Vertical farming

Indoor farming: How can you ensure success?

Any business can fail for any number of reasons, but indoor farming is an incredibly delicate organism that depends on many disparate factors being perfectly aligned and in balance. This increases the risk of failure for those unaware of the number of plates that need to be kept spinning in perfect time.…

Vertical farming, micro-algae and bio-reactors — the new frontier of sustainable food

CEA represents a small but growing dimension of agriculture. It's attracting huge investment, particularly in the United States where venture capitalists see gains to be made in vertical farming. The major players, to date, have concentrated on producing perishable goods such as salad vegetables — crops…

US (PA): State-funded aquaponics lab teaches students about science and leadership

West Shore School District students led Governor Tom Wolf on a tour of a new aquaponics lab at Cedar Cliff High School. Funded with a $250,000 grant awarded by the Wolf administration, the new lab provides hands-on learning for students across the school district to develop skills in science, business…

US (TN): South Memphis aquaponic farm blooms

"Leafy green things grow quicker in aquaponics," said Daryl Leven, who retired from his job in corporate America and started New Way Aquaponic Farms. "Most agriculture as we know it is rural-based. This is urban-based," Leven said. "This could be done throughout Memphis." The 40 tilapia fish swimming in…

100,000 sq.ft. greenhouse

Gotham Greens opens urban ag center in Chicago

Gotham Greens today opened its largest greenhouse in Chicago. The expansion enables Gotham Greens to deliver consumers a year-round supply of fresh produce to keep up with increasing demand from retail, restaurant and foodservice customers across the Midwest. Re imagining a portion of the former Ryerson…

US (TX): Vertical farming technique growing at A&M

TAMU Urban Farm United is a concept organization with the intent of introducing vertical farming to A&M’s campus and local community. An Aggie Green Fund major grant project, TUFU is overseen by capstone students from various majors who grow the crops to provide food for locals. The group will be hosting…

US (PA): Former steel site to see aquaponics facility

To the complex problems of the City of Duquesne and the Mon Valley, entrepreneur Glenn Ford offers a solution that is both down-to-earth and very fishy. Mr. Ford, of Minneapolis, is the founder of InCity Farms, and on Friday he revealed plans for a 180,000-square-foot aquaponics facility on 25 riverfront…

€5 million for Dutch vertical farming research

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is to receive more than €8 million from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and participating bodies for two major research programmes, one involving tower garden systems using LEDs and the other focussing on improvements in the welfare of pigs and chickens. A third…

Rooftop greenhouses: Combining sustainability with profitability

Rooftop greenhouses. You either love them or hate them. If you're in the second camp, you may want to think again. Xavier Durany of the University of Barcelona knows all about the positive results that can be achieved by integrating a rooftop greenhouse in a building, and he recently presented those at…

"The vertical farming industry is growing deeper roots"

The urban indoor vertical farm industry is at an important juncture. Automation is taking root, long-term contracts with creditworthy retail and food service distributors are in the works and vertical farms are preparing to scale up. Also, the industry is about to get its first trade group, the American…

US (OH): Crestwood High School breaks ground on aquaponics facility

“This is a big day,” shared American Experience Academy teacher Angus McDougell at the recent groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the soon-to-be-built aquaponics greenhouse at the Crestwood High School campus. “It’s been five years in the making.” As administrators and school board members looked on,…

US (MI): Workers grow food and develop skills at plant factory

Agencies serving people with disabilities often have piecework projects with workers packaging materials in large quantities. Locally, the Arnold Center is in their second year of a new effort to grow plants in a process that combines recycled water and gravity. Arnold Center President Craig Varterian,…

Belgium: Cultivating strawberries in a four-layered cultivation system

At Test Centrum Hoogstraten in Belgium, they are moving up. The strawberries that are being cultivated in the four-layered cultivation system of Glitch are being harvested, as company director Roel van der Bruggen shows on LinkedIn. The test with the multi-layered cultivation is the successor of a previous…

CAN (BC): Indoor, vertical style a growing success for this west coast grower

West Village Farms, based in East Vancouver, is about a year into selling its lettuce and microgreens at high-end grocers in Oregon and Washington, including New Seasons and Chuck’s Produce, where a plastic container retails for $4.99. The young company is in a state of rapid growth as it works its way…

Trinidad and Tobago: Freeport company grows crops in containers

Home grown, totally organic crops is the vision Freeport-based Cube Root has for transforming Trinidad and Tobago’s agricultural sector by using technology to develop indoor farms. Cube Root recently held an exposition for investors and customers at its headquarters, where it introduced the concept of a…

UK: Vertical Farming now aiding beer brewing

For vertical farmers, the question of “what can we do with all of this excess heat from the LED lights?” is a reoccurring question. One firm in the Midlands decided to put their thinking caps on and come up with a solution when posed with that exact dilemma.   In a bid to take more eco-friendly steps, the firm…

Robert Jordas performs 'secret' experiment in his greenhouse

In this Finnish farm, strawberries grow on multiple levels

Despite fall being in full bloom, the strawberry cultivation in Lappträsk, Finland is running full throttle. Robert Jordas believes it is interesting to try new cultivation methods. One of the new methods is the vertical cultivation of strawberries: the strawberries grow on different levels. In the…

Bowery grows with new facility in Maryland

Bowery announced its new indoor farm in the Baltimore-DC area - the brand's first farm outside the tristate region - with distribution of leafy greens and herbs to local retailers starting early next year. This new farm is 3.5x larger than Bowery's last facility, and the urban density of the new farm's…

an analysis of vertical vegetable farms

"Huge investments, confident markets, but still many uncertainties"

Until recently, vertical farms were an exception in the market, but now this high-tech agricultural sector is rapidly gaining ground in urban centers of Asia, North America and Western Europe. However, their economic viability and agronomic interest, compared to field crops or greenhouses, are far from…

US (CA): Vertical farming company plans to open 2nd location in Compton

After launching the South San Francisco farm this summer, vertical farming company Plenty announced recently that it has inked a deal to open a second vertical farm, this time in Compton. It will take just a few months to get the 95,000-square-foot facility up and running, but the farm is not expected to…

US (CO): Ultra local Denver farm grows using aeroponics

At the intersection of 25th and Lawrence streets in Curtis Park, on the second story of a building—high above the millennials zipping around on electric scooters and the yoga warriors exiting a nearby studio—sits Altius Farms, an 8,000-square-foot aeroponic greenhouse. Inside, small fans whoosh gently…

Wageningen University & Research, Bleiswijk

Netherlands: Breaking ground for a research facility focusing on cultivation without daylight

The first ground has been broken for a research facility near the Wageningen University & Research in the Dutch town of Bleiswijk. The research facility, which will focus on cultivation without using daylight, will be unique in the Netherlands. The project, Vertical Farming in the horticultural industry,…

South Korea: Farming goes underground in Seoul subway station

For the past month, commuters at Seoul's Sangdo subway station have been met with a surprising sight: a fully functioning farm growing leafy lettuce, sprouts and microgreens. This underground farm doesn't rely on soil and sunlight but uses special LED lighting, hydroponic growing trays and a smart…

UK: Vertical farm growing in the basement of Baltic School launches its new greens project

As the year enters its final months, Farm Urban launches its Greens for Good project as an additional offering to reach and connect local businesses and schools across the city using fresh food that is pesticide-free and requires significantly fewer amounts of water than conventional farming. “Greens for…

German office block gets urban rooftop greenhouse

A steel-framed vertical garden cuts through the centre of a brick warehouse-style block in Oberhausen, Germany, topped by a translucent urban greenhouse for agricultural research with a zigzagging roofline. Designed by Berlin-based practice Kuehn Malvezzi, the building combines a five-storey job centre…

China: The aeroponic cultivation in Lishui City

From October 10th to 11th, Lishui held the International Conference on Ecological Value Realization Mechanism and the Closed Summit of Ecology. During the meeting, members of the American Academy of Sciences and professors at Stanford University visited their farm about aeroponic cultivation and vertical…

Netled and AKN & Sons

Balkans: New distribution agreement in vertical farming system

Netled have made a distribution agreement with AKN & Sons Ltd. The company will act as Netled’s representative of Vera production units in the Balkans. The Balkans is a new, interesting market area for vertical farming. The agreement further strengthens Netled’s position in the European markets and opens…

Entrepreneurs and government are teaming up to boost food security in the United Arab Emirates

Tucked away in Masdar City, a quiet planned neighborhood in the emirate of Abu Dhabi that combines earth-tone Arabic architecture with wind turbines and other innovative technology, is a cluster of container-style buildings. These containers are the site of Madar Farms, co-founded by Abdulaziz Al Mulla,…

CAN (NS): Out-of-the-box thinking means fresh produce for campus and community

Eating local is now easier and greener at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The Growcer is an out-of-the-box local food solution located steps away from the dining hall. Acadia partnered with its food service provider Chartwells to bring the hydroponic, vertical growing system housed inside a…

US (CA): Plenty Los Angeles as location for new vertical farm

Vertical farming company Plenty announced it will serve Southern California with its next farm. The farm, approximately the size of a soccer field, is planned to begin development in Compton later this year and bringing produce to communities in late-2020. "Plenty Los Angeles will introduce produce to…

The shipping container farm helping to feed a Dubai community

As more and more indoor farms sprout up in cities across the world, including New York and London, the UAE is firmly on the vertical farming bandwagon. Nestled among the residential neighbourhood, Beijing-based Alesca Life Technologies set up a hydroponic shipping container farm in the area two months…

Growing lettuce the green way

When Serge Gander realized the amount of food wasted in the world annually - roughly 1.3 billion tonnes - he was absolutely appalled. But one specific type of food waste caught his attention: leafy vegetables. According to a study, 7 out of 10 salads never make it to our supermarket shelves or sandwiches. “We import salads and…

Aquaponics: The future or a niche?

Is aquaponics going to be the new frontier for food production, or is it just a fad that will settle into a niche? “I feel this is a budding industry,” says Mark Warrell, production manager at Nevada’s Dayton Valley Aquaponics. “Market feasibility studies show very strong growth in the aquaponics sector.…

Free online training courses for new hydroponics technician role in the EU and beyond

PONICS VET: Hydroponics Agricultural Technician is an ERASMUS+ ECVET project, focusing mainly on young growers and would-be farmers. This project will provide online training…

US (SD): Indoor farm project at Western Dakota Tech receives new grant

Western Dakota Tech is helping the agriculture industry with controlled environment agriculture indoors. The school receives thousands of dollars in grant money to expand their project. USDA grants $50,000 to Western Dakota Tech to expand their aquaponics project from a small closet to a bigger facility.…

US (VA): Arlington’s only commercial urban farm

Tucked in an unassuming strip mall on Lee Highway, with no signage or disclosed address, Fresh Impact is under the radar of most Arlingtonians, but well-known among local chefs, particularly higher-end chefs. Founded in 2017, the company has grown over 300 different rare herbs, varieties of greens, and…

Philippines: Planting a greenhouse in the middle of the city

Wanting to reduce their carbon footprint while sustainably accelerating the farm-to-table pace, Gallery by Chele recently launched its Greenhouse, an organic garden chef Chele Gonzalez set up on the open deck right behind his restaurant in a BGC high-rise. “When in the city all around is construction, we…

Vertical farming reaches new heights in Germany

The AVF was invited to visit its member Fraunhofer IME in Aachen, Germany, one of 72 institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, an organization for applied science in Europe with over 26,000 employees and various international branches around the world. Fraunhofer IME building in Aachen, Germany. Credit:…

PaiGE Growth Technologies & CubicFarm partner up

Knowledge from algae industry to better vertical farming system

PaiGE Growth Technologies Inc. entered into MOU with CubicFarm Systems Corp. in Langley, BC to study the effectiveness of combining vertical farming systems with its technology. If successful, the partners will provide an efficient, modular and readily deployable system to grow vegetables or plants using…

"Vertical farming is a part of New Zealand's future"

Shoots Microgreens is New Zealand’s first vertical farm in the heart of Wellington’s CBD. Underground, in a former nightclub, multi coloured LED lights are stacked in vertical rows to boost microgreen growth. Shoots co-owner Matt Keltie opened the business in February 2018, after gaining funding support…

CAN (ON): Container farm to provide Food Hub with year-round fresh produce

The Growcer, an Ottawa-based start-up enabling local food production with hydroponic container farms, has partnered with Abbey Gardens to make locally and sustainably grown food available year-round for the Haliburton community. On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, The Growcer, Abbey Gardens, community members,…

Bringing fresh produce to the Philippines one rooftop and patio at a time

Food and diet in the Philippines get a bad rap for good reasons. Like a lot of island nations, there is a growing trend towards obesity-related health problems. Most food there is imported. The Philippines has one of the highest numbers of fast-food restaurants per-capita in the world. But food tech…

UK: Supermarket Marks & Spencer will launch Infarm vertical farms in six more London stores

“We believe that by offering produce grown and harvested in the heart of city, that's how we want to practise this form of agriculture - resilient and sustainable and beneficial for the planet, while meeting the needs and desires of city dwellers like Londoners,” Co-founder of vertical farming start-up…

November 6, Wageningen

Discovering the potential of integrated greenhouses

In densely populated cities where land prices are sky-rocketing, rooftops offer a new promising window of opportunities. All over the world, those previously unused spaces are rediscovered for various purposes. Rooftop gardens and recreational areas have already been here for a while. Integrated urban…

Pakistan: A futuristic vertical farm now blooms in Karachi’s old yarn factory

In 2006, Sohail Ahmed’s once-booming polyester filament yarn plant closed down due to a worldwide recession, alongside lawlessness and a power crisis at home, in Pakistan’s seaside metropolis of Karachi. Twelve years later, Ahmed has converted the top floor of the old yarn factory into a futuristic farm,…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge kicks off

"In China, there is room for increasing knowledge and developing a new generation of entrepreneurs"

This year, the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is being organized by Wageningen University & Research (WUR), in which student teams are tasked to design a greenhouse in Dongguan, China. The challenge was officially kicked off this week at the university campus. The kick-off event started…

New show management has big plans for Indoor Ag-Con 2020

Indoor Ag-Con, LLC, was acquired from Newbean Capital and its founder Nicola Kerslake at the end of 2018 - delivering the Indoor Ag-Con Asia event in Singapore five weeks later and Indoor Ag-Con Las Vegas a few short months after that. Three seasoned event industry professionals joined forces to form the…

Inside Manhattan's largest urban farm

After visiting and speaking with urban farmers in different cities, you quickly realize how different each operation is. Every farmer is utilizing their space in a unique way, growing something different, and has a different business model. No two urban farms are alike. This is especially evident at the…

UK: Vertical Future completes £4m seed funding

London-based food technology company Vertical Future has announced a £4m seed round of equity finance, with further investment expected in the coming months.‍ Vertical Future…

UK: Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture launched in Dundee

Agri-tech centre Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) and farming technology company Liberty Produce have launched the Innovation Hub for Controlled Environment Agriculture (IHCEA) at the James Hutton Institute’s site in Invergowrie near Dundee. CHAP partnered with Liberty Produce to develop and build the…

A hydroponics startup growing basil is developing their own LED technology

Agritecture spoke with Olivia Engel of St. Louis Indoor Produce (SLIP), a hydroponics start-up growing basil in the heart of the city. They're developing a new lighting technology that allows farmers to capture their lights’ heat and vent it in or out as climate control, and the cooler lights perform at…

US (VA): USDA certified indoor BioFarms open for business

Shenandoah Growers has begun harvests at its next generation BioFarm facilities in Rockingham and Elkwood, Virginia. The company will now grow, pack and ship locally grown, organic produce from its sustainable indoor farms to its customers in the Mid-Atlantic region 365 days a year. Shenandoah's…

A look inside a Brazilian vertical farm

A vertical farm in Sao Paulo has been experimenting with indoor vegetable growth and it uses artificial pink lighting, to grow its produce. “We think this is important because in the next years we will have a huge growth in the population so we need to find better ways to grow food for them,” Rafael…

Laser scientists shine a light on the future of farming

Work has begun on a pioneering project that will allow indoor farmers to pinpoint the best conditions for growing their crops. Grobotic Systems, a startup founded in Sheffield last year, has enlisted laser experts at the Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics in Glasgow to help develop its specialised…

US (WI): Aquaponically-grown lettuce donated to schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, on Monday, October 15th, Nelson and Pade donated over one hundred heads of fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield, Montello and Princeton public school districts. The lettuce is Certified Naturally Grown and is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic…

Growing a global movement at NYC AgTech Week

After 6 days, 15 events, and more than 50 speakers, NYC AgTech Week 2019 has come to a close. Agritecture has helped produce AgTech Week for the last several years. In total, All-Access attendees came from 13 countries — a number the Ag Collective aims to increase each year — with 60% coming from outside…

US (NJ): Brick students learn about sustainability with aquaponics

Students in Mr. Schiable’s class at Brick Memorial High School are learning all about sustainable food sources through aquaponics.  Schiable’s class harvested their first catch of tilapia this week that were grown in his aquaponics system. That fish was filleted and sent down to the culinary department where…

Scottish start-up looking to build dozens of vertical farms across UK

A Scots start-up plans to build dozens of indoor vertical farms across the UK. Edinburgh-based Shockingly Fresh is currently developing five sites countrywide to introduce low cost naturally-lit vertical farms using special hydroponic towers to grow multiple crop cycles of leafy veg such as salads and…

Marco Tidona from Aponix talks about new accessories for the Aponix vertical barrels

Adapter to fool-proof irrigation in vertical farming system

Aponix’ Vertical Barrel systems have been on the market for a while now, and since their conception, they have offered an alternative to rack systems as a way of making use of three-dimensional growing spaces. Aponix is releasing some new additions to make the system even more easy to use. A new adapter…

Video: A look inside the vertical farming industry in Paris

Paris is not a place where you'd expect to find rows of neatly planted fruit and vegetables, but urban farming is flourishing in the French capital. The Down to Earth team takes a closer look in this video.

Netled to supply SweGreen with production units

Netled have signed a distribution agreement with Swedish technology company SweGreen. They will start providing Vera Compact Production Units for SweGreen’s urban farming destinations in Sweden. SweGreen is an innovation and technology urban farming company based in Stockholm. The company provides…

"Vertical farming modules allow for maximum space exploitation"

Taking into account the requirements of the international market, this year Novagric offers in its portfolio the manufacture and commercialization of modules and technologies for vertical farming. Vertical farming modules bring the products to the consumer, because it is possible to recreate any kind of climate…

Prospects and challenges of aquaponics in Malaysia

Prof. Li Chunjie from Shanghai Jiao Tong University delivered a Public Lecture in UTM Johor Bahru on 26 August 2019. The title of his presentation was “Prospects and Challenges of Aquaponics for the Sustainable Development of Food Production in Urban Smart Farming”. Prof Li presented the history and…

High-tech indoor farming seen as key to fixing Dubai’s food supply

Desert terrain, extremely high temperatures and limited rainfall have historically made agriculture unworkable in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) — but thanks to new technology, companies in Dubai are finding ways to grow locally-sourced produce. With temperatures in the desert city regularly exceeding 40…

US (AZ): "Rooftop agriculture could reduce energy use in buildings by 3% per building per year"

A community garden occupies a diminutive dirt lot in Phoenix. Rows of raised garden beds offer up basil, watermelons and corn, making this patch of land an agricultural oasis in a desert city of 1.5 million people. In fact, this little garden is contributing in various ways to the city’s environmental…

Forging links between urban agriculture and the climate agenda

The 4th Annual NYC AgTech Week, September 21 to 26 coincided with another key event happening in NYC. The United Nations Climate Action Summit, spearheaded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres, mobilized global leaders to develop concrete, realistic plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45…

Paris-based start-up combines gastronomy and sustainable agriculture

In partnership with Autogrow, Agritecture released a global controlled environment agriculture (CEA) census to help share knowledge and push the industry forward. Through this census they met Julie Bounan, the Business Unit Manager in charge of La Plucherie, the start-up incubated in InVivo Food & Tech.…

Ascension Island's hydroponics lab is revitalizing life on the volcanic island

Just like the case would be on Mars, the food choices on Ascension are very limited and depend completely on what supplies are flown to the island. “If you’ve ever been to Ascension Island, or even looked at photos online, the island doesn’t differ much from Mars,” said Cathy Little, agricultural…

LED platform for vertical farming provides 1820 PPF output and FarmVision AI

Illumitex announces NeoPAR XO, a major upgrade to their grow proven NeoPAR LED lighting system designed for vertical agricultural systems. The new NeoPAR XO brings the benefits of Illumitex’s horticulturist-curated artificial-intelligent machine-learning FarmVisionAI to the difficult task of vertical…

Germination and propagation at De Kruidenaer

The benefits of multi-layer cultivation... in a greenhouse

The germination and propagation of herb plants is done in a vertical set-up on the concrete path (just before the ponds) at Christ Monden's nursery in Etten-Leur. What once started as a cautious test has now become standard practice there. Christ Monden and Bas Dirven A number of years ago Christ asked…

another £1.6 million raised

Intelligent Growth Solutions attracts further US AgriTech investment to Scotland

Intelligent Growth Solutions announced a further raise of £1.6 million in the second and final close of its Series A funding. The £1.5 million received from globally established agri-investor Ospraie Ag Science (OAS), coupled with an additional £100k from Agfunder, brings IGS’s total Series A fundraise…

iFarm project: SaaS platform 1 module release

The production monitoring module of the iFarm SaaS platform was released on September 13. Product director, Mr. Oleg Kostenko shows how the module works. In this version of the module, one can monitor the data on microclimate as well as light switching on and off. The system warns about critical…

US (VA): Aquaponics program to help children and youth in need

INMED Partnerships for Children announced that Loudoun County, VA, will be one of the first US locations for its international, award-winning INMED Aquaponics program. INMED has partnered with the Paxton Trust to construct an educational aquaponics system with a greenhouse and learning center on the…

US: Urban ag in the 2019 DC Food Economy Study

The DC Food Policy Council just published the 2019 DC Food Economy Study. The report is filled with interesting information about food production and the future. Urban agriculture was featured in the report as well. The report stated that urban farms in DC should have more access to resources and…

A look inside the vertical farm growing for Singapore Airlines

What’s the deal with airplane food? If Singapore Airlines has anything to say about it, that classic stand-up joke will soon be a thing of the past. The airline made headlines in 2017 when it announced a new “farm-to-plane” dining service coming to its long-haul flights, and again this spring when it…

Pakistan: A futuristic vertical farm now blooms in Karachi’s old yarn factory

In 2006, Sohail Ahmed’s once-booming polyester filament yarn plant closed down due to a worldwide recession, alongside lawlessness and a power crisis at home, in Pakistan’s seaside metropolis of Karachi. Twelve years later, Ahmed has converted the top floor of the old yarn factory into a futuristic farm,…

Pleas of mercy fail to save Global Aquaponics executive from prison

The former chief operating officer for Global Aquaponics on Friday apologized to the victims who lost money in the Brookings project, and he vowed to repay nearly $500,000 if allowed to remain free. “I understand my actions caused this project to fail and for them to lose their money,” Tim Burns said at…

Could duckweed be the next big vertical farm crop?

Duckweeds are a family of aquatic plants that can be found floating on still or slow-moving bodies of water worldwide. Also known as bayroot or watermeal, duckweed is a popular food in Southwest Asia. Duckweed is a major source of protein, which accounts for 40 percent of its dry weight. It’s also the…

Bruce Carman, CEF:

"Urban farming is getting more and more recognition"

"CEF’s mission is to engineer, construct and operate agricultural facilities that contain the optimum growing environment for the cultivation of locally grown fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, shrimp and fish year-round", says Bruce Carman, owner of CEF. They intend to address the demand for locally grown,…

"Vertical farming is already becoming part of the landscape"

Vertical farms can boost community engagement while making good use of vacant urban spaces, the founder of a vertical farming start up says. InvertiGro founder and CEO Ben Lee will showcase vertical farming, which makes use of urban space to grow food, at the City of Sydney’s Emergent 2050 expo next…

October 15, Wageningen

Urban Greenhouse Challenge kick-off event

After several info-meetings on the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and some preliminary preparations made by students, the official kick-off of the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is approaching. This kick-off will take place on the 15th of October from 12:00 – 14:00 in Orion (Noordzaal) and…

Agritecture and AgTech Insight announce strategic alliance

AgTech Insight, Salinas, CA and Agritecture, Brooklyn, NY announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two firms. In its simplest form, AgTech Insight will advise and provide services to Agritecture clients in the large scale outdoor agriculture industry while Agritecture will advise and…

Germany: A vertical farming system for at home

A video explores Plantcube, an intelligent vertical farming system for the home, created by Agrilution. The German company was founded by Max Loessl and mechatronics engineer Philipp Wagner to bring the freshest vegetables, salads and herbs to the home, grown without pesticides and as close to the place…

webinar, September 26

Humidity control in greenhouses and other indoor plant environments

The GLASE Webinar Series features the latest technological innovations and best practices in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry providing the participants…

Binhai Central Agricultural Park Complex, Dongguan

Chinese turn agripark vision into reality

This year, the Urban Greenhouse Challenge is taking place in China, in Dongguan, to be precise. In our introductory article on the challenge, we already briefly touched upon the location where students will be designing an urban greenhouse. Let's take a closer look at it. In February 2019, the contracts…

The 'shiny object' problem plaguing indoor ag

Joe Swartz, Vice President of Contain vendor American Hydroponics (AmHydro), is a fourth-generation farmer from Western Massachusetts. When it came time for him to take over, he went looking for a way to do things differently. His family had faced numerous challenges with conventional outdoor…

US (TN): Urban agriculture at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The importance of food and diet in healing and medical treatments is becoming much more widely recognized, so it is only natural for hospitals to realize the value of providing local, organic food to their patients. Having a farm onsite adds to the wellness culture, not only by providing nutritious food…

Bejo Zaden and Signify team up to accelerate breeding of more seed varieties

Signify has partnered with Bejo Zaden to accelerate breeding of more seed varieties through a new vertical farm approach to cultivation. In the facility, a large climate-controlled room is equipped with Philips GrowWise Control System to automate control of Philips GreenPower LED dynamic modules. The…

UK retailer starts growing herbs within the supermarket

M&S Food is partnering with infarm - an urban farming platform - to deliver a range of fresh produce grown and harvested in a selection of M&S’ London stores. From the 12th of September customers will find a range of fresh herbs - including Italian, Greek and Bordeaux Basils, Mint, Curly Parsley and…

September 18

Webinar: Vertical farming across the pond

The GLASE consortium is hosting a webinar on September 18, featuring Jonny Reader, research associate at the University of Nottingham and design engineer at V-Farm. He will talk about the current fruit and vegetable market in the UK and insecurities surrounding Brexit. During his presentation, Jonny will…

Yamaha investment boss interested in vertical farming companies

Yamaha’s agricultural technology investments leader says he is observing the vertical farming market with a view to backing startups in the sector. “Vertical farming is one of those technologies which has the ability to transform the way food is grown and consumed. “It’s very capital-intensive, but it’s…

UK: Using vertical farming to brew beer

Keen to show how innovative businesses are in Redditch, MP Rachel Maclean visited a brewery which uses vertical farming to brew its beer. The MP was taken on a tour of Lab Culture’s brewery to see for herself its innovative vertical farming project, Vertivore. The brewing process takes advantage of the…

Brunei: Home-based aquaponics farm nominated for Shell innovation award

Because set up costs are substantial and specialised knowledge in growing both fish and plants is a must, aquaponics has yet to take off in a meaningful way in Brunei. So Syazwan Hj Suni and his father were in for an even bigger surprise when they received notice last week that they were one of 21…

CAN (ON): 45,000 sq. ft. vertical farm opens in Guelph

A fully automated 45,000 sq. ft. vertical farm is now operational in Guelph, ON., promising Ontarians a safe and steady supply of local, pesticide-free greens year-round. "Canadians are demanding better, safer, healthier food and are getting behind their local farmers," says Juanita Moore, Executive…

Microgreen garden grows with vertical farming trend

Amorette Farms is an indoor, vertical farm that grows non-GMO microgreens – the shoots of salad greens like arugula – using controlled environment agriculture. Since launching this spring, the company is already serving about a dozen commercial clients, said its founder, Devyn Rothbrust. “It’s…

Indian mom wins award with backyard aquaponics farm

Rekha Reshmik from Kozhikode, Kerala has pioneered a unique method of farming which yields double the profits as well as the harvest.  In her backyard, spanning no more than a few hundred square feet, she has implemented aquaponics. In just five years, Rekha’s venture, Annapoorna Aquaponics, has grown by leaps…

Next year's event is scheduled for May 18-20 at the Wynn Las Vegas

US (NV): Indoor Ag-Con announces dates, locations for 2020 event

Indoor Ag-Con, an event covering the technology of growing crops in indoor systems using hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic techniques, heads to Wynn Las Vegas from May 18-20, 2020 for its 8th annual edition in Las Vegas, NV. From an expanded exhibition floor, new educational tracks and networking…

Urban farming takes off in Germany

Recent experiments in sustainability mean you can now purchase shrimp from Bavaria and pike perch from Berlin. "Urban gardening" promises healthy and fresh products without long transportation routes. When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and basil rather than wine…

CEA Advisors & Farminova Plant Factory

Newly developed partnership helps global vertical farming industry

CEA Advisors, a global vertical farming consultant, manufacturer and developer and Farminova Plant Factory, a one-stop vertical farm technology provider have formed a strategic partnership to jointly develop future vertical farm projects for supermarkets and other commercial and industrial end users…

Is indoor vertical farming better for the environment and consumers?

Food security, food quality, and resources scarcity are the main challenges the global agri-food system is facing. Indoor vertical farming promises to partially address these challenges by producing locally and efficiently fresh, chemical-free, and nutritious food. New farming systems increase yields,…

"Vertical Farming, the future for food production"

Vertical Farms would appear to be a Valhalla for plant cultivation. Growing crops under the perfect climate (always the same) conditions, throughout the year. Continuous production with constant quality. And then preferably in multiple layers on top of each other. Or perhaps are Vertical Farms, not the…

US (UT): Commercial, indoor strawberry farm coming to Murray

A private, commercial, vertical, indoor strawberry farm was approved by the Murray City Council during their June 18 meeting. In a first for an urban Utah city, the City…

Sustainable farming on the rise in UAE

Vertical farming is boosting the UAE's crop-producing capacity, helping the country build a sustainable future. According to statistics, the UAE imports 80 per cent of its food, which is a major challenge for the country's food security. To address the situation, steps are being taken to restructure the…


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