Ontario premier visits Canadian cucumber greenhouse

Yesterday Doug Ford, premier of Ontario, Canada, visited greenhouse company Double Diamond Farms together with Trevor Jones, candidate for the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.  With the June 2nd elections coming up, the party members are showing up at companies around the province, and cucumber growers…

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US (MA): Roxbury’s Dudley greenhouse gives residents chance to grow their own food

A major effort is underway to tackle food insecurity in Roxbury and the surrounding neighborhoods of Boston. “When I first came here, we didn’t have that much access to fresh vegetables and fruit,” Andrea Long told WBZ-TV. That is changing, slowly but surely. Andrea is one of the growers at the Dudley…

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New innings: Pro sportsman trades cricket bat for aquaponics

Yasser Parker thought he had fulfilled his childhood dream by becoming a professional cricket player. He enjoyed his days in front of the crowds, playing a sport that took him overseas. Then, seven years into his chosen career, the future began to look less rosy. “In my final year, I went to the UK to…

Isidoros Priftis:

"You just can’t fool the consumer"

His grandfather started the family business, and almost a decade ago, Isidoros Priftis and his brother took over the management of the greenhouse company located nearby Athens, Greece. Two months ago, fresh young plants went into the greenhouse. Start clean, stay cleanIf it's the start, middle, or the…

Irish grower secures new €7.5M contract with Aldi

Irish strawberry greenhouse Sunglow Nurseries has agreed to continue supplying the 150 Aldi Ireland stores with their early-season premium Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish strawberries. The new €7.5M contract was signed last week.  Sunglow Nurseries has supplied the Irish Aldi stores for more than 14 years. Last…

Richard Ward wins the 2021 ANBP Award of Excellence

The Association of Natural Biocontrol Producers (ANBP) annually recognizes an individual who has made, or is making, extraordinary contributions to the field of augmentation biological control and its use in integrated pest management (IPM). This year they have selected one of North America’s foremost…

Reichenau eG

Reichenau Gemüse starts the new season

"Cooperative marketing will prove its worth, even in times of crisis"

The second year of the pandemic brought challenges for Reichenau vegetable growers, also. Organic vegetables proved to be a regional power food and relevant for the Reichenau Gemüse sales. Price increases in the energy market, the packaging market and the raw materials market were already noticeable.…

Lufa Farms

Have a look in the Lufa Farms greenhouse

For Earth Day today, the team with Lufa Farms is dropping their first-ever video. "We're on a mission to build a better food system driven by sustainable urban ag. With the collective work of our crew, we created our first video capturing our five founding principles of responsible agriculture. And, of…

India: Ex-accountant uses hydroponics to help thousands of farmers increase profits by 35%

“I am a farmer by birth, and agriculture is part of my life. Even during my academic years, I spent time in the fields helping my father grow traditional vegetables,” says Pravin Patel from Vadodara, Gujarat. Pravin pursued his graduation in commerce, spending weekends on the farm. “From irrigating the…

Rising energy costs cause problems for Knoblauchsland vegetable growers

Germany: "We will not be able to avoid gas as an energy source in the medium term"

Nuremberg vegetable grower Peter Höfler relies on gas to heat his greenhouses. In addition to the availability of gas, Höfler is primarily concerned about rising costs. He is therefore planning to make his peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers noticeably more expensive to sell in the region's stores. Decisive…

Google meets agriculture at Go Green Agriculture

“Our passion is driven by the desire to make a difference, not chase a market opportunity. It is and continues to be about developing passionate leaders and creating a positive impact. We go after the most difficult challenges in our industry using science, math and engineering” says Pierre Sleiman,…

In memoriam: Rick Donnan

Richard (Rick) Donnan, a well-known and memorable member of the horticultural industry, has passed away. With great sadness, Graeme Smith informs us of his passing last Sunday 11th April, following a battle with tumors over the past few years.  "An Australian protected cropping industry giant", he says.  Richard Donnan was a memorable member of…

Frank Visscher, Tenfood:

"We sell most of our Israeli salicornia to Italy"

Frank Visscher has been a fishmonger in the Netherlands for many years. But, last year, he added Israeli salicornia, or samphire, to his supply of products like squid and red gurnard. "Fish trading is highly competitive, so we began looking for niches," explains Frank. "For example, 18 months ago, we…

Juliane Guichaoua, Prince de Bretagne:

“Despite the increase in energy costs, we are still following our initial production schedule”

For more than 40 years, Prince de Bretagne has specialized in the production of many tomato varieties: round, old and small fruit. “We have 80 producers of tomatoes, spread out through Brittany on family farms. All our tomatoes are hand-picked when they are fully mature to ensure optimal quality. In…

Singapore: Supplying modular aquaponic farms to the 3 C’s

“We want to be an enabler in different aspects, in terms of vertical- and urban farming, helping communities to grow locally. As an agtech, we want to supply customers with the know-how and the technology behind vertical farming that makes efficient growers," says Nelson Tan, founder of V+ Farm, a…

Strawberry sales are doing better in the large-scale retail trade and abroad

Recently, the demand for strawberries has decreased, but the slowdown, fortunately, has not been the same in all sales channels. "If in the Italian general retail markets the orders are low, in the large-scale retail trade things seem to be going better. This is despite the fact that the circumstances…

Yunnan Orange and Dragon Agriculture Co., Ltd

"China's avocado cultivation has a long way to go"

Avocados are known and loved for their high nutritional value. They are mainly divided into three strains: West Indies, Mexicans, and Guatemalans. Currently, most fresh avocados in China rely on imports, and domestic products only account for a small part of market volume. Yunnan Orange and Dragon…

Frutura boss Manfred Hohensinner on the fiercely competitive vegetable market

"Austria's agriculture came to a standstill 20 years ago"

Once a mountain farmer, Frutura boss Manfred Hohensinner now uses thermal water to cultivate 26 hectares of high-quality vegetables for Austria's domestic market. But the leading position in the vegetable market did not just come about on its own, he tells Dem Standard. "The market is problematic, but we…

Shanghai pandemic lockdown, residents try hydroponics at home

In recent days, Shanghai's pandemic prevention and control situation has been severe, and many residents have been locked at home and cannot go out. Some people have been quarantined at home for half a month or even more than a month because of the continuous emergence of positive cases in the community.…

Chinese market welcomes greenhouse strawberries with open arms

On the morning of the 5th of April, the couple Zhang Yongfeng and Zhang Wei walked through their greenhouse strawberry farm in Hexizhifang Village in Shandong and carefully gathered the bright red strawberries in their baskets. This is already the third harvest of the season. Their daily production…

How are herbs faring on the Dutch market?

In the Dutch retail sector, the same five herbs have been best sellers for years (see table). The global pandemic increased the use of bottled and packaged herbs, and total supermarket sales of herbs, ginger, and sprouts remained level in 2021. That is according to data from GroentenFruit Huis. Notable is…

Nicky Mann honoured with highest achievement in PCA organisation

It has been 20 years ago since Nicky Mann joined the organization Protected Cropping Australia, the peak industry body representing commercial hydroponic and greenhouse growers Australia-wide. Last week she was awarded not only the PCA Outstanding Contribution Award, but also the Life Membership of…

Inauguration of the Nova Siri Genetics Research and experimentation center

The Nova Siri Genetics Research and Experimentation Center for berries and strawberries was officially inaugurated on March 31st, 2022 in Policoro. The company was established in 2005 and, over the past few years, it has managed to stand out thanks to its dynamism and entrepreneurial vision. Click here…

The first production of the Tomato Forest will reach 700 tons

A visit to the largest single smart greenhouse in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area

With soilless cultivation, automatic water and fertilizer management, precise environmental regulation, as well as real-time data monitoring, tomatoes have entered the stage of intelligent production in Beijing. At a smart agricultural innovation workshop in Beijing, the greenhouse tomatoes cultivated…

Sicily's Centro Seia is highly specialized in seedlings for protected horticulture

Intensive greenhouse cultivation starts from an extremely delicate activity that is carried out in a plant nursery qualified to fulfill the most complex needs of agricultural companies. One of the most interesting plant nurseries in Italy and Europe, but also beyond, is the Seia Center in Ragusa, Sicily,…

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Culver Family Farms grows new traditions in New Jersey

Culver Family Farms delivers fresh vegetables, herbs and locally created goods from its property in Mannington, NJ.Walking through the doors of the greenhouse with husband-and-wife team Nick and Sarah Culver, the warm air engulfs you and the sweet smell of earth and growing plants intoxicates your…

The Italian producers' organization Op Altamura is ready for Fruit Logistica 2022

"Momentum, differentiation and adaptability are the key to dealing with crises"

"This is expected to be a restart for us, after years of uncertainty due to Covid-19, and with the precariousness brought on by the war in Ukraine. We will be presenting our premium line of fresh-cut products, our stand will be similar in size to that of the 2020 edition, and we are looking forward to…

India: Here, vertically farmed lettuce is actually economically viable

“I believe we’re always too late in finding a solution to a problem," Yang Sen Matey, Founder of Mirroryasai, an agtech company based in India. The Arunachal Pradesh state, home to Mirroryasai, consists of 80% forest and is developing at a fast rate due to which forests are being converted to…

"The future of our sector requires a greater union and commitment of the companies that form it"

Anecoop incorporates the Montivel Agricultural Company as a partner

Montivel Export is one of the companies in the production of all peppers varieties, as well as zucchini (round and long), and other products, such as cucumber, peas, aubergines, watermelons, and avocado. It is based in Berja, Almería, on Mount Montivel, which gives the company its name, and has a…

The potential of pulsed lighting reducing costs by 30% without affecting the growth

“Power is one of the highest costs of indoor farming since we lose the benefit of sunlight. While LEDs have reducing operating costs, I wanted to see if introducing pulses rather than continuous light would affect the plant,” says Jacinta Penn of New Zealand’s Verb Farm. Jacinta got her start in vertical…

Antwerp's governor gets first Hoogstraten strawberries of the season

Last year, Coöperatie Hoogstraten brought the first strawberries of the season to Antwerp, Belgium, without the 'Ghesellen', and neither did they get to meet the governor due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, things have improved. Last week, the Hoogstraten Strawberries 'Ghesellen' gave Cathy Berx,…

Siiimply Veggy: "Almeria's future lies in continuing to work on organic production"

"We are a company in continuous expansion and we are always looking for new product lines and new partnerships"

The consumption of organic food is on the rise in Europe, and in the Spanish province of Almeria, operators such as Siiimply Veggy are making it possible to supply organic fruits and vegetables all year round to meet this demand, which is on an upward trend in the continent, and is expected to continue…

US (NC): 79-year old farmer couple continues growing food in tunnels

Small Snow Hill farmer has built his business through direct local sales of collards, heirloom variety sweet potatoes and greens At 79 years old with a lifetime of farming experience to his name, James Shackleford of Snow Hill well understands the challenges of being a small farmer and making a living…

Tarragon introduced at Fratelli Cafaro 1989

Tarragon is the new product part of the range of Fratelli Cafaro 1989, a company located in Eboli (Salerno). Each year the company, which is already growing 8 products (rosemary, sage, thyme, mint, dill, coriander, smooth and curly parsley), widens its range of products available all year round. The…

Dutch growers harvest first strawberries

The Dutch spring and summer product season is underway since yesterday, with the auctioning of the first Sonsation strawberries. Maatschap Penninx-van Lankveld's Michiel and Petra Penninx-van Lankveld are these strawberries' proud growers. Strawberries“I like cultivating strawberries because of their…

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Ja! Natürlich focuses on local organic vegetables from Biohof Geinberg

"This greenhouse cannot be compared with conventional glasshouses"

Until now, the Austrian bio-brand Ja! Natürlich has completely avoided Austrian grown organic greenhouse vegetables due to the high energy requirements caused by heating and lighting. It has relied on imports from nearby countries as a more climate-friendly option due to the lower CO2 footprint. Now a…

Dutch snack cucumber company expands through intensive cooperation

Snack Products cultivates snack cucumbers in the Netherlands, which they sell via the Harvest House Cooperative. The demand for snack cucumbers has been increasing for years. To continue meeting this growing demand, Snack Products has entered into an intensive collaboration with Kwekerij de Maris. That…

Strawberries sales have not changed even in the most uncertain times

Even in these difficult weeks, strawberry is one of those few products that have always been popular on the market. "The general uncertainty due to the dramatic and conflictual situation we are experiencing at a global scale could push consumers to reduce purchases for some fruit and vegetable products,…

Jordi Sánchez, Head for Berries at Fruits Ràfols:

"Other producers have tried to grow this variety, but they have not obtained the same flavor and texture"

We are facing an atypical strawberry campaign, with volumes generally below last year's levels and an exponential increase in costs, although this has not prevented the Fragaria brand from winning the Flavor of the Year 2022 award; an award it already won last year for the first time. "The production has…

Hi-tech, low-cost methods fetch Indian farmer laurel

Variety is the spice of this farmer’s life. Joshy Joseph, the winner of this year’s farmer award in the category of hi-tech farms, says agriculture is a profitable business if done creatively by minimizing labor expense. In his five-acre plot at Karinchola in Kattippara panchayat, he is cultivating…

Harvest London:

UK: A five-farms-in-five-years plan

“From our perspective, we’ve created a repeatable model that will be profitable from the first year. We’re going to apply a plug and play template, building five farms in five years,” says Chris Davies, founder and CEO of Harvest London. Recently, Harvest London hosted VerticalFarmDaily in their London…

Pepper grower celebrates 100-year anniversary

For a moment, bell pepper grower John van der Voort was in doubt: How do you celebrate the 100th anniversary of the family business in these times? Eventually, he decided not to let the festive occasion pass by unnoticed on Tuesday. With a piece of cake and a gift from cooperative Oxin Growers, the…

Les Serres Royales

Growing from 10,000 to 900 000 square feet

What's the home of La Diva? It's the greenhouse of Les Serres Royales, a Canadian greenhouse company that has been developing this exquisite brand for many years and nowadays offers various tomatoes under it. Yet, there's more going on behind the doors of Les Serres Royales.  In 1996, the company, located…

"We are definitely seeing more and more growers turn to biodegradable products"

Based in the Loire-Atlantique department of western France, BV Dis develops and markets professional solutions for the European horticulture market. Created by Joel Bonneau and Jean François Viola in 2003, BV Dis works with suppliers of agricultural equipment including ARaymond and sells products from…

Vegetable prices are also impacted by the current global economy trend

Thanks to its particular pedoclimatic conditions, the coastal area in the south of Sicily, Italy, is one of the most fertile areas in Europe. In this area, the company CVF srl, owned by Biagio Vitale, is located. They are growing vegetables on 25 hectares in greenhouse structures of the latest generation…

A visit to Jones Food Company

UK: "Building our own plant factories allows us to compete with imported produce"

The Scunthorpe farm has been set up in 2018, and ever since, JFC has never turned the system off off the lights of production. It took CEO James Lloyd Jones about 1.5 years to get everything right, from an ROI, product quality and consistency aspect. Starting at scale made if affordable to keep on…

Equilibrium expands to Australia

Australia: Perfection Fresh to grow further thanks to investment

Perfection Fresh, an Australian privately owned fresh produce businesses, announced that an investment consortium, comprising Equilibrium Capital, Temasek, and existing shareholder the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), has completed an investment into the company. "Perfection…

Mathilde Laurent, Les Fraises de Mathilde:

“The first strawberries from Plougastel will be on the shelves this week”

The strawberry grower Les Fraises de Mathilde sells four varieties from Plougastel: the Gariguette, Dream, Magnum and Clery. “The strawberries are picked the day before they arrive in Paris, which usually happens between 3 and 4 o’clock in the morning,” explains Mathilde Laurent, founder and manager of…

Bankrupt organic grower accused of speculative trading

Last month, in the Netherlands, the organic farm Oirschot Organics, went bankrupt. Trustee Geurt te Biesebeek of Aben & Slag Advocates compiled a bankruptcy report, clarifying…

Braham Produce

South Australian capsicum grower producing orange variety for specialised market

An Australian capsicum grower says demand is slowly growing for the orange capsicum variety, as more and more consumers try the unique colour.  Family run, Braham Produce, in the South Australian town of Virginia, has been growing the vegetable for around 15 years, and owner Andrew Braham says orange capsicums…

Genson Quality Plants

Canada: New joint venture to grow strawberry plants for the North American market

The opportunities in the North American soft fruit market have been clear to Marc van Gennip for a few years now, but unfortunately, so have the challenges: it would take the supplier of soft fruit plants at least 5 years to get a foothold with their current variety offering. Thanks to recently obtained…

Italy's OP Zuccarella launched its own online shop

Strawberry sales are up but the climate is reducing their availability

In the southern part of Italy, in Basilicata, farmers are continuing to harvest strawberries, although low temperatures are causing a slowdown in ripening and a consequent reduction in availability. "While demand for strawberries remains brisk, the product is in short supply. The weather over the last…

Pepper grower shines spotlight on its varieties at SEPC

Bailey Farms, a grower-shipper of specialty peppers, highlights its unique varieties at Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure this week. The company is putting emphasis on its deliciously sweet BellaFina® peppers, Hotties® line, and the success of its farm expansion in Florida. Its proprietary…

Marc Groenewegen, Prominent Grevelingen:

"Like Ireen Wüst, we also have to peak at the right time"

Tomato juice flows through his veins and whether it's at 4 in the morning or 10 in the evening, Marc Groenewegen from Prominent Grevelingen never gets tired of talking about plant load, 24-hour temperatures, or stretching. He now does this not only with colleagues from the growers' association but also…

High-flavor Sicilian tomatoes are back

"High quality doesn't mean sacrificing quantity, but they have a different meaning"

The campaign at the Italian greenhouse company Gioacchino Russo started a few weeks ago. This year, they focus entirely on high-flavor table tomatoes. Among their protagonists are plum tomatoes and a series of colored specialties, sold as "niche" products both in Italy and abroad.  Gioacchino Russo Black mini…

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Ottowa family farm's choice for hydroponics pays off

A gamble nearly 20 years ago by one local farmer has paid off in the form of one of the region’s premier hydroponic farms. Bryan Kaufman, 42, opened Kaufman’s Hydroponics on Road O near Ottawa in 2003 as an effort to do something different in local agriculture. The son of a local farm family, Kaufman is…

Endinava introduces organic figs in its portfolio: "We aim to reach France, Germany and the Netherlands with them"

"Sales of live lettuce in traditional greengrocers have grown in recent years"

Among the many advantages provided by hydroponics (with the main one being the optimization of all the resources used in agriculture, from the acreage needed for the crops to the use of water), the fact that it makes it possible to grow products with unique characteristics, such as live lettuce, is…

Special foil on the greenhouse for organic vegetables

Recently VDH Foliekassen completed an F-Clean-covered 8,000 square meter greenhouse for the cultivation of organic vegetables at Ackerlei Bioland Betrieb in Bruchköbel, Germany. It is a wide-span 12.80-meter greenhouse, supplied and built by VDH according to the local building regulations. According to Sales…

Why Cox Enterprise and BrightFarms invest heavily on expansion

"By 2030, half of the lettuce consumed in America will be grown indoors"

When Steve Platt, CEO with BrightFarms, 3 years ago talked with their retail partners, they were all excited about the indoor lettuce industry, seeing it as an interesting niche that could become big in 10 to 20 years. “Now they’re asking how fast we can go, they really believe in Indoor Ag”, he said…


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