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Precision steering for tomato crops thanks to stonewool products

Miljøgartneriet is Norway’s biggest high-tech greenhouse facility. It propagates and produces tomatoes, sweet pointed peppers and chilis for sale throughout the country. The company has a strong focus on sustainability, including a circular system for heating and CO2. Besides using Grodan’s Pro blocks in…

Landgard defies crisis and supplies tons of local fruit vegetables

"Local labour can only replace the experienced harvest workers to a limited extent"

With the increasingly nice spring weather, the harvest of fresh German fruits has really taken off at the member farms of the Landgard producer cooperative. The first fresh regional cucumbers and tomatoes from traditional protected cultivation were available in smaller quantities since the end of January…

Project fulfillment is planned for the end of the current year

Russian grower plans third greenhouse of 7 hectares

“We are constructing the third greenhouse Obskoy. The foundation has been finished, and the project is planned to be launched at the end of October 2020. It will be the last greenhouse project that GC Gorkunov will open in the Novosibirsk region”, announced the general director of GC Tolmachevsky (part…

Indian grower donates food and essential supplies to underprivileged kids and needy people

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the shortage of food and daily essentials such as vegetables and pulses, Simply Fresh has donated groceries & essential food items to the underprivileged kids from an orphanage in Arjunpatla, Hyderabad. Simply Fresh provided groceries and vegetables to the…

An interview with Pietro Ciardiello of Coop Sole

Italian strawberry season returns to normal

"Strawberries are currently doing well: demand is good both domestically and abroad and production is higher than in previous weeks. Consumption is starting again, and demand is in line with supply; we have high expectations for the evolution of this campaign and we expect maximum production for the end…

Growers across Europe bank on improvised armies of pickers to save harvest

At this time of year John Greene is usually preparing to welcome dozens of Slovakian strawberry pickers for another harvest at his farm in County Wexford in south-east Ireland. The work is arduous and repetitive and he relies on their experience and stamina to get the fruit picked, packed and sold.…

US (CA): Growers offering roadside stands with fruits and vegetables

The warm conditions this week had the valley strawberry crop maturing quickly, but farmers wanted to also offer some healthy reminders. Heulong Siong has already opened his…

Marten Barel still going strong:

"The transition that horticulture has seen is truly impressive"

Last year, we started our series 'Andere Tuinbouwtijden' featuring industry veterans. Many a seasoned worker reminisced on times long gone, and most are still very active, even after their retirement. Marten Barel is one of them, and after reading all his colleagues' stories, he knew he has even older stories.…

$100 million for UAE greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms

The team with greenhouse company Pure Harvest Smart Farms has secured a multi-stage investment commitment of over $100 million. Currently Pure Harvest operates a greenhouse in the UAE desert and grows tomatoes over there. With the investment, the company will expand with new greenhouses in the UAE, Saudi…

AgriPeppe

Zero-residue vegetables to safeguard consumers

"My project stemmed from a careful consumer analysis and selecting producers that shared my same vision on the role of agriculture. We must guarantee products of high quality and health level in the name of food safety. So what could be a better solution than zero residue?" reports Luca Peppe, president…

Israeli farmers donate vegetables for Passover

The Arava is a desert plain running south from the Dead Sea all the way down to Eilat and the mouth of the Red Sea. It is the peak harvest season there and farmers are gearing…

Jan VanderHout

"International workers need to get here quickly for spring planting"

"Now more than ever, we know how important it is for Canadian farmers to be able to continue to grow their crops and raise their livestock. A safe, consistent food supply is an essential service, especially during a global crisis like this when other countries around the world are facing the same…

Russian grower comments on greenhouse industry growth

In 2019, the greenhouse complex Donskaya Usadba reached the forecasted production capacity of 11 thousand tons of vegetables per year. The enterprise sells medium-sized cucumbers and tomatoes. The company are planning the construction of the second phase of the complex, which will allow them to increase…

More varieties specifically for high-wire cucumber production

There is a worldwide increase in high-wire cucumber production. This method results in not only bigger yields, but also more uniform fruits, which makes production planning easier for growers. However, growing cucumbers on a high-wire system involves a lot of labour. That is why vegetable breeding…

Italian growers deal with Covid-19

"Work shifts and breaks have been staggered to favor social distancing"

"We need to carry on with determination to ensure essential food supplies, but of course we changed the way our work is organized," reported Gino Caggia from Produttori Associati Citrosol. Gino Caggia "Work shifts and breaks have been staggered to favor social distancing. We applied the protocol signed…

Poland’s first full LED lighting in pink tomato greenhouse installed

Signify has installed LED lamps in a Tomimaru Muchoo pink tomato greenhouse for the first time in Poland. This innovative full LED solution was implemented on a 2 ha plantation belonging to Łukasz Budyta Greenhouse Complex, which was fitted with Philips GreenPower LED toplighting modules and Philips…

Petra Veldman (Stoffels Tomatoes) grateful for 'devoted crew' in times of corona

"We have to prevent it from getting worse, without panicking but keeping the spirit up"

"What's happening at the moment is unprecedented, not just on a company scale, but at world level, too", says Petra Veldman with the Belgium tomato nursery Stoffels Tomatoes. "It has a huge societal impact. Containing the virus is what's most important now, in our company, too." That takes quite some…

Travelling around the world to find the right growing strategy

Just outside of Lisbon, about 10 meters from the main door of a big supermarket a container is placed. When you look through the window in the container door you see racks filled with all kinds of aromatic herbs and microgreens. This container is the first Jungle Greens production unit where herbs and…

Growing tomatoes in Iceland: isolated, cold and dark?

Growing tomatoes in Iceland? Sure! At Fridheimar, Knútur and Helena do just that. They produce one tonne of organic tomatoes every day. Close to their farm is a hot water spring they use. When the water comes in, it is still about 95 degrees Celsius. The water heats the greenhouse, so it is always about…

"Our challenge right now is being able to get them here in time to start our planting season"

It’s always been important for us as farmers to get our crops in the ground on time in the spring. But it’s never been more important than it is this year when we are facing the extraordinary circumstance of a global pandemic that has turned all of our lives upside down. by Kevin Howe, Howe Family Farms On…

US growers plan expansion, answering rising demand for local food

A couple of days ago, Chris Howard of Fuel Capital said, “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs has been inverted.” One minute our biggest concern is was whether LeBron can lead the Lakers to a title and the next minute is whether the local Costco has any hand sanitizer left. There’s a good chance that most of you…

Spring in the Royal Berry greenhouses

Spring is complete in the Royal Berry greenhouses. The early variety Malling Centenary is in full swing. Partly due to the good weather conditions, these strawberries have a great quality and taste. The plants of the Elsanta variety are in bloom and form beautiful fruits. At the moment employees are busy…

also during COVID-outbreak, Biobest advisors help growers

“Personal advice is a standard”

Biological crop protection is a total package. In addition to the products, a large part of it is the service. With more than 30 years in the sector, Biobest is convinced that there really is more to it than just sales and delivery. “For us, custom advice, personalised for each customer, has become the standard,” says Martin…

Luc Bruneel, Coöperatie Hoogstraten:

"Start of Hoogstraten strawberry season in Belgian retail"

As of next weekend, the strawberries from Coöperatie Hoogstraten will be available at all major Belgian retailers. And that means the strawberry season has started. “The available volumes are in line with recent years. This type of weather, sunny during the day and cold nights is very positive for the…

Zucchini demand and quotations on the up

"The production of local lettuce, zucchini and cucumbers is in full swing. We are hoping to harvest the first local green ribbed tomatoes in a week's time. Demand from general markets is currently increasing, while the volumes destined to the domestic retail chain have tripled," explains Michele Conti…

Greenhouse baby bells build in volume

Supplies of baby bell peppers are coming on strong now. “Supplies were tight before. But more growing regions are coming on and supply is plentiful for all of our commodities,” says Fiona McLean of DelFrescoPure® based in Kingsville, Ont. Currently, supplies of baby bells come from Canada and Mexico as…

Robotic farming paving the way?

Is fully automated farming the future? It is, in fact, part of the future says Mike Zelkind, chief executive officer of 80 Acres Farms, a vertical farming company based in Hamilton, Ohio. “I think indoor farming should play a role in a holistic solution to farming—so should greenhouses and other traditional farms,” says…

"It is the first of its kind in a high-tech environment."

Australian glasshouse producer planning to diversify into the cucumber space

A major Australian glasshouse producer and marketing company, Flavorite is preparing to diversify its business, with the introduction of high wire glasshouse grown continental cucumbers. Flavorite is building another four hectares of glasshouse, ready for planting in June 2021, at its facility in…

Lea Valley Growers

“It’s not the growers filling their boots at the moment”

Whereas UK citizens are hoarding groceries due to the more strict lock-down that came into effect this week, it is growers who are currently paying the price. The demand skyrockets, but so do the labor and transport costs and currently they’re not able to pass these on because the prices are set. “We…

A novel typology reflecting market integration and self-sufficiency levels of Small Farms

SALSA - Small Farms, Small Food Businesses and Sustainable Food Security, is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project running from April 2016 to March 2020, with the aim to provide a better understanding of the role of small farms and small food businesses in meeting the sustainable food and nutrition security…

UK: Sussex strawberries will soon be on sale at Tesco

A new variety of strawberry will be available across the country thanks to an innovative Sussex grower. The Summer Berry Company has secured a deal with Tesco to sell the Malling Centenary strawberry, which is larger and sweeter than its predecessors. This is a big coup for the Summer Berry Company,…

Fokke Dullaart (Harvest House): "Also trials with yellow brown and orange-red variety"

Area of Dutch Monterosa tomatoes doubled again

The Dutch Monterosa tomatoes are available again at Harvest House. Last Friday, the first tomatoes were harvested at tomato nursery Van Kester-Weijs, which doubled the area of this ribbed tomato this year to 6,000 m2. This year, other colours will also be tested for the first time: yellow, brown and…

"Scout remotely, gain better insight, save time, and receive digital advice"

"Having the Natutec Scout app means that we spend less time on plant protection. More importantly, we have better insight into the level of infestation and can see at a glance whether or not the natural enemies are keeping things under control. There is intensive remote contact with the Koppert…

"We can’t stay dependent on gas forever"

In the greenhouse horticulture sector, we need to increase our contribution to the energy transition. Although this a big challenge for many, Gebroeders Vahl – cucumber growers who have heated their greenhouses with renewable geothermal energy since 2012 – see it as an opportunity. “We can’t stay…

Spain: Water theft is a growing concern in an increasingly dry country

Strawberry grower Emilia Gomez has experienced a difficult season with barely any water after her farm's illegal well was shut down. Unfortunately, digging an illegal well to…

US (HI): Resources for selling and buying local produce

Since farmers’ markets have been shut down for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, local farmers are concerned about how they will be able to sell their produce, and locavores are wondering where they are going to be able to buy their local produce and value-added products. GoFarm Hawai‘i has been…

Luc Monden (De Kruidenaer) seeks sales alternatives and limits imports:

“As things stand, we have to do something with our herbs, and fast”

“You do not want to throw anything away if you do not really have to," says Luc Monden of the Dutch herb nursery, De Kruidenaer. Yet, that may well happen if a sales alternative is not quickly found. This is needed for the herbs standing in this company's greenhouse in Etten-Leur, the Netherlands. “With…

Microgreens program at Iowa State Penitentiary helps prisoners to self-sustain

The Iowa State Penitentiary at Fort Madison has a growing concern about food. Not long ago, ISP Correctional Trades Leader Sarah Rippenkroeger discovered a booth selling microgreens in Missouri, and she knew they would be good to grow in the ISP greenhouses. "I found a roadside fruit stand, and they had…

Bart van der Valk (Zwingrow) on Jack Miller RZ:

"We had a good yield with an average fruit weight of 190 g"

After a successful first season with Jack Miller RZ, Rijk Zwaan caught up with Dutch grower, Bart van der Valk from Zwingrow, to learn and share his techniques and recipe for a winning season. This season, Zwingrow has filled its entire production area (13.5 ha) in the Westland region with Jack Miller RZ…

Themar Al Emarat facility UAE in production

Cooling a soilless growing facility even in extreme climates

It's not a fata morgana that you see when staring at the al Kaheef desert in the United Arab Emirates - it's a real greenhouse that is realised there. The 5 hectare facility of Themar Al Emarat was erected last year. Thanks to the modern techniques and a new technology developed by New Growing System…

FromBoer sees 80% sales stall due to logistical problems:

“Now we can no longer move 15,000 heads of lettuce per day”

“It is true these days that even if you grow food products like us, you have to be on the right side of the coin,” says Leonard Boer of lettuce grower FromBoer (formerly Boer den Hoedt). Eighty percent of the company's sales are down due to the corona crisis. "It was less during last week, but with the…

buy flowers, not toilet paper

#FlowerBoostChallenge unites horticultural industry and helps growers

Going viral might not sound like something positive these days, but with the recently launched #FlowerBoostChallenge that is exactly the goal. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the prices for cut flowers and potted plants have decreased dramatically. This week many flowers and plants had to be destroyed. To…

Pepper grower becomes Dr. Veggie, juice maker

Jeroen Boeters, bell pepper grower and juice maker: "Why I have my second greenhouse for sale? Because I am very busy with Dr. Veggie, my vegetable juice business." He is selling his second greenhouse in Bleiswijk to be able to focus on the red bell pepper cultivation in the main location of Boeters Kwekerij…

Rob Baan sees Koppert Cress sales plummet by 86%

"I am stuck with tens of thousands of boxes of fresh cress"

"I am sitting with tens of thousands of boxes of fresh cress," says Rob Baan of Koppert Cress. This Dutch company has branches all over the world. It is wholly focused on the…

How organic farmers control weeds & pests

Organic farming relies on natural practices like promoting biodiversity and using natural nutrition sources. It probably isn’t surprising that the Canadian organic standards prohibit the use of seeds that have been genetically modified in labs for crop farming.  Using non-modified seeds means organic farmers…

Russia: First cucumbers planted in 12 ha greenhouse in Kurgan region

New greenhouse complex Martynovsky in the Kurgan region in Russia has started planting the first cucumbers, reported the regional department of agriculture. The first batch of seedlings has been planted in March. Quite soon, the agricultural complex will harvest the first crops and once the enterprise…

"Become proactive in connecting with your customers"

Local and specialty growers hit by COVID-outbreak

Whereas on one hand the demand for vegetables went through the roof following mass hoarding, many vegetable growers have also noticed the downside of the outbreak. Farmers markets shut down and many small growers usually find a good market in the local hospitality and service industry. With that shutting…

Growing sopropo in a greenhouse

From January 1st, fans of the Surinamese vegetable sopropo, also known as bitter gourd, have been eagerly looking for the special, lumpy cucumber. A European ban on imports from Suriname and the Dominican Republic has dried up the supply of fresh sopropo. There is Dutch cultivation, but it will not be available until late May,…

“Edible flowers could be very big”

It's not entirely new, but it sure is special. Especially in the way that PUURgroenten does it: sugar covered, edible flowers. Janny van der Heijden, who is a member of the jury of the Dutch version of the Great British Bake Off, sure got excited, and along with her several pastry chefs.  This remarkable product…

South Africa: Value-adding boosts hydroponics venture

Just under 20 years ago, Basil Williams began dabbling in herbs under shade netting in his mother’s backyard at Kylemore in the Western Cape. “At that stage, I was working on fynbos at the Agricultural Research Council in Stellenbosch. That’s where my love for plants started,” he recalls. In 2007, he…

India: the changing face of urban food systems

UrbanKisaan, the vertical farming startup from India, has debuted its 3000 sq.ft. new-age urban farm and retail store in Manikonda, Hyderabad. Here, customers can walk into the retail store, harvest fresh and clean products of their choice which are grown in the indoor farm which is on the other side of…

How a car accident caused a graphic designer to grow

About 250 km from the sanitized suburbs of Sandton in South Africa’s Gauteng province is Randfontein, a rugged gold mining city in the West Rand, where we meet 31-year-old Katlego Pitse on his farm where he is currently producing rows of crisp green lettuce. A few years ago, the Soweto-born farmer was…

First organic cucumbers harvested at Bio Kwekerij Frank de Koning:

"Despite little light, we immediately have a decent volume"

Recently the first organic cucumbers were harvested in the greenhouses of Dutch organic grower Frank de Koning. Despite little light, already early in the season there is a strong crop with good setting, so a substantial volume of about 3 to 4 cucumbers per square meter is immediately available. "That is really good for organic cultivation," according to grower Wim van M…

Jean-Pascal Scardigli, JP Scardigli et Fils:

“Consumers no longer see us as a vegetable factory”

A family business specialized in fruit and vegetable growing for three generations, JP Scardigli et Fils operates 13 hectares of greenhouses of the plastic tunnel type in Arles, where fruits and vegetables are grown exclusively in the ground. Besides the Grand Frais stores, its clients include…

"No workers means that fruit will not be picked"

The British government's new immigration plans could have far-reaching consequences for British growers. "No people means that fruit will not be picked," as strawberry grower Andrew Sturgeon vented his concerns in a segment in a Dutch news item recently. The UK wants to introduce an Australian-based…

Have a look at a container farm in India

365Dfarms is a part of MBees products and services, a start-up based in Pune, India. "Our mission is to grow and serve high quality fresh food 365 days a year, spread knowledge of hydroponics and to help implement sustainable hydroponic technology in urban environments with the message "Go Grow Green."…

Department of Pesticide Regulation hands out $15,000 fine

DPR takes action on Santa Barbara county grower

The US Department of Pesticide Regulation has fined a small Central Coast grower $15,000, destroyed four tons of fruit, and shutdown the grower’s production for three months.…

BrunnBachKresse GmbH supplies fresh watercress year-round

"We would like to preserve the Swiss watercress production as a cultural heritage"

West of Roggwil-Wynau in the canton of Berne, watercress is cultivated in a targeted manner in a system that is unique in Switzerland. The vitamin-rich watercress grows above the water surface in around 27 basin-like streams with their roots in the sediment. "In Switzerland, our cultivation of watercress,…

Perspectives for greenhouse business development in Russia

Aleksandr Rudakov, president of Eco-kultura, spoke as an industry expert to Russian TV show Business Day, about the profitable greenhouse business in Russia. He said that while the greenhouse industry in Russia is showing impressive profitability figures, a few years ago profitability was even higher.…

Unusual talent in the tomato greenhouse

At the tomato cultivation companies of Tomeco, a cluster of eight Belgian tomato growers, they regularly host interns and job students in the greenhouse to teach them about cultivation and have them work at the same time. Recently, it was Vicky van Ginneken, not your every day talent, because Vicky is…

Agrokultura Group

"Less disease and better quality under diffuse coating"

Agrokultura Group is finding it easier to find the balance between optimal use of sunlight and crop protection. In the video, Sergei Volkov explains how ReduSystems coatings play an important role in this. The company grows tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, aubergines and strawberries on 58 hectares in Kashira,…

Chinese grower updates on situation

China: Fertiliser shortage due to virus outbreak

Growing with a limited amount of fertilisers, lacking packaging material and an unstable market demand: for the Chinese growing company Hortipolaris, it has been quite the start of the year. By rapidly adjusting to the new circumstances, they have been able to keep a steady supply of fresh products while…

Extraordinary strawberry campaign in Basilicata

"The strawberry campaign in Basilicata, which started much earlier than last year, is in full swing. Last year, we started commercializing strawberries on February 25th while, this year, harvesting operations started already one month ago," explains Demetrio Nicodemo, production manager for Nicofruit in…

Alfons and Henriette van den Hoek (Aldo):

"The Netherlands consumes less meat, but beef tomato is on the rise"

Alfons and Henriette van den Hoek grow organic tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. The choice to grow organically was made in 2015. "Organic cultivation is without pesticides and without artificial fertilizers. Th…

Spain

Mega tomato farm planned by Hispalus in Espejo faces criticism

The Almeria-based company Hispalus wants to launch an ambitious project in the Alava municipality of Espejo, where it intends to build a mega farm, with 180,000 square meters…

“Balance is my story"

Creating success with snack cucumbers in Australia

This is the remarkable story of Patrick de Craen, who came from The Netherlands to help create one of the most successful glasshouse operations just 60 minutes north of Sydney, Australia growing snack cucumbers at Family Fresh Farms. Upon meeting Patrick, it is clear he is highly experienced and loves…

Honolulu's first vertical farm

Kerry Kakazu, a plant scientist who started MetroGrow Hawaii, was interviewed for a recent episode of the Evolve.ag podcast. They produce specialty crops, like herbs, corn shoots, butter lettuce, and an extra-salty ice plant, using hydroponics and aeroponics. Learn why chefs love their produce and what some of the challenges…

Cees en Leo van der Lans are planning to cross 100 hectare barrier

"If you want to do everything yourself, you will get nowhere"

"It's the best things that you remember from the old days. Going to the auction with a boat full of tomatoes on a sunny day, for example. But you forget that it often rained, that it could be cold and that the work was tough." Cees and Leo van der Lans are adamant. Do not get stuck in nostalgic feelings,…

Early salads stand out for being well-balanced, fresh and having short transport distances

Lettuce harvest on Reichenau island nears its peak

Just in time for the first spring-like days, Reichenau Gemüse starts the season with the first main product, lettuces. A lot of light and warmth have greatly favoured the growth of the greens, according to managing director of the vegetable cooperative Johannes Bliestle. Around 350,000 heads of different…

Huge Wisconsin operation shows promise of aquaponics in Midwest

Stepping into the massive greenhouse of Superior Fresh — 6 acres under one roof — the gentle embrace of warm, humid air is quickly followed by the smell of lush, green plants. Daylight streams through the roof and the sound of sloshing water tricks the senses into a kind of tropical reverie. Seen from…

CAN (PE): Kensington greenhouse operation now 100 per cent heated by renewable fuel

An Island farming operation will receive more than $800,000 for a project to increase energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel use in its greenhouse operation. The Schurman Family Farm in Kensington provides organically grown produce throughout Atlantic Canada. For this, they received a federal…

"Nectar Farms project still on the horizon"

Stawell's Nectar Farms project is still forging ahead says company chief executive Stephen Sasse. The company is still waiting to finalise legal documentation of funding. "It's taken considerably longer than what we had hoped," Mr Sasse said."From our side there are no more outstanding issues. That…

Year-round fish and vegetables in the northern climate of Wisconsin

Recently, FarmHer visited Rebecca Nelson who, along with her husband, has quietly become a driving force in the aquaponics industry.  Armed with just a desire to grow their own food, the couple started a small hydroponic farm back in the ’80s. From there, they wanted to use fewer chemicals so that led them…

$300,000 each for Den Haan and Forest Glen

Canadian government invests in Nova Scotia greenhouse businesses

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Keith Colwell, Nova Scotia Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, announced $600,000 in investments for two greenhouse businesses in Nova Scotia to position them for accelerated business growth. Through Nova Scotia's Agriculture Business…

Didier Cadiou, Emeraude Plants:

“The production of organic vegetable plants went from 7% to 22% in 5 years”

In the past 5 years, the sale of organic vegetable young plants to professional growers has been booming. “Organic products are more and more popular. We have been producing organic plants for 20 years and in just 5 years, our organic production went from 7 to 22%,” explains Didier Cadiou, general…

US (DE): Loss leads aquaponics farmer to turn hobby into business

When Doug Wood's mother died of cancer in 2018, the Dover man decided to make a radical change. "I always realized that life is short, but I didn't want to be one of those guys that said 'I should of done this' or 'I would have done that,'" Wood said. That's when he decided to become an aquaponic farmer…

US (NY): Teens for Food Justice latest farm to grow 10,000 pounds of produce this year

Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ), in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation, and the inventive and industrious students of Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus opened the doors to their school sustaining hydroponic farm for local elected officials, the media and notable industry members. The students,…

The Guardian visits Wageningen

"The question of how to feed the world is a political one"

The Netherlands is not a big place. You can drive across the whole country from the north to the south in under four hours. And yet it ranks consistently among the world’s top food exporting nations, in terms of gross value. The country’s surpluses are mind-boggling; how does the second largest exporter…

Michiel Koolhaas, pepper grower:

"Sometimes cultivating is just like sailing"

"After about a year, it turned out it really was in my blood, and in 2004 I started working here at my father’s greenhouse”, says Michiel Koolhaas, pepper grower in the Dutch town of Bergschenhoek. He is also an avid sailor and sees certain commonalities between these two elements of his life, as he…

Chinese growers work on tomato seedlings during early spring season

Farmers in Gezitou Village of Jinzhong have started the cultivating and managing work of tomato seedlings during the early spring season. The team led by Professor Sun Sheng from Shanxi Agricultural University has introduced the automatic insecticide sprayer, pest control system and water and fertilizer…

Manipulating flavor and smell with light

A recently released study conducted by Fluence and Döhler explores how lighting affects one of the most popular culinary herbs grown in greenhouses around the world, the sweet basil plant. The delivery of potted sweet basil plants to grocery store shelves effectively enables consumers to have an abundant…

Arctic greenhouses put Northern communities in charge of food supply

When Ben and Stefany learned about the issues of food insecurity in the North of Canada, they wanted to take action. Having a passion for the region, they contacted many communities in Nunavut - and Naujaat was the most responsive to working with them. They conducted interviews with roughly 10% of the…

US (MI): Aquaponics center receives $1.1 million grant

In Menominee County an aquaponics center in Hannahville is expanding, thanks to a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. The center, referred to as the “Controlled Environment Agricultural Training Center,” grows plants using an aquaponics system. This system uses fish, microbes and…

Spain

Prison for a propagator in Huelva for selling blueberry varieties without a license

A court in the Spanish province of Huelva has convicted a propagator for a crime against industrial property. The man multiplied the blueberry varieties Snowchaser and Ventura…

"Cliff would have been so pleased"

UK: Suffolk greenhouse tomatoes finding their way to supermarkets

Tomatoes grown in a giant greenhouse complex near Ipswich are now available locally under a new brand name - meaning shoppers will no longer face a search to find them. Shoppers have previously often found it hard to track down the tomatoes, grown in Great Blakenham, in supermarkets. But the cherry…

Square Roots' Kimbal Musk profiled by CNN

Elon Musk's younger brother, Kimbal Musk, who was named "Global Social Entrepreneur" of the year by the World Economic Forum in 2017, started Square Roots, an indoor urban farming company based in Brooklyn, in 2016. Square Roots' mission is to bring fresh, local food to cities around the world by…

CAN (BC): Greenhouse provides purpose for Okanagan inmates

A man stoops over a row of plants with his hands folded behind his back, closely examining the colouration on the leaves and moisture of the soil. Around him are hundreds of plants of varying species, each requiring their own care and consideration. To him, they are his children — he has been tasked with…

How an executive turned her side hustle into a career

From Amazon to AgTech

Jennifer Bassuk is a hands-on advisor and investor for startups focused on urban farming, sustainability, and tech, and an evangelist for agricultural innovation. She turned her side hustle into her profession and recently joined Fluence by OSRAM (Fluence) spearheading business development initiatives.  Bassuk was newly out of university…

Belgian strawberry grower goes for hybrid lighting in new greenhouse

Belgian strawberry grower Jacobs-Braspenning has been a household name for years when it comes to strawberry cultivation. For the new greenhouse that is currently being built in Meerle, Pieter Jacobs has chosen the new LED fixture ‘Monarch’ from Oreon. Jacobs was looking for a hybrid lighting solution:…

Bountiful harvest for Crimean tomato grower

The largest producer of Crimean tomatoes has harvested 200 tons of the crop since the beginning of the year. Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers – Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan Andrei Ryumshin visited the Belogorsky greenhouse as part of his working trip. “By the end of…

Van Lipzig Tuinderijen entered the market with a new corporate design

“We take care of our own sales this year”

What do you do when the sales organization that used to sell your cucumbers stops? Then you look for another, or you opt to take care of sales yourself. This is what Frank van Lipzig of Van Lipzig Tuinderijen will be doing this season since Quality Queen went bankrupt at the end of last year.   Photo right: Frank van…

US (MI): Grower wants to break the mold of what a farmer is

Ozzie Davis stopped at the urban garden at 245 N. Kendall St. to ask if it was coming back. Devon Wilson proudly affirmed that it was. The 23-year-old had just been given the keys to the 2-acre property on Monday. The land will soon be the canvas for a colorful blend of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and…

US (MA): Hydroponic lettuce passes the taste test

It’s all well and good that the romaine lettuce in the chicken Caesar salads served Thursday at Western New England University was fresh, grown locally in the middle of winter, by workers who have a chance to become part owners of the hydroponic growing company. But how did it taste? Good. That was the…

A look inside Japan's largest cherry tomato greenhouse

"Inochio comes from a Japanese word 'inochi' meaning 'life'," says Inochio's CEO Isao Ishiguro. A glimpse into this life the company demonstrated via their participation in the GlobalGAP photo campaign. Indeed, life abounds at the Inochio Farm at Toyohashi. The farm boasts Japan's largest cherry tomato…

First harvest figures from Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge released

All six teams in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge have now harvested for the first time. Slowly the photos of beautiful, red cherry tomatoes are ending up on social media, and in the meantime harvest data can now also be linked to it. Whereas the first four teams were able to harvest for the first…

Covered agriculture pays off for Australian growers looking to beat the summer heat

After one of the worst summers for Australia's fruit and vegetable crops, one far north Queensland farmer is reaping the rewards of being able to grow capsicums at an unlikely time of the year on his Atherton mixed crop farm. But with greenhouse establishment cost of around 650,000 dollars a acre, Aldo…

US (FL): Aquaponics reaches new heights in rooftop greenhouse

A sustainable garden, not in our backyard but on a rooftop in Winter Garden has everything from a fish farm to produce to a water filtration system. This type of sustainable gardens are becoming more popular, they are sustainable, require less space, may serve many ecological causes and a rooftop garden…

Japanese strawberry picking farm goes sustainable with coco peat and ice cream

Shimonta, located in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture of Japan, operates a poly greenhouse where they provide strawberry picking activities and a gelateria to local people and tourists. It is said that originally strawberries arrived from the Netherlands to Japan in 1830s. Then between 1965 and 1970, agritourism…

Gemüsebau Hahn GmbH focuses on speciality assortment

First tomatoes on the Baltic coast will be harvested no later than Easter

In Barth (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania) a large number of greenhouses are currently being demolished. The Ostsee Zeitung will tell you that these are old abandoned sites that have not been used for decades and were left to decay. Wolfgang Hahn, managing director of Gemüsebau Hahn LLC, which is located next…

BerryWorld harvests first Tasmanian raspberries

BerryWorld Australia has begun picking its first Tasmanian-grown raspberries, with the Orielton region now the third to enter production since joint venture partner Piñata Farms established the growing arm in 2016.BerryWorld-branded premium raspberries are also produced in winter at Wamuran and in summer…

US (NC): Flowers, vegetables grown in place of tobacco in greenhouses

Three greenhouses used to produce tobacco transplants were left empty when the Blake family stopped growing this crop on their farm off Hunting Creek Road in southeastern Wilkes County about seven years ago. Wanting to utilize the 35-foot-by-100-foot greenhouses instead of tearing them down, the family…

Year-round fresh herbs and lettuce in Northern Sweden

"A new concept - a six-pack with different kinds of lettuce"

The commercial garden, Hällnäs Handelsträdgård, is located in the north of Sweden. It lies between the town of Lycksele and the city of Umeå. Their greenhouses are no larger than 50,000m2. Year-round cultivation is done in these. Björn Isacsson's father began growing flowers here in 1953. Björn was raised…

Regional cucumber season started at Werder Frucht GmbH

Bountiful and successful campaign expected

In the greenhouse of Werder Frucht LLC in Bralitz (near Bad Freienwalde) in the state of Brandenburg, harvesting of lettuce and mini-cookies has begun. This year, affiliated gardeners are again expecting a bountiful and successful season. Last year, 3500 tonnes of cucumbers were harvested from around 4.6…

Light-colored mini-zucchini from Calabria reach Northern Europe

Light-colored flowerless mini-zucchini are a niche product, less known that their darker and longer cousin. In Calabria, they are grown in five hectares of greenhouses and reach their markets of destination in 24 hours.  "These zucchini have a grade of 7-8 cm, while classic dark ones usually have a grade of…

US (NJ): Camden County continues to grow during the new year

Despite a lack of snow across South Jersey this winter season, the cold weather and frigid temperatures still prevent the flourishing of plants, crops and other growth in Camden County. For several years, the county has found a 21st-century way of getting around the seasonal  barrier: It prepares and provides…

"Our goal is to demonstrate that aquaponics can be very useful in Africa"

A growing number of people in Cameroon are using an innovative method to integrate fish farming and plant cultivation. The novel initiative called aquaponics has been introduced in the Central Africa nation by Flavien Kouatcha, a 31-year-old entrepreneur. He claims this method of cultivation is "twice as…

Jack Crienen:

"We can optimize high-wire cultivation in order to work more efficiently and increase production"

This year, it’s twenty years since BASF Vegetable Seeds started breeding high-wire cucumbers. A key player in this development was cucumber grower Jack Crienen (53), from Baarlo, who discovered an abnormal plant in his greenhouse. It was this plant that was later used as the basis for developing Nunhems…

First harvest started in geothermal greenhouse in Kirsehir, Turkey

The geothermal greenhouse which was built in the Karakurt district of Kirsehir (Turkey) with the support of the local university is now fully operational and the first harvest has just started. Grower Serdar Eyigun visited the university chancellor, Prof. Dr. Vatan Karakaya, and presented him with the…

"This ain’t your grandfather’s lettuce"

The vegetable farming of the future look very different from the fields of lettuce and other crops you’ll find in places like California’s Salinas Valley today, according to Daniel Malechuk, the 38-year-old CEO of Kalera, a vertical farming company based in Orlando, Florida. Kalera’s lettuce, including…

US (VA): Grower improves greenhouse operation with nanobubble solution

Schuyler Greens, located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, operates a greenhouse where they grow a variety of lettuces, salad greens, herbs, and microgreens such as arugula, kale, collards, and basil. As part of their local farm-to-table philosophy, farm manager John McMahon places a large…

Bangladesh: Farmer turns heads by growing on coco dust

A farmer in Naogaon (Bangladesh) is growing high yield plants of different variety of vegetables with the coco-dust method where coir dust mixture is used instead of soil in the seedbed. The unconventional seedling growing system drew the attraction of farmers in the region. Amran Ali started growing…

So essen wir in Zukunft

Xenius, a scientific show from ARTE wanted to know more about vertical farming, hydroponics and how Infarm grows veggies. Doerthe Eickelberg & Pierre Girard visited their production hub in Berlin a few weeks ago and together with Ido Golan, the Head of Biology Research explored how Infarm plans to grow food for our growing…

Malian architect fights climate change with digital greenhouse

Climate change has made growing vegetables in Mali today much tougher than it was 40 years ago when Amadou Sidibe used to visit his father’s lush farm outside the capital Bamako. Inspired by his family’s gardening history, and by technology he had come across during business trips in Israel, Sidibe in…

Belarus: Optimal conditions for cucumbers created in Orsha

Growers in the north of Belarus, next to Orsha, have created a favorable microclimate, allowing for maximum productivity. They harvest 80 kilos of cucumbers per square meter, while a couple of years ago that number could only be dreamt of. The vegetables are collected every second day and are immediately…

“Think Global, Eat Local”: Food Systems in European Cities kick-starts

The ever-growing world population, the increased urbanisation, and the depletion of natural resources put pressure on global food security. Combined with the effect of climate change, our food supply is at risk and food chains face challenges. Consequently, local, affordable and healthy food produced in…

'Herb start-up' in transitional phase

Hrbs, the Amsterdam start-up that introduced a service concept in 2017 in which B2B herbs, lettuce varieties and edible flowers are marketed in subscription form, is in the process of adding new products and more diversity to the existing range. "Step by step we are adding new products, now also…

How are you using greenhouse data?

Collecting and analyzing data are key factors in operating a modern greenhouse. More importantly is having experienced growers who can use this data to deliver maximum crop yields.As the cost of sensors for controlled environment agriculture become more sophisticated and more affordable, growers have an…

Gas generator provides Belgian grower with more than 100% return

Belgian-based greenhouse growing company, Varegro, is using a Cummins HSK78G gas generator to power its facility in Oostrozebeke, West Flanders, making it the first in the world to be installed in a greenhouse environment. The HSK78G generator offers an electrical efficiency of 44.2%, which leads to…

Carrefour, Sistème and Intermarché will have to pay 4.28 M€

3 French supermarket chains fined for not respecting farmer prices

The Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Suppression (DGCCRF) of France has reported that three supermarket chains have been fined and will have to pay…

US (OH): New Coventry greenhouse flourishing

Tucked away on the second floor of Coventry Middle School is a room not like any other in the school. This past summer construction got underway to convert a non-utilized former chemistry lab into a controlled environment agricultural greenhouse, said Coventry Middle School teacher Jim Trogdon. Starting…

cooling facility and water-cooled lamps

Semi-closed greenhouse next step for innovative lettuce growers

They were amongst the first growers to work with LED lights, incorporated a very innovative way of growing lettuce on water and are specialised in growing different lettuce varieties. Now Arjan & Leonard Boer of BoerDenHoedt are ready for the next step. Under the brand-new company name FromBoer, they…

FAO launches hydroponics and aquaponics water-saving systems in Jordan

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) launched a pioneering project to provide capacity building and technical support for the Integrated Agri-Aquaculture (IAA) farming systems in Jordan. In line with a technical cooperation agreement…

Cost savings thanks to custom software

Indian duo grows more with less

After continuously facing issues like water crisis, market price fluctuation, poor quality produce and high cost of fertilizers, pesticides and labor unavailability, a grower from Satara, Maharashtra (India) started working on a hydroponic project. Sudhir Devkar, who comes from a traditional farming background, wanted to…

US (MO): Organization uses lettuce as a lesson

A greenhouse in Northwest Missouri is giving individuals with disabilities an opportunity to strengthen their life skills by growing lettuce. Lettuce Dream, a nonprofit founded in 2016, provides employment and job-training resources to people with cognitive or developmental disabilities. Through interns…

Farming on Mars: One Trailblazer's passion for aquaponics

Michele Madison is at the forefront of an aquaponic science revolution that is breaking barriers for women and girls in STEM.    The founder of a socially-minded business aiming to spread adoption of sustainable farming practices has found her place in the field of aquaponics. The business, Farming the Future, creates an…

US (CO): New barn will get plenty of use by Two Roots Farm

The barn that is rising on Pitkin County Open Space and Trails property will be a “game changer” for its leaseholders, the locally based Two Roots Farm, one of its principals, said. Two Roots Farm leases and manages 22 acres of Emma Open Space which it uses to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers for…

How a microfarm is bringing fresher produce to Dallas chefs

It’s possible your favorite restaurant has a little “provided by” section on its menu and “Profound Microfarms” is listed there. If so, that's because Jeff Bednar decided a few years ago to leave his job in real estate and start growing things. Many of the top restaurants in Dallas get their produce from…

"Robot farmers are changing the future of agriculture"

80 Acres Farms doesn't just want to make fresh, local produce for Cincinnati and neighboring areas; it wants to completely overhaul the food system in the US.  "We decided that the [food] industry was really broken and that it had to be fixed from within. Farmers are struggling and they don't want their kids…


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