Vertical farming

1st photo: Leigh Taylor, ACB

80 Acres Farms' $30 million, 70,000-sq.ft. high-tech 'marvel engineering'

Raising a glass to the opening of highly automated Hamilton farm

On 15 January, 80 Acres Farms raised a glass to the opening of its Hamilton-based highly automated vertical farm. A word of thanks given by 80 Acres Farms' co-founders Mike Zelkind and Tisha Livingston. . "Today is a very exciting day for 80 Acres Farm, but also for the city of Hamilton, Ohio and all…

Common mistake: "The aspects of microclimates are underestimated”

In greenhouse horticulture air is often brought in from below. In utilities, this is the other way around. There, the air is always brought in from above. It ensures effective air movement and a good indoor climate for people or business processes. Growers also want an optimal climate, but for the plant.…

Container farm with carousel systems doubles yield

At the food bank in Maassluis, in the Netherlands, they eat very special lettuce these days. Remarkable in taste and cultivation. Below, Vincent and Chris van der Gaag of Urban Agrotech and Boris Prins of Fixum Solutions explain the story. The men developed a container farm with a unique rotating system.…

Join the virtual tour at Plant Factory

Plant Factory, an Istanbul-based vertical farm, takes us along on a virtual visit in the newly constructed facility, PF001. The factory produces 5000 crops per harvest and around 4000kg of basil per year. "Once we can obtain the level of mass production we can lower our costs and we can reach the middle…

Fresh Publishers

We're going vertical!

Hortidaily and FloralDaily are very glad to announce the launch of a new segment - VerticalFarmDaily.com. Vertical Farm Daily will send out a daily newsletter about all relevant indoor/vertical farming news from around the globe.  Growing marketAs you probably know, there’s a lot of talk about in vertical farming and growing without daylight…

John Breedveld on Dutch radio about GreenFactory Emirates:

"In Abu Dhabi, I was told with a big smile that an Arab shouldn’t go hungry”

From the moment John Breedveld of GrowGroup IFS announced at the end of September that they would be building the ‘biggest indoor farm’ globally at 160,000 square meters in Abu Dhabi, everyone wanted to hear his story. One of whom was Dutch news radio station BNR, that let John tell his story in their…

RotoGro International to raise $1.53M for vertical farming

RotoGro International (RGI) has received firm commitments to raise $1.53 million through a placement. More than 38.2 million fully-paid shares will be issued to professional and sophisticated investors at 4 cents each. "This raise is an important step forward for RotoGro as the company welcomes a number of…

Canada: Aright Greentech Canada invests millions in vertical farming system

CubicFarm Systems Corp. announced today that its automated, controlled-environment growing system has been selected by Aright Greentech Canada Ltd., a British Columbia-based agriculture investor-operator, to grow commercial quantities of fresh produce for retail markets in the Abbotsford and Chilliwack…

How to choose the right LED lighting solution

Farmers who wish to make a well-informed decision when choosing the right LED lighting solution need to consider several aspects. While a tailor-made lighting design is by no means cheap, failing to ensure adequate lighting could prove even more expensive in the long run. Artificial lights can either…

Mr. Salad goes 'back to the future'

You may know him as Mr. Salad, although his real name is Grahame Dunling. He's earned his nickname for good reason though, with a career spanning decades in the horticulture industry, taking him from various roles in the UK and around the world, right through to his current job as CEO of Uns Farms in…

Asia-Pacific Agri-Food Innovation Summit

Singapore’s ’30 by 30′ food security strategy

Lim Kok Thai, CEO of the Singapore Food Agency shared important updates on Singapore’s ’30 by 30′ food security strategy and the innovative partners working at speed to achieve this goal.  “The agri-food sector is rapidly transforming, driven by climate change, technological developments and evolving consumer…

Social Good Summit: Is vertical and indoor farming the future?

The degradation of land is one of the many things contributing to climate change. Mashable's Social Good Series is dedicated to exploring pathways to a greater good,…

Bowery Farming

Building trust in CEA food safety

In early 2019, after the Thanksgiving 2018 romaine recall, numerous leading CEA producers of leafy greens came together with a thought – what if we treat food safety as a pre-competitive issue? We could work together to develop a strong and credible approach to food safety for CEA leafy greens, whilst…

Dreamstime: Martin Bergsma

Comparison of red and blue light effects on lettuce

In this study, A. Virsile, J. Miliauskiene, P. J. Haimi, K. Lauzike, and G. Samuoliene sought to evaluate and compare the effects of constant and dynamic lighting on red and green leaf lettuce (Lactuca sativa L. Red Cos and Lobjoits Green cos) cultivated in a controlled environment. Plants were…

Dreamstime

The effects of the Spirulina extract on hydroponics

Vertical farming (VF) is a source of high-quality, accessible, and climate-friendly nutrition for rapidly growing urban populations. To realize VF’s potential as a food source, innovative technologies are required to ensure that VF can be industrialized on a massive scale and extended beyond leafy greens…

"people are immediately enthusiastic when they see it"

A couple of showrooms in Europe need to get the ball rolling for Verde Compacto

He, partly joking, calls himself ‘a born and raised’ city dweller from the heart of Amsterdam: Olivier Kappetein. As a representative of Mexican vertical farming company Verde Compacto in Europe, this is not ideal; will people be willing to listen to him given his background and his not yet widely…

Business Insider

Tisha Livingston on the Untold Stories of Innovation Podcast

Why do stories matter to the innovation process?What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories?How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories?  Listen here to what Tisha has to say. Tisha Livingston is a pioneer in the field of indoor vertical farming.…

Vertical Field

Israeli startup offers modular vertical farming solutions

The Israeli startup Vertical Field, based in Ra'anana, develops modular solutions for vertical agriculture to respond to the demand for fresh local food in urban settings. The…

Aponix upgrades 3D-NFT vertical barrels components to ‘Version 3'

The Aponix vertical barrel system is an alternative vertical NFT solution from Germany that can be used instead of rack systems to use vertical space more efficiently in hydroponic setups and at the same time use natural sunlight better. The system aims to maximize the number of possible grow spaces per…

ONE DROP

CA (QC): Year-round vegetables for Inukjuak community

The isolated Nunavik community will soon be able to grow its own produce year-round. There are obvious challenges to growing greens year-round in a subarctic climate. Here's one you may not have expected: Inuktitut only has a handful of words for vegetables. So in addition to coming up with new and…

Recycled water proves fruitful for greenhouse tomatoes

In the driest state in the driest continent in the world, South Australian farmers are acutely aware of the impact of water shortages and drought. So, when it comes to…

Growing crops vertically to feed the growing Indian population

Agrihouse India Ltd set up the country’s first aeroponic laboratory at the University of Agricultural Sciences Dharwad in 2016. Dr. Dickson Despommier, Father of Vertical Farming and professor emeritus Columbia University, says, “If we could engineer the vertical farming approach to food production, then…

Sananbio Ark

A mobile farm for all climates that supplies communities with fresh local food

Vertical farming solution provider Sananbio announces the availability of its climate controlled mobile farm for growers globally. “3,300-4,400 lbs of cucumbers, 7,700 lbs of arugula, or 8,000 lbs of lettuce. These are the proven annual yields that we’re confident to announce,” said Zhan Zhuo, co-founder…

Vertical Field

Israeli start-up makes vertical farms to grow crops in city parking lots

An Israeli agri-tech start-up has created vertical farms in urban environments, allowing for fresh produce to be grown in cities.  These vertical, sustainable farms were developed by Ra'anana-based Vertical Field through the use of geoponic technology, agricultural expertise and smart design. This is especially…

80 Acres Farms

80 Acres Farms raises funding round led by Barclays

80 Acres Farms added Barclays as a strategic investor in the business, joining Virgo Investments, Orange Wings Capital, QuietStar Capital, and other family office investors. Mike Zelkind, CEO of 80 Acres Farms, said: "There has been an explosion in demand for fresh, locally grown, nutritious food, and…

Makivik Corporation

CAN (QC): Hydroponic growing container arrives in Inukjuak

The arrival of a hydroponic growing container in Inukjuak is a significant milestone in the Pirursiivik Project, and one of the first phases of a larger collaboration with the Pituvik Landholding Corporation (LHC) and Sirivik Food Centre to use a year-round greenhouse and container farm to grow, cook and…

Minnesota Acre Farms

US (MN): Container farm has St. Paul inspectors scratching their heads

As an astronomer and physicist, John Cannon’s work is literally out of this world. His expertise as the department chair at Macalester College in St. Paul is studying nearby low-mass galaxies. Cannon’s latest adventure off St. Paul’s Snelling Avenue is, quite literally, more down to earth: backyard…

Vertical Future

London based start-up to launch device to tackle air pollution in major cities

A London-based tech start-up is developing a secretive tool designed to limit the impact of air pollution in major cities. Husband-and-wife team Jamie and Marie-Alexandrine Burrows this week launched Vertical Future, a company backed by HSBC, which aims to tackle the negative effects of urbanisation and…

MartinBergsma | Dreamstime.com

Growth and nutrient element content of hydroponic lettuce are modified by LED

LED red (R) and blue (B) continuous light (CL) is a potential efficient way to increase plant productivity of plant factory with artificial light (PFAL), but limited information was explored about their effects on plant mineral nutrition. In an environmentally controlled plant factory with artificial…


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