade. So, they had to reach the golden mean. "We started…

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Good results in the glasshouse and strong take up from customers led to triple Tomberry production

Australian greenhouse grower Edison have just started to harvest their new summer crop of Tomberries. The Tomberry is billed as the world’s smallest ‘big’ tomato. Based in Victoria, Edison also grows the Piccolo cherry tomato and the Tinkerbell mini capsicum. “This is our summer crop which will run until…

Consistency strengthens the brand when it comes to table tomatoes

The promotional activities carried out by TSI Italia all over the national territory, and more precisely in the territories designated for greenhouse intensive crops, continues. This time, the team of experts hosted an Open Day in Fondi (Lazio), at Luca Ruccardi's company. The event was dedicated to the…

Retail demand of greens picking up in the fall

Red greenhouse grown Batavia lettuce increasingly popular

Supplies of greenhouse greens from Canada are strong. Rindi Bristol, senior director of Lethbridge County, AB-based Whole Leaf notes that the company recently reevaluated its leafy greens assortment and adjusted volumes in certain varieties. “Our volume is actually on pace or even a smidgen better than…

Robert Simpson - Fife Fruits

Soft fruit left unpicked in UK tunnels

Fife Fruits has been growing soft fruit in Fife, Scotland since 2006. The company grows fruit in 32 hectares of tunnels at different locations between Cupar and St Andrews. The crop consists mainly of strawberries, with smaller volumes of raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Robert Simpson has been…

Nature Fresh Farms doubles Ohio operations with more organic acreage

Nature Fresh Farms has confirmed the expansion of its Ohio operations increasing its organic acreage as well as a plans to build a new distribution center. The property expansion will include doubling the greenhouse acreage from the current 45 acres to 90, with the future extension to be dedicated to…

A look inside at Hoogweg Paprika: a 100+ hectare pepper greenhouse

In the run-up to Floriade Expo 2022, the Province of Flevoland is putting farmers, growers, entrepreneurs and organisations from the chain from farm to fork in the spotlight. On behalf of Hoogweg Paprika Nurseries, Mariska Hoogweg gives the viewer a glimpse of the nursery. It starts with a harvest cart…

US (NS): Demand for fresh herbs has skyrocketed at local farm

A greenhouse grower in Maitland, N.S. is providing local flavour all year long. River View Herbs consists of a dozen greenhouses, with rows of fresh herbs inside. "We do basil, we do rosemary, we do cilantro, dill. We do them all," said Jamie Heimstra, owner of River View Herbs. Heimstra and his wife…

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US (NY): 'Robot farmers' pioneer climate-resilient farming in the North Country

About a mile outside of the village of Sackets Harbor, a cluster of long, white buildings rises from a field on the shore of Lake Ontario. The facility sits in contrast to the early 19th century architecture of the nearby town, and unlike the surrounding farms, there are no sprawling fields of corn or…

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery Growers:

"Retailers' move to year-round Dutch soft fruit is great news for our growers"

Aad van Dijk has years of experience in the greenhouse vegetable sector. Last year he took on the role of Fruit sales manager at The Greenery in the Netherlands. And his first year was certainly one to remember. "There were heat waves, cold weather, and extreme rainfall. As well as times with overall shortages and…

Belgian bell pepper grower resumes own sorting on upgraded farm

This spring, De Groentuin connected two of its greenhouses with a new sorting warehouse. De Groentuin is a Belgian bell pepper grower. The grading machines got to work in May. That means, from now on, this farm will sort its own bell peppers. Yellow and red ones, because with this latest investment it…

Thriving Lesotho farmers with international horticulture support

Lesotho’s economy relies on agriculture, with about 45% of employment in the country depending on it, and almost all rural households with access to land are involved in some form of vegetable or fruit production. To improve the landlocked country’s limited economic prospects, supporting rural small…

CAN: Local northern Ontario lettuce grower wants to expand operation

Ferme Ojalammi in Warren, Ont., is a huge producer when it comes to fresh vegetables, especially lettuce. Farmer Matt Ojalammi is constantly tending to the roughly 3,000 heads of lettuce growing in his greenhouse. The farm is owned by Ojalammi and his young family. The lettuce is shipped to Smith’s…

Strong demand anticipated for organic eggplant

Growers are readying for the strong demand that meets the start of the Mexican organic eggplant season. Organic eggplant production in Mexico begins October 10th. Photo: Fair Trade USA  “Eggplant gets a lot of attention when we start. We are going to start on October 10th. Every year I try to push it because…

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…

New system allows pointed pepper farmer to pack more efficiently

Leo Uijtdewilligen of Vergo Kwekerijen grows sweet pointed peppers on 7,5 hectares in Belguim. He also packages these peppers. Leon was looking for a more efficient packaging system. He has found it. The Dutch company, Martin Stolze, installed the packaging line at Vergo Kwekerijen. The grower uses it to…

Westland grower keeps experimenting: after watermelon also Ogen melon?

The Westland tomato and, as of recently, also watermelon growers Bart and Roel de Bakker were visited this summer by the TV programme BinnensteBuiten. Culinary expert Alain Caron visited the greenhouse on his bicycle. He marvelled at the smaller variety of watermelon grown in the greenhouse. Roel also…

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Fiji: Hydroponic farm investment bodes well for family

A family from the Tuirara subdivision in Nasinu is now reaping the reward of investing in a hydroponic farm. The family took a risk and invested all their savings in a hydroponic farm under this unprecedented COVID-19 environment. Madhu Karan used to run an events and video production business which came…

Increase of Fortuna strawberry crops in Basilicata

The figures regarding early Fortuna strawberries are growing in the Metaponto area (Basilicata), not only when it comes to crops, but also for the companies that decide to make it part of their catalog. FreshPlaza spoke to Rocco Marzo from Fornabaio Piantine, a company specializing in the sale of…

25 years of organic vegetable packages: "In our sector, your word is your bond"

You can have a great idea, but whether it will be successful remains to be seen. That was what was felt in 1996 when Sebastiaan Bos started delivering organic vegetable packages from home. He is now celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his company Kievit and the number of participants is still…

"So I sell 20% as conventional"

Too many eggplants on organic market

The eggplant demand has been increasing annually in the Dutch and Belgian markets. This total acreage rises steadily, too, along with the growing demand. But, it seems that is now over. There was a low point, price-wise, around March 24. Eggplants were going for between €0.06 and €0.25/kg. "Demand and…

US: City board OKs federal funds for greenhouse

Youngstown's city’s board of control approved using federal money to help fund the reopening of a West Side greenhouse. The board on Thursday voted in favor of a $60,000 allocation from the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant funding to Youngstown CityScape for its urban greenhouse…

First planting begins in new California greenhouse

Revol Greens’ national growth strategy continues to germinate with the inaugural planting at its recently completed Tehachapi, CA greenhouse. In mid-September, the first harvest of a wide variety of organic baby leaf and head lettuce will follow inside the first phase of Revol Greens’ 64-acre greenhouse.…

Latest Vlog from the Greenhouse 2021: Continuing to grow in glasshouse horticulture

Barri has been working in glasshouse horticulture since she was 13. First at tomato grower CombiVliet, now at pot plant grower SV.CO. She started at SV.CO as an intern, writing a communication plan to improve the internal communication. She now works on the implementation of this plan during holidays and…

Bart Wehman - a man with extensive agricultural experience from “seed to ready-to-eat”.

Bart Wehman is passionate about introducing products and technologies that can make a difference. He is a true business development manager. In a nutshell, his experience ranges from “seed, to ready-to-eat”. It includes all facets of the horticultural supply chain. For almost a decade Bart has resided…

Annus horribilis

Horticultural companies forced to face a continuous succession of negative events

"Annus horribilis' is how Vittorio Gona of the Sicilian PO Alba Bio defined the recently concluded greenhouse season. "How else could we describe an agricultural year that has seen us, against all odds, becoming heroic horticultural entrepreneurs? Never before have we been forced to face such a…

Dutch grower places solar panels over strawberries

Fruit cultivation is undergoing a transition. The weather is changing, and there is an increasing focus on sustainability. These factors are leading growers to 'future-proof' their operations. That is the case at Theo Swinkels and Carina Manders' strawberry farm too. They run the De Zijp horticultural…

New enterprise Real Leaf Farm hoping to be first deep-water cultivation greenhouse in Ireland

A new greenhouse company is planning to create 17 jobs with Ireland’s first 100% hydroponic farm which is expected to be up and running in North Offaly by next June. Real Leaf Farm, the trading name of Galway Herb Farm Limited, is embarking on a €25m funding round for the Offaly project. Real Leaf Farm…

France: Exotic citrus fruit grown in Roscoff greenhouses

The French region of Roscoff has more to offer than just onions! Gilles Le Bihan and Jacques Jacob, two Breton producers, have challenged themselves to produce high-end exotic citrus fruit in Brittany. Green and red caviar lemons, Calamondin, Buddha’s Hand (cedrat), Yuzu, as well as Limequat, Kumquat,…

Borneo: hydroponic grower initiates entrepreneurship program

It was in July that the Bulletin crossed paths with a woman named Sharifah Masri, who was undergoing a career transition as a result of telco industry transformation that took place in 2019. Being a single mother, Sharifah decided to undergo an entrepreneurship programme under one of the People…

Dutch grower wants to get rid of 1000 kilos of organic tomatoes

Gert-Jan Dekker grows organic tomatoes in Andijk. The growing season was difficult due to the cold weather, but nature catches up. Now the weather is great for growing and that is causing some problems. The root pressure can cause cracks in the crowns. That is an issue, because now the tomatoes cannot be…

US (MN): Hydroponic growers able to survive during drought conditions

Drought conditions across Minnesota are having a significant impact on farmers, growers and other crop producers. But for hydroponic growers like Revol Greens in Medford, the lack of rain is not as much of an issue. In a hydroponic system, plants like lettuce and herbs are grown without soil, and Revol…

Algae for all: Family farm in Switzerland harvests an unusual crop

Inside a Swiss long greenhouse is what looks like a huge wading pool. Only the water is fluorescent green! This is the nursery for millions and billions of spirulina plants.…

Video: Growing crops without soil in Burkina Faso

Farming using hydroponics is becoming increasingly popular throughout Africa. The method saves on water and soil by instead using organic materials like coconut fiber or clay balls to grow crops. Watch the video on www.dw.com

LIF-tower concept:

Fresh herbs on the rise

In kitchens, there is typically a much wider variety of dried than fresh herbs. Dutch herb lovers Ard-Jan Bluemink and Marnix and Harm Keurhorst think this should change. Under the logo, 'Fresh herbs within reach for everyone', they're promoting fresh herbs and they are doing so using their LIF-tower concept. Marnix, Harm and…

“Demand for special herbs increasing again”

In the Netherlands, Van Vugt Kruiden has, unsurprisingly, been through a challenging time. The hospitality industry closure greatly affected the company. Sales to the supermarkets, however, went more than well. "That kept us going. We’re especially grateful that we could retain all our employees," says…

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US (IA): Student works to restore dormant West Des Moines greenhouse

For nearly 10 years, Valley High School’s greenhouse sat unused — its plants left to rot after its cooling system broke down and sat in need of repairs. Where a small plat of land full of weeds and dried dirt once sat just outside the abandoned building now blooms an array of colors — unseen until just…

"We are growing highland crops in lowland in controlled environments"

Kuala Lumpur company JustGood currently has a 4ha land in Batang Berjuntai. It cultivates ten types of vegetables, with nine grown indoors and one outdoors, using various planting methods to produce fresh vegetables using smart farming methods. "We start production at Batang Berjuntai farm in February…

India: Simply Fresh to invest Rs 100 cr in hydroponics farms in Telangana

From a modest venture in hydroponics farming covering 10 acres in 2013, the Darbarwars have come a long way, expanding their business to cover an additional 150 acres in Siddipet. The couple, while working with a group of botanists in Australia, hit upon the idea of taking up technology-enabled farming…

Taylor Farms announces investment with Pure Green Farms

Another major North American open field grower enters the CEA industry

One of the biggest open field growers in North America, Taylor Farms, enters the greenhouse growing market with an investment in greenhouse company Pure Green Farms. "This expansion into greenhouse grown fresh offerings will complement our existing 122,200 crop acre field grown program and 16 salad…

Small watermelons are big business for Beijing farmers

Watermelons have made Beijing farmer Li Wanbo 300,000 yuan (about 46,200 U.S. dollars) this summer alone, a huge leap from when he worked in the city proper with a monthly…

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New crop varieties improve tomato and soybean yields in Cuba

Tomatoes and soybeans are enjoyed in cuisines all around the world – and demand for them constantly grows. Have you ever wondered how farmers have been able to meet this demand and the role nuclear techniques play in it? With the help of the IAEA, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture…

Rockstar or tomato grower? It's all the same

In the industry, much is being said on how to feed the world sustainably by growing indoors. Yet, one of the difficulties is making sure people outside the industry are aware of this. One of the companies taking this challenge by heart is AppHarvest. This week their vision on growing food safely has made…

Malta: tomato grower decries proposed complex

"Nothing wil grow in these shaded solar greenhouses"

An application seeking to transform a piece of Mġarr virgin land larger than six football pitches into a solar farm, is “using agriculture as an excuse” as no crops will grow in greenhouses underneath panels, farmers claim. Farmers, environmentalists, and residents alike are opposing the project, filed…

Former landless farmer plants Barnum roots

Rising Phoenix landing: Heather-Marie Bloom traded leasing spaces across the Northland and living in a tiny house to settling on 40 acres in Barnum. And Year One has been fruitful. Heather-Marie Bloom stood surrounded by drying garlic stalks. About 300 pounds covered table after table, soon to be headed…

With chum runs crashing, Yukon River fish processor pivots to greenhouses

Usually Kwik’pak Fisheries, the only commercial fish processor on the Yukon River, sells salmon around the world. After the Yukon’s main salmon species started dwindling to record lows last year, Kwik’pak had to pivot to stay afloat. Kilee Fratis and Josine Wasky are standing with a group of teenagers in…

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Soil-free food: Upstate South Carolina's growing hydroponic food supply

Greenville County farmer Jesse Adkins has no problem teaching people about hydroponics — up to a point, that is. “I can tell you everything you need to know, but I won’t tell you everything I know,” he said, laughing. “I don’t want to educate the public so much they become my competition.” Adkins has…

Doubling the Boem Berry Farms acreage by adding another 15 hectares

On a random road near Kingsville, in Ontario, Canada, Chris Bastiaansen of Meteor Systems is driving. The Boem Berry Farms sign along the road, with the remarkable red-colored strawberries, reveals where he’s going. He’s passing a friendly guard that is guiding him to the entrance of the company. Once…

Italy's Southern Seed Datterì F1

A new datterino tomato, meeting the expectations of a premium product

In recent years, the demand for smaller tomatoes, and especially grape tomatoes, has increased exponentially. Seed companies are adapting to this trend, and Italy's Southern Seed is no exception, according to Fabio Carnemolla, technician at the company based in Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa. Fabio Carnemolla…

Strawberry growers with full trays ready for new cultivation

Just like many growers, the teams of Oppotbedrijf.nl were mid-season this summer. The season for filling trays, to be precise. This occurs every year in the period of June and July. It had already been a busy season that started early, as the team working at Jansborg Aardbeien en Kersen in the Dutch town…

Toby Wright, Les Serres des Grands Lac:

"It is important that we maintain a logic in our growing approach"

The first greenhouse Toby Wright grew tomatoes in, had a 3.5m gutter height. Ever since then, he's been following the developments in the industry very closely and has reaped the opportunities being offered by the use of new techniques in order to look for means to be more competitive. That is, only…

Abbeyview: greenhouses powered by sewage

"More subsidies are needed to support emission-saving design

The Financial Times posted a video on their Food Revolution. showing how carbon-saving marvels of agricultural engineering have sprouted from the fields of southeast Britain - two of the largest greenhouses in the country. "A pioneering design harnesses heat from nearby wastewater plants, cutting carbon…

Pippo Timperanza of the Italian Landolina company

Due to ToBRFV, certain tomato varieties have now become obsolete

"These days, it is not easy to maintain one's own entrepreneurial policy. We have worked for more than 60 years to harmoniously maintain the balance between tradition and innovation, paying particular attention to ethical principles such as a short supply chain, traceability and respect for the…

Ferme d’Hiver:

“We can put 90 strawberry plants per m2 where a greenhouse would put only 10-12”

“I spent my first 25 years on a farm and the next 25 years in technology. Vertical farming is the bridge between those worlds,” says Yves Daoust, chief operating officer and founder of Ferme d’Hiver. The company was founded in 2018 and aims to develop a network of indoor farms and become a global hub for…

Canadian lettuce grower Vegpro builds first greenhouse

Canadian company Vegpro International announced a $55 million investment for the construction of its first greenhouse complex, as well as packing lines within the complex, in Sherrington, Montérégie. Covering four hectares (10 acres), this greenhouse complex will allow the company to produce lettuce…

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Farmers in Sulaimani harvest greenhouse cultivated cucumbers

Farmers in the Sulaimani province in Kurdistan are harvesting the first cucumbers of the season despite challenges this year. Farmers wake as early as 4 a.m. during the harvest season to pick the vegetables, so they can be loaded onto trucks in time for the market. The province’s cucumbers are mainly…

Getting a 95 hectare greenhouse ready for summer

While we’re preparing for our summer break, the team with Spayka Greenhouses is prepared for summer as a whole. In not even 6 months from initial contact to full install, 95 of their 105-hectare acreage has been equipped with high-pressure fog systems. Together with the system also comes extensive crop…

Hydroponic watermelons grow between the tomato plants

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July,…

Summer break: what to watch while we're away?

Afraid you'll be bored for the fortnight without HortiDaily? Please don't be. We've selected 10 top video's to watch over our summer break. Greenhouse building of the future on Discovery Channel’s "How Do They Do It"The greenhouses building of the future is within range and actually already started. In…

Orto Ricci

Nickel-free basil with added selenium

The new nickel-free basil line with added selenium has been developed and produced by Orto Ricci in Anzio (Rome) and will soon become available in leading Italian retail chains. Testing was conducted for a year and a half in collaboration with Alessandro Cinelli from Agronova. "Nickel-free basil with added…

Felix Kamassah

Ghana's largest producer and exporter of vegetables has big plans

Felix Kamassah is Ghana's largest producer and exporter of vegetables. The former economist is also the Chief Executive Officer of Maphlix Trust Farm. He left the banking…

Hatch chile season sees earlier than usual July start

This year’s Hatch chiles got a jump on the season. “We’re harvesting hot and medium Hatch chiles and have been since last Monday. It’s the earliest start we’ve ever had for our company. Usually, we start around July 15th and this year it was July 5th so 10 days earlier than normal,” says Preston Mitchell…

Paul Mastronardi on the future of farming:

"We're on the lookout for varieties that work well with automation"

While SUNSET® looks for varieties that produce more yield without sacrificing flavor, the company is also looking for varieties that will work well with automation. Paul Mastronardi, CEO of Mastronardi Produce Limited, revealed so during a recent webinar by Bayer, focusing on the future of farming. "The…

Rising Farms starts AI-driven growing to become big in Mexico

Horticulture worldwide has to deal with many challenges. Think of climate change, the growing world population, and the need for healthy and safe food. How are we going to feed 8 billion people with the same resources by 2050? “Greenhouses can be a great contributor to these challenges”, says Pablo…

OPI: grower support system based on smart agriculture sensors

"With yield predictive models we know in advance what is available"

"We are involved in data analysis of the agricultural process. We support farms in correlating climatic, microclimatic, and soil data in order to help them in managing their crops in terms of irrigation, nutrition, defense, and growth prediction. Our aim is to optimize the dynamics of the agricultural…

"Few sectors can match the horticulture industry in sustainability"

He was one of the first to grow pointed peppers. That says everything about the progressiveness of Wim van der Lans. Wim was also quick in the field of sustainability. First as an individual grower, for 18 years under the SweetPoint flag and from 2015 also as a member of the Growers United cooperative.…

Hydroponic farming in the heart of Sandton

This hydroponic farm in Sandton, close to Johannesburg, South Africa, grows all kinds of crops in hydroponic systems. 

Wisconsin celery begins shipping this week

Alsum Farms & Produce grower partner, Trembling Prairie Farms Inc. will harvest a new crop Wisconsin celery starting this week with the season expected to run through to the first week of October. Located in the muck soils of Green Lake County, Trembling Prairie Farms, a family farm owned and operated by…

Clipping systems offer potential in traditional cucumber cultivation

Cucumber grower Herman Keijsers has been working with the Qlipr system since 2003. Full of conviction: according to the grower and advisor, the system is easy, flexible, sustainable, and efficient. "We save about a third on the number of hours, compared to turning in. Partly because of this, the…

"Selling our tomatoes in a 100km radius is in line with our environmental goals"

In the French village of Ouarville, in the mid-north of France, a new tomato greenhouse is being erected. Next year, Florent and Alexandre Besnard's cherry tomatoes will be grown there. The growers have the ambition to market them within a 100-kilometer radius of the greenhouse. A perimeter voluntarily…

Spring Born: Fully automated greenhouse delivering leafy greens to Denver region

"I wanted to build a business that doesn’t overpromise"

Located on a 254-acre ranch in Silt, Colorado, Spring Born is a newly established greenhouse company that will be providing organic leafy greens to the Denver market. Spring Born currently has 2.5 acres under glass and another 1.5 acres for processing, with a fully automated production system provided by…

An experimental greenhouse by Isi Sementi at the Ricci company in Cesena, Italy

Direct selling strategy for specialty tomatoes

An experimental greenhouse to test tomato production in the Italian Romagna area was set up by Isi Sementi in Cesena, at the Lucia Ricci farm. "Among the various types of tomatoes on trial, the varieties that I sell best and that are most requested by my customers are those that combine a particular…

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A project, backed by the Swedish company Ljusgårda AB

Kenya: Introducing urban farming solutions to provide income and healthy produce

“Life is tough here, and there wasn’t much healthy food available, says Charles Lukania, Project Coordinator at Voices4Change in Kenya. “When Erik Lundgren from Ljusgårda came to visit in 2019, he provided farming materials so we could start the first hydroponics demo site in the informal community of…

Strong supplies of Ontario dark leafy greens following early start

Supplies of organic dark leafy greens from Ontario are currently ample. Christopher Morrison of Pfenning's Organic Farms with freshly harvested kale. Photo: Stacey Newman. “We’re actually ahead of the game,” says Lauren Stallard of Pfenning’s Organic Farms in New Hamburg, ON, which is currently in…

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CAN: "Farms are merging with food retail spaces"

Canadians have started to notice that grocers have begun to sell plants in miniature greenhouses. "We’ve seen gardens on rooftops, vertical farms close to stores, and even some selling gardening equipment to gardeners who are shopping for food. The farm is essentially merging with the food retail spaces…

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Belgium: Increasing demand for growing towers from catering industry and home growers

"Rather than chefs having to travel for hours to a wholesale market, we are growing on-demand to eliminate these actions,” says David van Steenkiste, founder and CEO of Plant-T. David says that he noticed a lot of shortages in resources, which resulted in experimenting with some farming methods during…

Quebec grower plants first open field San Marzano tomato crop

While its jarred or canned counterpart has seen a surge in popularity on grocery store shelves in recent years and is often well known to those of Italian ancestry, one Quebec grower is trying his hand at growing fresh San Marzano tomatoes in Canada. The San Marzano tomato is thinner, more pointed and…

"We ended up being asked to supply a wide range of chilli varieties on a consistent basis"

The declining profitability of sugar farming prompted Chris Roux, owner of Paradise Creek Farms in Hectorspruit, Malelane in Mpumalanga, to diversify his operation in 2016 by…

Morocco: Duroc is ready to launch new varieties of snacking tomatoes

Tomato production in Morocco has evolved considerably over the last ten years, moving from a production profile of 80% round tomatoes to supplying all categories of tomatoes. Today 50% of the total Moroccan production portfolio is dedicated to producing cherry tomatoes, baby plum tomatoes, colored…

Dutchman put Dool France on the map

Jacco de Graaf is a Dutchman who knows the French horticulture like the back of his hand. Jacco has been living and working in France for 20 years now, at the moment in Angers. He has been in touch with TC van den Dool for years through his former employer at a horticultural supplier and greenhouse…

Launch of new Odd Bunch range at Woolworths

Australian spinach growers set to reduce food waste and harvest more of their crop

Woolworths is supporting Australian growers and helping customers save money on a healthy basket with Chopped Spinach being added to the supermarket's popular Odd Bunch range.  The launch of the range will allow Australian spinach growers to harvest more of their crop and reduce food waste, while also making…

The Loose Leaf Lettuce Company

Sales of Western Australian salad products continue demand-driven growth

One of Western Australia's largest fresh-cut salad producers says their sales have been growing year on year to keep up with the demand of local customers. The Loose Leaf Lettuce Company, based in Gingin in Western Australia grows and processes salads for the local wholesale markets, and one of the farm…

A man in Lanzarote grew a giant cucumber that weighs eight kilos and is one meter long

A man in Haria, Lanzarote, has managed to grow an incredibly big cucumber: it weighs more than 8 kilos, it's one meter long, and has a diameter of nearly 15 centimeters.…

Harnessing greenhouse sensors at Season Farms

"“The PAR sensors give me an exact measure of what is the radiation that reaches the leaves of the plants," says Guillermo DiGuiseppe, agronomist and crop manager at Season Farms. He has been using the Folium greenhouse multi sensors and explains in a video how he uses them to get better grip on his…

"Mutually agreed to restore the preserved farmland"

The Brightfarms greenhouse on Patterson Farm in Pennsylvania, US has been vacant for nearly two years, and has not been in active production since prior to that time. "That is…

Revolution Farms brings automation to the greenhouse:

“If you control all the inputs, you should get a pretty steady output”

Dan Vukcevich admitted that his only previous farming experience was growing up on a cattle farm that never made any money. However, Vukcevich does have extensive experience in manufacturing, which he directly applies to his job as chief operating officer of Revolution Farms LLC in Caledonia. The…

Mart Boender (Tuinderij Boender) invites Dutch MPs to come and count rabbits

"Full soil lettuce sales dipped sharply, post-COVID-19, but have improved in recent months"

Mart Boender grew up on his father's farm. He has, therefore, been passionate about vegetable cultivation from an early age. His father does greenhouse cultivation. But, in 2014, Mart decided to start growing various lettuce varieties outdoors. He cultivates Lollo Bionda, Lollo Rossa, and red and green oak leaf…

VB ready to double capacity for Little Leaf Farms

"The smallest chance of disease, an optimal growing climate, and no need for human hands"

Devens, Massachusetts-based Little Leaf Farms' mission is to provide fresh, locally grown lettuce grown sustainably all year round to their New England consumers. To be able to achieve this goal, it is extremely important to grow and supply products in a sustainable way all year round. This is why Little…

Wickes Farm Strawberries

UK strawberry producer uses hybrid solutions to maximize yields

British strawberries could be on supermarket shelves nine months of the year using a new vertical-growing technique that is also better for the environment. The system, which is being pioneered by a fruit-grower in Arundel, West Sussex, uses 50% less water and has a 90% lower carbon footprint but has…

US (NY): Intergrow Greenhouses leverage their own trucking fleet during high freight market

“Rates keep going higher and higher, adding difficulty to the already complex produce industry.” Intergrow Greenhouses, a farming company located in Upstate NY, focusing on the production and sale of greenhouse-grown tomatoes, is thankful to have their own private trucking fleet to help service their…

Shenandoah Growers appoints Starbucks veteran as CEO and Postmates Veteran as CFO

"The opportunity for growth will be even greater now"

Shenandoah Growers announced the addition of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to its Executive Leadership Team. Matthew Ryan, former Chief…


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