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Saffron R&D project turns out successfully

Vertical farming is not quite like ordinary farming, just like saffron is not quite like ordinary crops. The Association of Vertical Farming saw this too and decided to combine the two. They have just finished their R&D project which focused on saffron. Reason enough for us to delve a little deeper into…

LaManna Premier Group CEO Anthony Di Pietro

"When you see your glasshouse washing down the main street of Mildura, then you know you’ve got a problem"

LaManna Premier Group CEO Anthony Di Pietro has been featured in the AgJournal of the Australian publication Weekly Times, which visited the company's Lancaster Farms greenhouse tomato growing operations. During Covid, LaManna battled to get the massive amounts of fruit and vegetables it grows on its own…

Growing in Brazil is going in the right direction

How are Arjan Kouwenhoven and his wife Tatjana doing? In Andradas, the southern region near São Paulo, Brazil, they realized a 2-hectare greenhouse for tomato growing. A broadcast on Brazilian TV about the remarkable greenhouse farming project Fonte Verde Agro shows us what they are up to. There are hardly…

Organic and Fair Trade Certified

Favorable weather results in earlier start of Mexican greenhouse production

The organic greenhouse vegetable market has been tight recently, but the situation should ease in the next few weeks. “Favorable weather will allow us to start production earlier this season,” says Michael DuPuis with Divine Flavor. “As a result, availability of consistent volumes will be ahead of…

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Dhaka entrepreneurs build indoor vertical farm in megacity

The vertical indoor farm in Dhaka's Mirpur is built by four young entrepreneurs at an abandoned house, known as 'Farm Imagination.' The indoor vertical farm, built with a hydroponic system, produces different varieties of salad and vegetables, including lettuce, buckthorn, basil, celery, capsicum, and…

Royal Brinkman visits Kazakhastan

“What we saw in a week would otherwise take two years"

Richard Hagedoorn and Daria van der Heijden-Kamalitdinova from the Dutch company, Royal Brinkman, travelled to Kazakstan last week to visit growers in the Nur-Sultan region. By the end the week, they had traveled no less than 3,540km. Daria is Royal Brinkman's new International Account Manager. For her,…

Dan Branson and Bert Mucci of Mucci Farms on the company’s mission to expand

“Domestically grown produce has become a necessity”

Year after year, demand for local produce is consistently on the rise as consumers have always preferred to support local farmers and businesses wherever they can. “Although this sentiment continued during the pandemic, domestic production has steadily but quickly transitioned from preference to…

US: Gladstone Land acquires two blueberry farms and facilities in Georgia

US Company Gladstone Land Corporation announced that it has acquired approximately 230 gross acres of farmland, including 175 acres of blueberry bushes and a fresh packing and…

Grower-shipper gives back through annual ‘Day of Good from the Ground Up’

On Nov. 11-12, Lipman Family Farms’ employees gathered to participate in the second annual ‘Day of Good from the Ground Up® to give back to the local communities where Lipman operates. The company-wide service days are a continued part of Lipman’s community-driven culture, reinforcing the company’s…

Growing wasabi hydroponically not as impossible as it seems

When one thinks of sushi, it is not long before one comes to wasabi. In the video below, famous sushi chef Hiroyuki Terada visits the wasabi farm, Half Moon Bay Wasabi, to find out where the wasabi he uses actually comes from, and how it comes to be. He speaks with the owner of the farm, Jeff, who,…

French producer brings back Carré de Lagnes bell pepper

The Carré de Lagnes bell pepper was once cultivated near Lagnes, Robion, Velleron, and in the French department of the Vaucluse, but its culture disappeared in the 1960s. “A…

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Using capybara waste to grow vegetables

Japanese aquarium exhibits circular hydroponics system

The Japanese company Tierra Ponica is exhibiting a cyclical hydroponics system using animal waste in Kawasaki City, Japan, in which capybara waste is used to fertilize vegetables. The vegetables grown in the system are eaten by the animals in the aquarium.  Tierra Ponica is a member of the Chitose Group, a…

New weighing and registration system is an essential management tool for this Dutch grower

"Our packaging, weighing, and registration methods were due for replacement. Three years ago, we began packing at our new packing warehouse. Almost all our products leave in small packages, meaning a lot of small batches, packaging material, and handling. Proper weighing, as well are registration, was at the top…

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Indian journalist converts 3-story home into hydroponic farm

Former full-time journalist Ramveer Singh from Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, decided to quit his job and dedicate his time to his ancestral land to grow organic vegetables. “The farm is 40 km away from Bareilly, and I traveled to grow the vegetables and increase the production on the land,” he tells The…

Delphy hygiene protocol bears fruit for cucumber grower

"We haven't had any problems with the virus for two years now"

Cucumber grower Jeroen Verheul from Maarssen has been working on the development of a hygiene protocol together with Delphy. This protocol for a clean greenhouse as a starting point for clean cultivation is now bearing fruit. Jeroen has a 3.7 hectare company in Maarssen. He has invested for over twenty years…

Fourth-generation Turkish farmer shows his high-tech greenhouse

In this video, Mustafa Erüst shows you around in his greenhouse. He is the fourth generation to work on this farm, something he is very proud of, and he hopes that the next generation, too, will work on the farm. Mustafa shows how modern technology is implemented in the greenhouse and helps to make…

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Growing lobsters and tropical fruits at home:

"The market is asking for an aquaponic system as ours"

“We believe that not just Luxembourg, but most of the world is both ready and asking for a system such as ours,” says Manuel Arrillaga with Fësch Haff in Luxembourg. Together with his co-founder Daryl Fuchs, he recently launched a start-up company with the aim of farming both vegetables and fish in a…

Aruba taking first steps to food self-sufficiency with new greenhouse

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that relies almost entirely on imported food to survive. 297 Farm saw the extensive problems this dependence brought with it and decided to try and remedy the situation by growing food locally. First, they built a vertical farm, and now, a greenhouse is under…

"Hydroponic growing at a height has given us a competitive advantage in terms of labor recruitment"

The cultivation of berries in Huelva is a contemporary success story. The production of Huelva's strawberries, which started developing as a pioneering project between the late '50s and early '60s of the 20th century, has allowed Spain to become the largest producer of this fruit in the European Union,…

Hydroponics in Singapore: take a look!

Hydroponics are taking over the world! In Singapore, too, they have discovered this method of growing. Take a look inside LivFresh Farms' greenhouse, where you are shown their high-tech systems and their enthusiasm at the same time. For more information:LivFresh Farmswww.livfreshfarms.com

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Landwirtschaftlicher Informationsdienst:

A professional vegetable farm, just smaller

During his time as a journalist at the Basler Zeitung, an allotment garden replaced his visits to a psychotherapist. Today, Markus Lohr can say this with a smile on his face. Being dissatisfied with his job at the time, his enthusiasm for vegetables grew. Therefore, at the age of 39, he made the…

Mini cucumber has great success in Northern Italian markets

Cucumber is undoubtedly one of the most interesting products in the vegetable sector. The vegetable is produced on a large scale in southern Italy. Among the producers who have specialized in growing cucumbers in greenhouses is the F.lli Facchini farm.  The cucumbers are grown in hydroponic greenhouses using…

"We don't drop a smaller customer just because a larger one comes along"

Grower Jaco Huysman and his father used to grow radishes. With the arrival of the bunching machine, they had to choose: "If you go bigger, it has to suit you, but radishes have never been my thing," says Sandra Huysman, nowadays the face of nursery De Westlandse Aardbei alongside Jaco, in a business…

More varieties to follow

Syngenta to launch modified Sweetelle with ToBRFV resistance in 2022

Syngenta's Sweetelle snack tomato variety can be found in many greenhouses. Arthur van Marrewijk, technical product development specialist at the breeding company, looks back on the past Sweetelle season full of, among others, virus and energy challenges and has news: a modified Sweetelle will be…

A network of smart greenhouses emerges over Malaysia

What is better than a grower producing fresh crops? A whole network of them, all collaborating to provide chemical pesticide-free and fresh produce. That is what the JustGood Group in Malaysia is doing. When the pandemic hit, they saw the opportunity to build a network of farms by partnering with other…

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Dutch aquaponics grower moving up after successful start

In March this year, a floor of a factory in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, was transformed into a farm where they grow lettuce in water which has fish manure added. Things are going well. So well, that Phood Farm is expanding its cultivation as soon as next year, according to the Dutch media company RTL…

Tomato grower uses smart sensors as tool for optimizing crop strategies

Dutch tomato grower Koos van der Burg has been around for a while. He was already paying visits to the regional Horticultural Research Station back in the days when, "after entering, you saw all kinds of measuring equipment hanging off the plants that made you think: 'What am I supposed to do with…

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Surinam grower with innovative crop rotation system wins grower election

The Surinam SME grower George Karan has been declared the most sustainable SME farm in Suriname by the Sustainable Development Foundation Suriname (d'ONS) and partners on Friday, 22 October 2021. The grower received the first prize. He is a full-time grower and owns about 10 hectares which are fully…

Nicky Mann, Family Fresh Farms, addresses challenges for Australian growers:

"Labor seems to be one of the most important challenges all growers face"

When thinking about Australia, most people will picture koalas, kangaroos, and dangerous spiders – or, after reading yesterday’s interview with Nicky Mann, chair of the board of Protected Cropping Australia, of the opportunities there are for the horticultural industry. Yet, despite the many…

Nicky Mann, Protected Cropping Australia:

"The Australian protected cropping industry finds itself in an extremely exciting time"

The Australian protected cropping industry is at an extremely exciting point in its history, says Nicky Mann. As the chair of the board of Protected Cropping Australia and one of the Managers of Family Fresh Farms, she lives and breathes horticulture every day of her life. Over the last couple of years,…

Farmer's daughter Sarah Mock:

"I couldn't prove small family farms are the future"

"I tried to prove that small family farms are the future. I couldn’t do it." That is what freelance journalist and farmers daughter Sarah Mock concludes from research for her…

Roelands Plant Farms grows to 20 acres

"This year we will be producing about 17 million plants"

They started in 2013 as a 4-acre company, producing around 1 million plants in their first year. By now, Canadian propagator Roelands Plant Farms produces 17 million plants on a 20-acre facility. With this rapid growth, they earned a spot in the ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. The Roelands…

"We were the first in the world to harvest Salicornia with this system"

Hubrecht Janse began cultivating Salicornia for the fresh market in the Netherlands in 2006. Soon after, he wanted to harvest this mechanically. "We certainly had to dispel some prejudices first. Not everyone was confident about the quality of machine-harvested Salicornia. But, by now, we've convinced…

Melissa van den Heuvel wins Young Grower of the Year for 2021

Melissa van den Heuvel, 25, has won the Young Grower of the Year for 2021. She is an avocado grower services representative at Apata Group Limited, based in the Bay of Plenty.  ‘It was great to be part of this competition and get to know my fellow competitors. We’d all like to thank the sponsors and HortNZ…

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Tucson, Arizona: Barrio Centro farm feeds Latino community

The Midtown Farm in Tucson, Arizona, is an offshoot of the Flowers & Bullets Collective in the Barrio Centro neighborhood. Tito Romero and Jacob Robles, friends since childhood and now in their early 30s, launched the organization in 2012 to provide healthy food alternatives, improve their neighborhood,…

Leafy vegetable grower modernizes in stages

Tuinderij J. van den Berg, a horticultural company from Ridderkerk, is working on an investment plan. The modernization started in 2014, and Albert-Jan van den Berg hopes to have it completed in 2024. By then, the new Phormium screens and the corresponding installation will be hanging everywhere, there…

Soft fruit grower receives voucher against food waste

Genson Lost Fruits is fighting against the waste of 'second class' strawberries and raspberries by processing the residual flow into drinks. The fruit grower from Sint-Oedenrode now wants to invest in its own production space in order to immediately process the fruits after harvesting into liqueur, (low)…

Dalat Hasfarm

Vietnam: "To help those in need, we provided thousands of charity boxes"

To contain the spread of COVID-19, Vietnam applied a 4 month long lockdown in Ho Chi Minh City. To help those in need, Dalat Hasfarm provided thousands of charity boxes filled with fresh vegetables from its own farms. "We also provided other staple food items which came as a great help for those…

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Developer of special harvesting knife for cucumbers in the spotlight

Tom Houben from Sevenum was recently named 'Starter of the third quarter' by the Dutch municipality of Horst aan de Maas. In addition to his work at Christaens Group, Tom started his own company on July 1. With that company, Top-3d, he developed an ergonomic harvesting knife for cucumbers that should…

Gull Valley Greenhouses keeps energy costs down

"By locking in, our bills have been stable and we avoided a lot of volatility"

Alberta’s high power market prices have increased costs for most vegetable growers across the province. A standout exception is Levi Tiemstra’s Gull Valley Greenhouses. This Lacombe-based greenhouse has continued to produce tomatoes, bell peppers, lettuce, and herbs while beating the market on their…

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Raspberry grower trades peppers for strawberries and continues as soft fruit company

At the end of this season, Kees and Geert-Jan van Tuijl's farm in Zaltbommel will exchange peppers for strawberries, meaning the company will be a specialized soft fruit company in a few weeks' time.  This is what the growers told Glastuinbouw Nederland in a story as part of the 'Pass on the color' campaign…

Past lessons helped Dutch sprout specialist weather the pandemic

For Van der Plas Sprouts, last year might not have been as crazy as 2011, when, during the EHEC crisis, the Dutch sprout specialist lost 70% of its sales within 24 hours. Unfortunately, the company was not entirely left untouched by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, 18 months into it, the worst seems to be over.…

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New farming techniques in Cambodian greenhouse a success

Kratie’s farmers saw a great crop yield due to their application of greenhouse farming techniques. They successfully cultivated cauliflowers and cabbages in their greenhouses in a bid to increase crop yield and improve the quality of their crops. Farmers praised the benefits of greenhouse farming such as…

Georgian woman chosen as one of UN's Food Heroes

"There is nothing in agriculture that a man can do and a woman can't"

Irina Vasilyeva has been chosen as one of 17 Food Heroes by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO), as an example of how access to technical knowledge and technology can empower smallholder farmers to become agents of change. Food Heroes are recognized for their commitment to provide food for their…

Organic growth of women working in agriculture sector seeds positive change

A team of inspiring female leaders at one of South Australia’s most reputable organic farms is setting the pace for gender equality in South Australia’s agriculture sector and has used International Day of Rural Women to encourage others to take a leap of faith and consider forging a career in the…

Dennis van Luijk: "Growth at Dutch retailers and exports to Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, and North America

A 15% increase in graffiti eggplants volumes in a single year

The Greenery Grower, Dennis van Luijk, farms on 3 hectares in the Netherlands, growing traditional purple and white eggplants, as well as mini, round flamed, long flamed, green, and Japanese varieties. Now he focuses on graffiti eggplants, and it is now paying off. This striking product's volume has…

Surinamese hybrid cultivation concept sparks interest from international investors

Six years ago, B4Agro&Food-Systems developed a new cultivation concept specifically aimed at a tropical climate, in order to allow Surinamese growers to achieve year-round stability in the production. The low-tech concept combines four forms of hydroponics which were not really used in Suriname until…

Dutch cherry tomato grower switches to organic greenhouse vegetables

Prune tomato grower Vitensa from Vierpolders is switching to organic greenhouse vegetables, after recently receiving permission from organic certification body Skal. This week is the last time that tomatoes will be grown on rock wool in the greenhouses. The first organic harvest will take place in the…

Third generation officially joins Dutch tomato grower

Earlier this week, Wes van Schie officially became co-owner of L.A. van Schie tomato growers in the Netherlands, making him this company's third generation. The agreement is retroactive from end of September, 2021. This was a special moment for this family business, especially because its first…

Shaoul Abramzcyk, Groupe Mandar:

"Our clients want us to grow in the cleanest way, no matter how difficult it is"

“You have to be consistent: whether it’s the vision of the company, or the quality and the taste of your products, you have to be a partner that your customers can rely on,” says Shaoul Abramzcyk. This focus has resulted in a constant growth of the Groupe Mandar, the family company of which he is…

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Hydroponics and aquaponics farm breaks ground at Grand Canyon Junction

Hydroponic and aquaponic gardening is breaking ground in Grand Canyon Junction. Resident and health enthusiast Stoney Ward is excited to share his dream. He says his mission is to help people by educating them on the system of hydroponic gardening so they can grow vegetables at home. “I love plants and I…

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Photos: Israeli bumblebees work in Irkutsk cucumber greenhouse

Tomatoes, bell peppers, and eggplants in Angarsk in the Irkutsk region, Russia, are pollinated in winter by bumblebees from Israel. Bumblebees allow an increase in productivity by 15% on average, providing a higher quality pollination. Thanks to these furry assistants, the enterprise manages to collect…

Dutch greenhouses remain empty because of high gas price

"We cannot grow for this"

“We cannot grow for this,” Dutch growers warn as they suffer under the rising gas prices. Yesterday, the Dutch price of gas crossed the unprecedented €1/m3 mark. According to Alexander Formsma with…

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Indian engineer builds rooftop farms to cut down building heat and grow produce

With a degree in agri-engineering, Prateek Tiwari recognized the potential of organic produce much before its massive popularity today. To simplify the farm-to-fork supply chain, Prateek started an organic farming company in 2003, but it soon shut down in 2006.  “There was no organized retail at that time.…

Minister visits hydroponic Fairtrade project in Mauritius

The Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr Soomilduth Bholah, effected a site visit in Calodyne, Grand Gaube, to oversee the hydroponic project set up by the Mauritius Fairtrade Cooperative Federation Ltd (MFCFL). The chairperson of the MFCFL, Mr Shrudanand Sheoraj, and other…

Next step in energy set-up for Greek greenhouse company Bellamia

An important step for the Greece greenhouse project Bellamia Farms; Their energy set-up, including a CHP installation, was approved by the Greece Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE). The 8.8 MW cogeneration installation will be the main energy source for the greenhouse.  The first phase of the Bellamia Farms…

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

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

Former teacher starts aquaponics farm

While local farmers' markets will soon close, many local businesses like 302 Aquaponics are ready for new customers. Doug Wood designed his own 15,000-square-foot greenhouse to grow acres of lettuce and harvest tons of tilapia to share with the community. About five years ago, Doug decided that while he…

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Indoor greenhouse takes the guesswork out of plant care

As many of us have discovered when bringing a new plant home, each variety of houseplant has different needs, which can be quite challenging to meet. While some green-fingered growers might relish such things, others might prefer to have technology take care of everything automatically and just sit back…

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US (IN): Ivy Tech greenhouse helps meet demands for locally grown produce

Local Food Week in Fort Wayne ran Sept. 17-26, and people had opportunities to learn more about their food and its sources. Thanks to the Northeast Indiana Local Food Network, and as part of the weeklong event, the Ivy Tech Greenhouse at the Ivy Tech Technology Center was open for tours on Sept. 22.…

Tour through small, efficient hydroponic farm

Come on a farm tour with me to a super-efficient, small-scale hydroponic farm in Dallas, TX Profound Microfarms. The farm is led by Jeff Bednar, who also created Profound Foods, a food hub for connecting local farmers and chefs in the Dallas Fortworth Area.

"We have finally solved the New Delhi problem on courgettes grown in open fields"

"We have finally solved the New Delhi problem on courgettes grown in open fields," said Massimo Morello, owner of the farm that bears his name, located in Licata (AG) in Sicily. He hasn't been able to grow dark green courgettes in open fields for years because of this pathogen. "Courgettes could only be…

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$50 million investment round

Bill Gates' tech fund invests heavily in in autonomous growing company

Someone famous is knocking on the doors of autonomous growing. Hybrid robotic greenhouse company Iron Ox has closed a $53 million funding round, led by Bill Gates' tech fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures.  Artificial intellegenceIron Ox, which launched its farming system in 2018, grows produce in proprietary…

China: Will Evergrande pay creditors back with their greenhouse?

The faltering Chinese real estate developer Evergrande is repaying creditors with real estate. The company reports on the Chinese chat app WeChat that investors can now opt for discounted real estate instead of cash. These would be apartments, offices, retail spaces, or parking garages. On these,…

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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…

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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…

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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…


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