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Joost van Luijk of Hot Pepper King will add 0.7 hectares next year

“It was a good year for the growing pepper market”

“All-in-all, it has been a good year for peppers”, says Joost van Luijk of Hot Pepper King, the morning after the pepper cultivation company from the Dutch Nootdorp, was on the Dutch Tv-show ‘BinnensteBuiten’. “In terms of ups-and-downs in production, the market for these hot peppers is comparable to the…

Automation inside and outside Mucci’s cucumber greenhouse

When talking about Mucci’s novelties, a lot of attention goes to the strawberries. Not a surprise, since the company has been one of the pioneers in this greenhouse crop. However, there’s more nice things going on in their Leamington enterprise. A high level of automation is in place at their cucumber…

Eyal Sahar on the decline of small producers in Israel:

“We now grow 50% of our own bell peppers”

The harvest for the main volumes of the Israeli bell pepper crop will begin in the second week of November, but the first picking is set to take place in the coming week. Eyal Sahar, the owner of Gilad Desert Produce, says: “The first picking is mostly for the domestic market, and then the main harvest…

Pakistan: A futuristic vertical farm now blooms in Karachi’s old yarn factory

In 2006, Sohail Ahmed’s once-booming polyester filament yarn plant closed down due to a worldwide recession, alongside lawlessness and a power crisis at home, in Pakistan’s seaside metropolis of Karachi. Twelve years later, Ahmed has converted the top floor of the old yarn factory into a futuristic farm,…

Zambia: Chongwe farmer chooses conservation farming for strawberries

Sitoli Phiri is a grape and strawberry farmer in Zambia’s Chongwe district. He is the first in his community to start growing strawberries using the technique of conservation…

"Our lives depend on regenerative farming and soil health"

Agritecture spoke with David Melton of Fresh Harvest, a company redefining Atlanta’s local food community. Over 80% of their products are grown within 70 miles of Atlanta. By focusing on local growers, they are contributing to a reduction in fuel emission of shipping cross-country, supporting Georgia's…

2020 Nuffield Farming Scholars announced

The Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust (NFST) has announced the appointment of the 2020 Nuffield Farming Scholars, who are to commence their studies and travels next year.…

Cucumber grower Marcel Huibers, Hortus in Futuro, after an eventful season:

"If you cannot control mosaic, you have to choose the most virus-resistant variety"

“We have three selection criteria when we have to choose a variety. The first is virus resistance, second is virus resistance and third is, I am sure you can guess,” says Marcel Huibers, cultivation manager / general manager at Dutch cucumber nursery Hortus in Futuro in Maasbree, laughing. In recent…

Eco-kultura vice-president: energy cost growth kills the segment of cheap greenhouse vegetables

Mr. Sergey Fomenkov, Vice-president on strategy and marketing for Eco-kultura shares the ideas of business diversification and on horticultural projects in new countries. Vegetable producers are considered one of the main beneficiaries from the import limitation policy, introduced in Russia in the recent…

Inside Manhattan's largest urban farm

After visiting and speaking with urban farmers in different cities, you quickly realize how different each operation is. Every farmer is utilizing their space in a unique way, growing something different, and has a different business model. No two urban farms are alike. This is especially evident at the…

Russia: 22 ha of new greenhouse acreage in Lipetsk

LLC GC Eletskie Ovoschy have launched the third phase of the greenhouse complex in Eletsk region of Lipetsk area with the acreage of 22 ha. They are getting ready for the next launch, reported the Department on Investments and International Relations of Lipetsk area. The launch of the third phase will…

US (NJ): Element Farms unveils 70,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Element Farms will begin operations at its new 70,000 square foot Lafayette, New Jersey, greenhouse facility this month. The company will outfit its new site, once home to a horticulture company, with proprietary technology and supplemental lighting to produce a wide variety of leafy greens. At full…

US (NE): Newell Elementary students care for fish, plants in aquaponic system

Newell Elementary School students are able to care for fish and plants in an aquaponic system as part of an after-school club. Integration Specialist Krystal Spilger said Newell received a grant from Beyond School Bells for the system, which was installed by Whispering Roots in December 2018. Students…

The Conscious Farmer Consultancy opens Training Center in Sauerland

"Nature has a lot to offer, but you have to learn to work with it"

Last summer it was still a matter of "intention", but now there is also a real building. A training center in Sauerland in Germany to be precise. Renovated this summer, so that from this autumn, former independent organic grower Aldo van Os and Wageningen engineer Mark Velders, together with four…

New Zealand: Lettuce business a way of life for Manakau family

A former Wellington couple who escaped the city with their three young children to grow lettuce in Manakau want to keep it a secret. Tony and Lisa Dale-Low were both working and living in Wellington a few years ago when they made a decision to sell up, buy a bus and tour New Zealand with their young…

A hydroponics startup growing basil is developing their own LED technology

Agritecture spoke with Olivia Engel of St. Louis Indoor Produce (SLIP), a hydroponics start-up growing basil in the heart of the city. They're developing a new lighting technology that allows farmers to capture their lights’ heat and vent it in or out as climate control, and the cooler lights perform at…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

"Despite extreme weather condition Dutch radish 365 days a year"

"Greenhouse-grown radish is always reliable and available in the Netherlands," says John Grootscholten of Daily Fresh Radish. "At the moment we are once again steaming and disinfecting for a clean start to the winter. We are also working on scaling up our area. This is all to ensure that if the cultivation takes…

First full LED tomato harvest Tomco celebrated

On September 19, De Ruiter visited tomato farm Tomco in Roeselare, Belgium, where grower Luc Coghe and his staff have been harvesting the fruits of the new De Ruiter tomato variety Radiance for a month. Together with partner Signify (formerly Phillips Lighting), the first harvest was celebrated…

US (VA): USDA certified indoor BioFarms open for business

Shenandoah Growers has begun harvests at its next generation BioFarm facilities in Rockingham and Elkwood, Virginia. The company will now grow, pack and ship locally grown, organic produce from its sustainable indoor farms to its customers in the Mid-Atlantic region 365 days a year. Shenandoah's…

photo report on Monday

40th Canadian Greenhouse Conference comes to an end

New growing containers for the organic market, a new AI-learning addition to an LED fixture, many new additives to substrates and especially many familiar faces catching up. The 40th edition of the Canadian Greenhouse Conference has come to an end.  Even early in the morning after their annual Eat.Drink.Chill,…

US (WI): Aquaponically-grown lettuce donated to schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, on Monday, October 15th, Nelson and Pade donated over one hundred heads of fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield, Montello and Princeton public school districts. The lettuce is Certified Naturally Grown and is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic…

How Looije is continuously growing in Spain

Most of the greenhouses in Spain are covered with plastic. The glass greenhouses type Venlo are as good as unknown. The tomato producer Vincent Looije, from the famous Dutch hydrangea dynasty, is building new greenhouse complexes in Águilas in the Spanish way, but using Dutch knowledge. Two vivacious…

CAN (ON): Cultivating future agri-food leaders in rural Ontario

Ontario's government is helping provide hands-on experiences for future agri-food leaders through its continued support of 4-H Ontario. Building the leadership and life skills of youth will help create jobs and grow the agricultural sector, which will benefit everyone in the province. "Many of today's…

US (CT): Innovator of century old farm passes away after farm accident

Ben March, who brought the fresh energy of a new generation to the operation of his family's century-old farm, died Saturday in a farm accident, local officials said. He was 39. The youngest son of Thomas and Susan March returned to the 150-acre farm on Munger Road after years in a cubicle calculating…

Belaya Dacha to double tomato production in Stavropol

Belaya Datcha are launching the second phase of the greenhouse complex Dolina Solntsa in the Predgorny region in Stavropol in November this year. This will allow them to double the tomato productivity, up to 5 thousand tons a year, reported the general director of LLC Dolina Solntsa, Mr. Yanis Galanidi.…

Raspberry on pole position

Does the rest of soft fruit follow the growth of strawberry under glass?

Can the blueberry, blackberry or raspberry follow the strawberry from under glass? Who knows. There certainly is potential. In the shadow of the growth of strawberry cultivation under glass, the cultivation of other soft fruit under glass is steadily increasing. More and more growers are looking for…

US (MI): Lettuce growers fight food waste and feed families

At Feeding America West Michigan, they believe everyone should have access to fresh, local produce. Revolution Farms takes this belief to heart by choosing to donate 1 percent of its hydroponically grown lettuce. Doing so fights food waste, while bringing farm-to-table freshness to those in need. The…

Boomaroo Nurseries renews strategic partnership with AUSVEG

Boomaroo Nurseries has renewed its strategic partnership with AUSVEG for another year. Boomaroo Nurseries supplies over 300 million seedlings to growers around Australia. It has been a Strategic Partner of AUSVEG for many years and has supported the Australian vegetable industry, both through its…

US: Greenhouse growers asked to complete water survey

A U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project seeks to understand how greenhouse growers use water, including recycled water, in their greenhouse operations. If you are involved in a greenhouse growing operation, complete this brief (5 to 10 minute) water use survey: http://tinyurl.com/UConnWaterSurvey…

December 10-12, Grand Rapids

Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo tour highlights local growers

During the Michigan Greenhouse Growers Expo, visitors can join MSU Extension Educator Heidi Lindberg for a tour featuring four greenhouse producers in west Michigan. Learn about how the crops are propagated, grown, and finished for wholesale distribution. The tour will highlight technology and…

Nigeria: CEO of Dangote Tomatoes wants total ban on tomato imports

Nigeria’s biggest tomato plant owned by billionaire, Aliko Dangote, has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of tomatoes. According to the Managing-Director…

Agrizar grows berries exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America

Agrizar, one of Mexico’s largest growers, with a production network of over 8,700 acres, will grow berries exclusively for Mastronardi BerryWorld America (MBWA). “I was intrigued by the success of BerryWorld’s proprietary berries in global markets,” says Piero Zarattini, CEO of Agrizar. “But when I witnessed…

Les Saveurs de Jade

France: Exotic fruits and citrus grown in greenhouses

Growing exotic and citrus fruits in Brittany, France, is possible. On his three hectares of greenhouses, Gilles Le Bihan grows pitayas, finger limes, aloe vera and many other products. He is one of the few in Europe to do so on his farm, “Les Saveurs de Jade”. “We started four years ago with a pitaya…

UK: Chatham-Kent witnesses large tomato harvest

In the rural areas of Chatham-Kent, large transport-trailers hauling thousands of tomatoes away from farmers’ fields could have been seen over the past couple of weeks. The good news for farmers in the area is that this year’s spring wasn’t enough to hamper the tomato harvest in the region. “We’ve had a…

Grufesa expects to uproot and ship 28 million strawberry plants before the new campaign

Grufesa, a firm based in Moguer, in the Spanish province of Huelva, devoted to the production and marketing of berries, is currently working in the collection, selection and preparation of strawberry plants in its nurseries in Cabezas de Alambre, in the province of Ávila. The prospect is to uproot around…

Paris-based start-up combines gastronomy and sustainable agriculture

In partnership with Autogrow, Agritecture released a global controlled environment agriculture (CEA) census to help share knowledge and push the industry forward. Through this census they met Julie Bounan, the Business Unit Manager in charge of La Plucherie, the start-up incubated in InVivo Food & Tech.…

Kazakhstan: Million-dollar fine for greenhouse investor cancelled

When Dirk Aleven with FoodVentures invested in Kazakhstan, he probably didn't expect to be faced with a 1 million USD fine. The investor, engaged in tomato growing, was importing the equipment to the country, when the customs service and the State Revenue Committee conduced an unannounced inspection.…

New Michigan co-located indoor farm opens

Gordon Food Service and Square Roots, an urban indoor farming company, have celebrated the opening of their partnership’s first co-located farm at a ribbon-cutting event on the campus of Gordon Food Service’s headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. In addition to executives and staff from both companies,…

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

The benefits of multi-layer cultivation... in a greenhouse

The germination and propagation of herb plants is done in a vertical set-up on the concrete path (just before the ponds) at Christ Monden's nursery in Etten-Leur. What once started as a cautious test has now become standard practice there. Christ Monden and Bas Dirven A number of years ago Christ asked…

Asian Vegetables loved by traveling generation

While pak choi can be found in every average supermarket, the consumer has to go to Asian supermarkets or stores for other Asian leafy crops. Photo: Cees with his sister Daniëlle Cees Visser, Asian Crop: "The customers of Asian convenience stores are changing. More and more people in the Netherlands are coming…

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Three families harvest fruits of their hard labour

It is tomato harvesting season in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hard work has paid off for three families who have grown produce in the greenhouses received through the EU funded project “Integrated socio-economic support to mine victims in BiH”. For the past month, they have been selling tomatoes and…

Turkey: Dragonfruit production started in greenhouse in Antalya

An entrepreneur Kadir Cinar was exploring alternative products to grow after the increase in greenhouse production costs in many of the products grown in the Antalya area. Visiting tropical fruit greenhouses in Mersin and Gazipasa district of Antalya, the grower came up with the idea that it is also…

US ready to partner with Nigeria on greenhouse tech

The United States Government expressed its readiness to partner with Nigerian agriculturists who are interested in using greenhouse technology to increase food production in the country. United States Consular General to Nigeria, Claire Peirangelo stated this when she led a delegation to visit the Wells…

"It is the biggest tomato I have ever seen"

A Hassocks resident has shared his amazement after growing the biggest tomato he has ever seen. Terry Hicks, of Church Mead, Keymer, Hassocks, planted the beefsteak tomato in March and he said it weighs more than one and a half kilos – which is more than 3lb. “I was amazed that it got to this size,” he…

Ido Yaari of Arava Export Growers:

“We have been growing herbs since the 1980s”

Through a combination of open field and greenhouse growing, Israel is able to produce and export herbs year-round. Arava Export Growers, an Israeli based company with branches…

New Zealand

Māori farming organisations are increasing their investment in horticulture

As Māori farming organisations are increasing their horticulture investments, the new investment strategy isn’t only for better financial returns and job prospects, but also a…

Strawberries at Kwekerij Hoogsewetering flew out of greenhouse because of heatwave

"We want to be able to harvest early, but we don't want to be done this early"

The second half of September just started, but in Pijnacker, the Netherlands the majority of the strawberries have already been harvested. Due to heatwaves in July and August, the strawberries flew out of the greenhouse at Strawberry Nursery Hoogsewetering. Faster than planned because of the ‘weird…

"Fresh-cut produce should be paid more than 49 eurocents a bag"

On 17th September 2019, Bonduelle Italia organized a tour at the Salera production facility and of the facility in San Paolo d'Argon (Bergamo) to illustrate how fresh-cut products are made. Click here for the video! "You have seen how much work goes into a single bag of fresh-cut vegetables with your own…

US (PA): Carolee Bull investigates the microbiome at Penn State University

Interdisciplinary work truly defines Carolee Bull, director of Penn State's Microbiome Center and professor and department head of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology. Her research centers around translational taxonomy which is the use of bacterial systematics, combined with epidemiology, and…

Specialty grower hits Fresh Summit with ample baby beet supplies

For one specialty vegetable grower, the upcoming Fresh Summit 2019 show offers a chance to look beyond foodservice. “We’re primarily a foodservice business and a lot of the shows we go to are foodservice driven. But we’ve been going to Fresh Summit for a long time because it’s a great opportunity to meet…

Jordan Valley farmers welcome halt to citrus imports

According to a Jordan Valley Farmers Union statement on Tuesday, the Agriculture Ministry coordinates with farmers to protect local produce. There were reports of farmers protesting against the import of citrus fruits from abroad, President of the Jordan Valley Farmers Union Adnan Khaddam told The Jordan…

Queensland mushroom farm – Australia

Fair Work Ombudsman appeals $650k mushroom underpay

As more than 380 workers at a Queensland mushroom farm were ripped off to the tune of $650,000 at a farm called Marland Mushrooms in 2016, the Fair Work Ombudsman is trying to…

Start-up ECF supplies regional Rewe branches

Berliner Aquaponik-Anlage delivers 6,000 to 8,000 basil pots per week

Basil and perch are produced by the start-up ECF in the aquaponic system on their farm in the middle of Berlin. The founders also show that they can plan and build. Now there are two large greenhouses on the 1,800 square meter site, where basil grows. Between 6,000 and 8,000 pots leave the farm weekly after…

MA: Precision irrigation in a blueberry farm in Agadir

In Agadir, Morocco, the climate is very dry and in the summer the temperatures are very high. For African Blue South Farms, a 20-hectare blueberry greenhouse this means that irrigation is very important. “Blueberries are a very difficult crop to manage agronomically speaking. To ensure its survival, we…

"Diffuse coating provides for better light distribution within the crop"

Two years ago, when owner Frank van Lipzig was in need of a new crop manager, he expressly chose someone without experience with cucumbers. The reason for this was that he wanted someone able to take a new, fresh look at the crop, without the baggage of ingrained habits. The new person – Peter van…

Marijuana plantation located in tomato greenhouse in Spanish region of Cantabria

The Spanish Guardia Civil have located a marijuana plantation on an 8,000 square meter agricultural plot dedicated to the cultivation of tomatoes in the Cantabrian…

Salera owns 30 hectares destined to the fresh-cut industry

Bonduelle Italia CEO Andrea Montagna has no doubt: Azienda Agricola Salera is one of the best in the field when it comes to fresh-cut products. On 17th September 2019, the company opened its doors to showcase how it produces 2000 tons of vegetables for the fresh-cut industry every year.  Click here for the…

Russia: A farmer from Krasnodar shares the recipe of a perfect strawberry jam

Ms. Elena Eliseeva is a beginning farmer but within a couple of years of her greenhouse existence she managed to achieve first success. The aromatic strawberries from her greenhouse are known and appreciated by customers, every weekend people line up to get her produce, never did she have to return home…

China: "Online store gives a boost to our organic vegetable sales"

Organic products are becoming increasingly popular in China, and sales are on the rise. This is mainly due to Chinese consumers’ growing awareness of food safety. Vegetables in the supermarket Currently, 30% of the organic products supplied by supermarkets are imported and 70% are locally produced. We…

Increased volumes for Scottish strawberries

Scottish berry grower and supplier, Angus Soft Fruits, is celebrating a record-breaking season. They have produced more than double the amount of their premium AVA…

Russia: The principles of growing cucumbers in greenhouses

The PTR (Public Television of Russia) channel aired a report in “Sreda Obitaniya” programme about cucumbers growing in greenhouses on the territory of the Russian Federation. Many members of ECO-Culture, such as Rustem Mustafin (the Marketing Director), Liliya Tekhova (the Chief Agronomist), Olga…

US (TN): Urban agriculture at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The importance of food and diet in healing and medical treatments is becoming much more widely recognized, so it is only natural for hospitals to realize the value of providing local, organic food to their patients. Having a farm onsite adds to the wellness culture, not only by providing nutritious food…

“We grow in the country, for the country”

Fresh herbs have been gaining popularity in the past few years and according to Jonna Hansson from the Swedish herb company Spisa Smaker, the product demand has been steady. The company works mostly with potted herbs, which makes up about 85% of their product while the other 15% of their product is cut…

Urban farming start-up to open Michigan farm on September 30

On September 30th, Square Roots will cut the ribbon and officially open its newest indoor farm on the Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming, Michigan. The company said this is the beginning of a strategic partnership that will see Square Roots’ high-tech farms built on or near Gordon Food Service…

Almost 200 hectares worldwide

Further growth for biggest Dutch tomato grower

Agro Care, the biggest tomato grower in the Netherlands in terms of acreage, has acquired Greenco's cultivation location in Wieringermeer. The greenhouse, with 10 hectares of illuminated acreage and 10 hectares of undeveloped land, will handle illuminated cultivation for Greenco for the coming season.…

Ambassador of Spain visits Looye Kwekers

Looye Kwekers received the ambassador of Spain on their location in Burgerveen. The delegations consisting of María Jesús Alonso and Eulalia Ortiz was received by Jos Looije (Looye Kwekers) and Juan José Lopez Lopez (Looije Aguilas). Sjaak van der Tak, chairman of greenhouse horticulture, was also…

Australian grower to build another 16 ha in the coming five years

Australian grower P’Petual has been featured on Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield. The Buckland Park-based producer grows eggplants, mini cucumbers, and several varieties of tomatoes that are sold in many supermarkets across Australia. They’re actually one of Australia’s largest greenhouse growers.…

Turkish greenhouse growers make a loss due to high input costs

The Greenhouse Investors and Producers Union's (SERA-BIR) Chairman Muslum Yanmaz said that greenhouse productivity decreased from 30 tons per 0.1 hectare to 17 tons. Due to bad weather conditions and high input costs, 120 greenhouse growers made a loss in an area of 1100 hectares. "The majority of our…

Growers have switched to other crops

Nigeria’s biggest tomato facility idle again

Nigeria’s biggest tomato plant is counting on the government’s restriction of food imports to sustain operations. This appeal was made after going idle again, just six months…

Peter Aarts, Groentekwekerij 't Bleekerven about Gotja:

"A variety that is that strong against mosaic virus and Mycos never seen before"

A grower can only really judge a variety very well at the end of the season. For Peter Aarts, owner and cultivation manager of Groentekwekerij 't Bleekerven, that end is mid-September for the cucumber cultivation. After that the autumn tomatoes are going into the greenhouse in Heusden in North Brabant,…

Largest Australian biofuel plant to supply energy to new Katunga Fresh greenhouse

Space is not an issue for the Australian greenhouse growers with Katunga Fresh. Neither is the quality of the tomatoes being produced, labor, or the demand for the product in the Australian market. It’s the energy supply that was limiting the company’s growth: it was expensive and too low in…

EKO-Culture grows on 57 hectare

Russia: The secret of Stavropol's tasty tomatoes

Solnechny Dar, part of the EKO-Culture agricultural company, is the largest greenhouse complex in the south of Russia. The complex occupies an area of more than 57 hectares and produces about 35 thousand tons of vegetables every year. According to Baranenkov Vladimir Fedorovich, the managing director of the…

VD Holland portrays the pepper cultivation process in a new corporate film

"Production is lagging behind slightly, pricing is reasonable across the board"

"At the end of the year it is quite satisfying when you have managed to bring the plants to a healthy end with good production and good quality peppers," says Tim van Dijk from VD Holland at the end of the new company film about the pepper cultivation company. This year Tim and his brother Arnaud and the…

Three Mexican sisters succeed with greenhouse project

After ten years of efforts, sacrifices and training, the sisters Silvia, Rosa and Martha Gasca Caporal have succeeded in setting up a tomato and pepper growing and exporting company in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. They currently grow their vegetables on one and a half hectares of greenhouses and they…

Lechuga gourmet: from Colombia to the world

We all know that lettuce is very healthy since it is rich in water, vitamins, and minerals and low in calories. What few know is that Colombia is a pioneer in growing lettuce, especially in the cultivation of a new variety of the vegetable known as gourmet lettuce. Based in the Colombian city of Zipaquirá,…

Bushel Boy breaks ground on 50-acre Iowa facility

Minnesota-based Bushel Boy Farms is expanding its commitment to meeting Midwest demand for local, high-quality fresh produce as it broke ground on a new 20 hectare / 50-acre facility in Mason City, Iowa on September 11. The $35 million investment in the new facility will increase current production by…

Brunei: Home-based aquaponics farm nominated for Shell innovation award

Because set up costs are substantial and specialised knowledge in growing both fish and plants is a must, aquaponics has yet to take off in a meaningful way in Brunei. So Syazwan Hj Suni and his father were in for an even bigger surprise when they received notice last week that they were one of 21…

UK: Funding of up to £1,000 for farming sector women available

Women & Leadership International is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across the UK’s farming sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of up to £1,000 to enable participation in one of two leadership development programs: Leading Edge (for junior…

Controlling growth with light: more in winter, diffuse in summer

For a grower, every ray of sunlight entering the greenhouse in winter is a bonus. Light is also welcome in summer, provided it is properly distributed throughout the crop. This can be achieved by combining coatings. Two vegetable growers are leaders in this field in the Netherlands. Paul Moerman (left)…

"Hydroponic growing is a solution for the Galician horticultural sector"

In the search for a profitable alternative to potato and cereal growing in the province of Orense, vegetable production and improved production techniques have emerged as a…

Fruberica in How it's Done:

"We want to keep surprising consumers with new greenhouse vegetables"

Fruberica has been active as a chain partner in the Dutch fruit and vegetable sector since 1999. "We have clients in the retail industry, wholesale, export, and hotel, restaurant, and catering sectors," says Michael Holslag on the Dutch TV show, How it's Done. He is the Managing Director at Fruberica.…

Meet Vermont's 'Tomato Whisperer'

On any given day, you're likely to find master gardener Ben Pauly hard at work at Kelly Way Gardens. "He has created this amazing garden that fits perfectly into the valley," said Daniel Lapin of New Jersey. In 2013, he was a concierge at the Woodstock Inn. But after brainstorming with the general…

Microgreen garden grows with vertical farming trend

Amorette Farms is an indoor, vertical farm that grows non-GMO microgreens – the shoots of salad greens like arugula – using controlled environment agriculture. Since launching this spring, the company is already serving about a dozen commercial clients, said its founder, Devyn Rothbrust. “It’s…

Indian mom wins award with backyard aquaponics farm

Rekha Reshmik from Kozhikode, Kerala has pioneered a unique method of farming which yields double the profits as well as the harvest.  In her backyard, spanning no more than a few hundred square feet, she has implemented aquaponics. In just five years, Rekha’s venture, Annapoorna Aquaponics, has grown by leaps…

Woman supports heavy tomatoes with her bras

UK man reveals how his wife uses her bras to support tomatoes growing in her garden. Husband Dave explained that Kristy's tomatoes are particularly robust - they grow so large that they break the vines from which they hang before they reach their peak of ripeness. Tired of finding them on the ground under…

Sicilian bell pepper and zucchini campaign to start soon

"Everything is ready for the bell pepper and zucchini campaign in Palma di Montechiaro in Sicily where the weather was excellent this year," reports Antonio Morreale, administrator of Coop. Agricola Bio Hortus. Antonio Morreale (at the center) with two collaborators: Lillo Vella (left) and Calogero…

US (MN): Seven varieties of lettuce up in the air

Lettuce Abound Farms in Minnesota grows seven different varieties of lettuce aeroponically, using no natural sunlight and just 4% of the water typically needed. The Jamestown Sun took a look at their operation. Check out the video here.

Finnish importer Tomi Hakkarainen:

“In the future, there will likely be a shortage of growers in Finland”

Finland’s domestic fruit and vegetable production consists mainly of apples and greenhouse tomatoes and the country has to import many fruits and vegetables in order to supply the country’s demand. For import company and wholesaler Satotukku, Spain and Italy are the most important markets, though Poland…

Farmers are China's new live streaming stars

Zhong Haihui, a 40-year-old farmer, was one of the first people in Hunan province to start selling his fruits through live streaming. Now he’s just one of many live streamers in rural China doing the same, reaching millions of customers from across the country on short video app Kuaishou and e-commerce…

CAN (NL): Locally grown Asian vegetables a big hit with Filipinos in Happy Valley-Goose Bay

The greenhouse Nida Torio cultivates and delivers a bounty of Asian veggies. Bitter melon, long beans, eggplant and okra are abundant in the Philippines, and they are now being locally grown and sold by Spruce Meadow Farms in Happy Valley-Goose Bay for the first time.   Torio worked as an agricultural supervisor in…

US (IN): 'FARMacy' restaurant/greenhouse to launch in Muncie

Pending city council rezoning approval and the issuance of building permits, Glynn Barber intends to construct a $5 million to $8 million prototype aquaponics greenhouse, restaurant and exercise facility, to be called FARMacy, on West Jackson Street, a block west of the St. Mary's Church. Barber, an…

CAN (ON): Hydroponic tomatoes one of many sights during Open Farms

On first viewing, the tomato operation at Sun Harvest Greenhouses could be described as otherworldly. The long, sun-filled greenhouse, adjacent to Sun Harvest’s garden centre in Glenburnie, is home to 2,000 tomato plants that grow in uniform rows — green vines punctuated by bunches of fruit at various…

Indian migrant becomes successful grower in Greece

With just $200 in his pocket and his father’s blessing, Gulzar Singh traveled almost 5,800 miles from his native land of India to Greece to find a better life thirty one years ago. And by any measure, he most certainly has done just that! Now, at the age of forty-nine, he has been baptized in Greece…

Pheno Geno Roses steps into creating rose oil

Edible roses success leads to new ventures for breeder

They've been working on putting it on the market for about 2 years now, and after their demonstrations at the IPM Essen last January, the interest in their varieties increased sharply. The products in question are the ‘really edible’ rose from rose breeder Pheno Geno, a Serbian-Dutch company. Their…

Harvesting of second-transplant zucchini to start this week

In the Foggia area, it hasn't rained since early July. The first transplant cycle of zucchini was mainly destined to the processing industry, though there was a good moment for the fresh market in late June-July. The harvesting of the second transplants will start this week and the produce will be mostly…

Grimmway hosts USDA Deputy Secretary Censky

This past week United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky, Deputy Press Secretary Alec Varsamis and Senior Congressional Advisor Veronica Wong visited Grimmway Farms headquarters in Arvin, CA. The topics discussed ranged from immigration to water rights. Company President…

Defra responds to report claiming no-deal will cause farms to go under

Officials at Defra have responded to a report produced by the People’s Vote which claims that half of UK farms and farm business could become bankrupt as a result of a no-deal…

Romanian growers to receive EU funds amounting to 1.25% of GDP this year

The European funds transferred to Romanian farmers as direct payments and investments during 2017-2019 are approaching € 9 billion, with € 2.7 bln (1.25% of GDP) to be…

72-730 RZ becomes Procano RZ

Newcomer in organic cultivation happy with ‘Tasty vine tomatoes’

Since the beginning of the year Wouter Green, part of the garden plant nursery Wouters, has started cultivating organic bell peppers and organic vine tomatoes. For the organic vine tomatoes, cultivation manager Tonnie Vink uses the 72-730 RZ variety that has now been given the name, Procano RZ. This was…

Willem Schrage, Vegimex:

"We try to expand our greenhouse acreage by 30% annually"

The first shipments of Moroccan tomatoes will arrive at Vegimex at ABC Westland in Poeldijk at the end of September, with the large volumes bursting loose in October. "After the difficult season last year, the new season looks more positive. There is a lot less supply on the market and the prices are a…

"It was never our intention to end up in the tomato business"

Dutch pioneers in Thailand in Dutch newspaper

Loose tomatoes, beef tomatoes, TOVs, oval, colored, and cherry tomatoes - you hardly see these anywhere in Thai stores - until Dutchmen Thomas Ruiter and Menno Keppel started growing tomatoes. They did this when it became clear that it was difficult to sell horticultural technology in Thailand. These…

US (AR): Hydroponic farming option for veterans

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., toured a farm operation Monday that is largely immune to the weather, to pests and to trade wars. Vet Veggies provides fresh leafy green vegetables and herbs year-round to Northwest Arkansas restaurants and grocers by growing the plants indoors in climate-controlled…

RODI Kenya uses vertical farming to power social change

Resource Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI) Kenya is one of the newest organisations to join AVF and their first company member from Africa. They met RODI’s CEO and Executive Director Eliud Ngunjiri in Nairobi this past June at the 1st International Conference on Agroecology: Transforming…

Arjan de Gier, Thanet Earth

"Being a grower is a mindset. It’s in you. Part of your being"

Arjan de Gier tends his cucumbers with a mild care often reserved for new-born infants and puppies. He lovingly adjusts their hanging positions, checks their size and girth, strokes their skins, admires their straightness and clips a leaf right here, a stalk there. He’s 50 years outdated and, apart from…

Frustrated by red tape

New Zealand's biggest strawberry grower still lacks harvest workers

New Zealand’s biggest strawberry operator remains in a bureaucratic battle with the government to find enough workers to harvest the fruit. Recently, news sources reported…

Agro-Inwest reaches 100 hectare acreage

"Growing in terms of acreage and quality"

When hearing about the 105-hectare greenhouse project operated by Agro-Inwest, it’s hard to realize that the first crop of the company only got planted in 2014. The rapidly growing company is located in the Kaluga region, 300 km from Moscow, Russia, and became one of the biggest greenhouses in the world…

Eggplant grower Martijn van Onselen about Tracey RZ

"The crop easily grows more fruits so growing with a lower fruit weight is possible"

Between December 12 and 20, 2018, Van Onselen Aubergines planted 12.5 ha Tracey RZ, distributed over 3 location in 's-Gravenzande. After years of good experiences with Beyonce RZ, the growers hope to bring the quality and reliability of their product to an even higher level with this step. The company…

Mitchell Prins, Cresco:

"Shorter growing period and higher production with multi-layer cultivation"

On a road in a horticultural area in Honselersdijk, we find the family-run company Cresco. The Prins family has been growing cresses for wholesale and retail for four generations. Cresses are freshly germinated plants, such as garden cress and watercress. We are talking to two generations from the Prins…

Roedolf van der Merwe - Eat Your Greens Company

“We don’t say no to a client”

Eat Your Greens Company is a vegetable, lettuce and herb producer with an almost encyclopedic array of lines, grown throughout summer on four farms in Gauteng and in winter grown for them on farms in the far north of Limpopo. They grow about 60% themselves of what they supply, packed on their superbly situated Midrand farm…

US: Creating a more sustainable and affordable future for New York growers

Michael Rosato is a graduate student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. What drew you to the program with Steve Reiners?I first worked in Steve Reiner’s program at the beginning of my undergraduate…

Wave of robberies in agricultural farms of Spanish region of Extremadura

The agrarian organization UPA-UCE Extremadura has warned of a wave of robberies in Vegas Altas del Guadiana, where the irrigation campaign is in full swing. Over the last three weeks, more than a hundred producers have been affected by the theft of batteries or diesel, by the destruction of part of the…

Peter Aarts, vegetable nursery 't Bleekerven

"410 gram cucumbers are perfect for automatic processing"

Peter Aarts, owner and cultivation manager of Dutch cucumber nursery 't Bleekerven, is growing cucumbers of the variety Gotja in Heusden, North Brabant, until mid-September. Then the fall tomatoes follow. The end of the cucumber cultivation is nearing. "Cultivation is progressing nicely and Gotja had to…

Ontario launches 2019 Excellence in Agriculture Program

Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, announced that the Excellence in Agriculture program is open to receive applications and now includes a new category to recognize outstanding young farmers. The Excellence in Agriculture program recognizes agri-food innovations and…

Indigenous Australian vegetable supplier grows with Coles partnership

South Australian Indigenous vegetable grower Nunga Produce has grown its business by double, thanks to its long-term partnership with Coles supermarkets. Supplying Coles has given Nunga Produce the confidence to expand its operations of growing crops and purchasing vegetables and herbs, by providing the…

Sfera Agricola: the revival of Italian tomatoes

The largest hydroponic farm in Southern Europe can be found in Tuscany. Launched in 2015 by Luigi Galimberti, Sfera Agricoa grows plants above the ground and pesticide-free,…

Meet Singapore's Veggie Farming Family

Fireflies Health Farm is a family business pur sang. “My dad grows the vegetables, my mum cooks the vegetables, my brothers sell the vegetables, and I just eat the vegetables” according to daughter Xiao Xi.   Dad Chai started the Singaporean farm in 1985 and – being averse to pesticides – decided to convert it…

South Africa: Novice tunnel farmer wins with hydroponics

Byron Booysen developed a fondness for land and nature while growing up in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, where his family farmed on a small scale. Five years ago, he decided to turn his interest into a business and applied to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for funding to start a hydroponic…

Growing edible flowers in Ukraine

A couple of years ago there appeared dishes with edible flowers on restaurants’ menus. Some Ukrainians have used this trend to build a new source of income, they grow edible flowers for sale. Manager of TM Zelen Mr. Yuriy Roman (Kamenka of Cherkasy region), has shared the details of the business…

Uganda holds first ever aquaponics awards

Farmers in several parts of Uganda have been recognised for their outstanding performance in the country’s first-ever aquaponics farming awards ceremony. The awards were presented at an event organised by the Water Governance Institute in Kampala which aimed to bring aquaponics operators from different…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

US (FL): Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project provides chefs with herbs

Helen Works' Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project has taken root at The Arc of the Bay. "It's better than what I could've ever imagined," said Helen, 17, during an Aug. 9 celebration in Lynn Haven. Her aquaponics garden features five herbs — basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary and cilantro — that will…

Japan: A bumper crop courtesy of AI

Tomatoes are more than just plants for Tadashi Fukuoka. “They’re like my children,” he says. Fukuoka, a second-generation grower, heads up the family operation. He owns four greenhouses, cultivating 8,200 square meters near the Japanese port city of Kinko-cho in the prefecture of Kagoshima. And like a…

US (ME): Aquaponics could be key in extending the growing season

At Springworks Farm in Lisbon, there are no mooing cows or bleating sheep. Visitors can hear only the bubbling sound of water moving between fish tanks and beds of lettuce. Trevor Kenkel started this aquaponics operation in 2014 during his first year at Bowdoin College. “It’s a system in which the fish…

UK tomato grower Mill Nurseries set for 8 acre expansion

One of the UK's biggest tomato growers is preparing for a multi-million pound expansion of its East Yorkshire facility. Mill Nurseries, in Keyingham, now supplies over 100 million tomatoes every year to UK supermarkets including Morrisons, Lidl, the Co-op and Waitrose. Since their demand is growing, so…

US (CO): Microgreens farm leads MIT graduate to Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is celebrating 20 years with a new push to show the community what it means to be Colorado Proud. “Colorado Proud for us symbolizes solidarity with other farmers and with our kind of heritage of agriculture here. It basically is the glue that holds the entire…

Backyard Fresh Farms:

"100,000 square foot facilities near every major US city"

"We're doing for farming what Henry Ford did for the automobile," said entrepreneur Jake Counne. Counne has found a way to grow produce locally, even when it's below 50 outside. He said the answer is using cameras, software and a conveyor belt in what's called a vertical farm. "I came across vertical…

Albania: Replacing two diesel boilers with a biomass one

Kleant Nezha smiles as he walks amongst the lush tomato plants growing in one of his greenhouses in Lushnjë, a city in west-central Albania. After replacing two obsolete diesel boilers with modern ones that run on biomass, his plants are growing much faster – and so are his energy savings. While the old boilers…

Nigeria: "Cucumber farmer kills business partner over profit"

Enugu State Police Command have arrested one Sampson Nwaobasi, an Enugu-based farmer, for allegedly killing his business partner, Friday Ani, over proceeds from their farming…


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