Grower in the Spotlight

NG: "Deliver farm fresh produce to retail and display them properly"

"The Nigerian market became used to fresh foods on the table. Whether they are peppers, tomatoes or cucumbers, they want it fresh." Speaking is Tayo Ilori, managing director of Latc Agro LTD, in an interview with Wandie Kazeem of Wandieville Media. Properly display In a two-part interview he explains how…

Malaysia: Paraplegic farmer realizes his dream of an aquaponic farm

In December 2015, a car accident left Dr Billy Tang, an agriculturist and private researcher, with traumatic spinal cord injury. A determined person, he aspired to return to his area of expertise – urban farming. Last July, Tang, 53, of Kota Damansara, discovered a new purpose in life when he and four…

Jolanda de Zeeuw, radish farmer:

“Late Easter, good weather make for lots of radishes on the market”

At the beginning of February, De Zeeuw, a radish farm in ’s-Gravenzande, the Netherlands, sent out an appeal on Twitter. They needed someone to come and help mechanically harvest their radishes. The vacancy has since been filled, but not without some difficulty. Just in time for the annual peak period.…

NatureFresh & Dell EMC

"It’s all about collecting data and using it properly"

In modern greenhouses automation is increasing. Growing and harvesting is largely registered via all sorts of systems or apps, which means that a lot of data is collected. As a grower or manager you have to think about the way how to store all this data. Dell EMC recently published a video in which they…

Belgium: Full LED lighting in new 10 hectare tomato greenhouse

Signify announced its second horticulture project with tomato grower Luc Coghe to install full LED lighting in a newly built 10 hectare greenhouse in Roeselare, Belgium. Since 2014, Luc Coghe, owner of Tomco and his wife, Greet Biesbrouck, have increased yields and improved the quality and taste of high…

Italy: Thirteen hectares of lettuce grown on a floating system

All types of lettuce are grown with the floating system on an area of 13 hectares. The whole system is automated to produce salad marketed under the brand name Ninfa. The location is Standiana, (Ravenna), near the large amusement park Mirabilandia, famous in Italy. "Here we also have fun with water - and…

"We can sleep easy knowing the system is working well and alerting us if there is any issue"

Andrew Krol and Paul Dydula started Paradise Fruits 20 years ago, with the aim of producing high quality specialty fruit products, mostly focusing on crops suited to a fertigated substrate growing method. Over the years, they have grown strawberries, figs, mini capsicums and now focus on raspberries and…

Pim van Wingerden, Growing Healthy Vegetables:

“The success of our niche cultivation mostly depends on an accumulation of coincidences”

His professors used to always be surprised: calluses on the hands of a student who was being prepared for a career in the financial sector. It wasn't anything out of the ordinary for Pim van Wingerden though, since he was practically raised with a scythe in his hand among the purslane and turnip greens.…

Thomas Herrmann offers the best herbs for the asparagus season

"We have now fully switched to German wild garlic"

Slowly, spring is arriving in Germany, and the people at Herrmann Kräuter in Neuss near Düsseldorf are certainly noticing it. People from the fourth generation of this herb grower now work 400 hectares of herb and cress varieties - and the peak season is near. In the asparagus season, wild garlic is very…

Russia: Volgograd greenhouse complex back in business

People in the Russian region of Volgograd will be able to buy locally produced vegetables, greenery and seedlings again. The greenhouse complex in Tonshalovo worked three years ago, however, it was closed due to debts. Now a local farmer has decided to revive the half-ruined enterprise. One 7 ha…

Hungary: New nursery brings total acreage Árpád-Agrár to 60 hectares

A new propagation greenhouse for Hungarian company Árpád-Agrár brings the total acreage of the farm to over 60 hectares, of which 7 hectares is dedicated to propagation. The new greenhouse was opened last week. Árpád-Agrár was established over 50 years ago and has since its establishment grown into a…

Meet the 'Willy Wonka of tomatoes'

Nasir Ahmed, technical manager at IPL International Procurement and Logistics, has appeared on BBC One's Supermarket Secrets alongside Gregg Wallace and tomato grower Andy Roe. Nasir discussed sugar levels in tomatoes and his quest for a large slicing tomato with the sweetness of a small, salad tomato.…

US (CO): Fish power brings couple home to Montezuma County

Jeff and Tammy Coulon started aquaponic farming as a test – just for produce for the family dinner table at their farm near Ainsworth, Nebraska. It proved so successful it turned out to be key to enabling their return to their childhood homes in Montezuma County. Based on the success of their small,…

or taking a peak in Houweling's farm

Video: The complexities of growing tomatoes

A video report from VOA provides a look at Houweling’s. Learn the complexities of growing tomatoes and how efficient use of water, natural sunlight, and high quality fertilizers can significantly reduce their environmental footprint. Source: VOA (Martin Secrest)

Gerard van den Brand:

"We have to make cultivation more sustainable and communicate about it"

Gerard van den Brand is growing strawberries in a 16,500 square meter greenhouse is Altforst, the Netherlands. Being the chairman of the National Strawberry Committee and part…

"The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes"

According to the Greenhouse Investors and Producers Association (SERA-BIR), Turkish tomatoes are very popular in the world. Muslum Yanmaz, head of the association said: "We export mainly to Russia and also to Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Switzerland. The world can't get enough of Turkish tomatoes."…

New commercial agreements for Enrosadira raspberries

After promoting the remontant Enrosadira variety, Vivai Molari is now looking into the concession of exclusive authorizations for its commercialization as part of its raspberry genetic improvement program. Jamie Sawday, Gilberto Molari and Alessandro Gualandi In Morocco , Enrosadira is managed and…

New Zealand cherry grower hosts open house in retractable orchard cover

Central Otago based cherry producer Clyde Orchards recently hosted an educational field day under their new 3-hectare Cravo retractable roof X-Frame. The field day gave leading cherry and berry professionals from across New Zealand, Australia and the UK a chance to connect with both current users and…

Win €500K to develop your sustainable business

Green-minded entrepreneurs and sustainable start-ups are being urged to apply for this year’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge . The winner of the competition, which is open for entries until 12:00 noon on 1st of May, will win €500,000 of funding to develop their business. The runner up will win…

"Blueberries from Qingdao greenhouses enter Chinese market"

"The new production season for blueberries from greenhouse plantations in Qingdao officially began a few days ago. The product quality is stable and at the same level as in previous years. The price of greenhouse blueberries is currently much lower than around the same time last year. The main reason for…

US (AL): Students learn about space through tomatoes

There are a few theories floating around Kay Love’s classroom at Northside High School. For the last week, 130 of Love’s students have been involved in a project in which they…

CAN (AB): Lettuce Lads aim to transform hydroponic farming

For the past year, the Lettuce Lads have been developing patented technology that promises growth rates in excess of 200 per cent of traditional hydroponics and greenhouse techniques, while requiring significantly less electricity, water and labour. “What we’re trying to prove here is that we can grow…

"Not all LEDs are equal"

From a small window sill to an empty storage closet, to a rooftop utility room and, finally, to a spacious warehouse and greenhouse, Founder and President Jeffrey Orkin has been growing Greener Roots Farm one harvest at a time since 2012. As the first commercial-scale hydroponic vertical farm in Nashville, Tennessee, Greener…

John and Mitch Vermeiren remain at Van Nature after purchase of Meer Fresh

"Adding a 13.6 ha greenhouse to an unsuspecting market can disrupt things"

Not only is the scaling-up continuing in the Netherlands, greenhouse horticulture companies are also growing in Belgium. Even when in the case of John and Mitch Vermeiren it concerns a takeover. The Father and son team took over Meer Fresh (13.6 ha), located next door to them in the Belgian Meer. Also…

Video: Inside a Russian vertical farm

iFarm is a Russian vertical farm company, providing technology for growing fresh greens locally, year-round. With full process automation, distant microclimate management from a single control center, a possibility to grow a varied assortment of plants indoors, iFarm solutions are aimed at creating an…

UAE: How a Dubai warehouse became an organic farm

Mustafa Moiz, a young Indian expatriate and resident entrepreneur from Dubai, is the Managing Director of UNS farm, an indoor facility housed in a large warehouse in the Al Quoz Industrial area. Utilising principles of vertical farming with eight vertical levels of farming, his farm utilises 30,000…

US (NY): Indoor farm to expand production 100-fold

A startup that began inside Union-Endicott's Tiger Ventures is ready to move to new locations while it expands its production 100-fold. AgZeit is a year-round organic indoor farm that got its start 2 years ago inside the former Linnaeus W West School in West Corners. G.M. Jim Dutcher says, "We grow the…

10 hectare expansion for Den Berk Délice

"Thanks to LED lighting we can supply speciality tomatoes all year round"

Last December, Den Berk Délice opened a new cultivation location in Merksplas, ‘Den Horst’. The company is currently investing in a further expansion of 10 hectares of greenhouses with LED lighting to deliver the same taste and quality 365 days a year. “In Rijkevorsel, 10 hectares are being added and the…

First Picks season in Leamington

It's the time of year when the team at NatureFresh starts picking thousands of pounds of fresh produce in their Ontario greenhouses to ship to their favorite local stores. The entire team is functioning in high gear to bring Ontario-grown Tomatoes, Peppers, and Cucumbers from farm to table. NatureFresh asked some of our expert…

"Growing is our mission"

The Endeavors Greenhouse in Milltown, Wisconsin is a part of the Endeavors Adult Development Center. Their mission is for adults living with disabilities to participate and thrive in their communities by reaching their highest level of independence by promoting personal growth and provide meaningful employment opportunities.…

US (CO): Greenhouse brings fresh local veggies to Steamboat Springs

Located just 10 miles from Colorado Highway 131, the Bee Grateful Farm lays hidden beneath several feet of melting snow, and where there isn’t snow, there is mud. “We have a very short growing season,” said Hethir Rodriguez, who owns the farm with her husband, Jason. “We plant around June 11, whereas…

US: $14 million available to help train the next generation of farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of $14 million in grant funds to help launch new and expand existing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers. These federal grants will be awarded through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP),…

US (AL): Entrepreneur gets back to roots with aquaponic farm

At Southern Organics, Stuart Raburn and his small but mighty staff grow Birmingham’s freshest supply of tilapia and all natural produce. How did this Birmingham entrepreneur maven shift from launching high-tech firms to high-end farming? In the greenhouse, there’s an entire world of unheard of taste…

Estonia: A day in the life of a cucumber grower

"Springlike weather has finally arrived in Estonia, but for me, it is 23.5C every day. My charges at work grow three times my height in as many months, and provide fresh vegetables — which are technically actually fruits — for families across Estonia all year long. My name is Tatjana Maftulyak, and I am…

US (SC): Indoor urban micro farm could be coming to Myrtle Beach

“I think my family will be glad to have me out of the dining room,” Margot Tennant smiled after getting the nod from Myrtle Beach’s Planning Commission to start an indoor urban micro farm. Tennant has been operating Seedside Greens from her home in Plantation Point but she’s “kind of at max capacity.”…

US (NY): Brewery gets year-round greenhouse hops

Fresh-picked, earthy and floral “wet” hops are typically an early fall treat for craft beer fans. A new brewery opening this month in Cicero hopes to make it a year-round experience. Hot House Brewing at Barone Gardens will grow its own hops in a greenhouse, with a potential for three or four harvests a…

Krist Hamerlinck, Eco Veg:

“Export of organic bell peppers to the US increases every year”

“Because of the overcast weather, the organic vine tomato season starts two weeks later than normally. We planted the first vine tomatoes around 15 December, and these came into production around 20 March. In the Netherlands, we planted the first vine tomatoes around 10 January, and these are now…

Kenya: Growing vegetables for an independent future

Last week Arjan Levarht together with Paul Sugut of ChildsLife visited several schools in Kenya. During this trip there was space and time to share their passion for vegetables and fruit and they exchanged knowledge on how to optimize the cultivation yield. Also they could witness with their own eyes how…

US (NJ): Hydroponic farm helps adults with autism find jobs

On Autism Awareness Day, one nonprofit is helping adults with autism find employment, one head of lettuce at a time. REED Next, which helps people with autism improve daily life skills and offers pre-vocational and vocational training, unveiled a hydroponic vertical farm named Greens Do Good in…

US (LA): African delegation hears about strawberry production, harvest, storage

While migrant workers harvested row after row in Eric Morrow’s strawberry field, international visitors stood amazed at the harvesting process. The group is in the U.S. for two weeks to learn about postharvest loss management of fruit, vegetable and grain crops. “The delegates on this trip are from the…

no gas connection for Van Vugt Kruiden

"Our new greenhouse will be an all-electric one"

Piet van Vugt, owner of Van Vugt Kruiden, has been working in his father’s greenhouse from an early age. Since 1995 more types of herbs were planted and Van Vugt Kruiden started to focus solely on the cultivation of herbs. Nowadays 24 types of herbs are grown year round and in addition the product range…

US (CO): How an urban farm is turning lawns into lettuce

Two summers ago, Maddy Torraca Jones and Grace Burnham were harvesting radishes at Cure Organic Farm in Boulder, Colorado when they decided they wanted to turn lawns into small vegetable farms. Initially it wasn’t part of any grand scheme—the two were discussing what they planned to do after the farming…

US (MN): After 100 years, Costa Farm & Greenhouse still growing strong

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Costa Farm & Greenhouse, which grows flowers and vegetables across about 150 acres in Washington County. Amidst urban sprawl and competition from big-box retailers, owners Ron and Karin Costa have kept the family farm thriving into its third generation. Costa…

UK: Salad grower looks into vertical farming

G’s Fresh, based at Barway, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, produces lettuce and other salad crops, and has a large standard greenhouse which is used to propagate seedlings for planting out into the field. Ben Barnes from the firm is exploring two key questions: Can the efficiency of the propagation facility…

Serbia: Strawberry on top

A full house in Prokuplje - together with partners from the Ministry of Agriculture, Sector for Rural Development, a practical training in the fruit sector was organized. Enthusiastic growers from southern Serbia were very keen to learn more about the importance of healthy planting material and adequate breeding techniques in…

US (NC): Growers open doors for farm tour

During the third annual Sandhills Self Driving Farm tour, more than a dozen farms from Broadway to Ellerbe are featured. Among other things, visitors can see how strawberries, flowers, greenhouse vegetables, both organic and conventional, are raised. The tour takes place on Saturday, April 6 in North…

Swedish vegetable grower expands indoor facility

Heliospectra announced a second order from Ljusgårda. The company is expanding its business in Tibro, Sweden, with additional orders of Heliospectra’s fully adjustable Elixia LED lighting solutions. The company is currently using the Elixia solution in combination with Heliospectra’s light control system…

beekeeper Mario Coremans:

"A bee only gets buzzy if all factors are right"

"Look, this flower has been pollinated, because you can see very small dots here." When Mario Coremans enters the strawberry greenhouse, he immediately looks at the flowers to see how the pollinating is going. Since 2012, he has been renting his bee populations to growers of soft fruit to pollinate their…

US: Women in Ag survey to gauge goals and achievements of women in agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey that aims to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a variety of areas. All women who are farmers, ranchers, farm/ranch employees, employed in agricultural…

How does a Virginia herb company grow? By moving nature indoors

Tim Heydon is no Warren Buffett. But he had his one golden insight when he and his business school team from James Madison University tackled a project called Shenandoah Growers in the 1990s. Heydon saw a $1 million Virginia farm growing herbs — as demand for fresh organic produce was exploding. He saw a…

Mexico: Agricola Vitanova Fresh Produce renews Eleven Rivers Growers certification

In February, grower company Vitanova Fresh Produce has renewed their Eleven Rivers Certification v2.4, on the approval of the conformity in the certificate issued by NSF. Vitanova Fresh Produce was founded in 2009 by a group of Mexican and American businessmen, as a part of a strategic marketing program…

Chile: Vertical farm plans to grow 'the best greens in Santiago'

When it comes to vertical farming, what are the economics? Is there a market? What is the price premium? Can we prove that the technology actually does what it says? And how do you answer all these questions in a region that has no industry to speak of? These are the questions that AgroUrbana CCO Pablo…

Canadian greenhouse grower expands organics acreage & launches Craft House collection

On the heels of the launch of their new Georgia greenhouse project, Pure Flavor is expanding their family of Canadian organic greenhouse growers to meet the increasing demand for a greater selection of Foodland Ontario vegetables. With the 94th Annual Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA)…

Dru Montri elected Secretary of the Commission

US (MI): Ag Commission elects officers, awards grants to food and ag projects

The Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development elected new officers and voted to approve Food and Agriculture Investment Fund grants for 11 food and agriculture…

Wim Damsteegt from Thailand:

"We try to raise vegetable cultivation to a higher level"

Thailand is a popular holiday destination because of the beautiful landscape, the many sights to see, and the low prices. It is also the home country of Wim Damsteegt. He runs two companies there, Dutch Greenery and Dutch Agrotech. "I ended up here 25 years ago with my first wife. She did not want to…

"Cloudy weather leads to smaller cucumbers at harvest"

"We grow around 25 million cucumbers per year," René Tielemans said during the Dutch television show BinnensteBuiten. Culinary expert Alain Caron visited the greenhouse in early March to see how the cucumbers grow and of course to create a dish with them together with René. René: “We really enjoyed the…

US (OH): Hydroponic lettuce grower starts home delivery

Great Lakes Growers, an 80,000 square foot, state of the art hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, has launched a brand new, direct-to-door home delivery service called “Great Lakes Growers Express” to Ohio residents, with plans to expand to neighboring states…

UK: Growers team up to increase research capacity and industry engagement

NIAB EMR has been awarded £50,000 in funding from the UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund to develop a full business case for the Growing Kent & Medway innovation cluster. NIAB EMR will be working with a consortium of partners from the APS Group, Berry Gardens Growers, Thanet Earth…

Canadian Horticultural Council premieres new documentary to honour international farm workers

On Wednesday night, the Canadian Horticultural Council showcased a new documentary to honour international farm workers at a premier held in Ottawa. The screening of ‘Heartbeat – A Celebration of International Farm Workers’, was attended by foreign dignitaries, government officials and leaders, farmers…

March 30, Niagara

CAN (ON): Niagara greenhouses open doors to the public

On March 30, multiple greenhouses in the Niagara Region will open their doors to the community. They will each be showcasing their locally grown cut flowers, potted plants and vegetables. Niagara Life Centre will receive the donation in the form of entrance fees from the greenhouse open house tour.…

out of the box thinking from the start

Red Otter Farms: One of the first and biggest aquaponics growers of India

"We are a soilless farming company, growing our produce in water. The otter is a fun-loving aquatic mammal and symbolizes our efforts. The Red Otter is a rare species of the otter family, much like us. We were one of the first movers in the space in India and are pioneering commercial aquaponics farm…

Mexican tomato growers and supporters testify before ITC

"Florida tomato industry is its own worst enemy"

A range of U.S. and Mexican tomato growers, independent distributors, American buyers and market experts told the U.S. International Trade Commission that the Florida tomato industry is its own worst enemy. They say that Mexico and other countries have adopted new greenhouse technologies that permit them…

Sjaak van Spronsen, Tabos Eco, NL:

"First harvest of organic TOVs a little early this year"

Last Friday, the first organic TOVs were harvested at Tabos Eco in Vierpolders, the Netherlands. Slightly earlier than last year since they were also planted earlier. "We are, after all, connected to the geothermal heat. That helps a little with the distribution of labor," explains this company's…

Dan Plant, MVP Farms

"Demand for locally grown produce will only grow"

Dan Plant, Co-Founder and Co-President of Calgary, Alberta-based indoor farming company MVP Farms, is joining the Indoor Ag-Con 2019 Conference lineup’s Business Track, where he will be speaking on “Spotting A Great Location.” When he and his business partner, Matt Vanderberg, first started searching for…

US (MA): Extending the growing season with right combination of conditions, plants

Despite the snow overnight, it was a balmy 75 degrees inside the giant greenhouse at Mill River Farm. For Jan Johnson, who acquired the 32-acre farm in April 2013, it’s simply another Monday in the Berkshires: There are animals to feed, eggs to gather, greens to harvest and plans to be made. “We’re still…

Nigeria: Growing better crops without soil

Mr. Adebowale Onafowora introduced soilless farming in Nigeria in 2013 and has since trained over 10,000 people to farm without soil. When the quantity surveyor started BIC farms in 2006, he focused on re-circulated aquaculture system (RAS). After training in hydroponics in South Africa, he shifted his…

CAN (ON): Three generations of greenhouse growth

VanderHouts have been growing greenhouse vegetables in Canada for almost six decades. Brothers Jan and Dale VanderHout are the third generation running Beverly Greenhouses near Hamilton, Ont., one of the province’s largest greenhouse cucumber growers. And with eight kids between them, a fourth generation…

Dutch grower adds pepper nursery

"We used to do everything ourselves, but nowadays we are more managers"

Perhaps it was the beer tap or the junk food stand that attracted more than 300 people to the opening party at the new nursery of Piet, Jaap and Jan Reijm, but more likely it was their amazing bell pepper plants. As Jan Reijm says: "We are a bunch of real cucumber growers, we're good at that. We have…

Myanmar: How a 'sayar' took farming to a higher level

To be called “sayar” (teacher) is high praise in Myanmar, but that is exactly what the smallholder farmers call Aung Ko Latt. The 42-year-old Aung Ko Latt is one of the technical trainers in the East-West Seed Knowledge Transfer team, based at Pwint Phyu Township in Myanmar. Through hands-on guidance and…

CAN (YT): Aquaponics facility to be powered by geothermal energy

Some entrepreneurs in Yukon say they've found a creative way to move their project forward — by using geothermal power. Founders of Yukon's North Star Agriculture have been pushing to build an aquaponics facility in Yukon, which would raise fish and vegetables indoors. CEO Sonny Gray says the company has…

John Grootscholten, Daily Fresh Radish:

"A thriving crop and a new weighing tower"

"What a great job we have," says John Grootscholten with Daily Fresh when asked how his cultivation is going. Dutch radish growers have been in for a surprise in recent years when it comes to the weather. Will it be ice-skating or T-shirt weather? Not something to worry about, according to John. "You…

Mangalitza pigs clean out greenhouse

Mangalitza pigs which plough your entire greenhouse, it sounds like a horror scenario for a grower. But not for a Dutch grape nursery, where three of these woolly pigs completely clean out the vegetable garden greenhouse, while their excrement provides fertile soil for the next cultivation. Check the…

Startup wants to transform Nepalese agriculture with aeroponics

It was quite long back that Caesar Rana and Biplove Singh had realised that while people’s standard of living had risen, the quality of vegetables available in the market had significantly dropped. Hence, they founded AeroRoots 28 months ago with the vision to create a platform for a pesticide-free…

Chinese award for Dutch strawberry sector

From 1 to 3 March, an international conference was held in Lishui-Nanjing, China for the professionalization of the Chinese strawberry sector. It happened that the only two Dutch attendees, Jan Robben and Oscar Niezen (consultant in the field of business management and formerly, among other things,…

Organic nursery Aldo van Os becomes Organic nursery Vahl

Aldo van Os stops as a grower and is going to coach (organic) growers

At the beginning of February it appeared as a simple, short announcement on the website of real estate agent Vollebregt-Barten: "Sold: organic greenhouse horticulture company in IJsselmuiden". However, there is a whole story behind that statement. Aldo van Os, because that is of course the grower linked…

UK: Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Tangmere is sharing their very own apprenticeship story, with engineering apprentice, Will Crossman, who joined Tangmere last November to work in Maintenance Operations. Will’s apprenticeship at Tangmere combines on the job learning while studying for his…

UK: Tomato grower calls Brexit a 'dream'

Brexit might be coming at the right time for one U.K. tomato grower. Sterling Suffolk is starting to harvest tomatoes at the greenhouse in southeast England. The crops will compete against imports that make up the bulk of what Britons buy, and come as concerns remain that a no-deal Brexit could lead to…

Chris Scales, Hall Hunter:

"Thripex works really well in berries"

In the UK, Hall Hunter soft fruit is synonymous with quality and taste. For the last fifty years the business has grown to cover seven sites in Berkshire, Surrey, Sussex, and recently a farm in Portugal. The family farms grow strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries ‘in fields that buzz…

Conditional extension June 30, 2020

Netherlands: Grower can continue dumping brine in the ground

The Provincial-Executive of Flevoland, in the Netherlands, have extended the allowance for dumping brine in the ground by pepper grower Hoogweg Luttelgeest until June 30,…

Arab Women Leaders in Agriculture fellowship program opens call for applications

On the eve of International Women's Day, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and CGIAR Research Program on Wheat launched a call for applications for the first edition of the Arab Women Leaders in…

Nigerian government committed to boosting tomato production

Nigeria's Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, has assured tomato producers in the country that government is committed to boosting tomato production in line with ongoing economic diversification efforts. Enelamah said the Federal Government has a robust tomato policy to…

New overpressured greenhouse to protect young citrus plants

It's orange and grows in a greenhouse... what is it? An orange bell pepper, you say? Well, what about oranges? That's exactly what they're doing at WN Citrus in California. The citrus grower is currently building a brand new greenhouse, which they'll use for both propagation and production. Zac Green,…

"New approach significantly reduces aphids in soft fruits"

René Simons enjoys looking for innovations. In 2016, he was the first grower to cultivate raspberries in a greenhouse under artificial lighting. More than two years later, he is at the forefront once again but now with the development of a method to tackle aphids in small fruits. The results are…

The FSMA Produce Safety Rule: An inspection preview

Food safety inspections on produce farms are beginning this month, but there are still questions as to what the first round of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule inspections will look like. The fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be regulating farms for the first…

Video: Trusted Freshness featured on Global Edmonton’s Trending show

Last month Trusted Freshness had the pleasure of planning and filming their first video with the Corus team. "We would also like to thank the team over at Italian Centre West for allowing us to film in the early hours before opening in their produce section." Enjoy this glimpse into the world of…

Berry Baruch, Schenkeveld:

"The goal this year is: Macros, without Nesi and to finish the year with biologics"

Right now there are new tomato plants again at all locations of Dutch grower Schenkeveld. "The lighted locations obviously have had plants for a bit longer," writes Berry…

US (AL): FFA club growing vegetables inside high school greenhouse

Inside of Escambia County High School’s warm greenhouse, agriscience students carefully watered their plants. The students who are participating for a grade in class, are also a part of the school’s new FFA organization. ECHS Agriscience Teacher and FFA Sponsor Rodney Owens said the club, which began…

Daniel Klemens, Waterfields:

"For everyone who's started in this sector, someone has failed"

It's very expensive to build and maintain an indoor farm facility, and the end product is more expensive. So only crops that can command a premium price make sense. The pristine freshness and flavor of 80 Acre or Bright Farms' local lettuce, greens and herbs do offer a value some might pay extra for.…

Greenhouse grower to focus on new Georgia facility at Southern Exposure

Now almost 3 months since their first picks of fresh greenhouse grown vegetables from their new Fort Valley, GA greenhouse facility, Pure Flavor® said it has started to change the landscape in the southeast. “When we put the first shovel in the ground 18 months ago, we knew we had our work cut out for us…

Involved horticulture supplier is given 3 years imprisonment

NL: Up to 9 years in prison for heroin production in pepper nursery

The District Court in The Hague sentenced ten men to prison sentences of 9 years, 6 years, 5 years, 3 years, 18 months and 12 months for their involvement in the production of heroin at a nursery in Bergschenhoek. In the early morning of August 17, 2017, a heroin laboratory was found in the nursery. Here…

"Up swell in the number of students interested in food production"

With the current focus on local food and farm-to-table eating, it’s hard to remember that 20 years ago very few people cared where their tomatoes came from. The cultural shift has changed the way that young people think about food and farming, and today’s college students have grown up with this new…

First harvest in week 8

First eggplants harvested from new greenhouse

The large, new, 6 hectare greenhouse of eggplant nursery De Jong in greenhouse horticultural area Nieuw Prinsenland in Dinteloord (Netherlands) is being harvested. In the last year, they have worked hard to finish the greenhouse in time for the new harvest season of 2019. With success, because at the end…

Greenhouse grower provides the Falklands with fresh veggies

Tucked way under the hill and half hidden by 10,000 young trees it’s easy to forget how vast the area is covered by Stanley Growers Ltd. in the Falkland Islands, to the east of the capital Stanley. Taking advantage on an Open Day visitors dropped by and were expertly guided around the two heated…

US (WV): Microgreens a 'game changer' for the Appalachian community

Just across the Monongahela River in Westover, Jordon Masters, a native to the state, has been working on what he believes will be a game changer for the Appalachian community. MicroGenesis was founded by Masters after he won the business plan competition hosted by WVU in 2015. Through the competition…

"Knowledge and expertise cannot be written off in one year"

Jan Vrins, Bilancia Horticulture Projects: "The investment in knowledge and expertise needed at the start of a horticulture project, is not a one-year action. Such an investment has to be written off over a number of years." Bilancia Horticulture Projects BV tries to get horticulture projects (usually in…

Singapore: Rooftop car-park greens on the menu

It took Teo Hwa Kok seven years of research before his urban farm in Ang Mo Kio finally bore fruit. In April, the first batch of Teo’s Georgina lettuce will go on sale. The vegetables are grown and harvested in the Citiponics farm, which was co-founded by the 56-year-old and is located at the roof of a…

Automating photoperiod and DLI for perfect baby greens year-round

Element Farms is a hydroponic baby leafy greens grower in Florence, New Jersey. Serdar Mizrakci, the Founder and CEO of Element Farms, began creating the company’s highly automated process for growing hydroponic spinach while he was an MBA student at Cornell University. With the support of eLab,…

Growers talk about illegal discharging in the Netherlands

"A real grower doesn't pollute"

Recently a grower was taken to court by the Delfland Water Board for discharging dirty water into the surface water of the Hoefpolder in De Lier (Netherlands). Despite being illegal, discharges still…

“There will be even more old tomato varieties on the French market in 2019”

The horticultural farm Tomatec produces tomatoes in the Lot-et-Garonne, in southwestern France. “We cultivate more than 17 varieties, without counting our trials,” says Jonas Hollaar, manager of the company. “Our largest tomato patch covers 43,055 square feet and is dedicated to cherry tomatoes.” Since…

Qatar: Your Health First reaps fruit of labour on ‘Harvest Day’

Your Health First held its first ‘Harvest Day’ event to celebrate bringing in a large crop of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Qatar under the Khayr Qatarna initiative, which boosts self-sufficiency and encourages healthy eating. Dignitaries from Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Higher…

Insects instead of pesticides to treat strawberries

It is now possible to use insects instead of pesticides. It is the choice made by Régis Gallet, a farmer from Pernes-les-Fontaines in the Vaucluse. One week from the harvest…

Lidl France promotes partnerships with farmers

This w eek, Lidl France has launched a new advertising campaign promoting its engagement with local farmers. The campaign aligns with the retailer’s strategic priorities,…

Australian grower uses hydroponics for a unique crop

Dean Wakefield has recently set up a new business called Hortipride and they are growing a unique crop in Western Australia that might be a world first. Dean originally grew Cape Gooseberry (Physalis Peruviana) in Zimbabwe in late 90s in the open field before starting trials in some basic tunnels. While…

Jelle van Dijck, Siberia:

NL: “We use only rainwater, which we collect ourselves”

Sowing and harvesting every single day, all year round. With high-tech greenhouse innovations, Siberia grows fresh lettuce and bok choy throughout the year. As a result, supermarkets no longer have to import these vegetables in the winter. In a nine-hectare hydroponic greenhouse, robots and humans work…

Peter Boekestijn:

"It is a waste that our purified water has to be purified again"

Boekestijn EggPlants in De Lier (Netherlands) grows eggplants on Grodan rock wool on 4.3 hectares. The mats are placed loose on the ground, not on gutters, hanging or not. Peter Boekestijn: "Because of the contact with the ground, the mat temperature is more even, and therefore the growth is more…

Australia: $7 million expansion for tomato greenhouse

More tomatoes will be making their way to supermarket shelves and wholesalers across Victoria thanks to a $7 million expansion of Mortlock Hydroponics’ Carisbrook Glasshouse. Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development Jaclyn Symes visited Mortlock Hydroponics to announce a grant towards the…

Eco Agri Tec, Mexico:

"Better technologies provide better whitefly pest control"

The growth of greenhouse tomato production in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico continues to rise, seeing some very progressive growers looking for better technologies that can help them to increase yields and mitigate the pests of the region. With average day temperatures during the summertime, of…

USDA Director Scott Angle visits Michigan State University

U.S. Department of Agriculture Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Scott Angle toured facilities and farms at Michigan State University (MSU) on Tuesday, February 26. Angle met with MSU leaders from AgBioResearch, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of…

Big Tex Urban Farms is using hydroponics to achieve its Million Servings Mission

Big Tex Urban Farms and Hort Americas have partnered together to install, test and demonstrate a variety of hydroponic production systems while at the same time providing Dallas community organizations with locally-grown produce. What started as an outdoor gardening project by the State Fair of Texas to…

Brandon Gottsacker, Superior Fresh:

US (WI): “Science runs this facility”

Leafy greens and fresh Atlantic salmon. Add a little lemon wedge and it will be the perfect meal at a picnic. Those two elements also make the biggest aquaponics system in the world, which is located in Hixton, Wisconsin. At a 123,000 square feet greenhouse they annually grow 1.8 million pounds of leafy…

Enforcer Piet Lugtigheid:

"Growers have pushed boundaries in water management"

He’s the enforcer at the Hollandse Delta water board, but also uses his knowledge and experience for another Dutch water board: Rivierenland. This means that Piet Lugtigheid…

"trying for one year to renegotiate existing agreement"

Mexican growers challenge Commerce Department tomatoes ruling

The Mexican tomato growers yesterday filed a complaint with the United States Court of International Trade challenging the U.S. Department of Commerce's determination in the…

Russian TV report generates greenhouse bumblebee buzz

In the greenhouses of APH Eco-Culture they use only biological techniques to increase the yield. For pollination of tomatoes in the greenhouse complexes of Stavropol Krai they involve bumblebees, which increase the number of fruits. The insects work in a whole hive, which is about 80 species. Just…

Singapore: Green revolution inside an innovative vertical farm

Dealing with nature and its elements poses a huge challenge for farming, and crop yields have slowed around the world. On top of that, the logistics of getting crops on planes and ships is but one of the ways agriculture contributes to carbon emissions. Enter a new generation of urban farmers like…

Rob van Marrewijk, LEMA Tomaten:

"Before the unlighted cultivation starts, the winter production has to be sold"

Recently there was cake for LEMA Tomaten at the Hoge Noordweg in De Lier (Netherlands) to celebrate the 12.5 year anniversary of both growers, Rob van Marrewijk and Ruud Leerdam, who joined forces in October 2006. The cake is a little bit early, just like the party. Rob: "Correct, but this is a good…

North American growers enlightened by Dutch greenhouse visits

More than 28 growers, installation partners, and Signify horticulture partners from the U.S and Canada recently took a special tour of several greenhouse operations in The Netherlands to learn more about Philips brand horticulture LED technology and see Philips LED grow lights in use. The two-day tour,…

CAN (ON): Agricultural labour advocate honoured with Industry Award of Merit

Longtime horticultural labour issues advisor Ken Linington is the winner of this year’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) Industry Award of Merit. The award was presented at the OFVGA annual banquet in Niagara Falls. Linington recently retired after serving as Senior Policy Advisor…

UK: Opportunity for growers to host first horticulture strategic centre

AHDB Horticulture is offering three growers an exclusive chance to try out the latest labour maximising techniques and be a part of AHDB's national Farm Excellence network. Working closely with industry experts, the leading Strategic SmartHort Centres will provide growers with a platform to explore the…

Spain: Edible micro vegetables without soil or sun

One day, Juan Naudín, a native of the Spanish city of Zaragoza, decided to dedicate himself to agriculture. But he did it with a very innovative project: the cultivation of edible micro vegetables, young plants that are born from vegetable seeds and which are picked after only 10-18 days. This product is…

Future Farms offers a dual hydroponic system of containers and tunnels, bringing down costs through their R&D

Hydroponic vegetable farms on Johannesburg’s rooftops

Up amid the skyline of Johannesburg, entrepreneurs, chosen by business incubator WIBC and supported by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership, are growing salad and vegetables commercially. Future Farms, a company designing and installing dual hydroponic commercial systems of containers and tunnels, was…

Johan and Wouter David, Dataflor

Growing strawberries and pot chrysanthemums to use greenhouse year round

Belgian company Dataflor is probably the only grower that cultivates just chrysanthemums and strawberries together. Johan David specializes in the cultivation and breeding of bulb chrysanthemums, which started 30 years ago when he followed in his father Frans' footsteps. Frans cultivated pot…

Tom Vlaemynck (Tomato Masters) added 5.6 hectares last year

"The need to supply all year round became ever higher"

"My grandfather started with 4,000 m² of greenhouses in Poesele. He cultivated lettuce in the winter and tomatoes in the summer. Gradually the company expanded to 3 hectares in 2001," mentions Tom Vlaemynck from Tomato Masters. The company added 5.7 hectares last year at the request of Carrefour . "In…

D.T. Van Noord Tomaten

Netherlands: Water quality award for tomato grower

In horticulture, water is of the utmost importance, and they know this at Roam Technology, producer and supplier of Huwa-San products. The water systems are cleaned thoroughly with stabilized hydrogen peroxide. To emphasize the importance of clean water, two customers with the cleanest water are…

'Dream Team' helps Thiel's move into hydroponic lettuce

CAN (AB): Ornamental plant grower opens hydroponic lettuce greenhouse

Thiel's Greenhouses is a household name in the horticulture industry. Serving the Lamont, Fort Saskatchewan, Bruderheim and Vegreville areas in Alberta with ornamental plants since 1958, current owner Nadine Stielow has taken the business to new levels. The next phase in the grower's career is the…

Paryas Greenhouse

A peek inside a large Iranian greenhouse

Paryas Greenhouse is a large Iranian grower that uses gutters to cultivate on three hectares of land. The project is expected to expand to seven hectares in the east of Iran within two years. At the moment cherry tomatoes are grown on one hectare and vine tomatoes on two hectares. Have a look behind the…

"Disrupting big agriculture means taking your crops indoors"

West Michigan farmers are bringing their crops indoors, taking advantage of new technologies to harvest a variety of produce year-round. With new techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics — as well as carefully curated hoop houses — these futuristic farmers are closing the gap for fresh, home-grown,…

US (WI): Outdoor Wisconsin features Nelson and Pade Aquaponics

Outdoor Wisconsin, a well-loved and award-winning television show, featured Nelson and Pade Aquaponics recently. Show host, Jeff Kelm, interviewed Rebecca Nelson, Co-founder and President of Nelson and Pade. Devoted to the outdoor enthusiast, “Outdoor Wisconsin” is a half hour weekly magazine series that…

Wim van Wingerden, Cropex

"Autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis of climate control"

As cultivation companies get bigger, and investors enter the world of cultivation, people with green thumbs travel the world to share their experiences. Wim van Wingerden: "I think that autonomous cultivation is going to be the basis for climate control in greenhouses." Wim joined Cropex, a group of…


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