Grower in the Spotlight

Erik Rasing starts soft fruit propagation with RasGrow Plants

Since Spring this year, a new name is written on the facade of a company specialized in strawberry propagation under glass located in the Dutch town of Hout-Blerick. That name is RasGrow Plants, and Erik Rasing runs the company. At the end of his studies, he came into contact with grower Gerrit van der…

FarmJet

India: Grounded pilots use hydroponics to grow and deliver veggies

What would you do if you’re cruising at 30,000 feet in the air daily and are suddenly grounded for months? Well, these pilots started a hydroponics business on their terrace. A long-held ‘project’ in the mind of Mumbai-based domestic airline pilot Harsh Parekh, the Covid-19 lockdown paved the way to…

Sensei Farms

US (HI): Billionaire’s greenhouse now exporting produce statewide

A pioneering hydroponic greenhouse farm on Lanai established by tech billionaire Larry Ellison has begun to export produce statewide. The enterprise, Sensei Farms, announced this month that it is now supplying all 32 Foodland Super Market Ltd. stores in Hawaii with “premium” leafy greens. The expansion…

Netherlands: Fear causes the sales of niche products to drop by eighty percent

Before the Dutch government's corona press conference on the 13th of October, the amount of orders at PUURgroenten had been declining steadily for past weeks. With a decrease of as much as eighty percent recently, grower Han Lammers notices. He says it’s due to the fear that people currently feel. Anna Koster…

BrightFarms

Cox Enterprises assumes majority ownership

BrightFarms secures $100 million Series E round of funding

BrightFarms has secured more than $100 million in debt and new equity capital to support its expansion plans. The Series E round of funding was led by Cox Enterprises, which now owns a majority stake in the company, and includes a follow-on investment from growth equity firm Catalyst Investors.…

Lipman Family Farms

US (VA): Migrant workers restricted to farms under one grower’s virus lockdown

Each spring, a thousand or more Mexican tomato pickers descend on Virginia’s Eastern Shore to toil in the fields of Lipman Family Farms, enduring long hours stooped over to pluck the plump fruit and then hoisting it on their shoulders onto a waiting truck. An adept worker will fill a 32-pound bucket…

optimise your energy use

Energy student looking for internship in hydro- or aeroponic farm

"I think that hydroponics and aeroponics are fields with a large potential for development. How to maximize the yield without being energy-dependent? And how to optimize…

Key points of choosing grow lights for greenhouses

As the number of horticulture light brands on the market increases, the difficulty for growers in choosing the right product also increases. As lighting represents an important investment in the entire project, what are the key points that decision-makers need to pay attention to? Making an informed…

Prairie Culture Farms

US (LA): Community helps rebuild greenhouse after damage from storms

An Evangeline Parish greenhouse is getting rebuilt from the ground up with help from the community. The owner of that greenhouse is Turkey Creek's mayor. He's now getting help from the same community he serves. Prairie Culture Farms has provided local produce to Evangeline Parish for 2 years. However,…

Tech-magnate Jack Ma visits Dezhou greenhouse

The Chinese horticultural industry might get ready to rumble as two major business magnates found their way into the greenhouse. Last week Jack Ma (Ma Yun), founder and CEO of Alibaba, and Sun Hongbin, CEO of Sunac, visited the Kaisheng Haofeng Facility. This is the largest greenhouse in the Shandong…

LED lighting helps Canadian vertical farm to increase food production all year round

GoodLeaf Community Farms in Canada selected Signify to equip its new state-of-the-art farm with Philips Horticulture LED lighting. As a branded producer, GoodLeaf grows and packs fresh, nutritious, and pesticide-free micro and baby greens year-round. The company operates a 4,000-square-metre indoor…

Smith Family Greens

US (CO): Grower adds to Denver's vertical farm movement

"Sometimes greenhouses aren’t as efficient as you would think,"

Sometimes greenhouses aren’t as efficient as you would think, says Brian Smith. And after five years of working in one, Smith thought he could do better. So he started looking up. Smith Family Greens is a vertical farm that specializes in soon-to-be-certified organic microgreens for sale to restaurant…

Upward Farms

US (NY): Ultra-local Brooklyn-based aquaponics operation has national agenda

Originally founded in 2013 as Edenworks and previously known as Seed & Roe, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.-based Upward Farms takes an ecosystem-based approach to its aquaponics operation, which produces microgreens and “mercury-free, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free” striped bass, rated as a “Best Choice”…

Greenheart Organic Farms

How heirloom vegetables have helped a UAE farm flourish in the desert

A stroll through Greenheart Organic Farms reveals rows and rows of vibrant vegetation, despite the early October temperatures. Yet most producers in the Gulf don’t even start growing crops until this time of year. “We’ve been growing all year,” says Elena Kinane, the farm’s founder. “Nobody would believe…

Freshaholics

India: Aquaponics unit gets off the ground in Ludhiana vet varsity

Sanjay Dhotre Union minster of state for education, communication and electronics and IT, on Wednesday virtually inaugurated an ‘Aquaponics vertical farming system’ developed at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU). The system was established by Centre for Development of…

New Jersey Department of Agriculture recognizes farmers in Farm to School program

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher recognized Drop the Beet Farms in Monmouth County as the 2020 winning farm for the Jersey Fresh Farm to School Farmer Recognition Award. The presentation took place on the farm during the 10th Annual Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week, being held September…

The lights are on in Switzerland

Light4Food's international activities continue, this time in Switzerland. They exchanged the existing son-t lighting installation with the Philips LED toplighting Compact. This LED fixture can easily replace the existing son-t installation and has a light intensity of 1.800 µmol/s. In addition, LEDs contribute to a uniform…

Betsy McCue

UK: Growing Underground to open new site on London’s outskirts

A massive underground farm in Clapham is set to open a new site on London’s outskirts in a bid to ramp up its sustainable agriculture operations. Growing Underground cultivates micro herbs and salad leaves in a former Second World War air raid shelter, 33 metres beneath the streets of the capital. Using…

Muteero Farms

Food production in Africa: Aquaponic farming

Farming has gained a new appeal to African youth, as a growing number of entrepreneurs turn to agri-business. But unlike generations before them, these agri-preneurs are doing things rather differently. CGTN's Lindy Mtongana met with an aquaponic farmer in Nairobi - who relies on fish to grow his crops.  Martino…

Lufa Farms

CAN (QC): Rooftop greenhouses take urban farming to new heights

Cherry tomato plants tower over Lauren Rathmell’s head in the latest greenhouse built by the company she co-founded, called Lufa. "We train everything vertically, so that we can keep these plants a lot longer than a typical garden tomato plant," she explains. "We're in the probably 15 to 20-foot-long…

Gourmet Garden

Indian 'naturoponic' grower bags funding to expand

Agricultural technology startup Gourmet Garden has raised a fresh investment round from Incubate Fund India and Whiteboard Capital. The company, which follows a patented naturoponic farming approach, was founded by Arjun Balaji, a former partner at McKinsey, and Vishal Narayanaswamy, who after consulting…

Fieldless Farms

CAN (ON): Farm Boy deal just the beginning for indoor farming startup

Within six months of completing construction on its Cornwall growing facility, Fieldless Farms’ produce could already be found on the shelves of more than 20 Farm Boy stores across Ontario. But armed with an aggressive expansion plan to bring more hydroponically grown vegetables to Canadians, CEO Jon…

"We both started in a newly constructed greenhouse"

Jubilees Dutch eggplant grower Gebr. van Duijn going back in time

This month, both Arjan Wensink and Gerard van Vossen have been working at eggplant grower Gebr. van Duijn for 25 years. A moment to celebrate for Arjan and Gerard as well as the company, which expects a new greenhouse filled with crops mid-November. 25 years ago, both men found a company in the Dutch…

Patrick van der Voort, Beekenkamp Plants:

"We can grow fruit vegetables year-round because of our international customer base"

Patrick van der Voort has been working as a cultivation specialist at Beekenkamp Plants ‘s Gravenzande location for 3 years now. Built in 2017 the site specializes in fruit vegetable production. “Getting to work at this location was a great challenge for me; a new greenhouse with modern facilities, a…

Afghanistan: Women in Samangan trained in greenhouse management skills

Acted Institute, with the financial support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), trained 200 women under the alternative livelihood project in the production of greenhouse vegetables in Aibak and Hazrat Sultan districts of Samangan province, and launched irrigation and livestock in…

Plenty

A peek inside the 'farm of the future'

From the outside, the gray and white warehouse near the corner of Oris Street and Mona Boulevard seems like a thousand other mundane Southern California buildings. But the interior, once completed, will resemble a sketch from a futurist's daydreams. If all goes well, the 95,000-square-foot Compton…

"Raspberries in the summer in the desert? No way!"

How do you get raspberries to grow in the desert? Well, one way is by upgrading your farm with some greenhouse technology, as one grower from Israel can tell you. Metania Freuind is a second generation grower of blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. As the farm got bigger, he and the team started understanding…

US (NH): lef Farms adds new production manager

Coming off a very eventful summer that resulted in expanding distribution by adding Stop & Shop stores throughout New England and supporting medical first-responders during the pandemic with donations of a quarter of a million dollars in baby greens, hydroponic lettuce grower, lef Farms continues its…

Prominent continues with Moroccan snack tomato grower QualiPrim

After a successful start last year, DOOR/Prominent has again been selling snack tomatoes from QualiPrim nursery, one of the best tomato growers in Morocco, since early September. ‘We’ve had a very positive experience with the partnership and the quality of the product in the past year, as have our…

Queensland equine dentist grows fish and vegetables in backyard

Central Queensland equine dentist Keith Page won't knock renewable energy and self-sustainability before he tries it, so that's exactly what he's doing. The former mine worker…

South African niche veg exporter opens a Kenyan office for basic veg & herb supply

"Covid-19 has caused us to look at the future challenges from a completely different perspective and plan our way forward accordingly”

For many years Afrex South Africa has specialized in marketing niche and high value products to the food service industry but the Corona crisis has changed that: since April 2020, they have begun marketing more basic products that are used in the food service industry, like fresh cut herbs, avocados,…

Comfort Seeds

Katie Diez grew tomato from seed she found on her late father's shirt

"My dad wasn't very good at washing clothes"

Katie Dieze is a pediatric occupational therapist and the cofounder of Comfort Seeds, an initiative that uses gardening to help kids who have lost loved ones heal. She’s currently writing a Comfort Seeds children’s book, in collaboration with Oregon-based illustrator Manda Severin. And she’s dreaming of…

Finland: Hattula berry farm made raspberry cultivation a top business

Thanks to new cultivation techniques applied in Finland, domestic raspberries will start to be picked at the end of September. At the end of September, the strawberry…

CAN (ON): Pepper grower to implement smart LED lighting

Starting in November, Sollum Technologies’ smart LED lighting solution will be implemented at Allegro Acres, a family-owned greenhouse pepper farm operating in Southwestern Ontario for over 20 years. Their 30-acre production capacity makes them one of the major greenhouse producers in the province.…

Tanzanian group of young entrepreneurs makes a fortune from strawberry farming

A youth group in Dodoma, Tanzania, has embarked on large scale strawberry plantation in a project aimed at improving the livelihood of its members. The project launched by Tusumuke Youth Entrepreneurs Group targets to curtail production shortage, as well as tapping into economic fortunes of the cash…

Agtech company targets Texas for world’s largest lettuce greenhouse

Revol Greens announced that it closed a $68 million funding round, bringing the fast-growing company’s total financing to $215 million as it executes on its strategy of five locations in five years. Led by Equilibrium Capital, this funding will launch Revol’s third facility, a 20-acre phase of a planned…

Another highly educated agronomist joined Teplichny

An agronomist is one of the major occupations today as these specialists are in high demand in newly opening greenhouse complexes, nurseries and conservatories. That is why young people willingly chose this occupation. So did Alexander Tarasenko, who has completed a course in agronomy in the Far East…

Doef's Greenhouses adds more greenhouses

This summer, the Premier of Alberta County in Canada paid a visit to Doef's Greenhouses in Lacombe. Doef's Greenhouses grows cucumbers, lettuce, eggplants and peppers all year round. They have the ambition to grow in the coming years. The project that is currently being built is phase 1. The design of…

"Our customers love fresh herbs and new flavours, so we keep growing our range based on consumer demand"

More New Zealanders set to have access to premium herbs thanks to new online and delivery service

New Zealand's coronavirus restrictions have led to one of the country's leading herb producers to make their range available to more consumers, through the creation of an online store. Superb Herb Sales and Marketing Manager Brigitte Hannett says they can courier all herbs nationwide overnight, and so…

Greenhouse grower broadly expands across the US East Coast

Little Leaf Farms, which grows crunchy baby green lettuce in the United States, is doubling its sun-drenched, greenhouse-growing capacity to 10 acres of lettuce fields under glass, producing more than two million packages of lettuce each month, and broadening distribution of the fan-favorite greens to…

Peter van Ninhuys; Van Lipzig Tuinderijen:

"This makes the field of cultivation super interesting"

Thanks to endless journeys of discovery, Van Lipzig Tuinderijen always strives to improve their cultivation process. The company is a family business specialized in growing high-quality cucumbers for three generations. Moreover, the company provides customization in their products, packaging and…

Sundrop Farms Port Augusta uses seawater to cool greenhouse

"Even with the best technology, 30 degrees is a bit warm for tomato production"

Growing tomatoes in the desert using nothing but sunlight and seawater is a quantum leap forward for agtech innovation. So how can this technology be scaled and how can remote labour be found to help power Australia’s low-carbon food system? Imagine farming vegetables all year-round in Australia’s…

Ladbible

UK: Vegetable growing pensioner amasses 88,000 Twitter followers

Gerald Statford is a retired granddad with a passion for growing huge veg, but also a social media influencer, of sorts. The 71-year-old from Milton-under-Wychwood in the UK joined Twitter in February last year after some of his friends suggested it as a means of sharing gardening photos. But Gerald…

Charles Cavallini, Alpilles Primeurs:

“The demand for organic herbs is high”

The farm Alpilles Primeurs, located in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, is a producer of potted aromatic plants. The company only offers organic herbs. “The demand for organic herbs keeps growing, at the expense of the demand for conventional herbs. To make things easier, we chose to convert our entire farm…

Malaga, España

Spanish grower sees perspective in aquaponics

La Noria social innovation center has promoted the first aquaponics system in the province of Malaga, combining aquaculture and hydroponics for the production of fish and…

Tasmania, Australia

Hillwood Berries optimistic after promise of seasonal workers

For the first time in months, there's an atmosphere of optimism at Hillwood Berries. The state government's announcement that seasonal workers would be allowed in to Tasmania…

Modern 'dude ranch' uses solar greenhouse to help wounded vets and their families

A greenhouse can provide food for a community, but it can also provide a sense of tranquility to those who tend it. Both aspects were top of mind when Ceres designed a community greenhouse for Warrior Rizen – a dude ranch for wounded military veterans and their families out in the remote reaches of Utah.…

"We will supply 2 million kg of fresh produce to the UAE market in 2021"

VeggiTech is an agrotech organization based in the UAE with the sole aim of disrupting the agriculture industry. It has over 40 acres of farms within the UAE that support sustainable and environmentally friendly farming across the entire year; this includes greenhouses, net houses, organic farms as well…

Tony Bosse

Jamaica: 100 growers to benefit from $3.6-million project

According to Jamaica’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, approximately 100 growers across the island will benefit from the distribution of 70,000 vegetable seedlings and…

European greenhouse fruit and vegetable producers launch a promotional campaign

The European producers brought together in the organizations APROA, the Association of Fruit and Vegetable Producer Organizations of Andalusia, HORTIESPAÑA, the Spanish Fruit and Vegetable Interprofessional Organization, and EUCOFEL (FruitVegetables Europe) have launched the promotional campaign…

"Teamwork and clarity are essential to moving swiftly and efficiently"

How growers prepare for hurricane season

Hurricane season is raging in the southeast of the United States. Hurricane Laura made landfall at the end of August, and currently Hurricane Sally is causing flooding in the Gulf Coast regions. Besides immediate damages from the high-speed winds and heavy rains, the aftereffects of these storms can…

US (NC): Opportunity zones and criminal justice reform are changing lives in Wilmington

In his inaugural address, President Trump promised “the forgotten men and women of America will no longer be forgotten.” Over the past three and a half years, the Trump…

lef Farms lends a helping hand... and a few acres of greens

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, New Hampshire-based lef Farms continues to do its part by providing hard-working front-line healthcare workers across New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey with more than $250,000 in baby greens over the past six months – a total of 50,000 meals.  “We’ve…

Aad van Dijk, The Greenery Growers:

"Dutch greenhouse strawberry season starts in this year of extremes"

In the Netherlands, the new greenhouse strawberry season started at the Greenery this week. The first Limalexias are ready. The company's Fruit Commercial Manager, Aad van Dijk - who recently, after 47 tears, switched from vegetables to fruit - looks back on, and ahead to, the season. "In recent months,…

New greenhouse Koppert Cress: not full, but it will be surprising

Tomato growers out of the greenhouse, Koppert Cress into the greenhouse, but with what? That was the question during the announcement at the end of 2019, and also still in June, in the middle of the Corona slump; but now Rob Baan and his team know what will be grown in the new greenhouse next year. Baan,…

Possible overpayment of millions of dollars for fresh produce

USDA investigates Fresno Unified fresh produce payments

The USDA is investigating whether the Fresno Unified School District has been overpaying millions of dollars for fresh produce in recent years. An audit of the district’s…

Katherine vegetable growers unite to plan ahead

Regional vegetable producers in Katherine, 320km southeast of Darwin in the Northern Territory, recently had an opportunity to participate in a discussion about the challenges, problems, and opportunities they believe are at the forefront of their production systems. VegNET Regional Development Officer…

Wallings Nursery

UK: Boxford Farms Ltd acquires strawberry grower Wallings Nursery Ltd

Boxford (Suffolk) Farms Ltd is a third generation family business that operates in the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley. It is based at Boxford near Sudbury. Now, Boxford Farms Ltd has acquired Wallings Nursery Ltd, for an undisclosed sum. In essence, the fruit growing business on the Suffolk/Essex border…

Netherlands: Three generations of Verkade ready to complete tomato crop

The crop is looking great at VOF M. Verkade at De Poel in Monster, the Netherlands. Reason for three generations of tomato growers to take a nice picture of it. For the growers it is their last crop before the greenhouse will be transferred to neighbour Koppert Cress next spring. That was already…

Netherlands: Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep continue as Frestia

The three Dutch companies Atlantic Growers, Zuidgeest Growers and Vitapep were already closely linked. Now this cooperation has been further strengthened and the companies are merging into one company under the Frestia banner. The management of the newly founded Frestia company consists of Wim Zuidgeest…

Codema

Pioneering in Southern China:

Young plant nursery to support region with quality vegetable seedlings

In Tiandong County, a beautiful place located in the Guangxi province, Mr Luo and Professor Yu of the Guangxi University of Agricultural Sciences, shared one ambitious goal: to provide the population with high quality and healthy produce. They were looking for an advanced and clean solution to grow the…

Take a look into Fall Creek Farm & Nursery in South Africa

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery Inc. has started up in South Africa. They have made a short video in which Burgert Van Dyk, the regional director for South Africa, gives a preview of the nursery project.  Andries van Rhyn, production manager, provides a glimpse into the nursery's first AtlasBlue 'FCM 12-045' blueberry…

IQ Crops

“You cannot survive without data anymore”

The DKG Group started in the early ’90s. DKG’s main sectors are intelligent supplies trade, consulting & branding services, research & training and veggies hydroponic production. The Group has expanded itself in the Balkans and the Southeast Mediterranean countries. “People are enthusiastic about health…

Verde Compacto

“We are developing a sustainable technology that uses 75% less LED lighting”

Verde Compacto, a Mexican start-up, producer of container farms and indoor farming growing technologies, has seen significant demand for their growing systems during the pandemic.  "COVID is driving this market forward because people want to know what is behind their food and their diets. Logistic chains in…

Jake Savageau, COO at FarmBox Foods

"There’s a huge potential in helping African countries become self-reliant and self-sufficient”

FarmBox Foods is aiming to scale its production of shipping container farms significantly by the end of 2020. “We have been working with some exciting partners outside the private sector, like Ministries of Agriculture in West Africa. There’s a huge potential in helping African countries become…

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Women in agriculture… What are your leadership aspirations?

Women in agriculture….What are your leadership aspirations? What are the barriers to achieving those aspirations? What motivates you to be involved in leadership roles and organizations? Annie’s Project is taking a closer look at agricultural women’s involvement with its new survey, the Agriculture…

Technician Theo builds high-tech greenhouse as a hobby

How great would it be to have a small greenhouse in your own garden where you can grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in an environmentally-friendly, clean and energy neutral way? That is what the recently retired Theo van Lieshout of Wognum (Netherlands), thought. He did not want to sit at home, staring…

Berjelle van Namen, Van Namen Specialities

Is vertical farming the future of herb cultivation?

Berjelle van Namen’s roots lie primarily in mushroom cultivation. His father, Johan, has a farm on the banks of the Maas river in the Netherlands. Yet, a few years ago, Berjelle decided to add herb cultivation. Not in a greenhouse or in full soil; in a converted mushroom cultivation cell. The room is illuminated…

Nunhems

More diversity in fresh cucumbers and a new delivery program for Windset Farms

At Windset Farms, one of North America’s largest sustainable suppliers of naturally grown produce, Nunhems talked with David Coronado (Senior Cucumber Grower) and Shiho Uzawa (Marketing Manager) about the changing demand for greenhouse grown cucumbers and their new delivery program, Windset Direct. “The…

Agritecture

The urban farm rethinking the use of space in São Paulo

The founding partner of Fazu, an urban farm in São Paulo, was flying over the metropolis of 12+ million people when he noticed just how much unused gray spaces dominated the landscape from above. A thought stuck with him: “Why not use hydroponics to color up the city’s rooftops and slabs while also…

Teplichny

45 years in a Russian greenhouse: a veteran’s story

This year, Russian collective farm Teplichny has an anniversary. 50 years of production are not only about the numbers achieved and the assortment, it is first of all about people, both young specialists and those whose employment history equals the age of the enterprise. An incredibly positive and…

Wilco Heemskerk, Fresh Organic Choice

“Organic herbs aren't the only thing that interests us; so does the social aspect”

Herb growers, in general, are increasingly looking for zero residue products for that market. For Wilco Heemskerk of the Dutch company, Fresh Organic Choice, there’s, however, only one thing that matters - 100% organic herbs, delivered throughout the year. “Our sourcing and strength are designed in such a…

Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award recipients announced

Three women have been recognized with the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence for their outstanding achievements in ag. They are: Priscila Vansetti Machado of Corteva Agriscience, Ponsi Trivisvavet of Inari and Amy Wu of From Farms to Incubators. Each recipient will be recognized at the 9th…

Piet van Vugt, Van Vugt Kruiden, the Netherlands

“I’d rather throw a little away than have nothing to offer”

Last year Piet van Vugt moved his herbs to the new location in Ridderkerk, the Netherlands. At that time, the newly built, gas-free, one-hectare greenhouse, and 0.6-hectare piece of adjacent land were still empty. A year later, when we visited Piet again, the greenhouse was mostly empty again. Edible flower…

Flavourfresh

Consulting with crop experts to learn and improve:

Cultivating perfection

Engaging again this year with a long-term associate of Flavourfresh, Nic van Roosmalen, the production team can explore, discuss and learn from the broader cultivation world. This brings a fresh perspective and an expertise with wider eyes on the European and worldwide developments in tomato growing. Consultant Nic of…

Baloian Farms completes facility expansion in Fresno

As the summer season settles in for Baloian Farms and commodity harvests are approaching the peak of the season, the completion of a massive facility expansion in Fresno, CA is a welcomed sight. The expansion includes the creation of additional dock space, doubling the number of loading bay doors, and…

Netherlands: Heat failure no threat for good radish year

The radish cultivation in the Netherlands has shown a reduced yield in recent weeks due to the heat wave in August. The effect is limited though. Radish growers Jongfresh and Daily Fresh Radish speak of a "positive year" despite the coronavirus. “Due to the coronavirus, the sale of radishes this year was…

More room for robust, tasty herbs

At Buysman Kruiden, they’re dedicated to cultivating potted herbs of the highest quality. The herbs have lots of space, and the company uses innovative, sustainable methods. In this way, this Dutch family business distinguishes itself in the herb sector. These herbs are slightly more expensive than cut…

AgroUrbana

Pablo Bunster, Co-founder and CCO of AgroUrbana

“In our next farm, we will be able to use 100% renewable energy”

As Chile has been in a complete lockdown since mid-May, AgroUrbana is lucky to continue its operations. “It’s not easy, because you have to change the way of operating, the interactions, and in-farm activities, even when food safety was already key to the company culture. Our customers have been ordering…

Belgium: Hot August days disastrous for lettuce yield

The recent hot days will be disastrous for the lettuce yields during the next two weeks, says Johan Desmet, who grows various types of lettuce in a 5-hectare hydroponic greenhouse in Izegem, Flanders. Colleague lettuce grower Geert Van Hulle also encountered problems. Desmet estimates his loss of income at…

Wangree Fresh

TH: "We are lacking research here to back up the benefits of indoor growing"

Thai startup Wangree Fresh has been in the market for over two years now. Krisana Tamvimol, Founder and CEO has done research on more than 200 local vegetables. Eventually, he decided to grow four different vegetables in his Wangree Fresh farm: kale, spinach, rockets and swiss chard. Wangree Fresh has…

Yisrael Family Farm

US (CA): What does it mean to be the ‘Farm-to-Fork Capital’ during the COVID-19 pandemic?

When the coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of restaurants, sports venues and other places where consumers purchased more than half of what they eat, people flocked to grocery stores, spurring panic-buying and causing doubt in the global food supply chain. But the farm-to-fork culture in the Capital…

Tom Moerenhout joins Grower2Grower

Tom Moerenhout accepted to join the Grower2Grower Subject Matter Experts group. Tom is a highly experienced eggplant grower and was running his own greenhouse company in the Netherlands till end of 2018. After he sold his company, he got frequently asked for advice because of his 35 years of growing…

Didier Algoet grows green peppers:

"The turnover is the same as last year, but the production is slightly higher"

At bell pepper grower Algoet-Geutjens in Duffel (Belgium), the gutters were unable to handle the large volume of water following heavy rain showers. "A pity losing all that water, but luckily it didn't rain inside." This summer, Flandria, the quality label under which the grower sells at the BelOrta…

Jack Ward, British Growers Association:

‘British horticulture growers prepare for tough harvest’

Fruit Growers Victoria Limited (FGV) is an organisation that provides a voice for growers, packers and exporting businesses across the North-East, Central and Southern growing…

Somalian MSc students break the heaviest tomato fruit record in Turkey

Despite the difficult conditions caused by the global pandemic, Somalian postgraduate students were able to continue their respective research studies in hydroponics, under the supervision of Professor Servet Varis at the Department of Horticulture at the Namik Kemal University in Tekirdag. Abubakar…

Johan de Hoog, Globe Plant, looks back:

"When a storm hits, we pick up the pieces of glass together"

If he wanted to, Johan de Hoog could easily fill up a book with his experiences in horticulture. Whether he will ever find the time to do so is yet to be seen. Because, although the commercial manager of Globe Plant has already reached retirement age, to stop working is the furthest thing from his mind.…

"Our crops have not been affected, but we're closely monitoring air quality for workers"

Produce industry comments on California fires

It is fire season in California, and this season so far has seen a higher number of fires than in previous years. The current heatwave that the state has been experiencing has had its own effect on crops, and now the farms are seeing smokey skies. CNN reports that over 40,000 acres of land has burned in…

Church Brothers Farms

Increasing production on whole leaf and specialty salad programs

Church Brothers Farms is increasing production and expanding market availability on two of its newer products as part of the company’s continued focus on innovation and…

OTR

Russian greenhouse takes up lean production

The Pensa greenhouse complex in Russia is the first agricultural enterprise in the region joining in the national project Productivity and Employment Support. Currently, the greenhouse associates are learning to make the production lean. Experts of the regional center for competence get the associates…

US (NY): “Growers adjust and keep moving forward”

“We've been growing at 40% quarterly since COVID-19, a number of our customers have expanded locations, and we've increased usage in the platform tremendously. Artemis is critical infrastructure, especially in times of crisis or uncertainty,” Allison Kopf, Founder & CEO of Artemis says. Knowledge…

Manila Bulletin

PH: Businessman built urban farm by upcycling over 1000 plastic bottles

Despite having no work during the community quarantine, Triviño was kept occupied, not because of his trucking business, but because he was cultivating crops. He discovered his interest in urban farming upon watching gardening-related vlogs and joining groups online. He went to the supermarket, bought…

"Investor calls for large-scale data-driven support"

Delphy cultivates in the Middle East

Delphy has been approached by investors to take the primary sector in the Middle East to a higher level. “The primary sector itself wants to grow into a high-tech sector as quickly as possible. This requires appropriate customization, but it is also a great challenge”, says Gerjo Engbers, Manager Team…

High-tech farm ensures plentiful supply of blueberries from Serbia

This year is a very special year for Mokrin. In 2020 they had their first harvest season of blueberries. Located in the Vojvodina region in the country of Serbia, the company is committed to organic farming, the development of new products and efficient growing systems. Their first project is a blueberry…

Hydroponic tomato grower expands year-round offerings and organic varieties

The fresh produce market, like all grocery categories, is experiencing new challenges relating to the COVID virus. Alejandro Santander, Vice President of Sales and Operations with Globalmex International, and their Magic Sun-branded hothouse tomatoes, indicates that there are always challenges in the ag…

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IN: Man quits job to start hydroponic gardening and helps 5000 setup gardens from scratch

Bengaluru-based urban gardener Manikandan Pattabiraman began his gardening journey in childhood — encouraged by his parents and grandfather. “I initially got into gardening when I was still a kid in the fourth grade. My family moved into a house on the outskirts of Chennai with ample space on the…

Nijs van Zuilen (BerryBrothers) about the current soft fruit market:

"Dutch red currant market recovers, blueberries have frost damage, and good raspberry demand"

At Berrybrothers, the Dutch redcurrant market begins in mid-May. Then they harvest the first of these berries from their greenhouses. The first Rovadas have now been picked too. "The berries look good, and we expect an excellent harvest. Last year, we had quite a lot of loss due to the heat," says Nijs…

Jorge Brotons, manager of Bonnysa: "We are growing table grapes again after 25 years"

"We try to be quick choosing varieties that allow us to continue being innovative"

The European tomato market is undergoing important changes, both in the productive potential and in consumer trends and preferences. How do you survive in an increasingly competitive market? Product diversification and the constant selection of varieties is one of the keys for Bonnysa, which in addition…

New Ivorian-Dutch horticulture project officially launched

A new project to support horticulture students and young vegetable growers in Yamoussoukro District was officially launched in July. The Ambassador of the Netherlands in Abidjan, Ms. Yvette Daoud, launched the four-year project, called HortIvoire, in a virtual kick-off meeting between the main players in…


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