Vertical farming

Malaysia: Paraplegic farmer realizes his dream of an aquaponic farm

In December 2015, a car accident left Dr Billy Tang, an agriculturist and private researcher, with traumatic spinal cord injury. A determined person, he aspired to return to his area of expertise – urban farming. Last July, Tang, 53, of Kota Damansara, discovered a new purpose in life when he and four…

A case study of controlled environment agriculture in New York City

Will the urban agricultural revolution be vertical and soilless?

Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is an emerging form of farming increasingly found in cities worldwide. Advocates promote CEA as the future of food production, arguing for its potential to address challenges ranging from climate change to food insecurity. Detractors state that CEA’s narrow focus…

South Africa: AAVF creates platform for vertical farming network

The African Association for Vertical Farming (AAVF) recently held its launch and inaugural conference for vertical farming in Africa at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus. The conference spanned three days and featured speakers, workshops and site visits to vertical farming enterprises. The…

What is the cost of vertical farming?

How can vertical farming contribute to (inter)national food production? This question is more complex than it initially seems. The answer does not only depend on the production, but also on the costs for water, energy and CO2. The Greenhouse Horticulture Business Unit of Wageningen University &…

Angel Capital Raise supports KropTek

£3 million capital raise for LED supplier

At the recent opening ceremony of KropTek’s new production facility in Shenzhen (China), Wissam Farah, Director and Managing Partner announced KropTek’s capital raise milestone. KropTek, an LED grow light and grow system provider from the UK, has successfully completed its £3 million angel investment…

US (NJ): Aquaponics lab piques students’ interest in science

At first glance, room 301 looks like any other door to a classroom, but it’s actually an entrance to a large aquaponics lab at Willingboro High School. It’s called Project Wakanda. The 30 students who run the lab say it’s piqued their interest in pursuing STEM careers. “When the idea was first introduced…

Canada: Using hydroponics to provide northern communities with fresh produce all year long

Alexander Wilkinson, research analyst on the University of Calgary’s Sustainability Studies team, is developing a database so that UCalgary has an inventory of its sustainability-related researchers, providing the ability to build an interdisciplinary sustainability community of practice. “We want to…

Scientists from Saint Petersburg present Arctic greenhouse

Mr. Alexander Beglov, acting governor of Saint Petersburg, during his visit to the International Arctic Forum has paid special attention to a product of Saint Petersburg scientists – a complex for growing vegetables in the conditions of the Far North. The technology, worked out by the scientists of the…

US (CO): Fish power brings couple home to Montezuma County

Jeff and Tammy Coulon started aquaponic farming as a test – just for produce for the family dinner table at their farm near Ainsworth, Nebraska. It proved so successful it turned out to be key to enabling their return to their childhood homes in Montezuma County. Based on the success of their small,…

Sweden: Grocery store launches sale of onsite-grown produce

Freight Farms announces the launch of ICA Maxi Högskolan's own line of produce grown onsite for shoppers. Located in Halmstad Sweden, Freight Farms customer ICA Maxi Högskolan is one of ICA Gruppen's 1,300 grocery stores in the country. This month, the store began harvesting a range of…

CAN (AB): Lettuce Lads aim to transform hydroponic farming

For the past year, the Lettuce Lads have been developing patented technology that promises growth rates in excess of 200 per cent of traditional hydroponics and greenhouse techniques, while requiring significantly less electricity, water and labour. “What we’re trying to prove here is that we can grow…

Researchers use machine learning to improve the flavor of basil

What makes basil so good? In some cases, it’s AI. Researchers behind AI-optimized basil used machine learning to determine the growing conditions that would maximize the concentration of the volatile compounds responsible for basil’s flavor. The basil was grown in hydroponic units within modified…

Singapore’s ‘30 by 30’ food production target: Is it feasible?

The recent announcements in Parliament to raise Singapore’s food self-production level from the current 10 per cent to 30 per cent of total food needs by 2030, the “30 by 30” strategy, have raised some pertinent questions on capacity, investment and exportability. Singapore’s huge dependency — 90 per…

Sounding board meeting aquaculture, Aquavlan2

"Major challenge is impact of sodium fish water on fruit vegetables"

The Aquavlan2 project partners support the development of the Flemish and Dutch aquaculture sector through research and individual supervision. In a sounding board group, entrepreneurs and researchers from the aquaculture sector discuss the recent developments in the project. They met again on Friday,…

Urban Crop Solutions joining forces for 'intergalactic project'

Selling growing solutions so that humans on other planets will be supplied with fresh and healthy food is an ultimate dream for Urban Crop Solutions. The realization of this dream may be fast approaching thanks to a collaboration with Puratos, an international business group active in the bakery supply,…

Video: Inside a Russian vertical farm

iFarm is a Russian vertical farm company, providing technology for growing fresh greens locally, year-round. With full process automation, distant microclimate management from a single control center, a possibility to grow a varied assortment of plants indoors, iFarm solutions are aimed at creating an…

UAE: How a Dubai warehouse became an organic farm

Mustafa Moiz, a young Indian expatriate and resident entrepreneur from Dubai, is the Managing Director of UNS farm, an indoor facility housed in a large warehouse in the Al Quoz Industrial area. Utilising principles of vertical farming with eight vertical levels of farming, his farm utilises 30,000…

Students compete for plant growth chamber

Plantae and Conviron have collaborated to launch the Seeding Discovery Competition. The competition is aimed to equip a successful university or college student with a high-performing GEN1000 plant growth chamber that will enable them to fulfill a meaningful research program in the field of plant…

US (NY): Indoor farm to expand production 100-fold

A startup that began inside Union-Endicott's Tiger Ventures is ready to move to new locations while it expands its production 100-fold. AgZeit is a year-round organic indoor farm that got its start 2 years ago inside the former Linnaeus W West School in West Corners. G.M. Jim Dutcher says, "We grow the…

US (AL): Entrepreneur gets back to roots with aquaponic farm

At Southern Organics, Stuart Raburn and his small but mighty staff grow Birmingham’s freshest supply of tilapia and all natural produce. How did this Birmingham entrepreneur maven shift from launching high-tech firms to high-end farming? In the greenhouse, there’s an entire world of unheard of taste…

Qatar Academy visit Dutch greenhouse tech firm

Eight students of the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school visited Certhon recently. The students visited the Dutch company because of their curriculum focus on reducing the need for imported food with a specific focus on…

US (SC): Indoor urban micro farm could be coming to Myrtle Beach

“I think my family will be glad to have me out of the dining room,” Margot Tennant smiled after getting the nod from Myrtle Beach’s Planning Commission to start an indoor urban micro farm. Tennant has been operating Seedside Greens from her home in Plantation Point but she’s “kind of at max capacity.”…

May 22-23, Oslo

Urban agriculture: Macro views and micro experience

AVF announces Josef Schmidhuber, Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division, FAO, as a keynote speaker at Urban Future Global Conference. Dr. Schmidhuber holds a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Technical University of Munich. His work and research has been published in…

US (NJ): Hydroponic farm helps adults with autism find jobs

On Autism Awareness Day, one nonprofit is helping adults with autism find employment, one head of lettuce at a time. REED Next, which helps people with autism improve daily life skills and offers pre-vocational and vocational training, unveiled a hydroponic vertical farm named Greens Do Good in…

A study with the model plant Lactuca sativa ˈDiablotinˈ

How to customize your plants with growth recipes

Production of leafy greens in a controlled environment has many advantages in comparison to greenhouses and open-field production. Along with being independent of weather, controlled environments allow for easier pest prevention and crop customization. The use of plant factories has increased in the last…

including Fluence, Priva, BASF, Aerofarms

New high-tech consortium develops crops for indoor agriculture

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is launching the Precision Indoor Plants (PIP) Consortium , a public-private partnership that transcends the bounds of traditional agriculture to develop flavorful, nutritious crops specially intended for indoor agriculture. Sustainably feeding a…

Philippines: Vertical farming company wants to spread hydroponics across the country

Manila-based Agri-Tech and urban farming company Urban Greens is announcing a project tie-up with the Bonifacio Arts Foundation under the direction of the head curator of The Mind Museum, who oversees all things art- and science-related in BGC. The project is based on the creation of a prototype…

Art van Rijn, Artechno:

“Growers must choose us because they believe in our system"

Nowadays everyone is talking about lettuce growing on water and vertical farming, but ten years ago that was quite different. Both cultivation systems were considerably less known at the time, but that did not prevent Art van Rijn with engineering firm Artechno from focusing on these new ways of…

UK: Salad grower looks into vertical farming

G’s Fresh, based at Barway, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, produces lettuce and other salad crops, and has a large standard greenhouse which is used to propagate seedlings for planting out into the field. Ben Barnes from the firm is exploring two key questions: Can the efficiency of the propagation facility…

April 9, Presque Isle

US (ME): UMPI presents Green Bronx Machine founder as next Distinguished Lecturer

The University of Maine at Presque Isle will present Stephen L. Ritz—an urban farmer, award-winning educator, and the founder of Green Bronx Machine—as the next speaker in its 2018-2019 Distinguished Lecturer Series on Tuesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. His talk serves as the keynote…

Innovating new ways for people to grow their own produce

Interested in growing your own produce, but don’t know how to start? As Head of Horticulture for Lettuce Grow, Chris Cerveny is developing hydroponic growing systems and selecting varieties to empower more people to grow their own food at home. Chris Cerveny at work on a Lettuce Grow farming unit with…

May 22-24, Las Vegas

US (NV): Indoor Ag-Con announces full conference agenda

Indoor Ag-Con has announced the full conference schedule for the 7th annual edition, May 22-24, 2019, at Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV. Featuring 50+ sessions, panel…

New growth chamber offers cost-saving, user-friendly features

Conviron announced the launch of the new GEN1000 chamber. The new chamber comes equipped with new features such as cost saving LEDs, extended humidity range, advanced controller, and user-adaptable kits. With its ability to adapt to four different research applications, the GEN1000 offers an economical…

Aquaponics system spring cleaning

It’s that time of year for Spring cleaning, time to refresh your aquaponic system and make it more abundant and attractive. Here is a quick run down for a super spring time aquaponic spruce up. by Carole Martell Step 1: Improve water quality If your fish or sump tank water quality could use a bit of a…

China: Profits grow out of "plant factory"

At 8 a.m., Qin Peng puts on a white coat and stands in front of a machine that blows dust off of him, preparing to start work. Qin, 45, said the dust on the human body may contain pest eggs, so it has to be blown off. Qin is a vegetable planter. Instead of toiling in fields, he works in a "plant factory"…

May 22-23, Oslo

Indoor farming forum comes to Europe’s largest conference on sustainable cities

After annual conferences in Beijing, Amsterdam and Washington, D.C., the AVF will host the 2019 edition at Oslo’s Urban Future Global Conference on May 22-23. The AVF and…

Singapore focuses on food security to counter external threats

Singapore, which imports 90% of the food it consumes, is making concerted efforts to produce and store its own food, as it seeks greater food security in the face of external threats such as climate change and pressures from neighboring Malaysia. The Singapore government has launched a series of new food…

Scottish Affairs Select Committee discusses future of agriculture and innovation

The Scottish Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons visited the James Hutton Institute in Dundee - home of Scotland’s first ‘vertical farm’, developed by agritech business Intelligent Growth Solutions - to meet agricultural innovation experts seeking to push forward new land management…

Chile: Vertical farm plans to grow 'the best greens in Santiago'

When it comes to vertical farming, what are the economics? Is there a market? What is the price premium? Can we prove that the technology actually does what it says? And how do you answer all these questions in a region that has no industry to speak of? These are the questions that AgroUrbana CCO Pablo…

How does a Virginia herb company grow? By moving nature indoors

Tim Heydon is no Warren Buffett. But he had his one golden insight when he and his business school team from James Madison University tackled a project called Shenandoah Growers in the 1990s. Heydon saw a $1 million Virginia farm growing herbs — as demand for fresh organic produce was exploding. He saw a…

US (RI): Gotham Greens expands to New England with 110,000 sq. ft. greenhouse

On the banks of Providence's Woonasquatucket River, Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor, and community leaders joined Viraj Puri, co-founder and CEO of Gotham Greens, to officially announce and preview construction…

June 26, Venlo

"How vertical farming can disrupt and innovate the hospitality industry"

Cristian Toma, Eco Convergence Group, will talk about "How vertical farming can disrupt and innovate the hospitality industry" at Vertical Farming Conference on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands: The vertical farming industry is now at the peak of expectations.…

US: Industry survey for white paper ‘Automation, AI and the Next Generation of Indoor Agriculture’

As part of the extensive data gathering process for its new white paper, Contain, an alternate finance provider to indoor growers, invites industry members to participate in a survey around its topic, “Automation, AI and the Next Generation of Indoor Agriculture.” The white paper will be released in hard…

US (MN): Aquaponics grower on a mission to promote local food

Controlled Environmental Farming (CEF), a corporation registered in Minnesota, USA, is looking for investors for its mission: to engineer, construct and operate agricultural facilities that contain the optimum growing environment for the cultivation of locally grown fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs and…

US (KY): Community college offering hydroponics courses in new greenhouse

Madisonville Community College students and others will now be able to study hydroponics as part of their general or specific studies. MCC is continuing to expand its offerings in agriculture. Program director and ag instructor April Duncan spoke recently to the I-69 Alliance, describing opportunities at…

LEDs contribute to healthier and safer crops for 7-Eleven customers in Japan

Signify helps Japanese food supplier Prime Delica to grow high-quality lettuce varieties, spinach and coriander all year round using the Philips GreenPower LED production module range and offer customers of 7-Eleven crops with higher vitamin levels and nutritional value. Demand for quality Prime Delica…

US (OH): Hydroponic lettuce grower starts home delivery

Great Lakes Growers, an 80,000 square foot, state of the art hydroponic greenhouse facility that grows leafy greens and herbs in Burton, Ohio, has launched a brand new, direct-to-door home delivery service called “Great Lakes Growers Express” to Ohio residents, with plans to expand to neighboring states…

Singapore Airlines to source produce from American vertical farm

Expanding on Singapore Airlines' “From Farm to Plane” concept introduced in 2017, which promotes environmental sustainability and supports local farming communities, SIA will be embarking on a new collaboration with AeroFarms, one of the world’s largest indoor vertical farms of its kind based in Newark,…

out of the box thinking from the start

Red Otter Farms: One of the first and biggest aquaponics growers of India

"We are a soilless farming company, growing our produce in water. The otter is a fun-loving aquatic mammal and symbolizes our efforts. The Red Otter is a rare species of the otter family, much like us. We were one of the first movers in the space in India and are pioneering commercial aquaponics farm…

Qatar's hydroponic farms to cover 100 hectares by 2021

Qatar’s local hydroponic farms aim to further expand their operations in the next two years to reach 100 hectares in order to meet the growing demand for organic vegetables.…

The crossover between horticulture and art

Agritecture, a portmanteau that marries agriculture and architecture, has made it into the art world. Roca London Gallery‘s 2019 spring exhibit London 2026: Recipes for Building a Food Capital explores the question “Can ‘agritecture’ make cities self-sufficient?” Curated by Department 22, this…

Dan Plant, MVP Farms

"Demand for locally grown produce will only grow"

Dan Plant, Co-Founder and Co-President of Calgary, Alberta-based indoor farming company MVP Farms, is joining the Indoor Ag-Con 2019 Conference lineup’s Business Track, where he will be speaking on “Spotting A Great Location.” When he and his business partner, Matt Vanderberg, first started searching for…

Nigeria: Growing better crops without soil

Mr. Adebowale Onafowora introduced soilless farming in Nigeria in 2013 and has since trained over 10,000 people to farm without soil. When the quantity surveyor started BIC farms in 2006, he focused on re-circulated aquaculture system (RAS). After training in hydroponics in South Africa, he shifted his…

Russia: Vertical farm upgrades LEDs to save on energy

In greenhouses, supplemental lighting is often used, enhancing the sunlight and boosting the natural mechanism of photosynthesis in plants. In iFarm's vertical farms that are assembled in closed units with no access of light or air from the outside, LED lamps are used. They provide the plants with the…

How urban farming is helping to feed Tokyo

Japan currently produces just over a third of the food consumed at home. But it's hoping to raise its food self-sufficiency rate to 45%. It’s a challenging task because the number of full-time farmers has been falling. As part of BBC News' Leading Cities series, Mariko Oi looks at how creative urban…

Want to grow plants in space? Go to the coldest place on Earth

A land of unrelenting wind and ice, Antarctica is about as far from verdant as any place can get. Yet cucumbers are growing on the continent’s coast. Next to them, bunches of leafy Swiss chard, fresh herbs, and peppery arugula thrive. These greenhouse vegetables are the stars of one of several scientific…

CAN (YT): Aquaponics facility to be powered by geothermal energy

Some entrepreneurs in Yukon say they've found a creative way to move their project forward — by using geothermal power. Founders of Yukon's North Star Agriculture have been pushing to build an aquaponics facility in Yukon, which would raise fish and vegetables indoors. CEO Sonny Gray says the company has…

Twitter's former CFO joins Plenty

Twitter’s former chief financial officer has joined Plenty in that role as the indoor farming startup prepares for international expansion and improvements to its vertical…

US: Twin Cities research moves urban ag forward

“A healthy community requires healthy soil.” This idea spurred a consortium of researchers, farmers, and community garden practitioners to dive into the challenges—and opportunities—of urban agriculture. Their efforts, now in a second year, may highlight how urban soil can be a resource for human and…

Startup wants to transform Nepalese agriculture with aeroponics

It was quite long back that Caesar Rana and Biplove Singh had realised that while people’s standard of living had risen, the quality of vegetables available in the market had significantly dropped. Hence, they founded AeroRoots 28 months ago with the vision to create a platform for a pesticide-free…

Can vertical farms be profitable?

One of the major hurdles with vertical farms is cost of production. The horticulture professor at North Caorlina State University Ricardo Hernandez discusses the recent buzz surrounding vertical farms and whether these are profitable businesses. “There is a lot of technology and utilities associated with…

NL: How vertical farms make safe food more accessible

Seven Steps To Heaven is a company from Eindhoven founded by Gertjan and Lianne Meeuws, which grows fresh produce in the high-tech vertical farm using LEDs instead of daylight in combination with temperature and evaporation control. The CEO of the company, Gertjan Meeuws, says that the biggest difference…

A glimpse inside a Chinese indoor farm

Vertical farming is big, and one of the biggest countries in the world, China, is no stranger to this movement. ECNS offers us a glimpse inside one of the country's indoor farms. Here, vegetables grow in a plant farm belonging to the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Science and…

Is it time for an urban agriculture revolution?

A new £800,000 study, led by Lancaster University with researchers from Cranfield University and University of Liverpool, aims to understand whether UK food production can be transformed by radically upscaling fruit and veg growing in towns and cities. And would urban agriculture make us, and our…

Carnivorous plants help fight pests in aquaponics

Just like traditional farms, aquaponics farms have their fair share of problems dealing with pests. The only difference is that when dealing with pests on an aquaponics farm is that the health of the fish has to be kept in mind. Several pest control methods work wonders on unwanted critters, but will…

Canadian vertical farming startup to distribute produce to universities

Chartwells, a Canadian educational foodservice provider, and the Growcer, announced an exclusive partnership that will bring 'the 100 foot farm' to college and university campuses across Canada. The Growcer converts shipping containers into state-of-the-art vertical farms to grow fresh produce for food…

Square Roots & Gordon Food Service partner to grow local food in cities across North America

Square Roots and Gordon Food Service, a food service provider with distribution operations spanning North America as well as 175 retail locations across the US, have officially joined forces to bring the latest advancements in locally-grown, real food to customers across North America, all year-round.…

Daniel Klemens, Waterfields:

"For everyone who's started in this sector, someone has failed"

It's very expensive to build and maintain an indoor farm facility, and the end product is more expensive. So only crops that can command a premium price make sense. The pristine freshness and flavor of 80 Acre or Bright Farms' local lettuce, greens and herbs do offer a value some might pay extra for.…

Video: Trusted Freshness featured on Global Edmonton’s Trending show

Last month Trusted Freshness had the pleasure of planning and filming their first video with the Corus team. "We would also like to thank the team over at Italian Centre West for allowing us to film in the early hours before opening in their produce section." Enjoy this glimpse into the world of…

CEA Advisors forms new division focused on cannabis industry

After 9 years of designing and marketing custom made Growtainers and providing Consultant Services for commercial clients worldwide, CEA Advisors have formed a new division to focus on the cannabis industry. Recently they have completed the design process for the first competitively priced shipping…

"Up swell in the number of students interested in food production"

With the current focus on local food and farm-to-table eating, it’s hard to remember that 20 years ago very few people cared where their tomatoes came from. The cultural shift has changed the way that young people think about food and farming, and today’s college students have grown up with this new…

US (WV): Microgreens a 'game changer' for the Appalachian community

Just across the Monongahela River in Westover, Jordon Masters, a native to the state, has been working on what he believes will be a game changer for the Appalachian community. MicroGenesis was founded by Masters after he won the business plan competition hosted by WVU in 2015. Through the competition…

Singapore: Rooftop car-park greens on the menu

It took Teo Hwa Kok seven years of research before his urban farm in Ang Mo Kio finally bore fruit. In April, the first batch of Teo’s Georgina lettuce will go on sale. The vegetables are grown and harvested in the Citiponics farm, which was co-founded by the 56-year-old and is located at the roof of a…

PR: The first Caribbean vertical farm

Ominous weather patterns in Puerto Rico brought droughts in 2015, followed by heavy rains and flooding in 2016. Such is the fluctuating nature of weather in Puerto Rico, where Francisco Santana has traditionally worked as an engineer. Accompanying food shortages exacerbated the situation in a country…

Architect designs timber skyscrapers with vertical farming

Precht has designed a timber skyscraper concept that combines modular housing with vertical farming. The concept was created by Penda co-founder Chris Precht and his wife Fei to reconnect people in cities with agriculture. In their proposal, the modular housing units would be built so that residents can…

Qatar: Your Health First reaps fruit of labour on ‘Harvest Day’

Your Health First held its first ‘Harvest Day’ event to celebrate bringing in a large crop of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Qatar under the Khayr Qatarna initiative, which boosts self-sufficiency and encourages healthy eating. Dignitaries from Qatar Foundation, the Ministry of Education and Higher…

US (MN): "The future of farming is up in the air"

On a farm in Faribault, set indoors and covering 60,000 square feet, salad greens and herbs grow in planters stacked vertically like bookshelves. Living Greens Farm can grow vegetables at a scale similar to a conventional farm with hundreds of acres, and a recent expansion allows the company to reach…

Agtech company announces next generation container farm

Freight Farms, a Boston Massachusetts-based company that manufactures hydroponic vertical farms in shipping containers, today announced the launch of their new farm - the Greenery. The new design is meant as a successor to the company's Leafy Green Machine, which has been delivered to 15 countries and 38…

bankrupt company looks for buyers

"Sad days for everybody who believes in Plantagon"

"Despite opportunities in Sweden, the United Arab Emirates and several other markets we were unable to last until the commercial breakthrough came. The primary goal is now to…

Singapore: Green revolution inside an innovative vertical farm

Dealing with nature and its elements poses a huge challenge for farming, and crop yields have slowed around the world. On top of that, the logistics of getting crops on planes and ships is but one of the ways agriculture contributes to carbon emissions. Enter a new generation of urban farmers like…

Swedish vertical farming company Plantagon International bankrupt

Another major vertical farming bankruptcy. This week, Plantagon International has been declared bankrupt. Cashflow problems turned out to be insurmountable for the Swedish company. Agritechture Plantagon International is headquartered in Stockholm and describes themselves as an Agritechture company.…

The role of sensors and data collection in a successful vertical farm

It’s widely recognized that vertical farming has many advantages over traditional crop-growing methods. Simply put, despite relatively high setup and operational costs, the production per unit of growth area in vertical farms easily exceeds that in the most advanced greenhouses. But to consistently hit…

Dr Belinda Clarke, Agri-Tech East director:

"Supermarkets of the future could allow you to pick your own fruit and baby leaf in-store"

Is there a business case for wide-scale commercial vertical farming in the UK or will it remain a niche opportunity for high-end restaurants and retail? This is the challenge to be discussed by early adopters at the Agri-Tech East conference ‘Bringing the outside in - Innovating for Controlled…

How to choose fluorescent grow lights for your farm

Fluorescent grow lights can be an inexpensive lighting option for a small farm operation, but not every fluorescent light is the same. If you’re not using the right kind, you won’t have enough light to grow. Most large-scale and commercial operations use LED lights because they last longer and emit more…

US (HI): "Combination of hydroponic system with screenhouse produces marketable yields of lettuce"

There have been lots of problems associated with lettuce in the news, from the E. coli outbreaks traced to mainland romaine to local concerns about leafy greens and rat lungworm disease. But Oahu Cooperative Extension offered a great way to eat your greens and feel safe about them, too, at the Hydroponic…

European project to turn roofs into greenhouses

When agriculture meets construction, the cities of tomorrow take shape and with them, urban innovations emerge. A real trend in recent years, Urban Farming is nowadays not only an alternative to traditional modes of production and consumption, but above all an innovative solution for reinventing cities.…

US: Florida hydroponics grower brings produce to Lucky’s Markets

Orlando-based Eco Convergence Group (ECG) is bringing three of its HyTaste lettuce varieties to consumers of all 18 Lucky’s Markets in Florida over the next six weeks. The produce is currently available in two Orlando stores. It will be available at an additional five stores in Orlando, Sarasota and…

Siberian startup secures $1 million to develop vertical farms

iFarm, a Novosibirsk, Siberia-based startup, has secured $1 million in a round led by Gagarin Capital – the California-based VC firm founded by Nick Davidov and Mikhail Taver – with participation from individual Russian investors. The details of the deal have not been disclosed. iFarm’s first…

US: A fleet of networked mushroom farms is spreading across New York

Between the pasta and deli counters in the middle of a Whole Foods is the last place you’d expect to find a contraption that simultaneously evokes a rave and a forest floor, let alone a brand-new way of farming. Yet Smallhold’s Minifarm is all of these things. The sleek metal and plexiglass case holds…

"Disrupting big agriculture means taking your crops indoors"

West Michigan farmers are bringing their crops indoors, taking advantage of new technologies to harvest a variety of produce year-round. With new techniques like hydroponics and aquaponics — as well as carefully curated hoop houses — these futuristic farmers are closing the gap for fresh, home-grown,…

US (WI): Outdoor Wisconsin features Nelson and Pade Aquaponics

Outdoor Wisconsin, a well-loved and award-winning television show, featured Nelson and Pade Aquaponics recently. Show host, Jeff Kelm, interviewed Rebecca Nelson, Co-founder and President of Nelson and Pade. Devoted to the outdoor enthusiast, “Outdoor Wisconsin” is a half hour weekly magazine series that…

LettUs Grow named best “tech-for-good” startup in the UK

LettUs Grow, creator of advanced aeroponic technology and farm management software for indoor farms, has been named one of the UK’s top tech startups at the Vodafone Techstarter awards and won £45,000. The programme celebrates startups developing and using technology as a force for good. It aims to…

"Clean growing solutions for hospitals and research laboratories"

Seedo, a high-tech company providing fully automated and controlled indoor growing machines for the cannabis and agriculture markets, has signed a memorandum of understanding for mutual research and development with SYS Technologies, a company specializing in the development and manufacture of innovative…

February 13-14, Pordenone

Italy: Event showcases 'future of farming'

The ​FarmTech Society (FTS) is an international non-profit association that unites and supports the Controlled Environment Agriculture industry, strengthening the indoor growing sector. The FTS partners with the ​Vertical Farm Institute in Vienna (VFI) which is developing and implementing a new building…

US (NY): Local Bronx Public School gets wheelchair accessible vertical farm

Green Bronx Machine (GBM), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students live happier and healthier lives, is partnering with Empire BlueCross BlueShield (Empire) to launch the first wheelchair accessible farm and teaching kitchen in America at P.S. 721x, a District 75 school in the Bronx…

Watch the future of Scottish food at a unique farm

In the new edition of Scottish Field, Louise Gray visits the world’s most technically advanced vertical farm, which is in Dundee. In the final column in her series on fruit and vegetables, she asks if this is the future of food. "It is blowing a hoolie outside and usually I would be knee-deep in mud on a…

What is the impact of LED grow lights on indoor horticulture crops?

Michigan State University opened its Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) in 2017. The 400-square-foot vertical farm research facility is being used to study the indoor production of high-value specialty crops, including edibles and ornamentals with LED grow lights. “The two major crops that…

Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center opens in Qatar

The Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center was opened in Al Khor on Tuesday. Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO), AGRICO and Yara International ASA (Norway) had signed a Cooperation Agreement on October 15, 2018 to establish a Hydroponic Trial and Demonstration Center in Qatar to test local greenhouse…

Grower Martin Appler from Thaur, Austria:

"My goal is to partially cover the regional needs for organic foods"

Sprouts and herbs are among the fastest growing product segments in the fresh food sector. Even in the Austrian specialist trade, sprouts are becoming increasingly important. Recently, the region of Tyrol welcomed a new producer: Martin Appler. And this innovative grower from Thaur has already won over a…

Aquaponic gardens bring life to an unused office balcony

When a young architecture start-up in Vietnam went looking for office space, the Farming Architects team, led by founder An Viet Dung, looked to the local vernacular for inspiration. The result is the Urban Eco Balcony, a 376-square-foot office designed to showcase how it’s possible to bring new life to…

'Europe's largest' vertical urban farm arises in Sweden

The Swedish initiative Grönska Stadsodling focuses on sustainable urban cultivation throughout the year using small surface areas. The crops are grown in a system with high/narrow cabinets that provide LED lighting and nutrients. The project began as a start-up by Petter Olsson, Robin Lee and Natalie de…

October 13-15, Wageningen

WUR hosts international workshop on vertical farming

VertiFarm2019, an international workshop on vertical farming, on 13-15 October in Wageningen, the Netherlands, combines a number of oral presentations of world leading horticultural researchers, panel discussions with renowned companies as well as short oral and poster presentations on the latest…

US (NY): Hydroponics lab brings something for every student

St. Matthias Catholic Academy in Ridgewood got a great deal of attention for their new STEM lab, which they showed off during a celebration on Jan. 28 for the successful launch of its hydroponics program. Diego Telechea, one of the student leaders on St. Matthias’ Green Team, knows the lab backwards and…

US (NV): Tomatoes and tilapia in a sustainable symbiosis

At Dayton Valley Aquaponics, a 31,000 square foot greenhouse grows tomatoes, cucumbers, other produce and tilapia fish. The tilapia live in 12 3,000 gallon tanks, and the ammonia-rich waste from the fish goes directly to plants, which absorb the nutrients. The absorption purifies the water which gets…

CubicFarms is growing again

"Fresh lettuce even with snow on the ground"

CubicFarms has completed its latest CubicFarm System near Edmonton, Alberta. Located in Weslock, AB, Swiss Leaf Farms founder and CEO David Pfaeffli is now selling his CubicFarms produce under the Thriiv Local Garden brand to a variety of stores and restaurants. Swiss Leaf Farm’s 14 machine CubicFarm…

Camden McGregor, Cobre Valley Indoor Farms:

"Our mission is to reinvigorate the community by turning abandoned buildings into indoor farms"

When a local Safeway store in Cobre Valley, Arizona, closed down, septuagenarian Elvin Fant Sr. asked the owner if another supermarket would replace it. The owner said that it would likely sit empty because the local market was not large enough to support another supermarket, with a Walmart on the next…


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