Grower in the Spotlight

Indigenous Australian vegetable supplier grows with Coles partnership

South Australian Indigenous vegetable grower Nunga Produce has grown its business by double, thanks to its long-term partnership with Coles supermarkets. Supplying Coles has given Nunga Produce the confidence to expand its operations of growing crops and purchasing vegetables and herbs, by providing the…

Sfera Agricola: the revival of Italian tomatoes

The largest hydroponic farm in Southern Europe can be found in Tuscany. Launched in 2015 by Luigi Galimberti, Sfera Agricoa grows plants above the ground and pesticide-free,…

Meet Singapore's Veggie Farming Family

Fireflies Health Farm is a family business pur sang. “My dad grows the vegetables, my mum cooks the vegetables, my brothers sell the vegetables, and I just eat the vegetables” according to daughter Xiao Xi. Dad Chai started the Singaporean farm in 1985 and – being averse to pesticides – decided to…

South Africa: Novice tunnel farmer wins with hydroponics

Byron Booysen developed a fondness for land and nature while growing up in Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape, where his family farmed on a small scale. Five years ago, he decided to turn his interest into a business and applied to the Western Cape Department of Agriculture for funding to start a hydroponic…

Growing edible flowers in Ukraine

A couple of years ago there appeared dishes with edible flowers on restaurants’ menus. Some Ukrainians have used this trend to build a new source of income, they grow edible flowers for sale. Manager of TM Zelen Mr. Yuriy Roman (Kamenka of Cherkasy region), has shared the details of the business…

Uganda holds first ever aquaponics awards

Farmers in several parts of Uganda have been recognised for their outstanding performance in the country’s first-ever aquaponics farming awards ceremony. The awards were presented at an event organised by the Water Governance Institute in Kampala which aimed to bring aquaponics operators from different…

UK: Reducing energy costs by maximizing revenue from CHP

A combined heat and power (CHP) plant could, thanks to a smart connection to the electricity grid become a lucrative investment. In this video, David Schellingerhout of Glen Avon Growers in Yorkshire explains how their CHP generated more than £ 300,000 in the past decade. Glen Avon Growers purchased the…

US (FL): Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project provides chefs with herbs

Helen Works' Girl Scout Gold Award aquaponics project has taken root at The Arc of the Bay. "It's better than what I could've ever imagined," said Helen, 17, during an Aug. 9 celebration in Lynn Haven. Her aquaponics garden features five herbs — basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary and cilantro — that will…

Japan: A bumper crop courtesy of AI

Tomatoes are more than just plants for Tadashi Fukuoka. “They’re like my children,” he says. Fukuoka, a second-generation grower, heads up the family operation. He owns four greenhouses, cultivating 8,200 square meters near the Japanese port city of Kinko-cho in the prefecture of Kagoshima. And like a…

US (ME): Aquaponics could be key in extending the growing season

At Springworks Farm in Lisbon, there are no mooing cows or bleating sheep. Visitors can hear only the bubbling sound of water moving between fish tanks and beds of lettuce. Trevor Kenkel started this aquaponics operation in 2014 during his first year at Bowdoin College. “It’s a system in which the fish…

UK tomato grower Mill Nurseries set for 8 acre expansion

One of the UK's biggest tomato growers is preparing for a multi-million pound expansion of its East Yorkshire facility. Mill Nurseries, in Keyingham, now supplies over 100 million tomatoes every year to UK supermarkets including Morrisons, Lidl, the Co-op and Waitrose. Since their demand is growing, so…

US (CO): Microgreens farm leads MIT graduate to Colorado’s Eastern Plains

The Colorado Department of Agriculture is celebrating 20 years with a new push to show the community what it means to be Colorado Proud. “Colorado Proud for us symbolizes solidarity with other farmers and with our kind of heritage of agriculture here. It basically is the glue that holds the entire…

Backyard Fresh Farms:

"100,000 square foot facilities near every major US city"

"We're doing for farming what Henry Ford did for the automobile," said entrepreneur Jake Counne. Counne has found a way to grow produce locally, even when it's below 50 outside. He said the answer is using cameras, software and a conveyor belt in what's called a vertical farm. "I came across vertical…

Albania: Replacing two diesel boilers with a biomass one

Kleant Nezha smiles as he walks amongst the lush tomato plants growing in one of his greenhouses in Lushnjë, a city in west-central Albania. After replacing two obsolete diesel boilers with modern ones that run on biomass, his plants are growing much faster – and so are his energy savings. While the old…

Nigeria: "Cucumber farmer kills business partner over profit"

Enugu State Police Command have arrested one Sampson Nwaobasi, an Enugu-based farmer, for allegedly killing his business partner, Friday Ani, over proceeds from their farming…

Sustainable Harvesters

US (TX): Growing year-round lettuce in hot and humid Houston

“This entire greenhouse can be run with 7,000 heads of lettuce per week with just two people operating it.” At Sustainable Harvesters in Houston, Texas, Andrew Alvis & Matthew Braud grow a variety of lettuce using aquaponics. In this video by LANDiO Matthew gives a tour of the 12,000 square feet…

10 plants per square meter thanks to Up- and down system

Earlier this year we've published about Italian grower Sofia Michielie started a new greenhouse in Rovigo (north of Italy) for the cultivation of strawberries. She chose to use the Up and Down system, mkaing it possible to grow with a higher density. This system, developed by Europrogress, Fiberlane…

US (MO): Urban farmer trying to help boys grow into responsible men

An urban farmer in Kansas City is using his skills and life experience to cultivate the minds of young men. Dre Taylor is the founder of Males to Men, a rite of passage program that works to raise “strong, conscious and productive young men.” “A man has accountability and responsibility with himself and…

“I think most people could build this greenhouse”

In Novo, Ohio, Doug and Katy Kern grow lettuce, Asian greens, arugula, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers in a greenhouse that they built themselves. According to Doug, assembling the CropKing greenhouse was relatively easy. “I think most people could build this greenhouse. We really didn’t want to hire a…

Appeals Tribunal for business makes judgment in snout beetle case

Persistent bell pepper grower receives higher compensation after crop clearance

A Dutch red bell pepper grower that had to clear out his greenhouse at the end of 2012 due to the discovery of snout beetle can count on more extensive compensation from the…

Greenhouse is fully computerised, while insects protect crops from pests

Ultra-modern tomato greenhouse in Eastern Poland

From a distance, the greenhouse looks quite otherworldly. Among sparsely distributed agricultural buildings, the few-meter-high glass walls make a great impression. This is one of the most modern tomato farms in the Lublin Voivodeship. The two-hectare greenhouse, which the Wicińscy family set up four…

New Zealand grower launches home compostable vegetable netting

A Hawke’s Bay vegetable producer has become the first New Zealand grower to use home compostable netting for organic onions. The move by Bostock New Zealand is the latest development by the company, to reduce its plastic packaging. It was the first New Zealand apple grower to trial compostable fruit…

Tributes paid to Canadian grower Stéphane Roy

After it became clear last month that Stéphane Roy, the president of the Quebec tomato growing company Savoura, and his teenage son Justin did not survive a helicopter crash,…

Applications open for 2020 Nuffield International Farming Scholarships

Nuffield International Farming Scholars announces the application for 2020 scholarships is now open, and farmers and agricultural professionals are strongly encouraged to apply. Prospective Nuffield International Farming Scholars are people in agriculture with a desire to explore the global industry and…

Bell pepper crop specialist Roel Klapwijk, Personal Vision:

“A new step has been taken with an aeration system for better water quality”

A troublesome pepper gutter that makes it impossible to drain from the side, cannot be replaced just like that. In order to still take steps with the oxygen content in the slab and thus prevent root problems during the course of the cultivation, Personal Vision chose to work with an aeration system. "An…

Gerard Vonk, Tangmere Nurseries, grows bell peppers on 30 hectares with Elite Bio Twine:

"After two years of testing without problems, this year for the first time the entire greenhouse is full with it"

When Dirk Houweling set up a greenhouse horticulture company in 1988 on an unused airfield in Tangmere, Southern England, Gerard Vonk was already present. Tangmere Nurseries started with three hectares, but now, more than thirty years later, it has become thirty. As a manager, Gerard is busy with it…

Western Australia: Mariginiup gooseberry farm takes off

Dean Wakefield and his wife Alex recently established the farm with Kevin and Kathy Stubbs - who own the land. The Wakefields operated an open crop gooseberry farm in Zimbabwe…

Tomato grower Cock van Schie:

"Growing with a higher sodium content possible without damage"

In the hot summer of 2018, tomato grower Cock van Schie was forced to gain experience with a considerably increased sodium content. Fortunately, as a member of the guidance committee for sodium research in Bleiswijk, he was already used to such values. The crop did not suffer. "I don't get panicky that…

Well-managed crops do well

"The favorable position of our company enables us to obtain prestigious productions - the proximity to the sea, breezy summers and mild winters create excellent natural conditions to grow produce," explain brothers Giuseppe and Silvio Benedetto, production managers for the family business located in Cava D'Aliga (RG). Giuseppe…

Short-circuit fire in a greenhouse in Viesca, Mexico

At the beginning of this week, there was a fire in the municipality of Viesca, in the greenhouses of the Almarimex company, which is located on the road to El Esterito shortly…

Growing a whopping 140 tomato varieties in a greenhouse tunnel

A whopping 140 tomato varieties in a greenhouse tunnel. The tomato cultivation at social enterprise WAAK, in the Belgium town of Heule, is everything but ordinary. Not only are the varieties selected specifically on taste and grown locally, the production is run by people at a distance from the labor…

CAN (ON): How a grocery store delivers hydroponic greens year-round without any packaging

NU Grocery is the first zero-waste grocery store in Ottawa. Instead of picking up pre-packaged items to unwrap at home, customers scoop their own pasta, fill jars with coffee beans, or warm-up beeswax wrap to preserve a piece of cheese. The store’s mission is to avoid single-use packaging and offer…

Research and knowledge at the service of taste and aesthetics

Spain: Edible flowers are a booming market

Edible flowers, until now a niche specialized market, are booming in Spain. "We have a few companies in Spain. Each of them has its own specificity and, although we are natural competitors, we are not rivals: there is a real need for corporatism to represent our interests in such an innovative sector. We…

Australia: Native bush foods are growing swimmingly at Pundi Produce

Growing up on the NSW South Coast, Yuin man Dominic Smith always had a love of nature and growing things. "I definitely inherited my maternal grandmother's green thumb," he says. He was drawn to do a certificate in conservation and land management, but it was the short course in aquaponics that really…

'Thanks to partnership with Aldi'

UK: Kent-based strawberry supplier aims for highest ever yield

A Kent-based strawberry supplier is on course for its highest ever yield thanks to a partnership with Aldi. Chambers, in Langley, will provide 4,500 tons of strawberries to…

Advice from industry veteran: “Don’t listen to the naysayers.”

When you make the jump from the fashion industry into produce, it’s a heck of a leap. “I kind of fell into it by accident,” says Jeannie Smith of E Foods in Altamonte Springs, Fl. While she had a four-year degree in marketing and fashion merchandising and was working in the fashion industry, a…

Australia: Organic aquaponics farm to expand with $250,000 grant

Cobbitty agtech farming group Green Camel has become the first New South Wales beneficiary of Woolworths' $30 million Organic Growth Fund . Through a range of biological processes, Green Camel produces organically certified leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers and barramundi in a symbiotic manner. Green…

South Africa: Pro tips from a 100-tunnel cucumber farmer

A little over three decades ago, Nico Laubscher Snr planted cucumbers in tunnels on his farm near Vredendal in the Olifants River Valley to add value to land too marginal for wine grape production. The cucumbers turned out to be so profitable that he later uprooted several vineyards to expand production.…

"Hot temperatures are causing the production of tomatoes to slow down"

In Poland the season for greenhouse tomatoes is currently in full swing. All in all it appears to be a promising season, but the ever rising temperatures could cause issues for the produce in the long term. For one Polish exporter, the need for a good marketing plan for pink tomatoes is currently on his…

Pepper grower Antonie Teeuwen about his love for the clock and working together

"A grower shouldn’t want to exert too much influence”

Over fifty years ago, the father of pepper grower Antonie Teeuwen started an open field company that cultivated carrots, leeks and chicory, just to name a few, on the other side of the Grashoek in the North Limburg. Little by little, with products such as lettuce and kohlrabi, the cultivation shifted to…

Organic show is platform to highlight sustainability efforts

Divine Flavor is planning on spreading the message of its sustainability efforts at July's Organic Produce Summit (OPS) in Monterey, California. The company is one of the founding exhibitors of OPS and is also a sponsor. For them, this particular event is special as it is closest to the company's…

4 success factors for an aquaponics facility

Efficiency is part of every decision at EFC Farm. For example, they choose to grow basil because it is a fast-growing crop that does not take up much space and is prone to few diseases. They harvest it before flowering, so the plant's lighting needs do not change. Unlike a lot of other hydroponic farms,…

Successful South African herb farmer knows no boundaries

Nestled between the slopes of the Simonsberg mountain in Stellenbosch and the Haweqwa Nature Reserve next to Groenberg, you’ll find the ever busy agripreneur Basil Williams tending to his crop. When speaking to the CEO and founder of Herbal View Hydroponics, you’d think that you’re in conversation with…

Kwekerij Mulders combines production of tomatoes and blueberries

“First Belgian blueberries arrive on practically empty market”

Family company Kwekerij Mulders combines the production of tomatoes and blueberries. An odd combination? Gert Mulders of the eponymous company doesn’t think so. “My parents started with the production of tomatoes 30 years ago. We started with three hectares of tomatoes, but we couldn’t expand our…

Increasing efficiency for Australian tomato growers

The retractable roof tomato greenhouse of LaManna Premier Group, located in Victoria’s Goulbourn Valley becomes more and more efficient. Last year the crop rotation was completed in the blink of an eye with the use of the Bio Chopper , and now the greenhouse is also equipped with pipe and rail, crop…

UK: Isle of Wight tomatoes in the spotlight

This week the Isle of Wight’s tomatoes are featuring on ITV. M&S have launched four new TV adverts showcasing tomatoes grown on the island. You can check out the commercials on YouTube as well: Read more about the campaign at M&S and Isle of Wight Radio .

Netherlands: Basil producer experiences benefits of nanobubbles

De Kruidenaer, a commercial grower located in the Netherlands, operates over 20 hectares of land that includes greenhouses and open soil farming areas. The greenhouses are used to cultivate mint and basil (green, red, and Thai basil) with a deep-water culture hydroponic system, while the outdoor areas…

Ecological solutions and raspberry tomatoes at the Florek farm

That, in a nutshell, is the focus of the Florek family farm in Busko-Zdrój. In the Venlo greenhouse, brothers Krzysztof and Dariusz concentrate on cultivating raspberry tomato. The remaining area is filled with tomatoes from other segments, and wart and salad cucumbers. The high demand for the product in…

US (KS): Family looks beyond traditional farm business to focus on lettuce, herbs

Daniel and Carol Buck may be farming in the middle of wheat country, but they’re growing crops of a different sort in northwest Kansas. The Bucks grow lettuce and herbs for sale to grocery stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals and individuals in a hydroponic greenhouse on their 4B Farms near Grinnell.…

US: Private equity firm acquires leafy greens grower

Private equity firm Blue Road Capital has announced the purchase of B&W Quality Growers from Boyne Capital. Founded in 1870, B&W is a vertically-integrated producer of distinctive baby leaves, including watercress, arugula, and other specialty leafy greens. Headquartered in Fellsmere, Florida,…

Germany: Three energy sources for new organic Steiner greenhouse

Peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes - all grown following the German organic rules, without the use of CO2 and on an acreage of six hectares. That's the new BIOhof Kirchweidach greenhouse that was opened this Friday by Josef Steiner and his sons Wolfgang and Florian. With five different compartments and…

Going Dutch on tea

Zundert is a small town in the south of the Netherlands, population 22,000. The birthplace of Vincent Van Gogh, it lies in a province that is one of the biggest agricultural provinces in the country. Strawberries and hedging plants are commonly grown. In fact, close to 10% of the Netherlands nursery production takes place right…

Frank Hoogendoorn sends a message from Mexico

Frank Hoogendoorn, agricultural assistant in Mexico, is the go-to person for the horticulture sector and works on the veterinarian and phytosanitary issues in that country. In a video on Agroberichten Buitenland, he highlights the possibilities of Dutch agricultural techniques in the Mexican agriculture…

UK herb & plants grower acquired by Canadian MMJ grower

Currently, ornamental plants, flowers and herbs are growing in the three growing facilities of UK-based Bridge Farm. The company nowadays is 1.5 million square feet and plans to expand to 3.5 million square feet by the end of 2021. By then new crops are to be grown in the farm as well. In response to the…

Caribbean youth-owned mushroom farm provides model for business success

Peter Dillon is a man on a mission. From his headquarters at Marquis River Farm in St. Lucia, or Plant Grow Eat as it is also known, he is empowering young people to become successful agri-preneurs, by supplying the country with fresh, organic produce while working to bring down St. Lucia’s hefty food…

Eric Groenheide, P. Solleveld Export B.V.:

"As exporters, we have an increasingly wholesale function"

Germany has been the most important sales market for Dutch greenhouse vegetables. These days, these vegetables are almost always available year round, but that does not mean that the start of the traditional greenhouse vegetable season is not the reference point for exporters of greenhouse vegetables to…

Rik Decadt, REO Veiling:

“Demand and supply of Fine Fleur soil tomatoes well-balanced”

On Monday, 24 June, the first Fine Fleur soil tomatoes of the new season were sold by REO Veiling. “The Fine Fleur soil tomato season starts at the beginning of summer on 21 June every year. Soil tomatoes are proper seasonal products. Depending on the weather, the season normally lasts until late…

Producer "growing green" in Mexico

SiCar Farms announced that it has implemented what it describes as "enhancement strategies" that advance environmental conservation. These technologies result in a positive impact on humanity and promote renewable energy usage, as well as sustainable agricultural practices that support crop preservation,…

Vincent van der Wijngaard gives cultivation advice in China

"They hang on to your every word if you talk about cultivation"

Vincent van der Wijngaard, Horticompass, is proud when he is able to, in spite of the language barrier and the difference in opinion about management, still manages to strike the right cord with his client, who follows his cultivation advice and then harvests a beautiful quantity of tomatoes at the end…

Pukwana hydroponic business grows produce, manufactures local products

US (SD): Filling local produce demand one seed at a time

Humidity, sunshine, the sharp smell of sweet greens and the view of rows upon rows of plants, some reaching over six feet tall, greet the Scholl family every morning. This is Mark and Teal Scholl’s office. Owners of the hydroponic facility Happy Hydros, Mark and Teal Scholl, along with their son, spend…

“Trading within a fragmented market is a very intense game”

“You used to be able to sell everything by the pallet, but nowadays that is no longer the case. There is much more of a fragmentation these days. My German customers now rather buy small amounts every day of the week instead of one large order. However, this is a development that has been in the making…

SalaJoe brings out innovative salad trio

Three salads in one, hydroponically produced The special feature of SalaJoe salads: they are offered as a trio - three salads in one, either in single colors or as tricolors - with the root included. Another plus is that Haubners produces the lettuces hydroponically in a resource-saving way. Fully…

Fruchthof Hensen relies on various cultivation techniques

Photo report: From spring to winter - fresh strawberries for food retail

On production farm Fruchthof Hensen, in the deep south of North Rhine-Westphalia, fresh strawberries will thrive for about 8 months a year. Whether in the field, tunnel, greenhouse or on racks: there is a suitable cultivation technique for every season and weather type. Despite the many challenges of…

US (MA): Greenhouse tomato grower switches to new cultivation method

When it came to growing their tomatoes this year, siblings Ken and Deanna Elliot were ripe for something new. So, for the first time in the 25-year history of the family farm, they're putting their stake in greenhouses and going lower and lean. With trellises, that is. The co-owners of Elliot Farm are…

Dutch soft fruit season in full swing

The Dutch soft fruit season has started in earnest at Berry Brothers. The red currant season has begun too. We took a tour of this nursery's fields with Berry Brother's Nijs van Zuilen. Red currants "We have been picking the Junifer variety since last week. This is growing in the tunnel. I think we began…

Croatian tomato grower expanding but struggling with labour shortage

In Kerestinec, near Sveta Nedjelja, in the modern greenhouses belonging to the Croatian company Rajska rajčica, tomatoes are produced and sold under the company's director Zvonimir Belić and 74 hard working employees. Annually, Rajska produces three million packs of tomatoes which are currently sold in…

Peter Quiring, NatureFresh™ Farms:

“Our goal is to be building 200 to 300 acre farms”

The market is not there yet, but according to Peter Quiring, CEO with NatureFresh™ Farms, the greenhouse industry needs to be building 200 or even 300 acre farms very soon - and growing one crop in those farms. “In the end, it comes down to price. Large scale investments are the answer to this.” Peter…

The greenhouse effect:

Local gardening projects benefit from special structures

The weather finally might be getting warm enough to put plants in the ground without the fear of an overnight frost bringing their young green lives to a premature and withered end. So, since things are greening up in the region, many projects are underway to take advantage of the beginning of the…

Dream of a greenhouse business takes off

When Travis and Kendra Walker purchased an acreage east of Rivers in 2016, it just happened to include four large greenhouse structures that the previous owner had built on his farm. “I was always interested in the greenhouse business so when the acreage we purchased came with greenhouses it seemed like…

US (OH): A look inside an aquaponics operation

Hidden from prying eyes and tucked beneath a four-story steel and concrete parking garage in the heart of downtown Toledo sits the most unlikely of things — a farm. But this one has no tractors, silos, or scarecrows. Go inside Balance Farms, an 8,168-square foot high-tech aquaponics operation located on…

Ireland: Syrian refugee horticulture project expands

A horticulture project started by Syrian refugees in Co Laois is expanding to Co Offaly. Radwan Abouhajar and Mohammad Kadour set up the Syrian Gardening Project earlier this year at the National Learning Network centre in Portlaoise. The pair took over two unused polytunnels at the back of the centre…

Suriname: Hydroponic cultivation project in the making

Growing vegetables, fruit or herbs without soil, with only water. In other words, hydroponics. Samantha Biharie and Vinod Baldew saw the potential of this innovative technique and decided to start their own company. Funding problems seemed to throw a spanner in the works. But the government offered a…

Bowery Farming: expanding assortment outside lettuce and leafy greens

"Just because it's possible to grow a crop indoors doesn't mean you should do it"

It is one of the favourite topics for critics of indoor farming: how will you feed the world with lettuce? The team with Bowery Farming doesn’t see it as its primarily goal to feed all of the world, but is expanding its produce assortment anyhow. Yesterday at the Indoor AgTech in New York, Bowery Farming…

Scottish fruit farm named as third Strategic SmartHort Centre

A Scottish fruit grower will work with AHDB to highlight how horticultural growers can increase efficiency and reduce their reliance on labour. Blairgowrie-based grower Thomas…

Jordan: Hydroponic growing in a refugee camp

Many refugees in Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan come from a farming background but with a lack of space and high water scarcity traditional agriculture is not possible. Thanks to hydroponics, they are able to resort to their former occupations. The UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) in Jordan shares a video…

Even the largest grower in Norway has difficulties meeting the demand

Largest cucumber grower in Norway is going to expand

Last year, Norwegians bought 26,000 tons of cucumbers, of which 63 percent originated in Norway. This year, the demand for cucumbers is so large that even the largest cucumber grower had difficulties supplying all his customers. Stig Tore Laugen, Frostagrønt: "Even though we are running at full capacity,…

California grower to focus on interactions at Organic Produce Summit

Companies are commenting that they appreciate the intimate setup of the Organic Produce Summit. With only a limited number of exhibitors, consistent booth sizes, and a moderately-sized venue, exhibitors say they have a better chance to interact with visitors when compared with larger shows. This is…

Ghana: Hydroponic greenhouse farm opens in Sunyani

What began as a backyard farm about a year ago with a few lettuce plants has now turned into a big hydroponic greenhouse, which can be used to grow and harvest vegetables all year-round and also serve as a research centre for agricultural purposes. Located at Alaska City, a suburb of the Bono regional…

Thomas Ruiter and Menno Keppel: pioneers in Thailand

It has already been fifteen years since Thomas Ruiter and Menno Keppel of D.A.T.T. packed their bags and went off to Thailand to sell horticultural supplies and technology. Since 2019, Thomas, Menno and their Thai partner Nickey Panadda Inkeaw run a successful tomato company, and their product can be…

CAN: Molly’s Acres uses ‘tower gardening’ to grow its greens

Joyce, Lisa, Marc and Tracey bought a farm. Don't forget Molly. Molly, their golden retriever, was part of the deal, too. In fact, her love — which she readily shares with everyone — reminded the family of the love that they put into their farm and the products they raise. So came the name Molly's Acres.

The loose, round tomato has become an exception to the norm

Due to all of the attention that is being given to snack tomatoes and vine tomatoes in recent years, you would almost forget that there even is such a thing as loose, round tomatoes. So how are the loose, round tomatoes doing these days? What developments is the segment seeing, and where are all of the…

The how-to of hydroponics

A massive system of gutters fills the greenhouse, as does the echoing trickle of running water. Barry Thoele’s crop grows here, thrives, but you won’t find any produce sprouting from soil. Thoele, owner of Barry’s Cherries Hydroponics Produce in Staples, is a longtime practitioner of hydroponics, the technique of growing plants…

US (MI): Special needs students learn skills at Lamphere High’s greenhouse

The greenhouse attached to Lamphere High School is finding new use as a learning space for special needs students. The Lamphere Adult Transition Program, or LATP, is a post-secondary life skills and vocational program that serves young adults ages 18-26 with a development disability or cognitive…

AmericanHort announces the 2019 HortScholars

For the past thirteen years, AmericanHort has identified and supported six college students with a passion and drive for the horticulture industry through the HortScholars…

Video showcases bond between farmers and international farm workers

The Canadian Horticultural Council has just published the latest video in their Heartbeat international farm workers awareness campaign: "The Unshakable Bond." The bond between farmers and international farm workers relies on a sense of mutual trust and respect. Together, they take the time to get to…

Turkey: Engineer grows greenhouse tomatoes in bags

An engineer, Ergin Inal, in Antalya has managed to successfully grow tomatoes in bags in his greenhouse. The grower had previously managed to grow green pepper in bags and now moved on to tomato production. The grower first filled the bags with perlite and then planted 16 tomato seedlings in each one.…

US: Florida strawberry farm to pay civil penalties and back pay

A Florida strawberry farm has agreed to pay civil penalties and back pay to qualified US workers to settle a claim it discriminated against American workers by employing…

Canada: Grower celebrates expansion with themed packaging

This summer, Inspired Greens is celebrating its Canadian roots and Canada’s birthday with red and white Canada themed sleeves. ‘Canada is celebrating its 152nd birthday and Inspired Greens is celebrating a greenhouse expansion and two years of being grown clean without ever spraying pesticides,’ said…

Belgium: Mudslide in greenhouse destroys strawberry harvest

Last week, heavy rainfall caused a mudslide which hit the greenhouses of fruit grower Guy Beeckmans in Strijtem (Belgium). "Around 25 liters of water per square meter fell during Wednesday night last week. From the higher situated potato field, the water flowed into my lower situated greenhouse, which…

US (WY): Tomato grower turned hobby into business

As far back as Ed Thompson can recall he has had a love for gardening. He enjoys the relaxation of gardening but now is reaping the rewards of all his tender care of his tomatoes. Thompson obtained his greenhouse after the hail storm a few years ago, and began growing his hydroponic tomatoes from seeds.…

US (IN): Innovations are born in this 50,000 sq.ft. facility

Nathan Deppe describes a greenhouse —only a little jokingly — as “a thin metal structure with a thin pane of glass that wants to come crashing to the ground and return to the earth.” His job is to ensure these unique facilities in Purdue University's College of Agriculture are well maintained and…

"Using the measurements directly from the crop gives us a stronger indication of whether we’re doing something right"

Since it was founded by two husband and wife teams in 1982, Madestein UK has earned its reputation as a leading supplier of Leafy Salads and Herbs across the United Kingdom. The company currently focuses on growing whole head lettuce (round lettuce, curly leaf lettuce, red butterhead lettuce) and fresh…

How do you grow tomatoes in the desert?

The latest edition of Wamda's Food Technology podcast series features Sky Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer at Pure Harvest Smart Farms, the UAE's first hydroponic farm where they grow 17 different varieties of tomatoes. He discusses the difficulties he faced in founding a deep-tech startup…

Australian grower cultivates strawberries with rockwool in hanging gutters

Damien Manno took the opportunity in 2018 to implement a relatively new method for the cultivation of strawberries by using AIS Greenworks, Grodan rockwool substrates in hanging gutters. Climate and irrigation in the new greenhouse is controlled by Galcon’s Galileo and Fertimix systems (supplied by AIS…

Wim Meyers, Meyers Softfruit:

"When we started with a biological approach, everyone thought we were crazy"

“In 1992 when my father founded the company he chose a biological approach over the use of chemical products,” says Wim Meyers. Today, he is the General Manager of Meyers Softfruit. “In 1992 most growers relied almost exclusively on pesticides,” says Meyers. “When we started out Biobest carried out…

and chooses LED for hybrid installation

Poland: Tomato grower builds hydroponic lettuce greenhouse

At his farm in Zuromin, Polish tomato and lettuce grower Pawel Karpinski grows tomatoes in 3.5 ha of glasshouses. He found it difficult to expand due to rising production costs, stagnating prices and growing international competition. In 2017, Karpinski started hydroponic production of lettuce in a new…

"we want to grow to a 19 hectare facility"

Another expansion for Finland's biggest grower

Another expansion for Finnish grower Sven Sigg AB. The company, already Finland's largest tomato producer, is expanding with another 3.1 hectares in Närpes. The greenhouse itself will be 2.5 hectares, the rest of the space is used for additional storage facilities and parking space. Grower Patrik Sigg…

Veetaste grows microgreens with high nutritional properties

"Our company was established in 2017 and uses simple and extremely functional systems to produce over 60 varieties of innovative foods defined as microgreens," explains Francesca Palermo, CEO of Veetaste Urban Agriculture, a business located in Puglia that uses vertical farming as an alternative to…

Bringing aquaponics to Nepal

“Aquaponics is the best way to save water and the environment because the same water is continuously circulated throughout the system,” says Bill Ashwell, CEO of Hope Nepal Bioponic Food and Aquaponic System. “Open farming consumes 10 more times water, yet aquaponics is more productive.” Ashwell came to Nepal for the first time…

Colombia: Organic tomato nursery transformed into medical production facility

LaSanta Botanicals wholly-owned subsidiary, LaSanta SAS, has obtained approval by the national agency for agriculture of Colombia (ICA) to begin commercial cultivation of 10 strains of cannabis, after successfully completing the first characterization crop of over 700 plants. The approved cultivars…

1st of 5 locations certified

Den Berk Délice the first Belgian tomato grower with Planetproof

Recently, Lauwerysen-Krijnen, one of the five locations that are part of the Den Berk Délice cultivation group, acquired the ‘Planetproof’ certificate - the first Belgian tomato grower to do so. At the Lauwerysen-Krijnen location, they cultivate ‘Miss Perfect Délice’ and ‘Kumato Délice’. Koen Lauwerysen…

Growing on the Sunshine Coast: a peek into Nora Valley's expansion Bunya Fresh

Growing on the Sunshine Coast - doesn't that sound like a dream? To the team with Nora Valley Greenhouse it has been a reality since 2005. The Australian business has grown to over 6 hectares. And the story continues. With their snack tomatoes being in high demand, currently another greenhouse is being…

US (PA): Hydroponics growers strives to bring 'living lettuce' to more people

Big Leaf Hydroponic Lettuce & Greens is a small operation with lofty ambitions. The goal, according to co-owner Wilson Zimmerman, is to serve the community by offering a top-quality product that is locally grown in nutrient-rich water without pesticides, harvested weekly and delivered to sales…

US (NV): Securing the future of food with aquaponics

Somewhere off a dirt road in the middle of Dayton Valley, a large facility lights up the night sky with a pink glow. It’s not anything alien or a scientific experiment gone wrong, it is the home of Dayton Valley Aquaponics (DVA), a unique farming facility that marries aquaculture with hydroponics and…

Cake for 3-year anniversary

Seasun expands Strabena acreage again during coming winter

It has already been three years since Seasun started the cultivation of cherry plum TOV Strabena. The Strabena is now well known on the market. At the moment, there is a select number of growers in the Netherlands that cultivate the Strabena. Jogchem Dieleman, seller of Fresh ConneQt, and Duco de Ruiter,…

US: Bushel Boys eyes Iowa expansion

Tomato growing company Bushel Boys eyes an expansion to Iowa. This week the mayor of Mason City, Iowa, announced on Facebook in his "Monday Minute," that Bushel Boy, based out of Owatonna, Minnesota, is proposing to build a $35 million facility in the city's industrial park south of 43rd Street Southwest…

Work hard first, then relax with a movie

Will Netflix help growers to find enough employees?

Dutch tomato grower Schenkeveld does its best to get plenty of young people into the greenhouses. After all, someone has to pick the tomatoes. That’s why the company now offers young people three months of Videoland, a Dutch equivalent to Netflix, for free, in exchange for working very hard - and of…

Video: Hydroponic strawberry cultivation in Turkey

Grower Umit Cekirdek in Sinop, a city located on the northern coast of Turkey, is growing strawberries in his greenhouse through hydroponic production. The grower notes the high efficiency of this production method and underlines that there is high demand for his products in the market due to the high…

UK: Polytunnel group keen for residents to take advantage of fresh veg and flowers

A small group of individuals are involved in the project at Rhyl Botanical Gardens. The dedicated group spend hours tending to their vegetables and flowers but are keen to for the public to take advantage of their fresh goods and generate more awareness. The project started about five years ago.…

What do you do when you can't find ingredients? Start a farm

While her classmates hit the playground after school, seven-year-old Palisa Anderson would race home every afternoon to tend to the chrysanthemum she had given to her mother. The plant came to life and flowered. "I would talk to it," said Anderson. Anderson's love of plants translated into Boon Luck…

Sustainability at the forefront for Canadian greenhouse grower

Ontario-based greenhouse grower NatureFresh Farms said it has been increasingly looking towards growing and shipping its produce more sustainably. The company sees this as a critical step moving forward and believes more consumers are also looking to companies to demonstrate these values. A big part of…

Australia: Couple swaps inner-city lives for 'moveable greenhouse feast'

Oliver Wichmann and Miquela McGuiness from Huski Greens made such a success of growing microgreens and selling them to trendy Sydney restaurants they decided on it as their new lifestyle. The couple, known as Oli and Mac, relocated from Rozelle to a small rural block on the outskirts of Sorell, just…

Thailand: Young growers adapt IOT to grow organic

The younger generation of the Thailand province Chachoengsao are actively taking part in the development of a smart city concept by switching to technology and organic farming. “This young smart farmers (YSF) group wants to get rid of old idea of farmers being always exhausted as well as poor,” says…

US (MN): CSA farms expanding in Mankato area

As another round of snow fell on south-central Minnesota, blanketing the landscape in early April, bright green leaves of lettuce already were popping up, shielded by a tunnel-shaped frame covered in clear tarp. While freezing outside, the makeshift greenhouse hovered at a relatively balmy 50 degrees.…


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