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- When will vertical farming become profitable?
- Oishii: “We’ll be launching our everyday berry which will be much more accessible”
- IKEA launches vertical farming pilot at Malmö store
- US (VA): AeroFarms to build 136,000 sq. ft. farm in Danville
- “When you start growing upwards, there’s more to consider than verticality”
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Planet FarmsPlanet Farms harvests first product batch
“Quality management is part of our Italian heritage”
After harvesting their first batch of crops in the new Milan-based production facility, Planet Farms has reached another major milestone. “It’s a combination of several years of R&D in agronomy and automation, that led to our unique process of full automation from seeding to pack, including harvesting,''…
Spread Co., Ltd.Spread takes on strawberry production
"An important step towards a sustainable society"
Spread succeeded in developing the technology for mass production of pesticide-free, high-quality strawberries in vertical farms using artificial lighting. The technologies include proprietary environmental control, stable indoor pollination, and pesticide-free, clean cultivation. Spread's CEO, Shinji Inada…
Diversifying vertical farming produce
“When I approached the vertical farming space after my P.h.D., I was surprised by the fact that while the technology for CEA had reached a good level of maturity, the biological and agronomic aspects of plant growth in this systems have received limited attention,” says Rosario Lacono, Founder and CEO of…
CubicFarm systems sells 12 HydroGreen Grow Systems to beef cattle industry
"Vertical cowfeed saved our farm in times of drought"
CubicFarm Systems announced today that 12 HydroGreen Grow System modules have been purchased by wholesale distributor Dihl Gros International for his beef cattle customers who require farm-fresh livestock feed for their herds. HydroGreen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CubicFarms. "This just saved our farm,"…
GreeentechDelivering to Prague, Dubai and Shanghai
Czech startup introduces new container farm to the market
A container farm supplied by GreeenTech will soon be parked in Prague's Smíchov district. The hydroponic container farm will grow herbs, vegetables and small fruits. The other two containers will go to Dubai and Shanghai. "We bring a unique and modern approach to agriculture. With vertical hydroponics we…
VIDEO: Growing edible plants on indoor walls
Growing herbs and greens on a wall inside your home sounds appealing if you have limited space.An Australian start-up company called InvertiGro has been developing the technology and it has already attracted the attention of NASA. The company offers fully integrated and flexible indoor vertical farming solutions…
Park Sang-Moon / Korea Joongang Daily
Korea: Mealworm magnate seeks to corner bug-product market
North Chungcheong — Papillon's Kitchen opened in 2015 as Seoul's first "insect restaurant," serving dishes made from ground bugs. Ex-culinary professor Kim Young-Wook started the business with some of his students to develop insect-based snacks and to run the restaurant. The team spent hours a day in a…Applications open till June 18
Participation open for green business ideas competition
Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) has opened its doors for prospective entrepreneurs with clean technology (cleantech) ideas to participate in the ClimateLaunchpad…
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FARNEKFARNEK wants to be leading example with rooftop farm
UAE: "Perhaps one day we may be able to supply the surrounding communities"
“It was not unusual then for our team to identify rooftop potential,” says Ryan Mitchell, Worker Welfare Manager at Farnek. “We had seen the potential for similar applications on other client projects and so jumped at the opportunity to challenge ourselves, with our own building.” The rooftop farm is the…
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AmplifiedAg / Square Roots
Building a multi-tenant platform
“With massive demand in the US and globally, we’re able to sell indoor farms and our holistic operating system across the world,” says Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg. AmplifiedAg develops proprietary indoor farm electronics, hardware and software, and also upcycles decommissioned shipping containers into fully functional farms.…
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Photo by Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club
Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club enjoys its first harvest from hydroponic garden
Detroit Lakes Boys & Girls Club members and staff will be enjoying the fruits of their own labors this summer, in the form of freshly grown crops from the club's new hydroponic garden. The first crop of lettuce grown in the garden was served up to club members on Wednesday, May 12, just under four weeks…
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Aquaponics project launched at primary school in Namibia
On Tuesday, the Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia joined the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), the parliament of the Republic of Namibia, Embassy of Finland, and Think…
Aeroponics more »
Study on aeroponics root chamber temperature conditioning design for mini-tuber potato seed cultivation
The aeroponic plant root environment has a significant role in producing high-quality seed tuber potatoes. However, in lowland and tropical regions, the aeroponic system cannot yield high-quality potato seeds because the average environment temperature year-round is high. In a high-temperature…
Investments more »
How to successfully invest in indoor farming
Indoor vertical farms are the new kid on the block, with commercial production farms being less than 15 years old. One vertical farm's startup has raised over $250 million, and another has a valuation of over $1 billion. Are vertical farms hype, urban legend, or a good investment? Here are a few points…
Lighting more »
Light Science Technologies
The science behind 'cultivating perfection'
For a long time, creating the perfect plant recipe has been a mere pipe dream for indoor growers as they look to achieve optimal crop yield while reducing CAPEX and OPEX costs. While CEA is still relatively embryonic in its development, already there has been an advancement in creating the perfect…
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Flashy promotion opportunity for vegetable shelf?
Imagine if we could promote the vegetable shelf this way!
Packaging more »
"Do you know how your produce is packaged?"
Consumers have a love-hate relationship with product packaging. On the plus side, it can help a product retain its quality and flavor, improve shelf life and build brand loyalty. Thoughtfully packaged products and food items are often pleasing to the eye and it’s easy to gravitate toward them. On the flip…
Substrates more »
The benefits of stone wool growing media in vertical farming
Vertical farming is on the rise around the world, not least because it supports a number of major societal trends such as local sourcing and sustainability. In this article, Tico van Leeuwen explains why the right growing medium plays an important part in creating the optimal conditions for a strong and…
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Yonhap / Koreabizwire
Korea: New recycling technology developed for hydroponic culture fluids
A South Korean research team has succeeded in developing a circular-type hydroponic system that can be used for vertical and smart farms. The Korea Institute of Science and Technology announced that researchers had developed a new method of effectively managing the number of microbes in a circular-type…
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FPC FutureEvent on Nov. 4, 1:30PM-3:30PM
Protected production: Glasshouse and vertical farming
FPC Future and FPC Careers are two co-located events aimed at the fastest growing sector of the fresh produce industry and are taking place at The Lincolnshire Showground on November 4. Organized by FPC and LIAT, the two events address the future of the industry and how that will look. FPC Future, with…
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Recognizing the potential of the coconut substrate
Ceasar Sustainable Invest BV (CSI), recently announced its partnership with Tropical Green Exports, recognizing the potential of the coconut substrate sector as an economic driver in the North. Tropical Green Exports specializes in manufacturing, supply, and distribution of export quality coco peat used in…
Education and Research more »
How much time do we spend eating and drinking?
As can be seen below, the differences per country are significant. French people set the record, spending 2 hours and 11 minutes on their food and drink. The Belgians come 12th with 1 hour and 32 minutes and the Dutch have gained the last position with only 1 hour and 10 minutes.
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Awty school receives grant for carbon-neutral container farm
Teachers and students alike at The Awty International School are excited about the possibilities a carbon-neutral container farm brings to their campus. Awty received a $135,000 sustainability grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club to implement the container farm that now provides fresh produce to…
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Agricultural technology introduced in Japan
Located in Southwestern Japan, Ishigaki Island is famous for its emerald sea and amazing nature. Monsoon has been a hard challenge for agriculture here, but, the island now has delicious fresh vegetables and fruits to enjoy the cool climate. "This is plant factory system for Asian monsoon area, it…
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The macro benefits of microgreens
The spotlight over the past year-and-a-half has been on the city's health consciousness. Microgreens which are fast emerging as nutritional value- adds. While microgreens are easy to grow at home, for some like Yamini Yagnamurthy, they've also grown into a business this past year. Yagnamurthy's Stomato…
Cultivation more »"This initiative has benefited the nutrition of more than 3,000 low-income families in Surco"
Peru's largest vertical organic garden donates its vegetables to soup kitchens
Peru's largest vertical organic garden is located in 685 m² of El Aire park in Surco. The garden has more than 600 linear meters of panels with 11,000 pots made out of…
Container solutions more »
"Ditching the soil and bringing a laptop"
A new veteran-owned farm in Moneta is revamping traditional farming with advanced technology to serve up the freshest greens all year long. Ditching the soil and bringing in a laptop, there’s a new hydroponic farm in Moneta. Using selective lighting, Vittone Farms is growing 6,000 greens a month in a…