Calgary company Rambridge Wholesale Supply and Netled, a Finland-based company, focused on researching, developing, and designing technology for controlled environmental agriculture, have entered into a strategic partnership that will bring Vera vertical farming technology to North America.
"Vertical farming represents the future of controlled environment agriculture in Canada," says Brent Parker, president of Rambridge. "As the climate changes and ever more predictable weather, pest and disease pressures become commonplace, vertical farming represents an opportunity for safe and reliable food production."
On Thursday, the public will be introduced to Vera at the company's southeast Calgary plant and be able to taste a selection of vertically farmed salads and custom cocktails curated in collaboration with chefs from the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, all harvested from the Vera system.
Netled COO Niko Kurumaa says: "Vertical farming is quite simply the future of food. When farming is done in a completely controlled environment, the impact on our planet is significantly smaller than in traditional ways of growing. And yet, productivity is higher.
"The partnership with Rambridge allows us to bring our Vera technology to the North American market via a well-established and well-respected company that is now also able to offer its customers technology as a turnkey service. The Calgary operation is a demonstration facility of the Vera hydroponic system, a technique in which shallow streams of water containing all of the nutrients required for a plant's growth are circulated past its roots."
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