Finland: College grows strawberries indoors

At the Kainuu Vocational College in Finland, strawberries are cultivated under LED lights in the school's warehouse. Kari Komulainen, CEO of Peuraniemen Taimitarha gives a farm tour. Ever since 1996, Peuraniemen Nursery is producing certified strawberry seedlings. In 2002 the company expanded into cranberry seedling production. 

Now the company is collaborating with the College to grow strawberry seedlings on multiple levels in a controlled environment. "Strawberries have extremely sensitive roots. That means that in these conditions we have to be able to find the optimal balance between watering and humidity so the plants can transpire. As strawberries like lots of light, we noticed that they are lush under LED lights," Kari notes. 

The Kainuu college makes use of Netled's technology for the growing facility. Their technology takes care of the HVAC and lighting solutions. "Nature and external conditions do not affect our vertical farm in any way, Kari adds. 

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