Grower in the Spotlight

“Excellent quality,” says Gaia Herbs’ Avinoam Zarfin

Israeli grower has 15 ha of basil

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

UnitedAg celebrates academy graduation for WomenAg and Emerging Leaders Academy

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

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

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

Marius Rodewijk, Rosalicious, grows edible roses

'The queen of flowers on a plate'

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

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

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

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

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

Twin Creeks Greenhouse continues to expand

From 10 to 20 to 40 acres

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

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

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

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

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

Russia: Vice-president of Hokkaido prefecture visits Teplichnyj greenhouses

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

Little Leaf Farms goes on expansion spree

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

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

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

Dutch tomatoes shine in documentary

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

India: Suburban farmers earn extra on off-season vegetables

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

Greenhouses allow for earlier melon production in China

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

Russia: Vysokovsky are planting winter cucumbers

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

Putting the flavor back in the tomato in the UAE

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

Grower, Kees Hendriks, explains how he managed that

First Dutch lit-cultivation cucumbers earlier than ever

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

François van der Merwe:

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

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

Mastronardi Produce

Largest single-build greenhouse in North America nears completion

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

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

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

Grupo Agroponiente

The cold in Almeria facilitates the production of Raf tomatoes

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

Kenya: Organic oasis on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro

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

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

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

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

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

New Zealand berry grower gets return on automation investment

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

Open source agriculture could redefine how plants are developed and produced

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

Russia: Leningrad grower discusses demand, expectations and consumer preferences

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

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

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

Baby leaf sector is growing

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

"Successfully expanded market across China last year"

"Strawberry production in Dandong, China surges 30%"

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

Red Sun Farms Ontario

New Ontario partnership to build 27 acre greenhouse in Kingsville

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

"The Canadian heritage that does not need dressing"

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

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

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

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

John Van Laethem, Van Laethem

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

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

The Spanish group increases its production to 13 million kilos

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

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

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

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

From 2.5 to 23 hectare bell pepper cultivation in New Zealand

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

Controllable LED lighting at Biological Youngplants

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

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

Red Sea Farms placed third at Entrepreneurship World Cup

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

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

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

growers want to sell lettuce and system

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

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

US (TN): South Memphis aquaponic farm blooms

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

Netherlands: Bankrupt 58 ha organic facility acquired by Best Fresh

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

Christophe Rousse and Pascal Lorand:

"More light and higher production thanks to diffused glass"

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

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

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

Palestinian greenhouse farmers grow bountiful harvests in Gaza

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

"Greenhouses balance out disturbances in the power system"

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

Russian-Dutch coproduction brings 11 ha greenhouse to Novosibirsk

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

Felice Petrillo, AOP Luce

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

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

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

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

10 ha expansion for CHP-heated Leamington pepper project

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

Trinidad and Tobago: Freeport company grows crops in containers

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

Kenya: She treats eyes by day, farms by night

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

Robert Jordas performs 'secret' experiment in his greenhouse

In this Finnish farm, strawberries grow on multiple levels

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

OPFH Looije opens new cherry tomato greenhouse in Spain

"We want to be specialists in this speciality"

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

Climatic conditions impact UK vegetable grower

The 'Beast from the East' and a 41-day dry spell in the summer of 2018 "posed serious challenges" to a Lincolnshire vegetable grower which supplies the likes of budget…

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

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

Growing tomatoes in hot countries: keeping ample light inside

Tomato plants need high thermal conditions and lots of light. As a result, greenhouse cultivation is considered as an optimal solution for the production of this type of plant. The Faccio Stefano farm, in the province of Verona, has taken advantage of this cultivation methodology and has recently built a…

Zoef Yilmaz, Yilmaz Radijs:

"I no longer want to grow in acreage but in quality"

Seventeen years ago, Turkish-Dutch businessman Zoef Yilmaz began growing radishes in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, the company's radish production area has grown to 20 hectares, however greater growth volumes isn't important for the producer. "What difference does it make if you have 20 or 40 hectares of…

Sutherland Seedlings – Shaun Biggs

New Eastern Cape avocado nursery to unlock potential in southern provinces

Avocado expansion in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape is being limited by access to trees – current waiting lists for clonal avocado seedlings run to 2025 in South Africa at the moment – but a new avocado nursery under construction just north of Gonubie, in the Eastern Cape, aims to address the need.…

Afrex adds new edible flowers to their range:

"Edible flowers increasingly popular with floral designers"

Edible flowers have become more popular among top class chefs and high-end restaurants over the years. However, nowadays more and more floral designers are starting to use them as well in their floral designs. At table arrangements and in glass vases, they are used more and more - all to make the dining…

Peter Verschuren, Verschuren Broccoli:

“Huge scarcity and little competition thanks to extreme Dutch season”

"The Dutch broccoli market has had an extreme season. Following a summer of scarcity, the Dutch market is currently in an uncertain transitional phase. The Dutch season is coming to a close. The market is starting to switch to the Spanish season," says Peter Verschuren of Verschuren Broccoli. This…

Russia: First cucumber crops picked in Barnaul

In Barnaul the growers have begun collecting autumn greenhouse cucumber crops. Despite the drizzle outside the greenhouse, inside there is an oasis of a non-Siberian summer, the temperature reaches 30 degrees and humidity is similar to the tropical one – 80%. Artificial sun is shining constantly. In such…

"We have seen a lot of growers switching from traditional growing in soil to hydroponic growing"

Switching berry growers benefit from good substrate

The prolonged water shortage challenges growers in Queensland and Australia more broadly to find more sustainable growing techniques. “Water is one of our biggest challenges,” says James Burnett, who has been growing berries for 15 years, with Paradise Fruits. Paradise Fruits has been growing a full…

Chinese farmers pursue dream of Gobi farming

Fan Lide, 42, used to be a taxi driver. He is now the owner of 36 greenhouses producing organic vegetables in the barren Gobi desert in northwest China's Gansu Province, and his business has been expanding over the past 10 years. "Being a taxi driver, you have to work long hours every day. In the end,…

Arjen Bouma, Gilad Produce:

"There is still a demand for special peppers"

The Dutch season of red, green and yellow peppers went reasonably well at Gilad Produce in De Lier. "It was a bad year for the jalapeno peppers," says Arjen Bouma. “This was mainly due to area expansion in the Netherlands and imports from Spain, which continued for longer than normal. From our own…

TrueHarvest Farms goes for it

365 days of lettuce growing in Belton, Texas

A new 50,000 square feet greenhouse will be realized in Belton, Texas, by hydroponic lettuce producer TrueHarvest Farms. The greenhouse is equipped with growing automation technology from Green Automation. Riding on the steadily increasing demand for locally grown produce, TrueHarvest Farms will grow…

Entrepreneurs and government are teaming up to boost food security in the United Arab Emirates

Tucked away in Masdar City, a quiet planned neighborhood in the emirate of Abu Dhabi that combines earth-tone Arabic architecture with wind turbines and other innovative technology, is a cluster of container-style buildings. These containers are the site of Madar Farms, co-founded by Abdulaziz Al Mulla,…

Kincade Fire

California farmworkers face health risks due to wildfires

Fire trucks and first responders have tried to maintain the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection staging area, working to contain a wildfire raging through the rugged hills and canyons in north-eastern Sonoma County. As of Sunday, more than 3,000 firefighters were battling the blaze, and…

Marco van Overbeek, Gardener’s Pride, looks back on the first year of cucumbers:

“The labor needs to be tighter, and the production increased”

“Recently we did our final rounds, and in a week or two, we will truly cut the last cucumbers of the season”, says Marco van Overbeek of Gardener’s Pride that, besides their tomatoes, also started growing cucumbers this year. At the beginning of January, they started the high-wire cucumber cultivation on…

Twan Prinse from Kwekerij de Lindenborg about Getty:

"Good production until the end of cultivation"

Because of the good results and especially the resistance to the cucumber mosaic virus (CGMMV), Twan Prinse from Kwekerij de Lindenborg in Breda, the Netherlands chose Gotja in the summer and this fall, he planted a 5,000 square meter test with Getty. Good production until the end of cultivationTwan: "We…

Demanding solution from Nigerian government

Benue tomato farmers tired of wastage

Several tomato farmers in Benue have called on their state government to buy up surplus tomatoes across the state to curb wastage. The farmers said the government could do…

US (MN): Serio Farms hydroponics is really growing

Autumn is the season of abundance, with fresh local produce available in backyards and farmers markets. But before we know it, winter arrives, and most of our “fresh” produce actually spends many days being shipped thousands of miles to our area. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get fresh, local…

Greenhouses in Southern France demolished by extreme weather

This week’s weather around the Mediterranean caused a lot of damage in the south of France; the French government declared a state of natural disaster. In Béziers, 6 gallons per square feet fell in 24 hours. Other municipalities in France and in Spain were also severely affected. The episode inevitably…

The shipping container farm helping to feed a Dubai community

As more and more indoor farms sprout up in cities across the world, including New York and London, the UAE is firmly on the vertical farming bandwagon. Nestled among the residential neighbourhood, Beijing-based Alesca Life Technologies set up a hydroponic shipping container farm in the area two months…

UAE: Can desert greenhouses help with the increased pressure on food security?

The annual GITEX trade show in Dubai is a celebration of all things technology, traditionally dominated by displays of innovations such as intelligent robots and flying vehicles. It is also a real-life social networking site for ambitious entrepreneurs seeking partners and buyers, such as Sky Kurtz, CEO…

Korean tomato grower invests in European HPS Toplighting System

SevenFarm, a privately owned Korean tomato grower, recently invested into expanding their business and built a new 1 hectare greenhouse. "I am regularly traveling to Europe, mainly to the Netherlands, to keep me up to date with the latest developments in horticulture", Lim Hyo-Muk CEO and owner of…

Growing lettuce the green way

When Serge Gander realized the amount of food wasted in the world annually - roughly 1.3 billion tonnes - he was absolutely appalled. But one specific type of food waste caught his attention: leafy vegetables. According to a study, 7 out of 10 salads never make it to our supermarket shelves or sandwiches. “We import salads and…

Dale Toten grows ginormous veggies

"The use of grow lights definitely had an impact on this year’s results"

He's not a regular grower, Dale Toten from Somerset, United Kingdom. He specializes in growing giant vegetables. At the annual Malvern Autumn Show, he presented a carrot, weighing 4 kilos, a bell pepper of 603 grams, and a cantaloupe of 13.05 kilos. The bell pepper was the world’s largest this year, and the…

New expansion for Gotham Greens

So, what do you do when you are done building three greenhouses? You start with a fourth, of course. That's what the team with Gotham Greens is doing. While finishing their projects in Baltimore, Chicago and Providence, they're currently also expanding in the west. Their new state-of-the-art Mountain West region flagship…

China: A brief history of the struggle of snack tomatoes on the plateau at an altitude of 3,000 meters

Can you plant snack tomatoes at an altitude of 3,000 meters? The answer can be found in the vegetable greenhouse in Batang County, Ganzi Prefecture, along National Highway 318 in China. In April 2018, Batang County’s Gaoyuanxian Ecological Agriculture Development Co., Ltd. settled in Batang and started…

Philippines: Planting a greenhouse in the middle of the city

Wanting to reduce their carbon footprint while sustainably accelerating the farm-to-table pace, Gallery by Chele recently launched its Greenhouse, an organic garden chef Chele Gonzalez set up on the open deck right behind his restaurant in a BGC high-rise. “When in the city all around is construction, we…

Turkey: Purple strawberries grown in Aksaray from Chinese seeds in high-demand

Havva Inanc, a woman grower in Eskil town of Aksaray, has been growing pharmaceutical plants in the last 6 years but now she has started growing purple strawberries with imported seeds from China. The grower now has production of purple strawberries in a 0.4-hectare area and the demand for the product…

Bringing fresh produce to the Philippines one rooftop and patio at a time

Food and diet in the Philippines get a bad rap for good reasons. Like a lot of island nations, there is a growing trend towards obesity-related health problems. Most food there is imported. The Philippines has one of the highest numbers of fast-food restaurants per-capita in the world. But food tech…

How this guy made the world's hottest peppers

PuckerButt Pepper Company founder Ed Currie is on a mission to create the world's hottest peppers. Ed is the evil genius who brought the world the Carolina Reaper, one of the hottest hot peppers in existence; but he's not stopping there.

Leo van der Lans during Onze Boerderij:

“Difficult to compete with Spain if you want to be holier than the pope”

During the Dutch TV show Onze Boerderij, Yvon Jaspers visited tomato grower Leo van der Lans. The 30 million kilos of tomatoes Lans supplies every year are mostly meant for export. Leo doesn’t enjoy seeing Spanish tomatoes in Dutch supermarkets. He says that the quality of Dutch tomatoes is better: “We’re not…

Queensland horticulture producers travel to the desert to learn

While the Granite Belt is currently experiencing the region's worst drought in living memory, six Granite Belt Growers Association members, along with a representative from the Lockyer Valley Growers Association and DAF staff travelled to the UAE last week. The delegation exploring how innovation and…

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…


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