Grower in the Spotlight

Lukas Razl with AGRO Kadaň:

"The availability of affordable heat is of vital importance"

"The most difficult thing to find was a good location, one which had good energy costs. We have heat for low prices, so we are in an extraordinarily good position on the market. Then we had to find the right people. In the market we operate in, there's no tradition in the greenhouse industry, so we had…

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Philippines: High-tech greenhouse becomes tourist attraction

In one of his field visits, former Agriculture secretary William Dar was attracted to an unlikely destination in Tagaytay City. Not quite on the radar, the Turbulent Drip Sales Inc. farm was not intended to become an agri-tourism site. The visit of the Agriculture secretary would be the farm's first…

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Japan: Lemons defy the cold in 'Snow Country' greenhouses

The harvesting of yukiguni, or 'Snow Country,' lemons grown in greenhouses in Yamagata Prefecture has begun again in 2023. One of the fruit farmers is Hiroaki Ishioka, age 62. "We will likely have 850 lemons to harvest, which is significantly more than last year," Ishioka reports with a smile. Providing…

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Can cucumbers save a cannabis company?

During Tilray's Q2 F2023 earnings call earlier this month, chairman and CEO Irwin Simon hinted that the company is considering fruit or vegetable production as a temporary solution for sluggish cannabis sales. Critics point out that Tilray's strategy of growing and selling cannabis, then beer, and now…

Combining vertical farming and greenhouse horticulture to decentralize lettuce production

The Salinas Valley, known as the "salad bowl of the United States," has been a vital source of lettuce and leafy greens for decades. The region has historically supplied most of the lettuce and leafy greens consumed across the nation. However, the recent disruption of supply chains, labor markets, water…

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US (PA): Peach Hill Orchard invests in new hydroponic farming greenhouse for lettuce and tomato growing

Hydroponic farming is not new to Peach Hill. They have been growing tomatoes this way for 30 years. But over time, updates are needed, and in the winter of 2022, a new controlled environment greenhouse was built. Peach Hill owners looked to a company called Cropking of Ohio. Cropking has many customers…

Palestinian farmer grows strawberries under water scarcity

A Palestinian farmer is growing food in what’s known as Area C of the occupied West Bank, an area under complete Israeli control. Here, the water supply is scarce and expensive, but Shadi Atratra found a sustainable method to grow strawberries.

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India: Grower moves to sustainable cultivation and reaps success

It started in 2012 when farmer Imtiyaz Ahmad Wani started vegetable farming, and after a decade, he has become an award-winning progressive farmer and an inspiration for fellow farmers.A resident of Paith Makhama, in Budgam district, Wani said he was unemployed and wanted to do something to earn…

Latvia: First greenhouse to grow cucumbers under LEDs uses landfill waste to produce energy

The Getlini greenhouses out of Latvia have been labeled ‘one of the most modern greenhouses in the world’ because of their effort to combine sustainable innovations with horticulture. Their greenhouses are indeed built next to a landfill. The waste there is used to produce power and heat that is supplied…

Chilean berry grower expands production to Peru, Mexico, US and Morocco

The Chilean headquartered Agroberries with farms and offices in both hemispheres are excited to reap the benefits of their investments in new farms and varieties to keep growing with over 43 000 MT of berries already marketed in 2022. According to Juan Pablo Vogt, Commercial and Logistics Manager of…

Get in shape: Wittenberg Gemüse organizes greenhouse run

Greenhouse strawberries aren't just tasty. They're also healthy. And what is even more healthy than just eating them is running through the greenhouse they're grown in. The…

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India: Growing strawberries, oyster mushrooms and other exotic vegetables in arid Jodhpur

Imagine walking through fields of sunflowers, pausing to smell the Sorrento lemons swaying in the wind and reaching for the ripe guavas dangling from trees. All the while, a sense of serenity hangs in the air even as peacocks strut around and birdsong fills the air. No, this isn’t a scene from Punjab or…

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US (WA) : Food coop donates $100,000 to Viva Farms

A monumental moment for a monumental year: to kick off the Skagit Valley Food Co-op's 50th anniversary year, we are so proud to announce that the Co-op has donated $100,000 to Viva Farms to support local, organic agriculture and the future of farming in Skagit Valley! The Co-op has been supporting local…

Paving the way for sustainable greenhouse cultivation in China

The greenhouse horticulture industry has developed fast in China over the last few years. Modern technology can minimize the limits imposed by the region and climate, allowing them to create an optimal climate for crop cultivation while increasing the yield and quality of certain vegetable varieties. The…

Conventional and organic: greenhouse grower does it all

“At Great Lakes Greenhouses, we do different kind of organic Products like TOV, cherries, Beefs, the 3 different colors of peppers and Mini eggplants. That all concerns the organic part of our operation, as we also have the conventional side of cultivations going on,” says Juan Manual Lopez Garcia, Head…

A Palestinian engineer-turned-farmer excels in innovative agriculture in besieged gaza

A’ed Awni Abu Ramadan is a Palestinian engineer who studied Civil Engineering in the United States. However, Abu Ramadan now works as a farmer, as he inherited his love for the land and agriculture from his parents and grandparents.  “I translated my passion for agriculture into developing the family farm,…

Thanet Earth Tomatoes

“It’s always good to learn new things. The way we grow has changed quite a lot over the years.”

This June, a small international group of dynamic growers of high-wire crops met at the GreenTech trade fair in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to take part in the Plant Empowerment Summer School. The growers came from various countries, including Greece, Mexico, and Georgia. During this five-day…

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US (NV): Small family farm in Moapa meets high demand

The Mesquite Community Farmers Market held in December was a big hit. A huge turnout of local residents came to the event seeking farm-fresh produce. At the very center of the event were Kirsten and Alex Pope, owners of Ika Greens, a family-owned farm operation in Moapa. The Popes were truly the rock…

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Cucumbers in Bulgaria are getting the spa treatment

The municipality of Mineralni Bani in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria announced that several local greenhouses now run on municipal thermal mineral water. The greenhouses, in their own right, produce cucumbers, and according to Mayor Mumun Iskender, one of the greenhouses even features music, allowing…

Jan van Heijningen

Tinkerbell and Tomberry godfather retires

Jan van Heijningen has retired. With effect from the new year, he has quit Eminent. Together with his brother Ted, he set up the company almost forty years ago. First, as a grower and later as the owner of a marketing and breeding company, Jan was active in a large part of the chain. Jan is not leaving…

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How farmers are cutting out supermarkets

Giving up police work to grow passion fruit might be considered an unconventional career move, but that is what Sergio Quijada Domínguez did when a hereditary heart condition forced him to retire at the age of 32 after 14 years in Spain’s Guardia Civil. Quijada, who has about 1,500 plants on his farm…

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Meet the Croatian tomato variety grower in England

Croatian tomatoes have left a big impression on the tastebuds of many tourists, including one who decided he wanted to grow his own back in his native England. “About ten years ago, I spent a week on holiday in Poreč and was talking to a local Croatian tomato grower and asked her did she have any seeds…

Chinese tomato grower looks to bring Yikeda brand abroad

In December 2022, Kaisheng Haofeng Agriculture Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Kaisheng Haofeng) officially launched the premium vegetable and fruit brand 'Yikeda ™,' aiming to bring consumers high-standard, high-quality and safe vegetables. Kaisheng Haofeng was established in 2006. It is a member…

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Inside a greenhouse on the rooftop of a Whole Foods

When Gotham Greens was founded in 2009, its CEO Viraj Puri said there were no commercial-scale sustainable greenhouses, like urban hydroponic and vertical farms, in the US yet. These types of greenhouses are more recent than traditional greenhouses and are experiencing significant growth, he said.…

High Horizon Gardens

US (MT): New year could bring a boost for hydroponic business in Hill County

Inside the greenhouse at High Horizon Gardens, a hydroponic business just outside Havre, there are around 3,000 heads of lettuce growing. While that may seem like a big number, it's actually what would be considered a smaller operation. But that doesn't make it any less important, especially at the…

What’s the best strategy to market a product that no one thinks you can grow?

For Cindy and Ron Mueller, who run Fisherville Greenhouses near Lake Erie, an hour south of Hamilton, the farm business was ticking along. It felt like they had it pretty much figured out. The couple had started their farm careers by growing tomatoes for sale through a wholesaler. Then, when the market…

Antonio Bolla, Azienda Agricola Bolla

"We treat soil like support, and not like a means of production"

The Bolla family has been operating their greenhouse business out of Nettuno, a small town in central Italy, for more than 70 years. “In late fall-spring, we grow chard, chicory, and spinach. June through October, we grow eggplants, cucumbers, and green pod beans. In the summertime, we grow arugula, and…

"The goal is to harvest almost every day, and supply lettuce to hotels and supermarkets, and of course my own restaurant”

Lettuce shortage in Palau pushes businesswoman to build greenhouses

A restaurant owner in Palau was experiencing firsthand a shortage of some products, especially lettuce and the like. However, this problem has been plaguing the island for a very long time, and consumers have historically had a very hard time to consistently score fresh produce. So, Tova Harel Bornovski,…

Citronex/PPO Siechnice:

"We need to look at our costs even more closely than last year - there’s just no margin for mistakes anymore"

The first tomatoes are starting to gain color in the greenhouses of Polish grower Citronex, yet it’s not the usual pink shade. This year, the company has decided to also grow traditional TOVs. “Because of the current situation in the EU, we decided to explore the market in Western Europe,” says Grzegorz…

Cucumber grower still opts for LED: 'This looks like what you have in your head'

'Walk in, turn right, and then down that hallway.' The sound of cucumber sorting fills the background. We enter the office and meet growers André and Kees Vahl at their main location in IJsselmuiden. When we are having a cup of coffee, Dries also walks by. The three of them form the management team of…

10 strawberry stories from 2022

Remember back in the days when soft fruits were only eaten in spring and summer time? Well, we can hardly recall it either. For many years and thanks to hydroponic production, strawberries, raspberries and other berries are available throughout the year. It has been one of the hottest crops in the industry. Here are 10 articles…

Italian grower reduces capacity to stay profitable

"Our production costs have skyrocketed, yet produce prices have stayed the same"

One can list hundreds of challenges growers find themselves dealing with regularly. Yet, there is one in particular that has stayed quite unmoved over time: getting paid as they deserve. This is something that Angelo Mencarini from Societa’ Agricola San Paolo Mencarini has had to deal with, quite…

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Taking lettuce production outside of California

The majority of the lettuce consumed in the US is grown in California. Needless to say, it sounds tragically ironic that a state plagued by droughts and wildfires is the biggest exporter of water in the US: after all, what is lettuce if not water? Such a situation poses a great risk to the lettuce…

Race to emission-free greenhouse cultivation pushes growers to keep innovating

The race to emission-free greenhouse cultivation is underway, with many growers trying to go the extra mile to preserve our planet. The company Division Q, a new sister company of Koppert Cress, was founded with the clear mission of achieving emission-free cultivation. “Division Q’s mission is actually twofold,”…


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