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How horticulture robots could get us to Mars

Robert Downey Jr. is panicking - the earth is falling apart around him, and soon he won't be able to play his video games peacefully anymore. Fortunately, there's another planet we can all go to: Mars. One of the biggest obstacles to going there though, is that it's pretty expensive to shoot food up into…

Hydroponic cultivation gains popularity in India

Hydroponic farming has made it much easier to farm greens like lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, and kale, herbs like basil, parsley, oregano, cilantro, and tomatoes. Growing hydroponic gardens has become a new trend in the past few months in India. “For people who look for nontoxic, chemical free organic…

Australian vertical farmer expands with university help

Founded by Francisco Caffarena and Michael Harder in 2016, Sprout Stack is Australia's only commercial vertical farm. The Brookvale-based start-up utilises shipping containers to grow greens for independent grocers using methods more productive than traditional farming, says chief executive Hugh…

Indian grower shares hydroponic knowledge

At a tiny village in Una (India), a horticulturist is growing cucumbers, lettuce, capsicum, tomatoes, cherries and strawberries. But his crops don’t grow on soil, they grow in nutrient-rich water. After years of research, Yussouf Khan, 51, is growing fruits and vegetables in his farm through hydroponics.…

US (PA): Hydroponic farm provides hunger relief

First Light Project announced the opening of their pilot for a hydroponic vertical farm located at the W. Berks Street warehouse location of the Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization, Philabundance. The pilot farm, which is now in production, is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens.…

Aquaponics fuel Saskatchewan’s farm of the future

Mary Erickson and her husband Neil run Campbell Greenhouses, an aquaponic growing operation, at Anaheim. Their custom-built floating gardens combine aquaculture and hydroponic growing techniques in just the second commercial aquaponic facility in Canada. The couple sells their microgreens to grocery…

Master Chef Sweden features hydroponic herb wall

Master Chef Sweden is one of Sweden's most popular television programs with viewership figures of around 1.3 million per episode. The program runs on TV4, and celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. To spice up the decade anniversary season, the production company Meter Television together with TV4…

Aquaponic Farm District a first for shopping centres in Africa

Eastgate Shopping Centre has become trailblazers by being the first centre to have a rooftop Aquaponic Farm District in Africa. The farm is in partnership with influential aquaponic company Ichthys. Produce from the farm has been on sale since December 2019. Eastgate’s Aquaponic Farm District is situated…

How television helped develop the Polish industry from potatoes to microgreens

Eight years ago, Polish restaurant menus mostly featured potato dishes. All that changed with the appearance of TV shows like Top Chef and MasterChef. Being a chef suddenly became a prestigious profession. "Polish restaurants delight in their innovative approach and sophisticated taste. Also, Michelin…

Ambitious aquaponics project aims to boost Rwandan food security

A ground-breaking aquaponics research project has been launched to help Rwandan farmers to improve their livelihoods and levels of nutrition. Led by researchers from the Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development at the University of the West of Scotland (CAREED UWS), it aims to…

"Aquaponics can reduce food miles"

Long travel distances for our food lead to excessive carbon use, energy use for refrigeration, food spoilage, nutrient depletion, and poorer food security. by Brian Filipowich Aquaponics – and other controlled-environment growing techniques like hydroponics and aeroponics – can greatly reduce the…

Urban Greenhouse Challenge 2: 20 teams make it to the next round

From October onwards, the 53 teams participating in the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge have been working on their designs of an iconic and circular urban greenhouse. This edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge invites students to design a greenhouse to be based in the city of…

Challenges of commercial aquaponics in Europe: Beyond the hype

In recent years, aquaponics has been receiving increased interest globally as a commercial food production technology and aquaponics start-up companies have been formed in most European countries. Between 2014 and 2018, the European-funded COST Action FA1305 “The EU Aquaponics Hub-Realising Sustainable…

New floating farm facility in NYC designed to withstand storm surge

The indoor farming industry has been rapidly expanding. With that, we are seeing innovations in design, technology, and products. A principle of indoor farming is around how food can be grown while using land, space, and resources efficiently. In New York City, space is certainly limited and we’ve seen…

US (OH): Aquaponics farm employs adults with disabilities

An unconventional farm is helping its’ westside community in a unique way. o2 Urban Farms uses aquaponics to grow fresh lettuce. It’s produce with a purpose. The farm employs adults with developmental disabilities to assist in germinating, transplanting and harvesting the produce at its’ Cheviot…

Sensor to acquire EmersonGrow

Sensor has entered into a non-binding letter of intent with EmersonGrow. Pursuant to the terms of the LOI, Sensor will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of EmersonGrow for an aggregate purchase price of $20 million. The Purchase Price will be satisfied through the issuance of an aggregate of 133,333,333…

US (MN): Shipping container to grow leafy greens year-round arrives at CLC

An insulated shipping container outfitted with a complete hydroponic growing system that will provide Minnesotans with fresh, leafy greens year-round reached its destination Wednesday, Jan. 15. Central Lakes College’s (CLC) Ag and Energy Center in Staples is the new home of ‘Sota Grown, a collaborative…

Farewell to the Eu:CROPIS mission

The experimentation phase on board the Eu:CROPIS satellite developed by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) came to an end on 31 December 2019. The compact satellite has been in an orbit around Earth that passes over the north and south poles for over one year. On…

The grow-your-own-food movement is becoming big business

Three fast-growing trends — do-it-yourself (DIY), do-it-for-me (DIFM) and consumers’ ever-burgeoning appetite to eat more locally grown foods, are converging to create a new market opportunity: grow-your-own fresh produce. Ready-to-grow edible gardening sits in the middle ground between DIY and DIFM.…

US (MT): Swanky Roots makes for happy lettuce plants

Finding fresh produce in grocery stores during the winter can tend to be a struggle at times but with aquaponics producing fresh greens can be done year round. Swanky Roots is a business in Billings that specializes in aquaponics and sees the benefits of this type of agriculture everyday. Owner of Swanky…

CAN (ON): Dairy farm throws vertical veggies into the mix

A surge in “eating local”, as well as a generation of farmers looking to produce food in a sustainable manner has given rise to farmers switching to methods that are better for the environment and their livestock. Lorhill Farms, just west of New Hamburg, is one of the vanguard spearheading sustainable…

A tomato flat: growing vegetables in the city

Urbanization is increasing worldwide. To supply the growing populations in cities with fresh vegetables, Wageningen horticultural specialists are conducting research into vertical farming. With this technique, crops are grown indoors year-round with the help of LED light and in layers on top of each…

Hydroponic farming of wheat, spinach and sword lily

The continuous augmented demand of food production is escalating with increase of world population. The traditional farming system will not be able to cover the world's emergent demand for food with rising pollution level and oscillations in climate. The design and development of new farming and planting…

tomatoes and microgreens under LED

5,000 square metre indoor farm under construction in Abu Dhabi

A commercial-scale tomato indoor farm using only LED lights to grow fresh tomatoes will begin operation in Abu Dhabi later this year, as part of Madar Farms’ investment in a new multi-million-dirham farming facility. Announced during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, UAE-based Madar Farms has partnered with…

Underground farms sprout in Seoul's subway stations

Subterranean vegetable farms are cropping up at subway stations in Seoul in a collaboration between Seoul Metro and an agricultural startup to utilize vacant spaces and diversify the subway operator's revenue sources. Seoul Metro is renting idle spaces to Farm8, a startup with about 300 employees which…

US (VA): Hospital-grown veggies served to patients, families

Feedback has been good for one hospital that’s taking dining to another level. Centra in Lynchburg is offering fresh lettuce that’s grown in the building at its salad bar. Nutrition service officials said they can control the plant’s environment and receive alerts on their phone if something is wrong.…

Indonesian resort launches hydroponic farm

As an ongoing commitment towards supporting eco-tourism and green lifestyle sustainability, Bali Dynasty Resort has established its own mini hydroponic farm. The aim of this project is to provide its kitchen with a fresh and healthy supply of organically grown products. The urban farm will also serve as…

June 23, Venlo

Netherlands: Brightbox tour during Vertical Farming Conference

BrightBox opens its doors for participants of the Vertical Farming Conference and Agrifood Innovation Event in Villa Flora on 23 June 2020. BrightBox is an expertise centre for daylight-free multi-layer cultivation, i.e. city farming. The tour will take place on June 23 during the lunch break between…

ENEA - abandoned buildings become vertical greenhouses

ENEA set up the Ri-Genera project to turn abandoned buildings into vertical hydroponic greenhouses that guarantee a larger production of vegetables while using little water…

US (DE): Aquaponics operation takes shape in Dover

It looks like some kind of a crazy laboratory straight out of the future. It turns out that Dover’s Doug Wood is the mad scientist behind all those large blue barrels bubbling with water and fish that are the key ingredients to growing four types of organic produce. Inside the warm environment of a…

Babylon Micro-Farms closes $2.3m seed round

Babylon Micro-Farms has raised a $2.3 million seed round led by Virginia-based early-stage investment group CIT GAP Funds and startup incubation group Plug and Play Ventures. The round also includes a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. This brings the company’s total capital to $3…

Where land is becoming scarce, Johannesburg growers look to the skies

Doornfontein is one of Johannesburg’s older inner-city suburbs with decaying buildings and dingy alleys that wear a dour, monochrome look. Daily commuters and street surfers jostle with delivery vans and mountains of metal scrap but the grey of the concrete city makes it hard to believe that there could…

FAO supports development of aquaponics in Jordan

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture to provide capacity building and technical support for the Integrated Agri-Aquaculture farming systems in Jordan. The Technical Cooperation Project (TCP) was signed by FAO…

Plenty expands distribution of produce

Plenty unveiled a huge new facility last summer with the promise that its produce would be more widely available. The expansion is now happening. The company’s greens are now available in a few Safeway and Whole Foods locations in the Bay Area — the first major chains for Plenty. When Plenty’s new farm…

CambridgeHOK appoints Patrick Harte, increases focus on vertical farming

Vertical farming, commercial glasshouses and energy specialist CambridgeHOK has announced the appointment of a leading figure from the UK’s horticultural sector as it seeks to meet the increasing demands from investors looking to fund glasshouse and vertical indoor farming projects. The East Yorkshire…

US (FL): Students participate in aquaponics farm to cafeteria program

Fifth graders in Quincy got a lesson in farming. The students spent fall semester outside in the greenhouse. That's where they learned about aquaponics. Part of this curriculum focuses on access to healthier foods and eliminating food desserts. Plus it gives the kids a chance to learn outside of the…

Vertical farming heads to Berlin

Glenn Behrman, President and founder of CEA Advisors, together with Farminova Plant Factories will be at Fruit Logistica in Berlin, Hall 9, Booth D-25 from February 5-7, 2020. Farminova Plant Factories are competitively priced automated, labor saving, energy efficient high-volume systems designed and developed for the optimized…

UK vertical farming company raises £2.35 million

Vertical and indoor farming technology company LettUs Grow has secured £2.35 million in seed funding. The investment round was led by Longwall Venture Partners LLP. LettUs Grow have designed a patent-pending indoor farming system for greenhouse and vertical farms to address global food security and sustainability…

Korean vertical farming innovation shines at CES

Agriculture IoT startup n.thing developed Planty Cube, a vertical farm with technology to cultivate high-quality vegetables in a fully controlled environment that can increase production. With the Planty Cube, clients can start a vertical farming business with a smaller number of units and expand as the…

US (AK): Indoor produce sprouts in Anchorage

A new indoor farm at 1207 E. 73rd Ave. in South Anchorage is building a devoted clientele eager for tasty lettuce, herbs and other greens, especially in winter when grocery stores can run low on quality produce. Anchorage Greens is an expansion of Juneau Greens, a similar business in the state’s capital,…

"Vertical farming envisages profitable and suitable agriculture business"

A silent revolution is underway in the agriculture sector, which is going to be quite evident in the days to come. With the global population set to reach near the ten billion mark by 2050, the food production must increase by 70 per cent, estimates the United Nations. However, there is a global appeal…

How rooftop greenhouses can reduce the environmental aspect of horticulture

Sealing ground is a problem which negatively impacts the water balance since the soil cannot be used as a water puffer anymore. This results in surface water not being able to be added to the groundwater level which can directly lead to flooding. On the other hand, this water does not get added to the…

US (WV): United High School could get mobile greenhouse

United High School may be getting a mobile greenhouse after the recent approval of a school facilities project that will relocate the high school to the Adamston Elementary School site. A request for the mobile greenhouse, or freight farm, was brought before the school board at a December meeting by…

Around the world in 7 futuristic farms

With smaller footprints and more efficient use of light, air, and soil, these concepts can also operate far closer to exploding urban centers (68 percent of us are forecasted to live in cities by the same 2050 mark, up from today’s 55 percent) than traditional farms, drastically reducing transportation…

CubicFarms completes strategic acquisition of HydroGreen

CubicFarms has completed the acquisition of HydroGreen, a South Dakota-based private company headquartered in South Dakota. HydroGreen is a manufacturer of fully-automated…

US (VA): This UVA-born startup is changing the home farming industry

Alexander Olesen, CEO of Babylon Micro-Farms, and his business partner Graham Smith, CTO, started exploring hydroponics in 2016 while in school at the University of Virginia in terms of its hypothetical applications to grow crops in refugee camps. “We realized that this was an incredibly efficient way of…

Peru's Vice President tours Carrefour's hydroponic farm in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes Araoz, Vice President of Peru and Chair of the global Food Forever Initiative, visited Carrefour Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi recently to inspect the newly-opened in-store hydroponic farm. Aráoz applauded the innovative efforts being made by Majid Al Futtaim Retail in the area of sustainable…

Vestical farming

Always have your veggies with you

When Aroussiak Gabrielian, an assistant professor at USC Architecture, was pregnant with her daughter, she was amazed at her body’s ability to produce and deliver the exact nutrients her child needed. At the same time, she was immersed in literature relating to her doctorate about “post-humanity,” or the…

US (AZ): Scientists consider vertical farming ahead of changing climate

University of Arizona agricultural and biological engineering professor Joel Cuello is among those developing vertical farming methods that do not use soil or depend on the weather, but use water more efficiently. He thinks interest in sustainable growing methods increased with the growth of the middle…

Commercial Aquaponics breakout discussions

At the Putting Out Fruits Conference in September, 2019 we held breakout discussions for Commercial Aquaponics, Community Aquaponics, and Aquaponics Research & Education. These small-group discussions allowed all participants to provide input on how we can work together to advance aquaponics in each…

Agrify to provide $30 million dollar line of credit for customers

Agrify is now directly providing a $30 million credit facility for its customers to purchase its premium indoor grow products. The line of credit is available for any of Agrify’s solutions, including vertical farming units, commercial grow containers, integrated grow systems and racks, LED grow lighting,…

Dubai Industrial City home to 50,000 sq.ft. vertical farm

Dubai Industrial City, a TECOM Group member and one of the largest industrial hubs in the region, will be home to Badia Farms’ upcoming new large-scale high-tech vertical farm. The signing ceremony drew the participation of His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and…

Eric Stein, e3garden

"Lack of knowledge one of the biggest issues in indoor ag"

Lack of knowledge is one of the biggest issues in indoor agriculture, says Eric Stein, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Indoor Agriculture. "Lack of knowledge of the market place, lack of knowledge of growing, lack of knowledge of how to be profitable," he sums up. "In addition there is…

US: Property tax incentives for urban agriculture

Some states and cities have created tax incentives, like reductions in property taxes or tax rebates, to help encourage urban agriculture. Usually the state legislature passes an enabling statute allowing localities to choose to enact an incentive and giving the locality the authority to establish…

A comprehensive guide to shipping container farms

In a guide to shipping container farming and agriculture, Discover Containers explains what container farms are and what problems they solve, but they also share over 20 companies involved in container farming, and even discuss the option of building your own.  Shipping container agriculture is one example…

"More food will be grown vertically & in controlled environments"

With 2020 upon us, innovations in food are changing what we eat, how food is produced, and even how we think about food. Evolve.ag gathered six of the top trends in food and food tech in 2020. One of the trends they note is that more food will be grown vertically & in controlled environments. Vertical…

Why vertical farms are hot and happening around the world

“Vertical farming is the ultimate form of precision growing,” says Pim Molenaars, Business Development Manager at Grodan. Vertical farming is hot and happening now: it speaks to people’s imagination, it reduces space needed for food production, and it enables food production close to urban areas in a…

Philippines looking to promote integrated urban agriculture

The Philippines House Committee on Agriculture and Food chaired by Rep. Wilfredo Mark Enverga (1st District, Quezon) on Monday approved the consolidation of House Bill No. (HB) 855 authored by Rep. Michael Edgar Aglipay (Party-list, DIWA), HB 3412 by Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez (3rd District, Negros…

Urban Crop Solutions celebrates 5th anniversary

Urban Crop Solutions celebrates its 5th anniversary. On this occasion a movie was released with testimonials from customers around the globe. The story of the founding of Urban Crop Solutions starts in 2012 when the founders where experimenting with rooftop farming in urban areas. Only in 2014 the choice…

US (VA): AeroFarms to build 150,000 square feet farm in Danville

Governor Ralph Northam announced that AeroFarms will invest $42 million to build their largest indoor vertical farm to date in the Cane Creek Centre, a joint industrial park for the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. AeroFarms is a farming company with proprietary aeroponic growing technology.…

Jim Trogdon makes a big splash with his Middle School hydroponic classroom

Jim Trogdon, 22-year Middle School teacher in Coventry, Ohio, is turning heads with his hands-on agricultural classroom. Installed just this year, the high-tech farm features LED lights, healthy green plants, and the sound of running water. Plants are grown hydroponically, meaning they are grown without…

Year overview June 16-30

The rising star of indoor ag

Hot on the heels of GreenTech came the Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit, highlighting the increasingly significant role indoor ag plays on the world stage. This was further illustrated by a major funding boost for a Scottish vertical farm, and the opening of a high-tech greenhouse in Japan. photo reportGreenTech 2019: What did you…

What dynamic LED grow lights can do for a vertical farm

As LED lighting has become more and more popular among growers, LED lighting technology has been rapidly evolving to meet their needs. Luminaires have become more powerful, efficient and versatile. Now they are getting even smarter! At Signify’s GrowWise research facility, we have been experimenting with a color controllable luminaire,…

This farm is growing food deep beneath South Korean mountains

It might seem an unlikely place to be growing fruit, but deep beneath a South Korean mountain, a high-tech farm has been built inside an abandoned tunnel. Once a functioning highway in the province of North Chungcheong, the tunnel's sharp curve was deemed dangerous, so in 2002 it was closed and a more…

Michele Butturini, Wageningen University & Research

"A number of vertical farms will disappear, but the sector as a whole will expand"

Leafing through newspaper reports, you'd think that vertical farming is either the perfect solution to global hunger, or a completely failed agriculture system. As with many things, the truth isn't quite as extreme as that. Michele Butturini, researcher at WUR, who together with Leo Marcelis wrote the…

Statement explains food safety credentials of aquaponic produce

The Aquaponics Association presents the 2019 Aquaponics Food Safety Statement, signed by over 130 organizations, including 98 from the U.S. This statement explains the food…

Australia's first fully robotic end-to-end vertical farm

After four years of research and development, the Stacked Farm's fully automated end-to-end vertical farm will soon be supplying leafy greens to national wholesalers including Sumo Salad, QSR, Dnata, Crown Resorts and Morco Fresh. This means Stacked Farm's urban-grown produce from Burleigh Heads will be…

US: These vertical hydroponics systems are growing fresh lettuce anywhere with an outlet

Years ago, Alex Tyink met a guy who was farming on a rooftop in New York City. Five years, 30 prototypes and a move back to Wisconsin later, Tyink is the founder of Appleton-based Fork Farms LLC. With his product, dubbed a Flex Farm, food can be grown nearly anywhere with an outlet. The company produces…

Modular micro farms, a new approach to urban food production?

One key tenet of the “urban resilience” idea is local food production. If fruits, veggies and herbs are grown in cities, they’ll reduce the runoff, emissions, perishability and transport costs of produce. They’ll also make cities more self-sustaining, rather than having to fully rely on food grown…

UK: Plans to turn Market Fresh site into a vertical farm

Ripon’s downtown grocery store has been for sale for some time. Soon, it may have a new owner — but the building will be used to grow food, not sell it. Ernessi Farms, which first opened in the lower level of the Bluemke’s building downtown, is planning to purchase the Market Fresh building at 111 E.…

CAN (BC): Entrepreneurs eye Pitt Meadows vertical farm

Traditional farming practices have many variables that come into play when growing consistent crops, and with climate change being a rife issue around the globe, what does the future of farming look like? It looks like a Greenhouse 2.0, according to Dave Dinesen, CEO of Cubic Farm Systems. “It’s an…

US: Congressional bill introduced to boost urban agriculture

Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) introduced H.R.5266, the Urban Agriculture Healthy Food and Entrepreneur Act. This bill would establish two new programs — the Urban Agriculture Conservation Easement Program and the Urban Agriculture…

Belgium: Indoor farming technology for Mars biosphere

Will the first people to bake and eat bread on Mars do it due to a Belgian breakthrough? This is the challenge facing the SpaceBakery project, a unique consortium composed of seven Belgian organisations using technology provided by Urban Crop Solutions. However, before they use their research to help…

US (MA): Container farm helps provide necessary greens for college lunch

In the early morning, Claire McGale, manager of HCC's Freight Farms urban agriculture program, received an urgent email message from Christopher Robert, chef supervisor for HCC dining services, which is managed by Aramark. They were in a bind. A national recall on Romaine lettuce from Salinas,…

‘Leafy greens work well but cereals and fruits are a challenge’

With the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis becoming increasingly pressing, we could see a shift away from conventional agriculture towards indoor food production, say some experts. The NFU Mutual’s Mr Yorke agrees it’s early days and that, ‘at present, the technology is not suited to all crops;…

on their way to USA

"Container offers flexible research solutions"

On the outside it's 'just' a container. But when the doors open, a good deal of high-tech reveals itself. A climate container to be precise. In Aalsmeer in the Bosman Van Zaal production hall, two are ready to be transported to a large American herb grower who wants to use the container to work out the…

Ireland: Growing greens inside of a container

Two re-purposed shipping containers, fitted with a ‘Farmony’ – 55m² in size, can produce 55,000 heads of lettuce per year or 408 trays of micro greens per week. John Paul Prior sees these “5ac farms” as a way to compliment an existing farming enterprise. His vision is to have as many Farmony models…

Autogrow and Agritecture release first-ever Global CEA Census Report

​Autogrow​ and ​Agritecture have released their first Global CEA Census Report, an in-depth global survey of indoor & controlled environment agriculture, with 316 total respondents from 54 countries. According to the two companies, farm operators see the potential for improvement and are optimistic about…

8,600 sq ft indoor aquaponics facility opened in Toledo

There's a new farm in Toledo, and it's located inside a building downtown. Balance Farms is an aquaponics farm in Downtown Toledo vertically integrated with parent restaurant Balance Grille. Their restaurant has been active for nearly a decade, serving vegetable-focused Build-a-Bowls, Asian-inspired…

China's first intelligent LED plant factory in Beijing

This farm at the third ring road in Beijing is the first intelligent LED plant factory in China. The factory is highly modernized and managed by the protected agricultural IoT control system. In more detail, there are dozens of sensors in the factory to jointly manage various parameters of the plant…

Scotland: Vertical farm wins Innovating Scotland Award

Intelligent Growth Solutions was named winner in the Innovating Scotland Award category, sponsored by ScottishPower, for the way the business has combined and patented technologies to deliver total controlled environment agriculture and address challenges facing food sustainability and supply. Intelligent…

Using controlled environment food production to solve food shortages

A review of the literature led by researchers from the University of Florida attempts to provide clarification and analysis on various aspects of what a controlled environment system entails and the extent to which differing food production approaches can be applied to the many current and hopeful…

Jordanese hydroponics project takes world stage at Paris Peace Forum

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) “H2Grow” project, a soil-less hydroponics technique that was implemented in Azraq and is now attracting global attention, was presented this week at the second annual Paris Peace Forum, according to the WFP. The peace forum, which was held from November 11 to 13, brought…

US (WA): Seattle-area supermarket strikes deal for in-store cultivation

Visitors to Seattle-area Kroger supermarkets next week will be able to walk out with fresh parsley, cilantro and other greens grown in the store with Infarm urban farming technology, the latest example of grocers bringing the farm right to their aisles. Kroger’s deal with German startup Infarm includes…

D.C. set to become 3rd major US city to hire Director of Urban Agriculture

When the City of Atlanta hired Mario Cambardella to be its “Director of Urban Agriculture” in 2015, it seemed like a novel idea. Indeed, it was - Cambardella became the first municipal staffer to hold this title out of any major city in the country. But speaking to Cambardella today, one has to wonder…

US (WA): Jeff Bezos-backed vertical agriculture startup Plenty ‘hibernates’ plans for Seattle farm

The indoor agriculture startup Plenty, backed by high-profile tech executives — including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — has canceled plans to open a major Seattle-area farm. Plenty said it changed plans because the Kent, Wash., facility could no longer accommodate its next-generation vertical farm. The company…

Singapore: Two hotels looking to boost their sustainable practices through aquaponics

For guests at the Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford, some of the ingredients used in the dishes could come from a place much closer than expected - the hotels' rooftop, where an aquaponics farm was recently installed. The hotels said the farm will be able to produce about 1,200 kg of…

Russia: A vertical greenhouse complex appeared in Moscow

A unique vertical farm opened in the place of the former tobacco factory in Moscow, Russia. The mayor of Moscow, Mr. Sergey Sobyanin, who was present at the official opening, mentioned that “this is the biggest project in the world in capacity with the use of such technology”. He expressed surprise that…

US: DC grows less than 0.5% of the produce it consumes

With the DC Urban Agriculture Land Lease Program, Washington DC shows its renewed interest in urban agriculture. Anacostica Aquaponics, in a statement to the DC government, argues in an effort to refocus the attention of the project on what truly matters. "We need to measure what we’re currently growing…

Signify and Fragaria Innova join forces

Innovative cultivation concept for lit strawberry cultivation

Signify Horticulture LED Solutions and Fragaria Innova are joining forces. In the coming years, both parties will be working on the creation of a new cultivation concept for the lit production of strawberries in which the latest technologies in the field of LED go hand in hand with production, taste,…

Liverpool gets underground hydroponic vertical farm

Greens for Good is a campaign to get the freshest local greens into schools and businesses across Liverpool. Spearheaded by social enterprise Farm Urban, who have created the city’s first underground vertical farm in the Baltic Triangle, the campaign aims to reconnect people in cities with local,…

Bruce Carman, Controlled Environmental Farming:

"Leafy greens alone will not ensure a successful urban farm"

Fast Company recently published and article entitled "This Google Ventures-backed indoor farming startup just opened its biggest farm yet". In the article Ms Peters identifies a few of the larger indoor farming operations, Bowery, Plenty, to name a few, and where these entities are today verses their…

Plant Factory book gets 2nd edition

Plant Factory: An Indoor Vertical Farming System for Efficient Quality Food Production, Second Edition presents a comprehensive look at the implementation of plant factory…

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…


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