Grower in the Spotlight

The Hindu

“People called me crazy when I started growing passion fruit"

India: Kerala government commends two young farmers for their promising work

Sreevidya M and Saifulla P are two young farmers instituted by Kerala Government. While Sreevidya converted a rocky terrain into green patch, Saifulla grows medicinal plants and other crops on leased land. Kolathur village of Kasaragod district has a star in Sreevidya M. 6 years ago no one would have…

Ottone Marco:

"Fewer root diseases since the roots are no longer in contact with the drain water"

"Since the substrate slab is raised, the humidity in the slab is lower and the drainage is better. The roots remain in the slab and are not in contact with the gutter's drainage, resulting in fewer root diseases. To us, those are the main benefits of the Spacer Premium piece, which raises the substrate…

Dutch strawberry grower demonstrates co-designed waste water treatment system

The Dutch Assessment Committee for Purification Systems in Glasshouse Horticulture recently made a brief, factual announcement. That was just before the end of 2020. Hortibatch was approved and placed on growers' selection lists.  At the time, strawberry grower Aart Cornelissen of APM Aardbeien already had…

NYC Central Labor Council

The Bronx, New York

Bronx's Hunts Point Produce Market workers strike over wage dispute

Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx are on strike for a second day as contract negotiations have proved unsuccessful. The dispute was between some 1,400 essential workers and their employer, over a $1 per hour raise. The workers who make about $18-$21 an hour said they are being…

California grower partners with dietitian to inspire wellness in 2021

D’Arrigo California has partnered with Stephanie Bouquet, a registered dietitian, certified specialist in sports dietetics, certified diabetes educator and certified wellness…

Bill Gates becomes largest farmland owner in the US

Billionaire Bill Gates is a well-known personality world-wide, but now he is also America’s farmland king. The Microsoft co-founder has become the largest owner of farmland in…

As Romanian and Polish migrants are thwarted by Brexit

Jersey potato farmers fly in Filipino workers

Workers from the Philippines have been recruited to work on Jersey farms to fill the gap left in the wake of Brexit, as Polish and Romanian worker abandoned the island after…

AppHarvest

"Being publicly traded will help us reach our goal of 12 greenhouse facilities by 2025"

While central Appalachia was once known for powering the United States through coal mining, AppHarvest’s flagship greenhouse now looks to power the country differently – through food production. The massive greenhouse facility spans 60 acres and is located in Morehead, Kentucky. This week, AppHarvest is…

The remarkable potential of cattail cultivation

It is a plant everybody knows and which has many (potential) applications, but which no one is growing: cattail. This might sound experimental, but in De Peel, in the east of Noord-Brabant, Janke van Dijk has concluded the first trial round successfully. For the next year, yield has increased and there…

Indigenous greens capture global attention for nutritional and environmental benefits

Kenyan growers making good money from traditional vegetables

Last Monday, Kenya Ambassador to France/Portugal/Serbia/Monaco in a tweet highlighted just how in-demand traditional Kenyan vegetables were around the world. "Our traditional brands can thrive! Look at our homegrown dried “Saga” or “Chisaka," she tweeted. Chisaka (Spider Plant) is a popular traditional…

US: Cultivating beautiful flowers and greenhouse vegetables at Castle Hayne Farms

Growing up in the Netherlands, Mark Hommes was raised on horticulture and a love of Dutch iris. Current co-owner of Castle Hayne Farms, Mark always knew he would become a commercial-flower grower, learning the trade from his father, but what he didn’t realize is the amount of rich history both his…

Instagram: The Shilpa Shetty

Indian actress shows off her soilless backyard farm

Indian actress Shilpa Shetty gave a sneak peek of her hydroponic or soil-less farm to fans. Shilpa revealed that she has grown vegetables of her salad in just 25 days on the farm, which is her newfound passion. Sharing a video of her farm on Instagram, she wrote: “They say, ‘you are what you eat’. So,…

Texas-based greenhouse grower adds to board of directors

NatureSweet® announced an addition to its board of directors. Suzanne Wade brings senior executive perspective from two retailers in both Wal-Mart and H-E-B, on top of a clear…

State government under pressure to allow seasonal workers into Australia

Victoria growers forced to dump $150,000 worth of celery due to labor shortage

Growers in Victoria's Lindenow Valley have had to dump $150,000 worth of celery crops. They were simply unable to harvest the vegetables due to a drastic shortage of seasonal…

Rwanda pepper growers struggle to find market

Currently, Rwandan pepper growers are finding it hard to enter new markets for their products. Although RwandaFresh Brand regularly reports on exports of fresh products from…

Kenyan vegetable growers expect economic boom due to schools reopening

Vegetable growers in Nyamache Sub County -Kisii County- say they are overjoyed by the schools’ reopening because they can now supply their sukuma wiki (kale) and cabbages.…

AHDB

The importance of collaboration for a sustainable future

Cambs Farms Growers Ltd is part of the G’s Growers Group. It is a family-owned business in East Anglia, growing salad and vegetables, with over 60 years’ experience. Rob Parker is the leafy crops manager, and responsible for over 1,000 ha of their iceberg and little gem crop in the UK, as well as the…

COEXPHAL continues to work to streamline the administrative procedures of its exporters

Almeria's producers happy with post-Brexit agreement

The Association of Organizations of Fruit and Vegetable Producers of Almería, COEXPHAL, is happy with the agreement reached for post-Brexit commercial relations between the…

Environment Secretary George Eustice: “We will always back our farmers and growers"

UK seasonal visas for fruit and vegetable pickers to be trebled

For this year’s harvest, the number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be trebled. The Seasonal Workers Pilot, originally…

Survey to provide insight on emerging indoor farming trends and challenges now live

Allison Kopf, CEO of Artemis said, "We’re looking forward to learning how growers are facing new challenges such as COVID-19. In the past, expansion was one of the prime goals for growers and we’ve asked some new questions around the topic. We will be sharing even more information related to technology…

Robbert Leisink, Maxim De Roeck, and Kevin Smedts start Fruitful BV: "Berries are in our DNA"

There's a new soft fruit player in Europe

Europe gained a new soft fruit specialist on 1 January: Fruitful BV. Robbert Leisink, Maxim De Roeck, and Kevin Smedts are young. But they've all worked in this sector for the last few years. So, together, they have some 20 years of berry experience. "That's our strength. Many companies see the soft…

Hydroponics startups are slowly growing on Indian consumers

Chennai-based biotechnology graduate Rahul Dhoka’s rooftop looks like a maze. Only, it’s a maze of over 6,000 organically grown leafy vegetables and herbs such as carrom, kale, lettuce, and spinach. These vegetables, grown in planters made of PVC pipes that have taken over his 90 square feet rooftop, are…

Caused by pandemic

Japan: Growers struggle with vegetable oversupply & tumbling prices

Japan's third wave of COVID-19 infections has subdued traditional end-of-year activities. This means consumption is down and prices for farm produce have tumbled due to…

Sprout growers Sunny Creek Farms:

“Let food be your medicine”

“Let food be your medicine.” That is the motto of Sunny Creek Farms, a sprout grower in Tryon. Lee Ewing grew up in California and fell in love with sprouts while working as a driver for a sprout farm during high school. Ed Mills heard about sprouts at the age of 22 when he decided to become a vegetarian and realized that…

Wyoming grower Adam Bunker, Papa Joe’s Produce:

“We need more producers; we need to get people interested in this”

Last winter, a group of farmers, educators and economic development professionals gathered on the Casper College campus to discuss what it would take to develop a self-sustaining food network in Wyoming and begin to solve food security issues that have long plagued small communities around the state.…

Up to 30,000 workers for next year's harvest

Expansion of UK migration scheme to support 2021 harvest

The number of workers permitted to travel to the UK to pick and package fruit and vegetables will be increased for the 2021 harvest, as the UK government yesterday announced…

Chiayi farmer wins best tomato title

A Chiayi County farmer bested 94 rivals to win the title of “Master Grower” at the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station’s 10th cherry tomato competition on Wednesday last week. Minsyong Township’s (民雄) Hsu Li-chen (徐立晨) won in a smaller competition than in previous years due to a…

“Wine can solve many problems, but not at a global scale”

“Having worked in horticulture for over 13 years, made me wonder whether I’d wanted to pursue my career in the industry. Although Signify continued to expand, it became more clear to me that I was ready for a change and new experiences,” says Roel Janssen, former horticulture specialist at Signify. Roel…

Gaza: Flood waters damage strawberry crops

Palestinian growers in the Beit Lahia area have asked the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to help them weather the losses that were caused by three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around their fields. The rainfall also flooded greenhouses and…

Dammis vna der Staaij, Staay Food Group:

"Keep going and take your chance!"

The year 2020 is almost over. We asked Dammis van der Staaij of the Staay Food Group about the impact of the Corona year and the biggest challenges for the next five years. An interview about Brexit, Corona, root ball lettuce and red Conference pears. The greatest impact on Staay-Van Rijn in Venlo"We…

Vegetable grower-shipper honors veterans this holiday season

Leafy greens grower, processor and shipper WP Rawl, honored fallen military heroes by participating in Wreaths Across America Day earlier this month. WP Rawl’s dedicated truck and trailer traveled from Pelion, South Carolina to Columbia Falls, Maine to pick up thousands of fresh evergreen wreaths to be…

Grodan supports pepper grower’s sustainability ambitions

"We were keen to move away from bulk and focus more on the top segment"

Rob Moors is the second generation of his family to own Kwekerij Moors, an ambitious pepper-growing company with 19 hectares across two sites. Rob has been working together with Grodan and shares how the company supports his company’s commitment to quality and sustainability. When Kwekerij Moors was founded…

Eyes on 2021 after 'challenging strawberry year with big differences'

The dark days before Christmas have arrived. In the VG Berry greenhouses, harvest season has come to an end. Elsewhere, Royal Berry harvests in small amounts until New Year's Eve. Grower Jan van Genderen looks back while last week they've been hard at work for the season 2021 startup.  "Mainly, it was a challenging…

"There is a significant demand from private consumers" Amadalvarez

Almeria's Raf tomato successfully escapes the impact of the pandemic

The Raf tomato, one of the most representative tomato varieties in the greenhouses of Almería, is successfully weathering the coronavirus crisis. "Prices fell sharply at…

Produce Marketing Association hails passage of COVID-19 stimulus package

Late Sunday night, the U.S. House and Senate leadership reached agreement on a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus package that will bring a desperately needed financial infusion…

Havecon

Jamie Mastronardi Jr on working with Havecon:

"Always ready to rock"

The 5th episode of "Havecon client speaks..." features Jamie Mastronardi Jr., one of the sons of JEM owner Jamie Mastronardi. Since the winter of 2018/2019 Havecon built almost 28 acres (over 11 hectares) in three different phases for them. The current phase the builder is working on, called R&D, consists of a storage room and…

USDA to promote indoor growing in New Orleans

"It’s no secret that urban areas include food deserts"

Today, Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., announced New Orleans is one of six additional locations for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm…

Grow Group Azerbaijan reaches 50 kg per sq.m milestone in 2020

“Back in 2009, I started growing tomatoes in my summer cottage near Baku. Initially, my idea was to make a small farm for myself and my loved ones, but that year was so fruitful that even after distributing tomatoes to relatives and friends, there were still quite a lot of them,” Isgandar Gurbanov said.…

Environment Secretary George Eustice raises annual seasonal worker ceiling

UK ministers to treble number of foreign fruit and veg pickers to counter harvesting problems

UK ministers are set to treble the number of foreign workers allowed into the country to pick fruit and vegetables, hoping to ease fears of rotting harvests as a result of…

"gaining experience for scaling and sales on hectare scale"

High quality algae from fully automised production facility in Dutch greenhouse

Algae grow fast, and in the case of spirulina, they're also rich in protein. This makes it an interesting product to grow with a view to the future. That's why, in the academic world, there's a lot of research into microalgae. More and more greenhouse growers are interested in algae production nowadays.  But:…

Dutch cucumber grower expands with lighted cultivation

Cucumber grower Reijm en Zn. BV, which consists of Piet, Jaap, and Jan Reijm, expands with the acquisition of a tomato farm from brothers Wilfred and Vincent van Winden in Zevenhuizen, the Netherlands. The greenhouse consists of over 11.5 hectares of glass, of which 6 hectares are fitted with…

Agriculture accounts for disproportionate share of investigations and violations

70 percent of US farm labor investigations record violations

According to data analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, between 2000 and 2019, the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD)…

Scottish growers used more land for fruit and vegetables in 2020

The results from this year’s June agricultural census show a 13% increase in the amount of land used to grow vegetables for human consumption to just under 21,000 ha. There…

Pakistan tomato imports add to growers’ losses amid cold wave forecast

Pakistani growers are staging protest demonstrations against the government’s decision to import tomatoes from neighbor Iran at a time when local crop is harvest-ready in…

and how technology can help changing this

How climate change can threaten food production in Singapore

While some cheer the cool weather when storms hit Singapore, 40-year-old farmer Chai Nian Kun says to himself: “Jialat” – an expression of concern over what is to come. Heavy rain is not uncommon in tropical Singapore. But days of continuous downpours can wreak havoc on many of his organic vegetables,…

Greenhouses offer tools to fight foodborne illnesses

A government report found about 9 million people get sick and more than 1,300 people die every year from eating contaminated food. The report gathered data from the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Agriculture on foodborne illness…

US: Dallas church greenhouse grows hydroponic tomatoes for food pantries

The vines are 15 feet long right now, on their way to 50. As food banks across Dallas strive to feed thousands ravaged by the recessed economy, volunteers at the Soulfood Greenhouse are working hard to put fresh tomatoes on empty tables.Just a few hundred feet from the roaring traffic of Central…

Netherlands: Vitom continues with lighted cucumber cultivation in 1 location

In De Lier, the Netherlands, cherry tomatoes on the vine were grown for a long time. In the last two years, that became cucumbers. On the facade you saw the name Vitom, as is the case at the company's other location.  At the first location, the greenhouse is being demolished at the moment. Cucumber growers…

Switching from lads to land, Himachal post grad makes it big with hydroponics

Yussouf Khan, a horticulturist from Himachal Pradesh practices protected cultivation at his farm. He has six greenhouses that provide ideal growth conditions for the plants. Indoor plants are known for being low-maintenance with a lower chance of contracting diseases. A horticulturist in Himachal Pradesh…

Wittenberg Gemüse

Kevin van IJperen about growing in Germany

Germans are critical when it comes to cultivating crops under glass. Horticultural company Wittenberg Gemüse has found that it takes years before local governments and residents get on board with the cultivation. Kevin van IJperen with Wittenberg Gemüse, the largest greenhouse horticulture business in…

Arizona produce distributor receives certification for safety and health

Grower and shipper Divine Flavor announced their distribution center in Nogales just received their certification for the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), becoming the first produce company in the state of Arizona to be awarded this level of attainment towards their health and…

Christmas dinners are cancelled, so Swedish vegetable farmer's selling kale trees

Swedish grower, Ulf Engström, runs his family business, Trädgårn Södertälje. They've been cultivation fruit and vegetables for about 150 years now. In total, 40 different vegetables are organically farmed on four hectares of land. They sell these to the hospitality sector, wholesalers, and individuals.…

Industry organization finds new ways to grow in 2020

Although 2020 has been a year like no other, Equitable Food Initiative (EFI), the workforce development and training organization that partners with growers, farmworkers,…

Veterans Ranch-grown lettuce a restaurant hit

At the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch north of Bend, vets have been using horticulture for the past few months as a way of healing.  Orion Carriger runs the ranch greenhouse where he, alongside a team of veterans, have begun growing lettuce. He said Sunday that in the beginning of the project, the team donated all…

“We’re turning our attention to entire horticultural segment in Romania”

The Romanian horticulture sector will have to adapt to both new climates as well as new requirements from consumers. One Romanian company, who is specialized in applying new technologies for vegetable cultivation, will now dip its toes in other segments of horticulture as well. They hope to apply their…

NZ grower opts for tender vege crops that form the foundation of a range of Asian cuisines

Walking through one of the four large greenhouses that make up the market garden enterprise owned and tended by Shane McCulloch is rather like being immersed in the steamy jungles of Southeast Asia. Which is altogether appropriate given that McCulloch’s crops of choice are an eclectic mix of Asian…

IIT-Bombay alumni with no farming background start hydroponic farm

Mayank Gupta and Lalit Jhawar started LandCraft Agro in 2019 to grow 40 varieties of exotic vegetables. They now make a turnover of Rs 80 Lakh a month. The western belt of Maharashtra is famously known as the sugar bowl of the state. Kolhapur district, located in this belt, is also famous for its…

Australia agrees to let seasonal workers in

Fruit farmers have been forced to destroy their crops or leave them to rot, given a severe labour hole blown open by the pandemic. The government estimates the industry requires an injection of 26,000 fruit pickersThe Prime Minister confirmed national cabinet had made a bilateral agreement to “unlock”…

Shanti Community Farms supports Akron's immigrant students

Akron resident Bhakta Rizal’s passion for educating and engaging young people dates back to his own childhood.  In 1993, Rizal was 17 years old and had barely graduated from high school when he and his family became displaced from their native village of Dhalim in Bhangtar, Bhutan. Rizal would spend the next…

Shore Breeze Farms is Northampton County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 2020

"Northampton County is made better by business owners such as the Sturgis Family"

The Northampton County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award Recipient is selected each year by nominations from the Membership. The recipient is one who provides a sustainable service to the County and goes above and beyond for the community. We are pleased to announce that this year’s…

145 metres wide, 192 metres long, and eight metres tall.

UK: Go ahead for expansion of tomato greenhouse Woodend Nursery

Unanimous approval has been given to the expansion of the Woodend Nursery in Over Peover.  Cheshire East councillors gave the go-ahead to the scheme, which will see a new glasshouse, heat storage tank, and lagoon being built on Stocks Lane to grow tomatoes. Approval came despite development taking place in…

California herb grower experiences surging sales

While COVID-19 continues to change the landscape of consumer behavior, including holiday traditions and family gatherings, data suggests the herb category is surging in sales during this season. North Shore Culinary Grade Potted is the #1 brand in America, selling 34 percent more than the second-ranked…

Organic Grower Roundtable highlights bright spots and challenges

Leaders from three organic fresh produce companies agree that the outlook for the organic industry is positive heading into the new year, as they explored a wide range of…

Mexican greenhouse tomato grower partners with IFCO for tomato packaging solutions

Agros Produce LLC, producer of tomatoes grown in high-tech greenhouses in Mexico, has partnered with IFCO Systems, provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh…

Bringing vertical farming to a higher level

Vertical Farming is one of the solutions to the problem of the growing demand for food. A multi-layer system uses less surface area, energy and water. And production takes place all year round, resulting in higher yields. In a video message, Arjan Kok, Chief Technical Officer at Bosman Van Zaal, explains…

Costa

Australia: Costa Berries bus starts in Devonport

Costa Berries Tasmania is trialling a four-week bus service to support local workers travelling to its farms in the Devonport area. Cameron Folder, Costa Berries Regional Manager, said the business was partnering with local provider Merseylink to provide an additional local Devonport bus service. “The…

Michael Ouma, a young farmer flying hydroponics flag in Africa

Michael Ouma recalls his struggles back in Migori County where tough life forced him into 'hustling' while still in form two to support his parents who depended solely on small scale farming for survival.  The staunch Catholic who harboured ambitions of becoming a priest spent most of his time in church helping…

Soil, light and a bit of AI: This hydroponic setup is fully automated

Shivendra Singh’s Barton Breeze offers AI-enabled vertical indoor farm set-ups with automated controls for temperature, watering systems, even light and ventilation. Singh started Barton Breeze in Dubai, where he said he realised the need was great. He expanded operations to India in 2017 and is now…

US (MIN): Freshwater greenhouse gets a boost to keep growing

A greenhouse construction project at Freshwater-Wadena Area Learning Center is growing to its full potential thanks to recent donations from the community.This three-year project, built by students and guided by staff, is teaching students about business, construction, horticulture, health and…

Grower-shipper creates in-house logistics department

Generation Farms, a grower-shipper of premium-quality conventional and organic fruits and vegetables, has created an in-house logistics department to better serve their customers."Logistics is an after-thought to many growing operations, but we see it as a way to improve service to our customers and give…

The Green House Sussex next step for UK grower Eric Wall Ltd

In 1977 Eric Wall and Hugh Stevenson began growing tomatoes at the Pollards Nursery in Barnham near Chichester, West Sussex on an area of 2.5 acres. Eric Wall Ltd was born.  Since then the business, along with its annual crop of tomatoes, has flourished and now grows on around 33 miles of rows, investing in…

Bell pepper nursery Personal Vision joins Growers United

Starting next season, Dutch bell pepper nursery Personal Vision will be a member of the Growers United cooperative. Personal Vision joins the production group bell pepper, and will grow bell peppers for the brand PapriCo. Roy Persoon, one of the three owners of the bell pepper nursery, sees the…

Staying on track when the path keeps zigzagging

A Second Chances Farms blog by Ajit Mathew George Sir Richard Branson is often credited with the saying, “If dreams don’t scare you, they are too small.” As the year 2020 draws to an end, I admit to you that my dreams for Second Chances Farm have scared me far more often than I want to admit. What a ride…

Lawmakers to debate farm law in effort to defuse blockade Luisgea

Peruvian farm workers block major road, demanding better wages

Hundreds of workers from agricultural export companies in southern Peru have blocked a key highway in the country's south, stranding dozens of tractor-trailers with perishable…

Record number of sales for US greenhouse grower

The greenhouse growing company Edible Garden announces a record number of sales during the month of November 2020 at nearly $1 million.  "Not only was this Thanksgiving the best on record for sales – 100% year-over-year, and more than 900,000 plants shipped and sold – our packaging technology helped to significantly…

Northwest Florida State College in Niceville opens culinary greenhouse

Northwest Florida State College on Thursday celebrated the grand opening of the Kay Litke Culinary Arts Greenhouse — a space where students will learn farm-to-table culinary techniques and innovative green practices on the Niceville campus. "With more than one hundred guests in attendance, it is clear to…

US (MI): Revolution Farms to add 50,000 sq ft greenhouse

A West Michigan greenhouse that grows lettuce year-round has plans to expand in 2021. Revolution Farms, tucked away in Caledonia, is currently growing varieties of leafy greens in a 50,000 square-foot state of the art greenhouse. Tam Serage the head farmer at Revolution Farms says by next year they will…

Innovative Houston urban farm scores national award for green work

With poor diet a leading risk factor for morbidity and mortality in the United States, improving the food system is more important than ever. The American Heart Association’s Foodscape Innovation Awards spotlight the voluntary changes being made by the food and beverage industry, and this year recognize…

PMA virtual town hall

Finding, recruiting and maintaining talent in the produce industry

This week’s PMA virtual town hall featured three young individuals at various stages of their careers in the produce industry, who discussed what attracted them to the industry, what company culture means to them, and what companies can do to attract and maintain the best talent for the industry. Megan…

New report identifies several agricultural growth opportunities for Northern Australia

Thousands of jobs can be created across Northern Australia if conditions which support investment, innovation and sustainable growth are made available, according to a new report from the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA). The State of the North 2020 report is a…

45 years of Globe Plant tomato plants for Dutch grower

When a plant nursery gets to call itself a supplier of 45 years for a grower, that's cause for celebration. Globe Plant thought so too, and threw a party. Tomato grower Van Heijningen got a beautiful cake for this joyful occasion. Johan Grootscholten with Globe Plant: "It sounds so familiar and common,…

CAN (ON): Cucumber grower continues through winter with LED interlighting

Albuna Farms has chosen to install Philips GreenPower LED interlighting to grow lights in its greenhouse in Ruthven, Ontario. During the first phase of the project, Philips GreenPower LED interlighting grow lights will be installed on 4.7 hectares in their greenhouse. Albuna Farms expects the new system…

Ontario greenhouse grower expands operations into Texas

Nature Fresh Farms has expanded operations with a new distribution center in Laredo, Texas. Future developments are also planned for next year. The new 61,000 square foot distribution center in Laredo provides a new major hub of fresh produce. Since the opening of the facility, it has employed more than…

Former accountants now have highest market share of hydroponic vegetables in Hongkong

When hearing that the products of Aqua Green have won the popularity of many Hongkong mid-to-high-end retailers, 5-star hotels, clubs and chain restaurants, it's easy to conclude that they must be hydroponically grown. And it's true - their vegetables are grown in hydroponic farms in Huidong and Yunnan.…

Swedish tomato growers irate over cheaper imports

Swedish tomato growers are struggling because of the corona crisis. Mats Olofsson of Vikentomater in southern Sweden employs 33 seasonal workers. He grows around 250 tons of tomatoes annually. He suffered significant losses this spring. Restaurants stopped buying, and he had to adjust his prices. "We…

AU: Exporting vegetable growers continue to trade through COVID

Australian vegetable grower-exporters have demonstrated strong resilience in their businesses and supply chains to continue to export during the first three quarters of 2020 and their hard work is reflected in the latest trade data from January to September 2020. AUSVEG National Manager – Export…

to grow leafy greens 4 acre, possibility to quadruple

New kid on the block: Hydroponic greenhouse putting down roots in Indiana

Situated strategically at the crossroads of America, Pure Green Farms is set to begin growing, packaging and distributing fresh leafy greens in February of 2021. The new 4-acre hydroponic indoor farm built by Bom Group will employ the most advanced technology available in a safe and sustainable…

Hainan - China Denis Polyakov

Average income of Sanya growers reaches $45,000 per hectare

Agriculture near the district city of Sanya, on average, produces 300,000 yuan (US$ 45,000) worth of products per hectare. According to the local Sanya Daily, producers have…

US (UT): A peak inside the vertical farm growing cow food

The Utah tech company, Grōv Technologies, is working with a local farm, Bateman and Mosida Farms, to produce food for their cows.  A single tower in the growing system, from a startup called Grōv Technologies, takes up a little more than 850 square feet on the ground. But it can grow as much wheat or barley…

Simply Fresh receives ‘Telangana Best Brand Award’ from CMO Asia

Indian greenhouse growers Simply Fresh, has been awarded the ‘Telangana Best Brand’ award by CMO Asia ‘2020. The award was presented at a virtual ceremony. The awards recognize, identify, and celebrate outstanding brand building & marketing initiatives by organizations, individuals, and teams for their…

Texas prisons

Serving salads while serving time

On a 400-acre farm in Anderson County, goldfish roil a huge water tank. The water, thick with nutrient-dense fish droppings, is pumped through rows of PVC pipes where thousands of heads of lettuce poke out from holes drilled in the plastic. Tangled white roots sway in the water, drinking nitrogen as the…

Ireland’s first 100% Hydroponic farm receives €1 million in grants

Real Leaf Farm receives significant endorsement by Just Transition Commission through the award of €1 million in grants. "This our role in creating a green and sustainable economy for the Midlands," the team says.  RLF is a new agri-tech company which will be Ireland’s first 100% hydroponic farm, growing salad…

The Government cuts the quota of new Moroccan temporary women for the Huelva campaign by 30%

The central government has cut by 30% the quota of new Moroccan female workers with a contract at origin who were expected to travel from Morocco to Huelva in the 2020-2021…

Victorian budget includes a new agriculture strategy to improve supply chain infrastructure

The Victorian Government is spending $65million to support a new agriculture strategy to try and help farmers improve infrastructure and boost efficiency on farms, to remain internationally competitive. Among the measures announced in today's budget was the establishment of an AgTech Regional Innovation…

Indian engineer returns from US to start aquaponics farm

A small, lush plot of land in Chengalpet, a town 76 kilometres away from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, is the face of the future of farming. The integrated hydroponics and fish farm was created by Jegan Vincent, a software engineer who quit his job in the US and returned to India with the goal of doing something…

Greece: One Santorini man is turning to tourists to save the tomato industry

Santorini used to have a flourishing tomato crop. Today, one man is keeping the industry alive on Santorini after a 1956 earthquake nearly cratered the industry. The volcanic soil on the Greek island of Santorini produces a unique variety of cherry tomato that's popular with tourists: the Anydro…

Netherlands: Agro Care buys Barendse DC, pepper grower quits

Tomato grower Agro Care has bought up the land of pepper grower Barendse. This means that the Dutch pepper grower will quit and that the entire area, 19 hectares of greenhouses, will be transferred to the tomato grower, who will use the greenhouses for tomato cultivation. Léon Barendse of the pepper…

Producers from Granada destroy thousands of kilos of cucumber to regulate its price

Farmers from Granada have destroyed thousands of kilos of cucumbers in Motril because cucumber prices have fallen so much that they are being sold below production costs. The…

Ruud Morijn

New Zealand horti sector told to expect no foreign workers 'this side of Christmas'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has issued a statement saying any space in managed isolation facilities ahead of the holiday season would be prioritised for New Zealand workers.…

'Spring cleaning' in bell pepper greenhouse

Last week, crop rotation started at Kwekerij Litjens in the Netherlands. They began clearing the crops at their Meterik location.  Source: LinkedIn  At the beginning of December, the new plants will arrive, which will yield a lot of yellow and red bell peppers coming season. 

Westminster committee urged to recognize Scotland’s need for seasonal workers

NFU Scotland has provided evidence to an influential Westminster committee on the crucial importance of seasonal workers to Scottish agriculture. NFU Scotland, other farming unions and stakeholders have consistently pressed Government on the need for a Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme, that builds…

Greenhouse and vertical farming in New Jersey

New Jersey has a long agricultural history dating back to pre-colonial times, which is how it acquired its name as the “Garden State.” Traditional cultivation methods of NJ’s fertile land have earned New Jersey its spot as a top producer of several horticultural crops. New Jersey‘s cultivation of over…

Japan to nurture production areas for farm exports

The government plans to launch a program aimed at nurturing communities that grow farm and fishery products exclusively for export, informed sources said Thursday. The program…

Total Produce Ireland achieves Origin Green Gold Accreditation in inaugural year

Total Produce Ireland has today been awarded the prestigious Origin Green Gold standard in an online ceremony hosted in Dublin. Origin Green is the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme and operates on a national basis, bringing together Government, the private sector and…

US (WY): Growers moving to year-round gardening with greenhouses and hydroponics

Lake View Gardens in Fremont county started small about six years ago, but lately the need and desire for locally grown produce has increased. With Wyoming’s climate, the outdoor growing season has always been quite short, but this farm is developing solutions on how to grow all winter long. Dirk…

Fair Farms scheme

Australian program intended to stop worker exploitation has only 30 certified farms

Only 30 Australian farms have completed a government program designed to ensure workers are not exploited, despite job seekers continuing to be led into the industry. The Fair…

Farming on the Great Barrier Reef

For over a decade, farmers living on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have been making changes to the way they farm to stop soil, pesticides, nutrients and excess water from their farm impacting on Reef water quality. Growcom’s Hort360 program has brought the industry together to record these…

Marco Bergman (Harvest House):

"Good end result for Dutch bell pepper growers after memorable season"

Harvest House supplied its last Dutch bell peppers last week. Marco Bergman reflects on the season. Not many of the predictions made before the season came true. "We had all sorts of scenarios in mind," he says. "But the true master planner during this last bell pepper season was the COVID-19 pandemic.…

Mr. Salad goes 'back to the future'

You may know him as Mr. Salad, although his real name is Grahame Dunling. He's earned his nickname for good reason though, with a career spanning decades in the horticulture industry, taking him from various roles in the UK and around the world, right through to his current job as CEO of Uns Farms in…

Easter Grangemuir Farm

The benefits of lean techniques in horticulture

For many horticultural businesses, the challenge of accessing reliable and affordable labour is one of their biggest concerns. In response, AHDB developed SmartHort, a programme to help growers make improvements to their labour efficiencies and to investigate new automation and technologies. As part of…

VeggiTech inspires people to grow crops sustainably

VeggiTech is an agro-tech organization focused on changing the agriculture industry to create sustainable and eco-friendly farms. Its tech-enabled solutions are: VeggiTech digital operating system (V-DOS) This is a scalable, repeatable set of solutions that are focused on the controlled environment…

Blueberry grower alleges United Exports claimed royalties on unregistered varieties

A South African blueberry grower has claimed “a momentous victory” for growers as Dutch authorities yesterday released two shipments of its blueberries, confiscated earlier this month and at the end of last month. United Exports agrees to allow marketing of the rest of the 2020 blueberry crop from Ross…

harvest expected early next year

AppHarvest plants first tomato crop

AppHarvest today announced it has planted its first tomato crop at the company’s high-tech controlled environment agriculture facility in Morehead, Ky. The crop is scheduled to be harvested and available at leading U.S. grocery stores in early 2021. The Morehead facility spans 2.76 million square feet,…

Aussie Govt attempts to pinch Kiwi seasonal workers, offering $2000 to work in Australia

The Australian Government is attempting to pinch New Zealand's seasonal workers in a bid to strengthen their agricultural harvesting industry by offering New Zealanders $2000 to move across the ditch. In an email to Kiwis, sent via a not-for-profit hostel, backpackers and travel organisation, the…

David Samson: The Forum

NDSU request to rename greenhouse in honor of former ND governor

At its regular board meeting next month, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education will consider a request from North Dakota State University (NDSU), which seeks to rename a greenhouse on its campus in honor of a former North Dakota Governor. NDSU will seek to rename the North Dakota Agricultural…

UK herb grower reports losses

Pre-tax losses at one of the largest growers of fresh cut and living pot herbs in the UK widened during its latest financial year, new accounts have revealed. Lincolnshire Herbs operates out of a…

Leave it Better

‘Farmers for America’ film to air on PBS

Farmers for America is a documentary film directed by Graham Meriwether and narrated by Mike Rowe that celebrates young and beginning farmers and the opportunities agriculture has to restore rural communities. NCAT joined with the National Young Farmers Coalition, National Farmers Union, the Farmer…

Partnership with Western Growers to accelerate field harvest automation

Members of Western Growers are family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico, together they provide over half the nation’s fresh fruits,…

Master growers share knowledge in apprenticeship program

Diversified Vegetable Apprenticeship (DVA) is a formal apprenticeship program registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. It pairs beginning farmers…

US (TX): VegOut! Farms completes major expansion in October 2020

VegOut! Farms, a commercial hydroponic grower just 46 miles west of Houston, Texas, has completed a 40,000 sq. ft. expansion to their hydroponic controlled environment growing facilities. Specializing in tomatoes, mini cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, herbs and now, branching out into strawberries, this company…

Eden Green CEO Eddy Badrina talks about vertical greenhouse farming in Earth911 podcast

Eden Green Technologies built a research and development greenhouse farm in Cleburne, Texas, and is preparing to launch its first commercial farming operation. The farm system includes 18-foot vertical hydroponic growing racks, lighting, and climate management equipment. With this system, a 1.5-acre…

"The cycle for growing coriander has gone from 21 to 14 days"

Deep beneath the streets of London, in a complex of bomb shelters left abandoned since World War II, something is growing. Thousands of green sprouts burst from their hydroponic trays, stretching toward glowing pink lights that line the arched ceilings. These plants, along with tens of thousands of other…

Edible Garden

US: Crowdinvesting campaign to scale greenhouse grower

Greenhouse company Edible Garden® today announces the launch of an equity crowdfunding campaign via crowd investment platform Republic, which will help fund the commercialization of the company's  greenhouses. "This will further reduce our carbon footprint and expand access to its USDA-Certified Organic, sustainable…

Michael's nontraditional path to horticulture allows him to use technology while working outdoors

An advanced degree in horticulture allows Michael to blend his love of horticulture with his background in remote sensing and data analysis. Michael Metiva is working on his…

Russian greenhouse expands with 5 ha for seedling production

New greenhouses of 750 square meters each, have been constructed in the second department of a greenhouse complex in Russia to replace the old ones, built in the 1970s. The enterprise has long been feeling a need for growing seedlings. The assortment has been expanded every year, as Teplichny is trying…

Dutch grower goes hybrid with first 5 hectares of cucumbers

For many years by now the cucumbers at Van Gog Kwekerijen have been growing under SON-T lightings. Recently 5 ha of the Dutch greenhouse was enriched with additional LED-lights, making it one of the first commercial, large-scale cucumber crops with a hybrid installation.  It is the result of a collaboration…

Flying in 700 Pacific Islands workers to pick fruit

Tasmania signs seasonal worker deal

In their search for harvest workers, Tasmanian berry growers are planning to charter flights from the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste next month. Up to 700 people involved in…

Richard Diplock, Eric Wall Ltd, looks back on 2020

"For the first time in 44 years of trading, we started operating night shifts"

It might be a bit early for a year overview, but hey – it's 2020 and everything has been different this year. On top of that, last week the last harvest of the year was conducted at Eric Wall Ltd, so the season there has ended. And it’s been a crazy one, Richard Diplock says. “The year has been…


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