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Indian grower successfully cultivates exotic vegetables on 12 acres

Dr Vilas Kale is a farmer from Pune who has become a role model for other farmers through his success. After getting a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Canada, he started cultivating vegetables from across the world in his field in Maharashtra. The vegetables he grows are in high demand among the chefs of…

Cucumbers, lettuce and tomatoes in a Leningrad greenhouse

A new episode of “PVR” programme series devoted to greenhouse vegetables has been aired on the MIR24 channel. The story is focused on the greenhouse complex in Pikalyovo (Leningrad Oblast), a part of ECO-Culture holding. The writers of the program talked to the Head of the plant Maria Butkina and the…

"We've seen great interest in Shiitake mushrooms from across the globe"

The world can move fast after a bit of publicity. After receiving some media attention, one Shiitake mushroom producer has really taken off. So much so, that they are now ready to exhibit in Berlin during Fruit Logistica. After a number of years ensuring the consistent quality of the harvest, Shiitake…

German herb grower achieving larger, higher-quality yields with LED

Fluence is expanding its presence in the Emsland region of Germany through partnerships with growers and other horticulture specialists operating out of Papenburg. Elektro Evers, an engineering firm specializing in greenhouse technology, is Fluence’s exclusive systems integrator in the Papenburg region.…

Aquaponics fuel Saskatchewan’s farm of the future

Mary Erickson and her husband Neil run Campbell Greenhouses, an aquaponic growing operation, at Anaheim. Their custom-built floating gardens combine aquaculture and hydroponic growing techniques in just the second commercial aquaponic facility in Canada. The couple sells their microgreens to grocery…

How television helped develop the Polish industry from potatoes to microgreens

Eight years ago, Polish restaurant menus mostly featured potato dishes. All that changed with the appearance of TV shows like Top Chef and MasterChef. Being a chef suddenly became a prestigious profession. "Polish restaurants delight in their innovative approach and sophisticated taste. Also, Michelin…

US (TN): Seventh-generation Williamson native returns to her roots by growing 'best tomatoes you will ever eat'

Judy Herbert looks at home while working peacefully among 850 tomato plants, soaring above her 5-foot frame in her greenhouse at her home on Flat Creek Road in unincorporated Williamson County. She carefully cups in her hand tiny green cherry tomatoes-to-be, hanging from the vine, which she explains will…

Georgia: Imereti Greenery becomes touristic hotspot

They are specialised in growing tomatoes and lettuce hydroponically. Now the growers of the Georgian company LLC Imereti Greenery will have to learn something new. Thee company will open up their doors to tourist and starts to offer agricultural tours. A lot to seeThere's a lot to see in the Imereti…

First bell peppers lighting test Hoogstraten already harvested

For the second year in a row, Proefcentrum Hoogstraten is executing tests with lighting for bell peppers. This season, harvest was extra early, last Wednesday January 8 to be precise. Roel Vanderbruggen, manager at the test center: "Normally, the first harvest is in March or April." Wednesday, Roel…

Australia: Food-growing technology empowers indigenous communities

Stepping inside one of Food Ladder's cool, leafy growing systems is a stark contrast to the dry, inhospitable conditions outside. In the Northern Territory's Katherine, Ramingining and Tennant Creek communities, these climate-controlled structures produce enough food to supplement the diets of up to 250…

UK: Soft fruit firm wins High Court planning battle over polytunnels

Withers Fruit Farm has successfully challenged a judicial review against Herefordshire Council, led by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), seeking to overturn a planning decision that would allow the construction of 11 blocks of polytunnels on 37 hectares of farmland. The council decision also…

US (OH): Aquaponics farm employs adults with disabilities

An unconventional farm is helping its’ westside community in a unique way. o2 Urban Farms uses aquaponics to grow fresh lettuce. It’s produce with a purpose. The farm employs adults with developmental disabilities to assist in germinating, transplanting and harvesting the produce at its’ Cheviot…

UK’s largest tomato supplier gets £25m bespoke funding package

Specialist SME lender Shawbrook Bank has successfully completed its largest ever working capital transaction in the North West, providing APS Group with a £25m bespoke funding package.  First founded in 1949 on one site in Cheshire, APS Group is a family-owned business which specialises in the production and…

US (FL): Strawberry grower faces labor shortage

Gary Wishnatzki and his family-owned berry farm have made a home in Plant City since 1922, growing all kinds of berries year-round. But for the past 20 years, Wish Farms has faced a dilemma that could have major effects on future strawberry sales, and the amount shoppers shell out for produce. The manual…

AmericanHort HortScholar program now accepting applications

AmericanHort is now accepting applications for the 2020 HortScholar program. Students applying for this program can be enrolled in any horticulture-related program at any degree level. Applications will be accepted at AmericanHort.org/Scholars until March 1, 2020. The HortScholar program sets students in…

Piet Zwinkels harvests first organic radish from Austrian greenhouse

"My heart is singing, I’m growing radish again"

Cows are walking around with a bell around their neck and the yodeling is unrivalled. But for growing organic radish, they could do with some Dutch help on a plateau in the vicinity of Vienna, Austria. Piet Zwinkels, the Westland's former radish grower, arrived just in time. He has been involved in the project as a crop advisor for six months. “I am yodeling from happiness. It is s…

US (MT): Swanky Roots makes for happy lettuce plants

Finding fresh produce in grocery stores during the winter can tend to be a struggle at times but with aquaponics producing fresh greens can be done year round. Swanky Roots is a business in Billings that specializes in aquaponics and sees the benefits of this type of agriculture everyday. Owner of Swanky…

CAN (ON): Critically injured greenhouse worker recovering

A 20-year-old Chatham worker who was critically injured in a workplace accident at a greenhouse is getting better. Officials at London Health Sciences Centre told Blackburn…

"Breakthrough cultivation on water nearby"

Growing crops in soil is traditionally the case with lettuce and cut flowers. But climate change, more extreme weather and increasingly stricter requirements for emissions, quality of groundwater and crop protection products, cause growers to look for other solutions. Growing on water can be the…

CAN (ON): Dairy farm throws vertical veggies into the mix

A surge in “eating local”, as well as a generation of farmers looking to produce food in a sustainable manner has given rise to farmers switching to methods that are better for the environment and their livestock. Lorhill Farms, just west of New Hamburg, is one of the vanguard spearheading sustainable…

Solar panels could take greenhouses off the grid

A solar panel on a greenhouse roof may seem illogical at first, but a trial at Freeman Herbs is proving that with some clever manipulation greenhouses can produce electricity from sunlight without affecting the plants growing underneath. The Lincoln greenhouse known for its potted herbs that consumers…

US (NV): Hydroponics garden to be dedicated to local girl's memory

The Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows is dedicating a new hydroponics garden to the memory of Katie Weingartner, a 15-year-old Reno High School student who lost her life in 2017. A ribbon cutting ceremony for “Katie’s Garden” will be held at the Club’s William N. Pennington Youth & Teen Facility,…

Indonesian resort launches hydroponic farm

As an ongoing commitment towards supporting eco-tourism and green lifestyle sustainability, Bali Dynasty Resort has established its own mini hydroponic farm. The aim of this project is to provide its kitchen with a fresh and healthy supply of organically grown products. The urban farm will also serve as…

Training over 100,000 farmers in Africa by 2022

East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer (EWS-KT) aims to directly train over 50,000 farmers in Africa in 2020 - with that target set to more than double by 2022.  EWS-KT, which equips smallholder farmers with the information and skills needed to maximize their yields is already established in Nigeria, Tanzania and…

US (HI): Farming program rooted at women’s prison changes lives

It’s harvest day in the hydroponic garden at the Women’s Community Correctional Center ― where the gardeners are inmates. Lettuce is their bumper crop. "I really wasn't skilled in this whole hydroponics," Kat Dukes said. "Now I can pretty much operate a whole hydroponics system." The farm program is…

US (DE): Aquaponics operation takes shape in Dover

It looks like some kind of a crazy laboratory straight out of the future. It turns out that Dover’s Doug Wood is the mad scientist behind all those large blue barrels bubbling with water and fish that are the key ingredients to growing four types of organic produce. Inside the warm environment of a…

German tomato grower goes full LED on 5,000 m²

In 2014, Gemüsebau Steiner built a new 11.8 ha tomato greenhouse in Kirchweidach, Upper Bavaria. A further 7.8 ha was added in 2016 and the company now grows tomatoes, peppers and strawberries. Production from the greenhouses is completely carbon neutral, using heat from local geothermal and biogas…

Where land is becoming scarce, Johannesburg growers look to the skies

Doornfontein is one of Johannesburg’s older inner-city suburbs with decaying buildings and dingy alleys that wear a dour, monochrome look. Daily commuters and street surfers jostle with delivery vans and mountains of metal scrap but the grey of the concrete city makes it hard to believe that there could…

Malaysian brothers cultivate indoor farming

Agriculture technology firm Plant Cartridge Sdn Bhd has developed a growing kit to enable sustainable urban farming at home. Now, it is utilising its knowledge for the growth of smart industry-scale farms in response to an insatiable demand for safe and sustainable food produce. By collaborating with…

No major wave movement in the organic greenhouse vegetable market

The end of a year is not the busiest for organic greenhouse vegetable growers, so the activities at the sales offices were also somewhat less. Yet that does not mean that people are not proactive. The financial balance for 2019 has been drawn up and the plans for 2020 were being finalized. Across the…

US (FL): Students participate in aquaponics farm to cafeteria program

Fifth graders in Quincy got a lesson in farming. The students spent fall semester outside in the greenhouse. That's where they learned about aquaponics. Part of this curriculum focuses on access to healthier foods and eliminating food desserts. Plus it gives the kids a chance to learn outside of the…

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Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

The weather outside is frightful. Inside it's quite delightful. Thinking we're redoing the holidays? You're wrong. We just want to show you what the guys at Great Lakes Growers are doing when it's snowing - something quite regular in the area.  So sit back, relax and enjoy a greenhouse carol!

US (AK): Indoor produce sprouts in Anchorage

A new indoor farm at 1207 E. 73rd Ave. in South Anchorage is building a devoted clientele eager for tasty lettuce, herbs and other greens, especially in winter when grocery stores can run low on quality produce. Anchorage Greens is an expansion of Juneau Greens, a similar business in the state’s capital,…

Qatar: Harvesting season of leafy vegetables begins at schools

Harvesting season of leafy vegetables which were cultivated by the school students under the initiative ‘Farm Your Country' has begun. The initiative was launched in schools by the Ministry of Municipality and Environment representative by Public Parks Department in collaboration with Al Faisal Without…

Spain

"For what I'm getting for my tomatoes, let the goats eat them"

Almeria's agricultural producers are increasingly angry due to the price crisis in the sector. This is the case of Paco Fernández, a producer from El Ejido who has his greenhouse in the town of La Cañada, where he produces tomatoes. Fernández denounced the low price of the product, stating that rather…

Portugal: Growing pineapples in a greenhouse

Since 1850, pineapples are grown on the Portuguese isle of São Miguel, the biggest island of the Azores. Originally an ornamental plant, but quickly used for consumption. The large scale oranges cultivation on the island were hit by a disease, and a switch to pineapples took place. Augusto Arruda, whose…

Retractable roof greenhouse improves Australian strawberry quality

Australian Strawberry Distributors (ASD), Coldstream, has invested in a Canadian-designed and built Cravo greenhouse. General manager Jim Ripepi said they had significantly improved fruit quality, allowing the company to target the export market of Dubai. Mr Ripepi said the walls and roof of the…

Jamaican workers headed to Canadian greenhouses

Close to 300 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP). The workers, 87 per cent of whom are returnees, will be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario. They began departing the island on Thursday (January 3). At a send-off…

Why Virginia is growing more food in greenhouses

Farming is Virginia’s top industry – generating $70 billion a year and providing jobs for 334,000 people. Winter used to be a quiet time for farmers in the Commonwealth, but more of them are now growing crops inside, year round. When John McMahon left his job in corporate sales to grow leafy greens in…

Jordanian tomato grower problems persist despite border openings

According to the Jordan Valley Farmers Union, the nation’s growers are facing serious challenges, and they are “scared, rather than excited” for the new year. Union President Adnan Khaddam told The Jordan Times that the opening of the Jabir-Nasib border crossing with Syria and the Karameh-Turabil border…

Dutch growers help Armenian counterparts

Money, knowledge and helpful contacts - this is the support five horticulturalists from the Westerveld region are giving their Armenian colleagues. Westerveld is in Drenthe, a…

UAE: Pure Harvest to add berries and lettuce

Ever since they started harvesting their first tomatoes in November 2018, the team with Pure Harvest has been battling the temperatures in Abu Dhabi (UAE), that reach up to 53 degrees Celcius. Now that they've managed to find their way around, it's time for a new challenge: growing leafy greens and…

Kangaroo eats aquaponics crop and attacks grower

Patsy Brown and her husband had spotted a kangaroo eating their aquaponics crop on their property in Bargara in Central Queensland and were attempting to shoo it away when it attacked. "As soon as it started hissing I kind of knew I was in trouble," Ms Brown told 9News. Read the complete article here.

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CAN: Worker shortage puts spotlight on creative hiring

It’s no secret that workers are in short supply in horticulture. Despite having posted strong growth in recent years, Canadian agriculture often struggles to match people with positions. Why is it so hard to hire good folks? Start with the fact that the agriculture industry can be highly seasonal in its…

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Horticultural perspectives from North America, Russia, India, Australia

After a year full of hard work, the holidays are upon us - a perfect time to take a trip around the world. So get on board our HortiDaily cruise ship, kick back and enjoy a nice cocktail (eggnog, anyone?) as we visit professionals around the world to see how they're doing. First stop: the United States. US:…

Wouter van den Bosch fills blackberry greenhouse with HPS:

"In order to learn, you have to be daring"

"We only know little so far, but much more than a few months ago," says Wouter van den Bosch from Bosch Fruit, a 1.3-hectare blackberry cultivation company in Berkel en Rodenrijs. He has been growing blackberries since 2017 and soon started experimenting with lighting. Initially with LED only, but since…

Golf and greenhouses, or what to learn from horticultural old-timers

It was this summer when a greenhouse builder shared his memories of a family member that breathed horticulture. Coming from a big family he started working aged 12 and grew into the industry by experience. Just like the greenhouse builders from back in the days he travelled the world without speaking the…

Dutch grower Agro Care attracts growth capital to expand 200 ha acreage

Over the last couple of years, private equity has found its way to the horticultural industry. In North America, many big greenhouses were expanded thanks to these investments. In the Dutch industry, investors mainly connected to greenhouse suppliers and technology companies. Now they also found the…

Growing strawberries year-round with varieties for lighted winter cultivation and cooled summer cultivation

Lamps are not made in Andijk at strawberry breeder ABZ Seeds, but Gé Bentvelsen and his team follow the developments in the field of lighting closely. “As soon as the strawberry growers switch to LED lighting instead of SON-T, we must have varieties that perform well under lighting in winter, but also varieties that perform well in summer under greenhouse conditions wit…

UMF, UMPI and Sodexo awarded $250,000 grant to create sustainable food solution

The University of Maine Farmington (UMF), The University of Maine Presque Isle (UMPI), and Food Services Provider Sodexo was one of only six teams to win the 2019 New England Food Vision Prize Award. The $250,000 prize will go toward increasing the amount of locally sourced food on campus menus. The…

Bronx school garden program serves up good hydroponically

Drive through the littered streets of the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough. You’ll pass children playing in the water spray from a fire hydrant and empty storefronts covered in graffiti. Folks are perched on their stoops, hoping to catch a bit of breeze on a hot summer day. The last thing that comes to mind…

Netherlands: Ary de Jong from Demokwekerij to HortiTech

Ary de Jong has more than 10 years of experience as a crop manager for various crops at Demokwekerij. Before, he was a tomato grower. He will be joining HortiTech as a trainer and mentor on January 1, 2020. HortiTech is the startup set up by Peet van Adrichem and his sons Perry and Pim, which trains…

Nicolas Magueur, Serres Magueur:

Energy optimisation given a boost in renovated greenhouse

The young plants are doing well in the recently opened 1.6 hectare greenhouse of Nicolas Magueur. Just like they have been doing on this location for almost thirty years now. “This brand-new facility actually is the renovation of our first greenhouse from 1990", Nicolas shows. "The new design completely…

Netherlands: A new greenhouse for Montreahof

At Montreahof in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands, the new bell pepper plants were partly planted this month in a brand new greenhouse. An old greenhouse, which was already thirty years old, has given way to a new model with wider windows, better insulation and a more efficient layout. Grower Edwin…

Strawberry orchards are recovering from adverse weather events

Most of the crops grown in the Metapontino area (Basilicata region), and more specifically in the territories of Scanzano Jonico and Policoro, were promptly restored, after being hit by a whirlwind on 12 November 2019. "Outcome monitoring showed that the strawberries are restored in almost all the…

Italian grower in jail for illegally propagated tomato plants

The Court of Ragusa sentenced an Italian grower, accused of the illegal propagation of a registered tomato variety, to one-year imprisonment and a fine of EUR 15,000 under the Article 517ter. of the Italian Criminal Code “Manufacturing and sale of goods infringing the industrial property rights”. The…

Pure Flavor kicks off Season 2 in Georgia

A visit to Pure Flavor’s Fort Valley, GA greenhouse from US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue this fall is helping fuel enthusiasm & support for the growers second growing season in Georgia. Coming off a successful first year, the company has transitioned all of Phase 1 (25 acres) to be focused…

Avinoam Zarfin from Gaia Herbs

"All our products are sent via plane”

Gaia Herbs will be celebrating its 10th anniversary soon. “The main idea was to sell only fresh herbs,” says Avinoam Zarfin. He joined this Israeli company about two years after it was founded, and is now its Marketing Manager. Until recently, this company was based solely in Israel. “Two years ago, Gaia…

Belgium: "The ideal area to grow Coeur de Boeuf"

At tomato nursery Den Overkant in Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium they are finishing construction of new greenhouse. According to owner Wim Vertommen, the company has now the ideal area to grow the Coeur de Boeuf. Wim Vertommen is growing Coeur de Boeuf tomatoes since 1996. "The market for Coeur de Boeuf…

UK: West Shore aquaponics supports urban agriculture, STEM education

Justin Weaver, who teaches a class in West Shore's aquaponics lab, pointed out a new plant variety for local restaurant owner Victoria Close, who came to the lab to buy greens for her salads. "That's a new type of sorrel," he said, as she takes a bite of the leaf on Tuesday, Dec. 3, testing its flavor.…

Daimler in Brazil opens urban farm for growing its own vegetables

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has opened an urban farm at its plant in São Bernardo do Campo: since November 2019 they have been growing organic vegetables at the truck and bus plant in keeping with ecological farming standards and serving them in the works canteen in accordance with the "farm-to-table"…

"Disabilities don't impair raising lettuce"

Locally-grown lettuce, herbs, and greens can make a positive impact on any community, but at The Ability Connection’s hydroponic farm in Springfield, Ohio, they take this one step further. The Abilities Connection (also known as TAC Industries) is a nonprofit that employs, connects and cares for people…

Optimum water content: a blueberry case study

To optimize the irrigation strategy growers must have a clear understanding of the moisture, drain and EC levels. Last week we published about how to improve the irrigation efficiency, today it is about the optimal conditions to be reached.  "Maintaining the optimal moisture conditions for crops growing in…

Netherlands: Harvesting strawberry till the 1st of December: ‘that’s unique’

"We again look back on the previous strawberry season with pride and joy”, this can be read on the LinkedIn-page of strawberry cultivator by Broersen. The time to look back came later than usual this year. “In the first week of December, we picked our last strawberries of the year, and that is truly…

Duijvestijn Tomaten and Biobest share a history

"We were raised with biological crop protection"

Duijvestijn Tomaten and Biobest share a long history. “We were one of Biobest’s first customers,” says Ted Duijvestijn, standing in his 14.5 hectare tomato nursery at…

Jim Trogdon makes a big splash with his Middle School hydroponic classroom

Jim Trogdon, 22-year Middle School teacher in Coventry, Ohio, is turning heads with his hands-on agricultural classroom. Installed just this year, the high-tech farm features LED lights, healthy green plants, and the sound of running water. Plants are grown hydroponically, meaning they are grown without…

Bavarian Beach Volleyball Championship in the Steiner Greenhouse

Lose the tomatoes, bring in the sand

In the first weekend of January, the Bavarian Indoor Beach Volleyball Championships will take place in a curious setting. Whoever would visit this venue somewhere between spring and autumn, would only find organic tomatoes, boxes and packaging machines: the game takes place in the tomato warehouse of the…

Local distributor helping ATV Farms after a devastating fire

A devastating fire erupted in the early morning hours of December 8th, causing millions of dollars of damage to the offices, installations and specialized packaging equipment of ATV Farms in Holland Landing, Ontario. Co-owner, Anthony Agresti: “The fire service, and all of the other emergency services…

US (VT): Norwich farm moves to new owners

When Jake Guest arrived at the old Norwich farmhouse where Valerie Woodhouse and Eli Hersh were planning their spring crops last Thursday morning, he did something that still feels a bit strange to him: He knocked on the door. For nearly 40 years, Guest and his wife, Liz, lived in this house and ran…

Russia: More vegetables and roses from Yaroslavsky greenhouse complex

Yaroslavsky greenhouse complex have begun collecting crops. People in the region will soon have access to locally grown fresh tomatoes and cucumbers as well as potted flowers. “An Automated microclimate regulation system is used in the Yaroslavsky greenhouse complex," mentioned the Head of the Department…

Growing herbs for export in Kenya

Some six kilometres off the Maili Kumi-Solai Road in Nakuru County, Kenya one finds Aro Fresh Herbs Farm. Ruth Wanyoro, one of the owners of the 25-acre establishment, is checking on their basil crop. The 34-year-old and her two partners grow a variety of herbs for export, but basil is their major crop…

“Excellent quality,” says Gaia Herbs’ Avinoam Zarfin

Israeli grower has 15 ha of basil

Sharon Adiv grows basil for Gaia Herbs in Israel. He grows various kinds including red basil, Thai basil, lemon basil, and organic basil. “I have 15 hectares of basil,” he says. Sharon’s basil is grown as covered cultivation, which is better for pest control. The region where he farms is good for growing…

UnitedAg celebrates academy graduation for WomenAg and Emerging Leaders Academy

Wednesday, December 4, in Westlake Village, Calif., UnitedAg celebrated the graduation of the 3rd Leadership Class of the WomenAg Leadership Academy and the 2nd Emerging Leaders Academy. Ten members of the third WomenAg Leadership Academy and four members of the second Emerging Leaders Academy celebrated…

CAN (ON): Grower updates irrigation system with nanobubble technology

Green Circle Farm operates a seven-acre glass greenhouse in Leamington, Canada, where they grow cucumbers and peppers. Owner Isaac Friesen, like many other growers in the area, relies on successful crop harvests each year for his livelihood. As most growers will attest to, it is a demanding job at the…

Marius Rodewijk, Rosalicious, grows edible roses

'The queen of flowers on a plate'

"It really is quite a challenge," Marius Rodewijk of Rodewijk Rozen summarizes the cultivation of the edible rose. Since last year this Dutch grower has been growing the Rosalicious edible roses on 1,000 square meters, which he then puts on the market himself. "After all, the target group for edible…

New Zealand: Picking season is nearing for Southland's only blueberry farm

With 220 hectares of land planted in bushes, Otautau's Blueberry Country will be opening its gates to the public this summer, for the eight-week season. Blueberry Country…

US (PA): Winter greens grown in ‘tunnels’

An older term for the method of growing in tunnels is “cold frame” farming. It acts like a greenhouse, but uses plastic sheeting instead of glass over a metal frame. During the day, the sun heats up the air and then the soil inside. The soil stays warm once the sun goes down. According to Jim Crawford,…

Twin Creeks Greenhouse continues to expand

From 10 to 20 to 40 acres

Mike Cornelissen, owner and operator of Twin Creeks Greenhouse has been very busy. Mike and his wife Danielle just welcomed their first baby boy and have started construction on their third expansion at Twin Creeks Greenhouse. Growing up in Watford Ontario, Canada with deep family roots in the agricultural sector, George…

"We push the crop to its limits to get the unique Adora flavor"

Raf tomatoes are amongst the most recognizable ones in the industry and are known to be authentic for Spain. Bred into existence there more than 50 years ago, the tomato can be recognized by its color and intense sweet flavor, but is also marked by its relatively short shelf life. Since two years there…

Australia's first fully robotic end-to-end vertical farm

After four years of research and development, the Stacked Farm's fully automated end-to-end vertical farm will soon be supplying leafy greens to national wholesalers including Sumo Salad, QSR, Dnata, Crown Resorts and Morco Fresh. This means Stacked Farm's urban-grown produce from Burleigh Heads will be…

Russia: Vice-president of Hokkaido prefecture visits Teplichnyj greenhouses

A delegation headed by the Vice-president of Hokkaido prefecture, Mr. Kodama Tosihiro visited Teplichnyj greenhouse complex. In the course of visit, the guests saw the electrical substation. Power engineer, Mr. Anton Gusarov told about the equipment produced by Russian companies and answered other…

Little Leaf Farms goes on expansion spree

As Little Leaf Farms rapidly expands from its Massachusetts base, doubling in size in 2020, and then into New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Bank of America has stepped in with over $18 million of financing, to be followed by another $20 million to help finance the company’s growth. Little…

Class in a glasshouse – new film goes behind the scenes in the Lea Valley

Growers and glasshouse businesses in the Lea Valley take centre stage in a new film, showcasing this vital horticultural growing area and the people who work there.The 23 minute film has been produced by Lea Valley Growers Association, 60 years after the last film, Sea of Glass, was made. LVGA Secretary…

Dutch tomatoes shine in documentary

A pioneering Dutch farm has found clever ways to generate higher yields using less space and fewer inputs. They’re growing food that’s more sustainable and economical too. Despite being a small, densely populated country, the Netherlands is one of the world’s biggest vegetable exporters. As our demand…

India: Suburban farmers earn extra on off-season vegetables

It was a chilled November morning, as farmer Ubaidullah Solangi was guiding labourers at his farmhouse in suburban Hyderabad to sort out bitter gourd, ridge gourd, and…

Greenhouses allow for earlier melon production in China

At the moment, most of China's melon production areas are in the off-season, but those in Hainan are still in full swing. There are different varieties on the market and the demand is huge. "This year, our production season started about half a month earlier than last year. This is because this year's…

Russia: Vysokovsky are planting winter cucumbers

Associates of Vysokovsky are ready for planting cucumber seedlings in the third block of the greenhouse complex. The vegetables will be growing on an acreage of 1.7 ha. For better productivity, Vysokovsky have chosen the Reformer variety. “Reformer cucumbers not only allow for high productivity in winter…

Putting the flavor back in the tomato in the UAE

For the last few decades retailers have treated flavor as a separate commodity to the food they were selling – for one price you get the item, pay more and you get the taste those in their 40s and older used to experience throughout their childhoods. But a UAE-based multimillion-dollar startup is looking…

Grower, Kees Hendriks, explains how he managed that

First Dutch lit-cultivation cucumbers earlier than ever

Kees Hendriks is a cucumber grower in the Netherlands. His first crop of lit cultivation cucumbers has been early for years. He has, however, never been able to harvest in November. Until now. Something extraordinary happened yesterday, on 27 November. The first Qcucumber cucumbers could already be sold…

François van der Merwe:

"It’s a shame that we don’t make optimal use of sunlight"

“The truly sustainable vertical farm of the future shouldn’t be a compromise. The power of natural sunlight is essential,” says François van der Merwe, CEO of CAN-Agri. François has some innovative ideas about today’s vertical farms: “As I see it, most ‘vertical farms’ are not actually vertical. They are…

Mastronardi Produce

Largest single-build greenhouse in North America nears completion

Havecon Horticultural Projects is nearing completion on the construction of Green Empire Farms (GEF), a high-tech greenhouse located in Oneida, NY.  Seven locationsThe new industry-leading greenhouse brings Mastronardi Produce Ltd.’s internal greenhouse network to seven locations across the United States. Family…

Turkey: Grower grows tomatoes in coco peat for export in Canakkale

Grower Cengiz Genc uses new generation agricultural production methods to grow high-quality products at lower costs. Before becoming a grower, Cengiz Genc went to the Netherlands in 2011 and attended one of the best agricultural universities in Europe to receive education in modern greenhouse production.…

Grupo Agroponiente

The cold in Almeria facilitates the production of Raf tomatoes

The cold temperatures recorded in the province of Almeria have given a boost to the production of Raf tomatoes by Grupo Agroponiente. Miguel Moreno, technical engineer…

Kenya: Organic oasis on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

At Kilimanjaro Organic Farm a borehole, a generator and solar power all work to take water through the drip irrigation system that feeds crops in greenhouses and those in open cultivation, ensuring water is used sparingly and accurately for the various crops, such as garlic, tomatoes, cabbages, sukuma…

US (WI): Bayfield County farmer puts winter spinach lessons to use

As he described the efforts he takes to extend every growing season as best he can, Chris Duke talked about the lessons he had learned from participating in a UW-Madison Extension study to discover ways to better make use of high tunnel greenhouses over the winter. Winter high tunnel projectJason…

US (HI): Multi-group effort teams students with sustainable farming in Kohala

This past semester at Kohala High School has, with lots of help, enhanced garden-to-school efforts thanks to dedicated partnerships between KHS, community investors, and the Hawaii Institute of Pacific Agriculture. HIP Ag — a nonprofit located in Kapaau with a mission to practice and teach regenerative…

New Zealand berry grower gets return on automation investment

Maungatapere Berries is a berry grower in Northland, New Zealand. Owner Patrick Malley talks about his use of the MultiGrow solution from Autogrow in his operation. "As a grower, this year we've doubled the size of our cropping area on hydroponics, we're going to do the same again. And I don't think that…

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced

Open source means that the copyright holder allows users the rights to study, change, and distribute software to anyone and for any purpose. Open source for many IT companies is considered to be a somewhat important part of their strategy, since it allows for more flexible development and quicker…

Russia: Leningrad grower discusses demand, expectations and consumer preferences

Krugliy God greenhouse complex is located in Leningrad region and makes part of the Eco-kultura agricultural complex that acquired the enterprise in 2017, having properly estimated its production capacity. Ms. Maria Butkina, the general manager of the greenhouse complex Krugliy God shared the information…

“Uzbekistan could be to Russia what Almeria is to Europe”

The Uzbekistan greenhouse market is a quickly growing market. The combination of political support and a large potential export market in Russia, means that a lot of growers are looking to start producing in Uzbekistan. At the start of 2017 Iker Fiallegas Palacios of Farovon Hayot Kaliti LLC was…

Baby leaf sector is growing

"Thanks to the latest investments, we reached 220 hectares in greenhouses, so we can supply our clients even in difficult periods such as full winter or summer," reports Santo Bellina, administrator of Op La Maggiolina, a leader in the cultivation of organic baby leaves.  Santo Bellina "Thanks to the wide area available and the historic…

"Successfully expanded market across China last year"

"Strawberry production in Dandong, China surges 30%"

“Thanks to stable weather conditions, strawberry production in Dandong has increased by 30% compared with last year. The new sales season will kick off in December and last through to around June next year. The market performance in the new season is expected to be better than last year,” Gao Wenwen of…

Red Sun Farms Ontario

New Ontario partnership to build 27 acre greenhouse in Kingsville

Red Sun Farms Ontario LP is the new partnership between Jim DiMenna, of Red Sun Farms, and Jeremy Capussi, of JC Fresh. This new company will be constructing its first 27 acres of high-tech greenhouses in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.  Havecon, will be responsible for the construction of this new facility.…

"The Canadian heritage that does not need dressing"

Down in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada you can find the home of Inspired Greens. As this region profits from many sun hours, this is an excellent location to grow lettuce. Close to Calgary, AB, the facility and distribution hub to the rest of western Canada, and only 45 min from US borders. Whole Leaf,…

Visiting herb producer Johannes Dick: "Everyone has to fight for their survival"

"Producer cooperatives are acting less and less in the interest of producers"

Producers in Germany and across Europe face increasingly stringent consumer policies and criticism. At the same time, trade is exerting pressure on prices, and so in many places, vegetable growers have had to give up their businesses. For others, the existential crisis is still pressing. It is important…

John Van Laethem, Van Laethem

"Next year we will have twice the volume of zero residue herbs"

Herbs are still a hot item. This is why the folks at the Belgian company, Van Laethem, see an ever-increasing rise in demand. This increase has resulted in a nice boost in revenue. "We have an enormous range that we expand yearly," says John Van Laethem of this company of the same name. “This year, we…

The Spanish group increases its production to 13 million kilos

Summer campaign at high altitudes comes to a close for Grupo Agroponiente

Grupo Agroponiente's summer season at high altitudes, carried out in the highlands of eastern Andalusia, has come to a close with a very good balance, as reported by its Supply Manager, Antonio Algarra. “We have achieved a significant increase in the production, reaching 13 million kilos; and with a…

South Africa: Dumping the hospitality industry to commercially farm veggies for big retailers

A black female entrepreneur has taken into commercial farming to make a mark in the male dominated industry. Lungi Robela dumped the hospitality industry to produce vegetables in a 17 hectare farm in Magaliesburg for big retailers. Robela says the farm produces vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli…

From 2.5 to 23 hectare bell pepper cultivation in New Zealand

A bell pepper nursery called Southern Paprika Limited was founded in New Zealand 20 years ago. It was started as a joint venture between Hamish and Robyn Alexander and the Dutch company, J.M. Levarht & Zn. "In 1997, Theo and Huub Levarht went to New Zealand to discuss this venture," reflects Frank…

Controllable LED lighting at Biological Youngplants

“We're going for summer quality products even in winter”

There are an impressive 56 different mother plant varieties in the greenhouse of Biological Youngplants, from which over 13 million SKAL certified cuttings are being propagated each year. To improve on both the quality and the cultivation speed of the cuttings, the company uses LED lamps. The lights are…

Red Sea Farms placed third at Entrepreneurship World Cup

Red Sea Farms placed third at the recent Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC). The event, which was part of the Misk Global Forum, featured over 100 startup finalists from 64 countries. Red Sea Farms is a KAUST agriculture technology spinout that specializes in saltwater greenhouse technology. The startup…

US (PA): Leafy greens grower in the spotlight in FarmHer Friday

In this new video from RFD TV's FarmHer series Head Grower of Bright Farms Pennsylvania, Denise DeRue, talks about the behind-the-scenes processes at Bright Farms. In the short video, Denise discusses the products, some of the customer reactions, and also some of the ways in which Bright Farms manages to…

growers want to sell lettuce and system

Lettuce grows in 'pyramid shape' in Danish growers’ greenhouse

Heads of lettuce, but then only vertical. That is what a couple of Danish growers are working on. The three men, Sune Rasmussen, Henrik Rasmussen and Brian Nørskov have developed a new cultivation method. Due to an increasing lack of space and clean water on earth, it just could become the future way of…

US (TN): South Memphis aquaponic farm blooms

"Leafy green things grow quicker in aquaponics," said Daryl Leven, who retired from his job in corporate America and started New Way Aquaponic Farms. "Most agriculture as we know it is rural-based. This is urban-based," Leven said. "This could be done throughout Memphis." The 40 tilapia fish swimming in…

Netherlands: Bankrupt 58 ha organic facility acquired by Best Fresh

Best Fresh has reached an agreement with the administrator handling the bankruptcy of greenhouse horticulture company A.C. Hartman on acquiring its assets. The 58-hectare greenhouse facility was declared bankrupt almost two weeks ago. "The purchase is a logical next step for Best Fresh in its strategic development…

Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand:

"More light and higher production thanks to diffused glass"

A few years ago, French tomato growers Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand, members of the Solarenn growers’ cooperative, invested in Cultilene’s Albarino diffused glass. This glass achieves positive results and a clear added value in practice, as is evident after three growing seasons. Pascal Lorand and…

US (NE): Defendant dismissed from trial over O'Neill immigration raid

One defendant was dismissed from a complex trial Wednesday over an alleged conspiracy that led to one of the state’s largest immigration raids. An Atkinson businessman, had been accused of money laundering and two charges related to harboring illegal immigrants in connection with a staffing agency…

Palestinian greenhouse farmers grow bountiful harvests in Gaza

Thirty farmers in southern Gaza recently participated in a three-day agriculture training on best practices for greenhouse agriculture. Anera organized the training for the Khan Younis farmers to ensure that they can make the most of their new Anera-built greenhouses and grow a variety of crops. One of…

"Greenhouses balance out disturbances in the power system"

Oksasen Puutarha specialises in cultivating lettuces. The company, which is based in the north of Turku, has been providing the frequency containment reserve for disturbances (FCR-D) and demand response for two years now. The provision of FCR-D causes the lights to go out in the greenhouse a few times a…

Russian-Dutch coproduction brings 11 ha greenhouse to Novosibirsk

On November 2, 2019, the grand opening of the third stage of the Greenhouse Complex “Sadi Giganta” took place. It is a modern multifunctional agricultural complex using the latest scientific achievements and using innovative, energy-saving technologies. A greenhouse plant for the production of vegetable…

Felice Petrillo, AOP Luce

"We found varieties that are well suited to our climatic conditions"

The tomato campaign in the area of Fondi-Sperlonga, where most of the AOP Luce members' productions are located, is about to end. "In the last two years we focused mainly on the Mini Plum because it's the type for which there's a greater demand and because we found varieties that are well suited to our…

US (MI): Workers grow food and develop skills at plant factory

Agencies serving people with disabilities often have piecework projects with workers packaging materials in large quantities. Locally, the Arnold Center is in their second year of a new effort to grow plants in a process that combines recycled water and gravity. Arnold Center President Craig Varterian,…

10 ha expansion for CHP-heated Leamington pepper project

It was only two years ago that Chris Del Greco started Under Sun Acres and started growing peppers in his first 10 hectare greenhouse in Leamington, Ontario. Now they're expanding again. Bom Greenhouses and Universal Fabricating signed the contract for phase two of the project during the PMA Fresh Summit…

Trinidad and Tobago: Freeport company grows crops in containers

Home grown, totally organic crops is the vision Freeport-based Cube Root has for transforming Trinidad and Tobago’s agricultural sector by using technology to develop indoor farms. Cube Root recently held an exposition for investors and customers at its headquarters, where it introduced the concept of a…

Kenya: She treats eyes by day, farms by night

Carol is an ophthalmic clinical officer at the Nakuru Level Five Hospital, Annex branch, but has an eye for agribusiness. “I have been farming since 2014 out of passion. I love watching plants grow, fruit being harvested and served at the table. My favourite crop is tomato.” Her love for tomatoes grew…

Robert Jordas performs 'secret' experiment in his greenhouse

In this Finnish farm, strawberries grow on multiple levels

Despite fall being in full bloom, the strawberry cultivation in Lappträsk, Finland is running full throttle. Robert Jordas believes it is interesting to try new cultivation methods. One of the new methods is the vertical cultivation of strawberries: the strawberries grow on different levels. In the…

OPFH Looije opens new cherry tomato greenhouse in Spain

"We want to be specialists in this speciality"

A moment of celebration for the team of Spanish greenhouse grower Looije. This week they officially opened their brand new greenhouse in Águilas. And it's nowhere near the end: in the coming years they want to build another two phases, up to a total of 19 hectares. Working togetherLooije OPFH brings together…

US (CO): Ultra local Denver farm grows using aeroponics

At the intersection of 25th and Lawrence streets in Curtis Park, on the second story of a building—high above the millennials zipping around on electric scooters and the yoga warriors exiting a nearby studio—sits Altius Farms, an 8,000-square-foot aeroponic greenhouse. Inside, small fans whoosh gently…


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