Philip and Jorien Van Overbeke, Aardeien Van Overbeke

"More and more strawberry growers are switching to hydroponic cultivation"

Last Wednesday, the first strawberries were picked at Strawberries Van Overbeke from Waregem. “We have been very satisfied with the quality so far,” says Philip Van Overbeke. “The shape of the strawberries is very nice, because we used the plants from last year that were planted in August. Last April we…

Pablo Ricaud, Rising Farms:

"We want to become the biggest of Mexico"

The ambitions of the Rising Farms team are impressive. The young company wants to become the biggest grower in Mexico – not just by growing tomatoes, but also by introducing new products to the Mexican horticultural industry. In order to reach this goal and to scale their greenhouse business rapidly,…

First strawberry crops in biggest greenhouse in Orenburg region

The Ministry of Agriculture of Orenburg region reports that the new greenhouse berry complex SDO-Logistic in Tashla village of Tashlinsky region have started harvesting the first strawberry crops. The seedlings were planted 1.5 months ago but already now the berries are ripe. In the coming days, the…

"Awareness about quality food consumption poses a challenge for Indian horticulture"

“When the pandemic has passed, we do not want to go back to normal,” says Kunal Kasera. “We definitely think we could go to some better place.” Kunal is the founder of Trufarm Co., an agtech company that has recently begun operations in the city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, India. They currently own a…

Small-scale spinach farmer supplies Africa’s biggest retailer

South African farmer Kipas Melodi started his business by spotting a gap in the market and through sheer luck he was aided by the buying team at Shoprite and Checkers.…

Mexican tomato grower adds blueberries to program

Magic Sun, a hydroponic grower in Mexico, is seeing continued growth and demand in its original tomato product line. Over the last two seasons, the company has expanded its…

Record crop yields due to smart irrigation breakthroughs

2020 was a record year for strawberry yields at the Water Efficient Technology Centre (WET Centre), based at NIAB EMR in Kent, UK. The WET Centre is a research and demonstration facility that features a portfolio of innovative growing techniques and smart irrigation systems for the soft fruit sector. It…

Turkish family grows winter plums in their greenhouses

In the Iznik district of Bursa, the Asi family, where all family members are agricultural engineers, produces plums in the winter season in their greenhouses. Ali Asi (49), who stated that they will start the plum harvest as of the beginning of March, said that they are planning to obtain 1 ton of plum…

Greenhouse grown cherries give Washington grower a head start

Following low temperatures in Washington last week, a small portion of the upcoming cherry crop is likely affected. “The temperature went down to 24-25 degrees Fahrenheit. We’re seeing damage already but it depends on the area. Kennewick and Foster, WA got some damage. It’s about five percent of the…

Social distancing brings longer life to strawberries

"With our social distancing production and packaging methods, the shelf life of our strawberries is much longer," says Erust Tarim. The Turkish grower started harvesting strawberries from his hydroponic gutters recently. Erust Tarim, which has many kinds of agricultural production on a total area of more…

500,000 sq. ft.

Expansion amidst the pandemic for aquaponic grower

Springworks announced plans to add 500,000 additional square feet of greenhouse space. The sizeable expansion will sustainably serve the Maine farm’s largest customers, Whole Foods and Hannaford Supermarkets, as well as a wide range of local restaurants, stores, and other outlets Springworks supplies…

Adding a ground to air heat transfer to an existing greenhouse

"A Ceres GAHT (ground to air heat transfer) System is our patented geothermal climate control technology that has helped our growers maintain comfortable growing conditions, year-round, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HVAC system," states Ceres Greenhouse Solutions. In this blog, they give…

Temporary contracts central in DOL investigation

On March 30, the U.S. Department of Labor announced has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine. According to DOL, it…

U.S. Department of Labor said company violated federal laws

Maine tomato grower to pay back wages to migrant workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered $245,351 in back wages for 117 employees of a greenhouse tomato grower in Madison, Maine, that failed to comply with federal laws…

Slovenian growers Panorganix expand to Austria, Romania, Germany, Serbia, Hungary

"We're equipped and prepared to become the most widespread grower in Europe"

What started in a basement in Ljutomer, Slovenia, and then crossed borders to Austria, is now growing out to be one of the biggest and most wide-spread European glasshouse companies. It's Panorganix we're talking about, currently one of the biggest producers of fruits and vegetables in Slovenia and also…

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor:

‘Vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet are undervalued in NZ’

Former Vegetables New Zealand director Mark O’Connor says vegetable growers produce fresh, healthy and sustainable produce, yet growers are very undervalued in New Zealand. He…

An American growing vegetables in the Arctic Circle

Benjamin Vidmar, an American chef from Florida, has decided to take up the challenge of growing fruit and vegetables in Longyearbyen, on the island of Spitzberg, Norway, the…

largest greenhouse in North America: 77-acre

Construction completed on Pomas Farms

After having a record-breaking 2020, South Essex Fabricating is continuing its upward trajectory, as the Canadian greenhouse manufacturer recently finished its work with Pomas Farms in Leamington, ON. After building the massive 77-acre expansion, Pomas Farms has effectively doubled its area to become the…

Different sales channels for Biotesoro

"I used to design cars for Alfa Romeo, now I produce organic fruit and vegetables"

Salvatore Palmieri is a young entrepreneur from Policoro (Matera), Italy, with a degree in architecture and design. He is the owner of Biotesoro, a company that disposes of 10 hectares and was founded about 3 years ago. The crops are grown organically. Salvatore Palmieri, owner of Biotesoro "After my studies,…

Herb grower Johannes Adams on the start of the domestic season

"We are two weeks behind compared to last year"

The domestic herb season is currently getting underway. Small quantities of chervil, coriander and burnet are already being cut, the "official" start of the season is still a little longer in coming due to the cold weather, says Johannes Adams, owner of the herb nursery of the same name in Düsseldorf.…

Conserve Italia's initiative in Salento, Apulia

More investments in southern Italy to promote mechanized harvesting

Two of the objectives that Conserve Italia has set in Apulia to bring production closer to the processing plant are incentives for the farmers closest to the processing site in Mesagne (Brindisi) and a collaboration with the producers organizations, so as to increasingly encourage mechanized harvesting. "There…

Record breaking cucumber yield

Another great finish for the Finnish

The total cucumber acreage in Finland is only 53 hectare and although that might not seem too impressive, the growers last year managed to harvest 54 million kilo cucumbers out of this acreage - 54.063.00 kg to be exact. That's an average crop result of 102kg/sq m2 per year. What country could ever top…

Joanne Wells - Main Range Orchard

"We estimate that we have saved up to 50% in labour costs by installing the system"

Main Range Orchard, situated in Young in New South Wales grows cherries on approximately 25 hectares. The cherry season runs from mid- November to early January depending on weather conditions. Cherries from Main Range Orchard are exported to Singapore and Vietnam. In 2006 the company bought their first…

And one lady trying to fight this from happening, starting with schools

Aruba: an island fragile for famine

Aruba is a small island in the Caribbean, close to the coast of Venezuela. With a temperature around 28 Celsius, a very low rainfall and a local food coverage of only 0.04%, the island is at risk of famine. "Most of the food is import and and international prices are going up," says Ingela Lacle.…

Everything is going extremely well after a hectic year

The men of Van Marrewijk Tomaten in Dinteloord dove in their archives because they were building a new website, which just went live. While doing this they found a picture from the 1920s. This is how long the family business (originally from the Westland) has been operating, although there is no precise…

Chris Rose - Asplins Producer Group

UK soft fruit season gets off to a slow start, labour is still a concern

The UK soft fruit season is getting slowly underway, a little later than last year due to a week of snow followed by dull days. “The first glasshouse production is reaching…

Michael DuPuis of Divine Flavor:

“April will be a key month for our Mexican veg, melon and grape programs”

As spring comes closer, many growers are getting ready to start harvesting crops. For Divine Flavor, the coming months will be an important time of the year where their vegetable, melon and grape programs are all in full production. Michael DuPuis shares: “March through June are really the core months…

The Villages Grown

Food-as-medicine concept expands in America's largest retirement community

As consumers across the globe look for locally produced, nutritious and reasonably priced fresh produce, The Villages Grown is rising to the challenge for Florida and is currently the largest CEA operation in southeastern United States. The Villages Grown LLC began as a farm-to-table, food-as-medicine initiative…

Harvesting vegetable plants started in new greenhouse

Young plant nursery Vreugdenhil Young Plants has recently acquired a new greenhouse in the Dutch town of Bergschenhoek. Underneath more than four hectares of glass, the picking vegetable plants for the concept Pick & Joy are grown. After the 10th week, those plants will make their way onto the windowsill…

AHDB Review Petitioners:

"AHDB must not be allowed to charge another year’s horticulture levy"

"Campaigners against the compulsory levy on horticulture to fund the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have reacted angrily to suggestions that, despite a…

Ies Bos:

"I've fortunately learned to keep calm"

"A Dutch greenhouse 150 kilometers away." That's how Ies Bos describes the British high-tech pepper greenhouse he's currently working in. As a former grower he's currently setting up bell pepper projects abroad and when he returned home after seven weeks on location in the United Kingdom, he sat down…

Growing at a healthy rate with Intergrow Greenhouses

It's a good thing that the foundations and the underground pipework of Intergrow's new greenhouse were already put into place last autumn, because with current temperatures of -5ºC it’s no fun digging into the ground. Thankfully the greenhouse builders were able to progress rapidly and within a fortnight…

Ton van Dalen (Oxin Growers) considers the upcoming Dutch greenhouse vegetable season:

"For cucumber and loose tomatoes sales, especially, it's vital to reopen the hospitality sector"

The new Dutch greenhouse vegetable season has gotten off to a quiet start. Oxin Growers enters the season with expansions. These are in bell peppers (29 hectares), cucumbers (11 hectares), and vine tomatoes (26 hectares). The cooperative's loose tomatoes acreage has, however, shrunk by 17 hectares.…

Industry associations support bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act

Industry associations support the reintroduction of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act, H.R. 1537. “The Farm Workforce Modernization Act introduced by Chairwoman…

Limpopo hot pepper grower looks to export

In their first year of planting chillies, Waltela Maree of Zandrivier Boerdery in Vaalwater, Limpopo, says the bumper crop of hot peppers has almost taken them by surprise. They planted five cultivars: Serrano hot peppers, two F1 hybrid hot peppers (Cadereyta and Impala) as well as two smaller red hot…

"We're expanding because we want to continue to support food service"

A 10-acre greenhouse facility in Massachusetts is providing the United States’ East Coast with “local lettuce that locals love,” according to the company’s slogan. Paul Sellew started Little Leaf Farms with the vision of supplying the East Coast with fresh, locally grown leafy greens. On February 17, the…

Cooling down a hothouse to launch Panama's strawberry cultivation

When you think of Panama and especially when you think of Panama City, strawberries might not be the first thing that come to your mind. Yet, if it’s up to the team of Ag Incotech, they will become so in the near future. The company, a developer and operator of large-scale agricultural projects, recently…

Air New Zealand transports Samoan seasonal workers to support local fruit and wine industries

Air New Zealand flight NZ993 has departed Apia, Samoa for Auckland carrying around 150 Samoan workers who will take up seasonal employment in New Zealand for the first time…

Great prospects for commercial capsicum farming

The demand for capsicum as a delicious food item in Bangladesh has been increasing over the last few years. Khulna district grower Nazim Uddin's capsicum garden contains…

"An intuitive trolley that is comfortable and safe for workers"

Quick, easy and efficient inspection of condition of your plants and checking progress of crop care works- without having to constantly getting off and on board  of the trolley. This is exactly what the team with FPHU Maryniaczyk had in mind when they designed their second greenhouse trolley, the Hortidrive…

Photo by Moonflower Farms

"Winter storm highlights need for sustainable urban farming model"

“It was a close call for a few days. However, most of our crop came through. We were able to use a forced air heater to warm our greenhouse and when the electricity went out, we turned to our backup generator to heat the greenhouse. We also relied on our rainwater capture system to keep our produce…

Triangle Farms brings cultivation techniques to India

"We're not looking for high-tech, we're looking for the right tech"

Building greenhouses in India presents a unique challenge, more so than in the US or Europe, states Shrihari, co-founder of Triangle Farms, who is currently realising their first greenhouse dream in the Indian city of Hyderabad. He explains that the Indian subcontinent's seasonal variations can be…

Fruit growers concerned at impact of new minimum wage on labour-intensive industry

Yesterday evening the South African Minister for Labour published the new minimum wage in the government gazette, a 4.5% increase effective from 1 March 2021 for workers in other sectors of the economy but for farm workers it represents a 16% jump from their previous minimum wage of R18.68 an hour. Farm…

Aggressive Canadian expansion announced

McCain Foods invests millions in vertical farming operation GoodLeaf

McCain Foods Limited has made a substantial investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture and its wholly owned subsidiary GoodLeaf Farms, Canada's largest commercial vertical farming operation, to help drive the company's growth and expansion plans. "With this investment, GoodLeaf Farms is embarking on…

Photo by Brookings

Can agriculture be Ethiopia’s growth engine?

Ethiopia is a net exporter of agriculture commodities. However, the low level of industrialized agriculture means that the country exports very little higher value processed food. Despite strong growth in manufacturing, agriculture remains the biggest export earner. Eighty percent of all export revenues…

Umami creates microgreens in the city center

Aquaponics in the heart of Zurich

They produce greens, but they travel to work by streetcar and don't need to put on weatherproof clothing. That's because Umami employees will harvest vegetables and herbs already in the early growth stages, as so-called microgreens. And they do so in a largely self-built facility, on the 4th floor of an…

Albstadt wholesaler Lino Manduca (Italia Natur):

"I'm thinking of shutting down my business for a short while"

For many years now, Lino Manduca, a fresh produce supplier from Abstadt, has been firmly established in the (supra)regional fruit trade. The native Italian serves a wide range of customers with fruit and vegetable specialities from his home country. But in the wake of the Corona crisis, the turnover of…

"We can produce nineteen different varieties under the same roof"

Hydroponic crop production is coming to South Bend, Indiana, as Pure Green Farms nears the completion of its year-long construction. Spanning four acres and using a fully automated system from Green Automation, Pure Green Farms will have nineteen “growing lines”. As Johnathan McCullar, head grower at…

Queensland, Australia:

Wide Bay growers uncertain about the future due to water scarcity

Australia’s Wide Bay region has a diverse agricultural sector, representing 12 per cent of agricultural production in Queensland, worth more than $1.5 billion. However, local…

Mr Next Generation Growing

In Memoriam Aat Dijkshoorn

On February 10 Aart Dijkshoorn passed away. The below In Memoriam appeared on Kas als Energiebron. Aat had been seriously ill for a while. Aat was well known to many in the greenhouse industry. He…

Coachella Valley artichoke production season kicks off

Ocean Mist Farms, grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S., launches the Coachella artichoke production season with the 3rd annual Peace, Love & Artichokes winter promotion. This multifaceted campaign, which launched February 15th and lasts through March 15, includes email marketing to a…

Ilil Hertz on starting a greenhouse

"I spent many hours in front of my computer, now I'm connected to nature again"

Years and years ago there were cows walking around at the kibbutz Nir Elyahu that was erected by the grandparents of Ilil Hertz – but there’s no room for them anymore. Earlier this year and within a fortnight, a complete 500m2 greenhouse was erected. Within this TAPKIT, the former graphic designer is…

Growing for lettuce-lovers in South Bend, Indiana

It looks like the trip from farm to table is about to get dramatically shorter for lettuce lovers in Michiana. California now grows about 75 percent of the nation’s lettuce crop, but some two million pounds will be grown this year in South Bend, Indiana. “And so here we are in South Bend, Indiana, 12…

Fruit and vegetable production, 2020

Canadian fruit and vegetable farmers weather the COVID-19 storm

Along with facing the usual weather challenges, Canadian fruit and vegetable farmers had to contend with labour shortages in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, farmers adapted: compared with 2019, fruit and vegetable sales were down 0.8% to $2.5 billion, while harvest area was down…

annual production: 200/m2

Finnish cucumber growers reach record harvest

It was with surprise that Jyrki Jalkanen with the Finnish Glasshouse Growers' Association learned about the statistics of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), saying that Netherland ranks first in terms of cucumber production with an average yield of 68.38 kg /m2. “Many…

Independent NFU report:

'UK wage inflation is a threat to fruit and vegetable growers'

Growers of fruit and vegetables in the UK have seen their labour costs rise by at least 34% since 2016, while farmgate prices have stayed virtually static. This is according…

A ‘fragile’ food system: US urban farmers see new interest during pandemic

The phone call came this past March. The woman on the other end of the line was having trouble finding produce. Empty shelves because of the coronavirus pandemic. She wanted to know if April Pandora had any to sell. “They needed produce, and we had it,” said Pandora, who owns and operates an organic…

"quality improves because of stable climate"

Dutch grower puts solar panels above soft fruit plants

Growing red berries under solar panels: the first to do this is Rini Kusters of Kusters Zachtfruit. The trial solar panel setup that he installed together with GroenLeven last year above the crops will be extended to a full solar source from today. "Someone has to take the first step," Rini says. 20…

Smooth movement on organic baby lettuce

Supplies of organic baby lettuce are good currently. Patty Emmert of Duncan Family Farms in Goodyear, AZ notes that supplies are coming from both the desert region of Central Arizona--Yuma and the Imperial Valley and supplies also come from Florida. Duncan will be in Arizona with these crops until April…

Dutch greenhouse industry covered in snow

Canadian growers might not raise an eyebrow for the amount of snow that has fallen in the Netherlands over the weekend, but for Dutchies the weather conditions are exceptional.  Also today in Netherlands everything is still white. And it's freezing. Here's an update from your horti-weather channel.  Xander van…

Colesgroup.com.au

Coles Nurture Fund

Australian producers can now apply for grants to drive innovation and sustainability

Australian farmers, producers and manufacturers can now apply for financial support from the Coles Nurture Fund to help them innovate and grow. Coles has opened a new round of the Coles Nurture Fund to provide grants of up to $500,000 for small and medium sized businesses to develop new products,…

Lincolnshire vegetable grower affected by ‘serious climatic challenges’

A Lincolnshire vegetable grower which supplies the likes of budget supermarket giant Aldi has stated it has been affected by ‘serious climatic challenges’ during its latest…

Job skills grow in jail garden program in North Carolina

For many young inmates, the experience is a novel approach to understanding how seeds develop into plants and exploring the source of their food, said master gardener Bill Sloan, who has taught the three-week sessions for the past four years. “Horticulture knowledge, depending on where you grew up,…

Germany’s Neurather aims to boost business growth with Tungsram LEDs

"We need to decrease our energy expenses wherever possible"

Setting up the right lighting system is a make or break factor in precision farming as inappropriate lighting is bound to translate into lower yields and higher costs. German greenhouse growers Neurather Gärtner have picked LED lamps designed and manufactured by Tungsram to install at one of their…

California growers more than welcome the rain

“It’s half a year’s rain in three days.” So says James Shanley of Shanley Farms in Morro Bay, CA of the rain and storms that California saw in the latter half of last week. “All of it is very welcome. The recharge this represents is phenomenal,” adds Shanley. “When you get a rain like this, the root…

California growers watchful of imminent rain and snow

As a series of storms including rain and snow move through California, growers and shippers are watching weather developments with a close eye. “The further north in California you are, the more the forecast storm activity will affect growers. Heavy rains are forecast for northern and central California…

Sindh farmers protest against Pakistan government over tomato imports

Last weekend, Sindh province growers staged a demonstration against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government for continuing the import of tomatoes. The protesters destroyed…

APAL CEO Phil Turnbull on Victorian/Tasmanian policies

Australian states increase quota laborers

APAL CEO Phil Turnbull has welcomed last week’s Victorian and Tasmanian governments’ announcement that will see up to 1,500 seasonal workers quarantine in Tasmania before…

California growers’ planting plans hinge on water and effects of pandemic

For California growers, a lack of rainfall so far this winter has clouded a 2021 crop outlook already complicated by market uncertainties created by the pandemic. As current…

Due to closure of the hospitality industry:

Berlin start-up Fresh Tasia on the brink of insolvency

In the beginning, Rongrong and Ralf Szydlewski were optimistic. They launched their start-up Fresh Tasia in 2019 and have since grown Indian spinach, beans and Vietnamese coriander in a greenhouse in Kladow. With their company, the couple wants to bring Asian vegetables into German kitchens - not…


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