Grower in the Spotlight

"It's crucial to promote urban farming to boost healthy eating habits in cities"

Walter Schettini is an urban farmer out of Rome who serves the southern part of the Italian capital with fresh organic produce. “We are certified organic,” he explains. “We mainly focus on seasonal produce, which we grow in soil.” Because of that, the veggies coming out of Azienda Agricola Caparbio vary…

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US (FL): More spores springing up at Zephyrhills farm

Eric Roman is a fun guy who likes fungi. The Zephyrhills resident likes mushrooms so much he started a farm specifically just to grow them. “I enjoy growing things, lots of things,” Roman said. “I just want to grow things, for now it’s mushrooms. Eventually, I want to do more, but I’m focusing on the…

US (NY): Farm.One open for tours and tastings

You can taste Michelin-star ingredients without a restaurant reservation by joining a botanical tasting tour at Farm.One. This indoor farm has been growing rare herbs, edible flowers, and luxury salad greens for the best chefs in New York City since 2016. On a recent tour of the farm with Untapped New…

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US (NY): Monroe County uses federal aid to bolster hydroponic farm program

A program in Rochester that uses a hydroponic farm to bring fresh produce to various parts of the city and the county recently got a big boost. It’s called “The Farm,” and that program, run by Volunteers of America Upstate New York, is located on Lake Avenue in the northwest quadrant of the city. The…

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US (WV): Students build succesful business plan around hydroponic farm

Lettuce tell you about some Career and Technical Education (CTE) students who have sold hydroponically grown produce to Parkersburg South High School. Students in the Agricultural Science program at the Wood County Technical Center have started their own businesses based around hydroponics. The business…

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Malaysia: Cultivating sustainable ways to feed the country

In a world where land mass is fast becoming crowded with development and industrialization, the agricultural industry has to find ways to become more efficient and yet be productive in their approach. As a Malaysian farm that practices vertical farming in greenhouses, Cultiveat Group Sdn Bhd offers a…

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US (WI): Food isn’t just a commodity for tribes

Sydney Colwell, who manages community gardening efforts for the Ho-Chunk Housing and Community Development Agency in Tomah, Wisconsin, said she was taught as a child that her food had feelings. “If we nurture it and take care of it, it’ll take care of us,” she said. Unlike the norms of conventional…

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Singapore: S$38 strawberry harvesting experience at hydroponics farm near Buona Vista

You don't have to travel all the way to Genting to try your hand at picking strawberries. You can drop by Buona Vista instead. Blooom.sg is a seasonal strawberry farm in Singapore. Located at Singapore Science Park 1, it is said to produce the world's first climate-resilient strawberries.

Singapore: Building a sustainable food chain through hydroponics

Nicholas Wee, 41, and Kevin Chng, 45, are the founders of Tasty Green, a vertical farm out of Singapore. Previously, Nicholas, with a background in landscaping, worked with the Singapore Land Authority, where he would visit traditional farms to see how things could be improved. However, during the…

UK: MP gets a look at high-tech facilities at Hadlow College

Local MP Tom Tugendhat got a first-hand look at the work Hadlow College is doing to inspire the next generation of students when he visited the College’s glasshouse. Constructed in 2022, the glasshouse plays an integral part in horticulture courses and features technology, including: Suspended gutters running…

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“It’s not this mystical knowledge that’s passed down, really it should be openly shared and freely with everybody”

As he grows his mushroom farm, Jeremy Herdrich wants to have an impact on his community and "change the paradigm of what farming should be." "It's not this mystical knowledge that's passed down, really it should be openly shared and freely with everybody," Herdrich said in his second year operating…

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Indigenous startup grows mushrooms combining tradition with hi-tech

Take a third-generation farmer with three startups under his belt and a serial innovator who’s turned algae into medicine and developed an AI mental health app for an A-league football team, and what you get is a recipe for magic. ‍ Combining ancient knowledge with future tech, Rainstick is developing a…

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Indian women sets new standards for saffron cultivation

With strong willpower, Shubha Bhatnagar started the cultivation of saffron in a city like Mainpuri, UP, without soil and water (aerophonic technology) in an air-conditioned hall of five hundred and fifty square feet. His hard work and dedication made his saffron cultivation experiment successful. As soon…

Retirement beckons for NZ watercress trailblazers

Nearly two decades ago, Ruapehu couple Carey and Ernie Wenn began looking for a two-year business project. Now in their seventies, the couple are selling their well-established hydroponic watercress operation and planning their retirement. About 17 km southeast of Taumarunui sits the Wenn’s 1.9-hectare…

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US: Broadview Credit Union brings sustainable farming to the Capital Region

Lanni and Broadview CEO Michael Castellana were introduced to the idea of hydroponic farming in 2016 and by 2017, the first Freight Farm was installed at the credit union's Patroon Creek location in Albany. Since then, three more container farms have made their way into the Capital Region, thanks to…

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US (NJ): Microgreen grower changes location to add cannabis crop

The owner of Good Feeling Farms would feel a lot better if he could stay in Asbury Park and add cannabis cultivation to his microgreens business, however, litigation has the city's hands tied, so the business is leaving for neighboring Neptune Township. Good Feeling Farms has specialized in microgreens,…

US (MO): Neon Greens celebrates first harvest as construction continues

Amid the bustle of The Grove, Neon Greens owner Josh Smith has been busy bringing the business to life. Inside the building that was formerly home to Rise Coffeehouse, the new fast-casual concept is coming together. They cultivate greens in onsite container farms adjacent to the restaurant. Feast…

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US (TX): Talise Microgreens’ urban farm supplies greens for several DFW restaurants

Among foodies, microgreens have been the talk of the town. Beyond plate aesthetics, these younger greens pack a nutritious punch. We got an inside look into one source of our area’s freshest greens, Talise Microgreens. “Microgreens are young, edible plants,” Monica Gautam, Founder and Owner of Talise…

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US (WA): Seattle urban farm grows organic to help families in need

While eating fruits and vegetables is good for our health, buying fresh produce isn't always a reality for the thousands of families in King County who face food insecurity. That's why The Tilth Alliance, a garden and farming nonprofit, is on a mission to bring healthy food into more homes through their…

Piet Pannekeet bids an untroubled farewell to JASA

Piet Pannekeet officially bid 'adieu' to JASA Packaging Solutions three years ago. But last week, that was celebrated with a festive farewell. The pandemic delayed this occasion somewhat. Much has since happened, and this Dutch engineering firm launched a new platform for a new generation of packaging…

Czech Republic: Farmer pivots to indoors, yields 500kg cucumbers weekly

"I have been making a living from agriculture for about 14 years, trading in fruits and vegetables. Yet, climate change has brought a lot of weather extremes here, making food scarcity visible in periods when what were formerly local products are now imported from the other half of the world. Therefore,…

US (NY): Winners announced of round five of the Grow-NY Food an Agriculture Business Competition

Governor Kathy Hochul announced Hypercell Technologies of Peachtree Corners, Georgia, as the grand-prize winner of this year's Grow-NY business competition, a startup challenge focused on enhancing the emerging food, beverage, and agriculture innovation cluster in Central New York, the Finger Lakes, and…

Norway: “We’re matching import prices to break into the market”

"Given its fluctuation, we are matching the imported products to break into the market. In Norway, supermarkets and wholesalers are all privately owned. These families are dictating the fruit and vegetable market, with price as their main objective. In October, we sold salads for 1 EUR, whereas next…

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US (GA): Indoor grower in Metter leads hydroponic growth Georgia Grown Community

The future of farming is here inside several modified shipping containers tucked away in a downtown Metter warehouse. Welcome to Better Fresh Farms. "At no point in time when I was attending Georgia Tech did I think I would end up farming lettuce," explains Better Fresh Farms founder Grant Anderson.…

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US (NC): New partnership creates first-ever indoor hydroponic coffee farm

Big Guns Coffee is partnering with Isothermal Community College to unveil an innovative venture – the first-ever indoor Hydroponic Coffee Farm. This initiative will transform a 2,300-square-foot space within the Technology Building on Isothermal's Spindale Campus. The project is set to utilize expertise…

India: Due to high returns, saffron farmer breaks even after one year as profits keep doubling

“In a seller’s market, the difficulty of cultivating saffron at a large scale along with the high-profit margins, it’s a wonderful opportunity to grow this as a business. There is an exponential potential of doubling profits yearly with the least investment, with the first year as a maximum investment…

US (MO): Veteran and urban groups team up to grow produce and peace of mind

University of Missouri Extension, the Missouri Institute for Defense and Energy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and the Veterans Community Project are working on a problem shared by deployed military personnel and urban residents: access to fresh food. The partners are looking at…

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US (PA): First lady Lori Shapiro tours Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms

Pennsylvania First Lady Lori Shapiro joined Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding for a tour of Mother Earth Organic MushroomsOpens In A New Window' farm in West Grove, among the businesses making Pennsylvania number one nationally in organic mushroom production. Shapiro Administration investments are…

US (GA): New $27M mushroom facility to come to Candler County

Better Fresh Farms founder Grant Anderson planted the seed for his new business back in 2016 in Effingham County. The hydroponic operation moved to Metter shortly after and has been growing ever since. "Just grateful for all the support we've had locally," says Anderson. "If it wasn't for several folks…

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US (NY): Urban farms and mobile farm stands bring relief to city food deserts

Over the past 12 years, Tony Hillery and his team at Harlem Grown have transformed a vacant lot filled with junk on West 134th Street in Manhattan into a garden oasis. It is part of a network of urban farms that feed the surrounding community. “Now, collectively over our 14 sites, we grow just shy of…

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Malaysia: Seniors stay active thanks to hydroponics farming

Some senior citizens in Johor Baru are staying active by taking part in community farming. Taman Sri Tebrau resident Low Kway Ying, 69, said time passes faster when she keeps her days full. "In the morning, my husband and I head to a Buddhist temple near our house to take care of a vegetable patch there.…

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India: Kulgam agri expert grows saffron on his 2-story house

An agriculturist from South Kashmir’s Kulgam district having successfully cultivated the premium rice variety, Mushk Budji, has now grown saffron on the rooftop of his two-storey house using hydroponic techniques, a method of growing plants in a nutrient solution without soil. Saffron, also known as “Red…

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US (IA): Grower opts for drive-through salad cultivation

Sporting long curly hair, a sleeve of tattoos, and running shoes, Clayton Mooney doesn’t look like your typical Iowa farmer. He isn’t. For one, Mooney’s farm is surrounded by a parking lot. His crops — lettuces, and microgreens — grow inside an old Fazoli’s building in Ames, Iowa. Drive-through customers…

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How agrifoodtech will mature after its dot com-style crash

After kicking off his career during the heady days of the dot com boom — and subsequent bust — Eric Archambeau cofounded Astanor Ventures with George Coelho in 2017 as an impact venture capital fund for food and agriculture. “We founded it with a vision that agrifood was going to go through a deep…

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Malaysia: Agritech biz that AEON partnered with to open vertical farms in its malls

Gerard shared that he caught the agritech bug about seven years ago. At the time, he was leading Atilze Digital, an Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics company that implemented solutions for farmers, like smart fertigation systems. While designing and building solutions for chili farmers, he saw…

'How to microgreen farm'

Welcome to Tiny Leaf microgreen farm 2.0, Tyron and Cassie will show you around their small urban farm and explain the process of being a microgreen farmer along with the ups and downs of the business. Microgreen farming is a method of growing very young vegetable greens or herbs, typically harvested when they are only a few inches tall and have just developed their first true leaves. These tiny plan…

New initiative matches SMEs with experts for help with sustainability

A team of lecturers at Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) is working with tech firm W-Locate to find a way to cut the carbon footprint of these vehicles – this was sparked from a discussion as part of the new Alliance for Sustainability Innovation (ASI) initiative led by the polytechnic. The solution lies in an…

US (FL): Have a look inside this family farm in Jacksonville

Based in Jacksonville, Florida, 5 Points Farm is growing numerous varieties of leafy greens and veggies to supply to its clientele in the region. Growing about 12 varieties of lettuce, the farmers harvest their produce every morning to get it out on the same day. Have a look at what else they do.

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CAN (MB): Churchill Northern Studies Centre brings food sovereignty to the Arctic North

The Canadian town of Churchill, located along the Hudson Bay in Manitoba’s far north, is renowned for its arctic wilderness, captivating northern lights, playful beluga whales and iconic polar bears. Situated at 58 degrees latitude, this town of extremes is home to roughly 900 year-round residents.…

"So far, we've harvested twice as much as last year"

The Magikos Kipos facility that Andreas Lypas is showing us around is located in Kastro Viotias, Greece. "State-of-the-art," he exclaims. The foil-covered facility grows lettuce heads such as butterhead, lollo rosso, lollo bionda, and the unique "salad trio" lettuces for the Greek market. It includes a…

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US (OR): Rural lifestyle retailer supports local farmer with a $10,000 grant

Lee’s business specializes in growing nutritious microgreens. She plans to use these funds for a climate control system that will improve the quality of her crops and produce a higher yield. This award is part of a nationwide campaign where, in honor of the company’s 85th anniversary, Tractor Supply…

Spain: "We will move to snack-type vegetables in the next phase"

In a warehouse in Tetouan, Spain, miles away from any farmland, arugula and aromatic basil are cultivated indoors. It has been a few months since Isifarmer landed in an old gymnasium which has been transformed into a vertical farm seeking urban farmers to further develop its model. Ángel Leo-Revilla and…

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CAN (ON): AgriTech North to boost production with $100k CAD federal funding

A Dryden-based company focusing on locally-grown food is receiving federal funding to lower its energy consumption while increasing its production. AgriTech North, which cultivates fresh foods through in-door soil-free produce all year round, was announced this week as a recipient of $100,000 in FedNor…

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Malaysia: “People are thinking out of the box, I have to think inside the box"

December 18, 2015, was a day that changed Billy Tang’s life forever. He was driving a Land Rover in Kota Damansara, Selangor when he swerved into a divider to avoid hitting a motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet and was talking on his handphone. Tang woke up in hospital and learnt he had injured his…

Trading the apron for microgreens cultivation

Miroslav Hlubuček worked for 25 years as a manager for large food chains and made it all the way to the head of the department for the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. But he changed his management jacket for a gardening apron and started growing microgreens. He started the business in the winter…

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Spain: Vertical farms slowly but surely taking over cities

​​In the Gracia area in Barcelona, an Urbanfresh employee puts on a white coat, gloves, and a hair net. In her hand, she holds a tablet full of parameters such as environmental humidity, light, temperature, etc. She enters an ethereal room with shelves filled with what appear to be lettuce, microsprouts,…

“A bright future ahead for Brazil’s vertical farming industry”

Brazil: Aiming to have three farms up and running, and 80 different products in 2024

São Paulo-based vertical farm Pink Farms has finalized their Series A round funding and received just shy of 2 million dollars for the implementation of their second farm, which is now in its final phases, and a new addition with mushroom production in a third farm. “The full area of our second farm is…

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US (MO): Family-run farm sees demand go up

Walking up to Triple M Acres – a family-run farm located in Warrenton, Missouri – for its farm tour and demonstration is a lot like walking up to your own family reunion. Around 20 local farmers and residents (and just as many kids) are gathered around a modest bonfire situated between the Marks' family…

US (NJ): A look inside the Gourmet Mushroom Farm

Lauren Scala with New York Live pays a visit to Mighty Dare Farm, the home of Two River Mushroom, in Millstone, New Jersey. The small-scale mushroom farm provides mushrooms for local restaurants and home cooks alike.

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France: Farmer makes €1000 a month selling herbs on the side

At the foot of the Auvergne volcanoes, cilantro, dill, fennel, and tagetes are growing inside a container farm in Limagne, made possible by software developed by Lyon-based start-up Vif Systems, specialists in vertical farms. For the past year, 42-year-old Julien Chatard, a cereal grower from Aubiat…

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Philippines: Urban farming program produces food and livelihood for its members

In the Philippines and much of the world, persons with disabilities (PWDs) are unfortunately considered inferior human beings and a burden on society. Disabled people, of which this author is one, know that this kind of ableist mentality is dangerous as it strips PWDs of rights and freedoms readily…

CAN (AB): Calgary-based vertical farm preps up to bring fast-growing leafies to shelves

When GoodLeaf’s baby and micro greens hit grocery shelves in Calgary next month, it’ll mark another notch in the company’s rapid growth as a leading vertical farming company attempting to bring a new type of farming to scale. The vertical farming company opened its first commercial farm in Guelph, Ont.,…

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Philippines: FarmTop take urban agri to new heights

Doing its share to help the country achieve food security while addressing environmental challenges, Robinsons Offices, one of the country’s leading providers of quality, flexible workspaces, has partnered with lifestyle brand FarmTop for the development of “sky farms” or soilless vegetable gardens on…

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CAN (AB): Diamond Valley community bands together to form sustainable living center

Three years in the making, the Diamond Valley Sustainable Living Centre will open its doors on Saturday. The center focuses on programs to educate the community about recycling and upcycling, along with food, water, and energy security. Susan Kristoferson and her husband, Larry Kapustka, are co-founders…

US (WY): Vertical farm expands partnership with Food Bank of Wyoming

Food Bank of Wyoming is expanding the reach of its partnership with Vertical Harvest, a Jackson, Wyoming-headquartered indoor farming company focused on Competitive Integrated Employment for people with disabilities. The Food Bank’s initial pilot program with Vertical Harvest started by distributing…

Norway: First sprouts and herbs delivery for aquaponic farm

"This is an important milestone for us, given the facility construction in Fauske just began this spring. Back then, we sowed the seeds for watercress, radish, broccoli, and borage, which we have been delivering to clients ever since six days ago," says Marius Johansen, Founder and Co-owner of Grønt Fra…

How a pilot turned to microgreens

Join Vegbed in thisl interview with Robb Patton of Funky Farmer Microgreens as we dive into the world of microgreen farming, sustainability, and growth. In this engaging discussion, Robb shares his journey of ven…

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Iceland: '50-gram salad blends are booming, reducing food waste immensely'

"The vertical farming industry has overly focused on the technical aspects of the business while overlooking the sales and marketing side. VAXA has built a strong brand presence in Iceland and conducted extensive market research to understand its customer's needs, which has influenced our business…

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US (MI): Local business grows 47,000 pounds of mushrooms per week

For some Michigan residents, harvesting wild mushrooms is a cherished pastime. For one company in Scottville, growing and harvesting gourmet mushrooms is an enterprise. Traditionally, farm work is dictated by the seasons, and bountiful harvests are reliant on the kindness of Mother Nature. But in the…

Malaysia: "In order to make products affordable, we have to achieve economy of scale"

"As we grow bigger we can produce more and sell more locally. On top of that, we can become more price competitive as possible, given there's no point for me to sell to the top 20 supermarkets in Malaysia. The bigger we go, the more economy of scale I achieve providing a cheaper price so that everyone in…

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CAN (ON): Scarborough agency out to prove that indoor farming can help reduce food bank use

In a warehouse space near Highway 401, shelves of kale and other leafy greens stand above tilapia swimming in a 100-gallon tank. This is part of how one agency is addressing one of Scarborough’s biggest problems: food insecurity. For two months, the Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) has…

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US (VT): Seedlings sprouting up at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro

Grateful Greens has been growing microgreens since 2019, sprouting up here in Brattleboro and spreading its roots at the Cotton Mill. "I've been here for just over a year," said Ross Orsucci, operations manager. "It's been really exciting. In that time we've constructed this facility." In an outbuilding…

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US (WI): Madison man grows 200 pounds of mushrooms a week in tiny downtown space

Tucked inside the Madison Enterprise Center on South Baldwin Street is a farm of sorts that produces nearly 200 pounds of mushrooms a week for local restaurants and farmers markets. MicroMyco Growers formed out of pandemic-induced boredom in November 2020, said owner, mushroom cultivator, and sole…

US (VI): New River Valley companies turning old buildings into vertical farming facilities

Two companies in the New River Valley are looking to revitalize buildings and, at the same time, create produce. Vegg Inc. and Mova Technologies are working together to revamp the Historic Jefferson Building in Pulaski to house vertical farming. They plan to grow plants suspended in nutrient-rich water…

Thailand: Vertically farmed strawberries sold at 50% of imported ones

"Our current farm's capacity is maxed out, and there's an increasing demand for our produce: we are able to sell more berries and other crops than we can produce. This expansion aims to cater to existing and potential partners. Depending on the space allocated for each crop, we can optimize production…

Introducing New York City’s next generation of farmer-scientists

Atop the Javits Center in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen sits one of the nation’s largest rooftop farms. Its 6.75 acres are home to manicured rows of leafy greens, an apple orchard, honeybee hives, and — on a sunny spring day last May — 991 New York City students from 35 public schools across the five…

Tulsa students learn aquaponics

North Tulsa is known for being a food desert, but students at Monroe Demonstration Academy learned how to make a difference and grew their own fresh produce. “Basically, we water the surface for three days and the bottom for three days, so today we are watering the bottom,” said Monroe student Tristan Clehr. Clehr and his…

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Greenhouses, a little from vertical farms, and leafies: 5 years in the US CEA industry

CEA operator Local Bounti has recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, which is not an easy feat in such a challenging industry. “At the very beginning, I had experience in plant propagation, vertical farming, and greenhouse production,” says David Vosburg, Chief Innovation Officer at Local Bounti. “When…

China: Shipping containers transformed into aquaponic farm in Fuyang

In the heart of Fuyang, eastern China, 70 repurposed shipping containers now house sturgeon, bass, and carp, forming a thriving aquaponic venture. This system utilizes fish waste as fertilizer for water-purifying plants, enhancing both fish quantity and quality. The process not only yields cleaner water and healthier fish but also commands better prices in the market…

US (SD): A mushroom-filled day at Sturgis Farm

Bear Butte Gardens in Sturgis, S.D. hosted a mushroom festival Saturday, October 7, 2023. The festival took place as part of a project funded by a specialty crop block grant…

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US (PA): Urban farm inside old Westinghouse plant offers gaze into aquaponics

The WestWinn Urban Agriculture Co. — a $4 million aquaponics project situated on 25,000 square feet inside The Landing in downtown Sharon — would span 30 acres of dirt if it were a traditional farm. WestWinn is an urban farm that combines aquaculture and hydroponics to grow healthy, sustainable crops of…

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Singapore: Mushroom farm offers colorful shrooms and free tours

While Singapore is usually seen as a concrete jungle, you might be surprised to learn that our little red dot does, in fact, have farms with fresh produce. Located within Neo Tiew Crescent near Kranji, Kin Yan Farm is a mushroom and wheatgrass farm with tours starting at just $5/person. Here, you can…

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Singapore: Vegetable farm and vehicles share a carpark in Hougang

Cars are not the only things under shelter at a multi-story carpark in Hougang. Vegetables such as bayam (Chinese spinach), chye sim, and kale are grown at the Greenhood vertical farm situated on the roof of Block 946A Hougang Street 92, which was opened to the public on Sunday. Besides maximizing land…

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Romania: Cables satisfy the unique demands of vertical farming

Romanian startup Ultragreens relies on wire and cable systems from HELUKABEL for the reliable transmission of power, signals, and data in their automated indoor farms. Founded in 2014, the company supports the growth of food closer to its points of sale. To do this, Ultragreens relies on compact…

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US (IL): How hydroponics is inspiring the next generation of students in agriculture

Food insecurity has been an ongoing battle in Chicago and will only worsen if action is not taken to restructure our farming practices in the wake of our changing climate. Thankfully, Loyola, through its Urban Agriculture program, is looking ahead to remedy this issue before its effects are felt. Loyola…

Georgia: Growing market for vertical farm setups in hospitality and retail industry

"There is absolutely a great potential market out here for the Spots given Space Farms is the first to introduce such a product nationally and because of that people are taking notice. More and more are seeing the benefits of fresh and sustainable produce, and we're here to deliver just that. We're…

Planet Farms eyes Norway, the US and the Middle east for the future

Founded in 2018 by Luca Travaglini and Daniele Benatoff, Planet Farms has been producing baby leaf salads, basil, and pesto just outside Milan, Italy. Today, their products are distributed in two million Italian supermarkets. With three production sites for the moment, the main factory is based in…

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US (TX): Welcome to the latest hybrid greenhouse

Inside an unsuspecting greenhouse in Cleburne, Texas, is an enormous 62,500-square-foot facility where thousands of leafy greens and herbs grow. This space is home to the Eden Green Technologies vertical farm – a one-of-a-kind automated hydroponic system that supplies each plant with everything they need to grow to their fullest potential. Aaron Fields, Vice President o…

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Tackling food waste in the hospitality space

Hospitality player Accor is aware of the challenges the industry faces when it comes to food waste. At Accor specifically, it accounts for around 43% of the total operating waste, averaging almost 20 tons per hotel per year, as we serve 200 million meals each year across our 10,000+ restaurants and bars.…

US (TX): A visit to Dragon City Farms

Join Oklahoma Fungi on a tour of Dragon City Farms, an indoor hydroponic farm located in the charming city of Dallas, Texas. The farm is growing leafy greens, herbs, strawberries, microgreens, and gourmet mushrooms using a ZipGrow system. Head mycologist and owner of the farm, Alex Davis, will personally guide us through the facility. Using highly efficient, innovative hyd…

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"From fish to the production of food plants, everything is natural"

In Cuba, beset by economic crisis and shortages, even the most fundamental of endeavors like fishing or farming can get complicated quickly. That's why two young Cuban entrepreneurs decided to turn to aquaponics to combine the two in a bid to get more bang for their buck and, at the same time, bolster…

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Trinidad and Tobago: Family, children’s home receives donation of hydroponic towers

Officers of the Eastern Division Community-Oriented Policing Section (COPS) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) are working to improve and sustain the lives of families within their communities. In an update, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service said in its ongoing agricultural and entrepreneurship…

Malaysia: Vanilla farm based on aquaponics, open for tours

Penang introduces a brand new edutainment experience just outside the city – Vanilla Village Experiential Farm Tours. Innovated, built, and managed by Malaysia’s Kairos Agriculture, the smart farm specializes in the cultivation of vanilla and is located on 6 acres of prime land in Permatang Pauh…

UK: Addressing knowledge gaps and enhancing the efficiency of aquaponic systems

Laurence Anderson is in the concluding stages of their PhD studies at the University of Liverpool's Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, supported by the Low Carbon Eco Innovatory and the Liverpool-based social enterprise Farm Urban. The Academic Odyssey"My academic journey began with a…

Jordan: NARC intensifying research efforts to increase agricultural production

The Jordan Farmers Union is urging the adoption of a two-pronged strategy that combines the power of afforestation with cutting-edge scientific research to cultivate…

US (FL): Behind the scenes at Tampa's microgreens producer

Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Meredith Family Farms, where passion, innovation, and the support of an SBA loan have come together to redefine farm-to-table excellence in Tampa Bay, Florida (US). Discover how Meredith Family Farms, with the assistance of an SBA loan, has forged invaluable partnerships with the most prestigious eateries in the Tampa Bay a…

US (TN): From growing in the apartment to a 6,000 sq ft farm

Jeffrey Orkin from Greener Roots Farm in Nashville, Tennessee, started from humble beginnings: from growing in his apartment to a sprawling 10,000 sq ft greenhouse and 6000 sq ft indoor farm. In the video below, Jeff shares his secrets to success, including tackling challenges with system design, remote…

CAN: Indigenous Centre tackles climate change and food insecurity through education

It's lunchtime on a mid-August afternoon, and members of the Ajashki Food Security and Climate Change Learning Centre gather at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. They share stories about their pets while eating fresh pizza made from ingredients grown just a few steps away. The couches are…

The Hopscotch Foundation built the aquaponics farm that students work

The Hopscotch Foundation began with a spaghetti dinner. In 2015, Dave Gunderson found out no one was providing team dinners for the players on the Jefferson High School football team. So he made dinner for the team — and then started to think. Over the past 8 years, through the pandemic, school…

New Delhi farmer turns to hydroponics, educates others nowadays

New Delhi (India), September 27: Devendra Dilip Khole, a young and ambitious entrepreneur hailing from Pune, has set a remarkable example of turning his passion into a thriving business venture. While building his manufacturing business, Devendra also nurtured a deep-seated passion for agriculture and…

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US (TX): Lubbock man opens his own microgreen facility, aims to teach others

What is a microgreen? It’s in the name and a Lubbock microgreen gardener wants to teach people how to grow their own fresh greens to feed their families. Warren Mahan, 38, has been a truck driver for twelve years but said, “It’s hard to do when your children need you there, so I wanted to do something…

Philippines: Farmer makes it big with lettuce

In a country where agriculture plays an important role in ensuring food security and driving economic development, programs that support and empower young farmers are nothing short of essential. The Department of Agriculture's Young Farmers Challenge Program (YFC) stands as a beacon of hope, offering…

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US (MO): Urban farm cultivates support system for veterans

Crystal Wiggins has been out of the U.S. Air Force for seven years, but the passage of time doesn’t make her feel any less devoted to service. “I think I’ll be serving the military my whole life,” Wiggins said. Her commitment to serving others led Wiggins into her current role as the veterans program…

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US (NC): Winston-Salem couple and Wake Forest alumna take on urban farming

Cedric and Allison White ('09) lead the way down the carpeted steps towards their basement in the Ardmore neighborhood of Winston-Salem with their two small children in tow. While some people use garages to store cars or rusty bikes, the White family harnesses their garage as a hydroponic microgreen and…

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6 years after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico residents and farms take recovery into their own hands

Six years after Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, flooding whole towns and leaving 80% of the island without power, some residents and businesses have taken matters into their own hands and are taking care of the island's locals. Casa Pueblo, a 43-year-old nonprofit environmental group, is…

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US (MI): "It's easier to say who we don't collaborate with"

Depending on the day of the week, Dustin Sutton may be working at the Arnold Center's hydroponic farm, on a paper recycling truck at Dow, or as a vendor at the Midland Area Farmers Market. Sutton, an enthusiastic and outgoing person, has worked with the Arnold Center in some capacity for 30 years. "It's…

US (OH): Toledo-based restaurant starts hydroponic garden to improve sustainability

Toledo’s very own Balance Pan-Asian Grille has started up its own hydroponic garden, which is an exciting new step for the whole community. Although the new garden is a large step for Balance Grille to become a more environmentally conscious business, this is not the only step they have taken. c “We do a…

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CAN (AB): “Geothermal energy will stabilize energy and retail prices throughout the year”

"At this point, most folks know of the advantages of marrying vertical farming with greenhouses, year-round production capability being one of the top. By combining vertical farming and greenhouse crop production, we can take farming to another level in this partnership with Affinor. Once the facility is…

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US (KY): "This farm was sold out as soon as it opened"

"Vertical farming works. You have to grow crops effectively, operate efficiently at the right cost, and deliver on your promises to consumers. If some of those components aren't there, then, sure, the business model doesn't work. That's true in any industry. But we're building a sustainable business, and…

US (AK): Consumer-owned cooperative raises money for Middle school ag program

Kodiak Harvest Food Co-op, a locally owned grocery store, raised $770 for the Kodiak Middle School’s agriculture program, according to a press release from their board of directors. The co-op raised the money through a silent dessert auction held during the co-op’s annual meeting. The KMS agriculture…

First boxes of microgreens delivered to customers in Northern Norway

"This is an important milestone for us. The construction of the facility in Fauske began this spring, and we sowed the seeds for watercress, radish, broccoli, and borage that we are delivering now six days ago. The plants grow quickly, and we are now delivering them to customers such as Bama and Havila…

Canada: Farm adds cattle feed to their 168 product catalog

"Instead of having engineers and plant scientists on site, we have ways that we can basically integrate our technology into the farmer's location, and we can watch everything going on in real-time. We have our own in-house team that can fix and resolve any issues and provide support as needed," says Ryan…

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US (TX): LocalSprout celebrates 10 years in business

When someone says "urban farming," it's unlikely the image of San Antonio's LocalSprout Food Hub springs to mind. "These spiders really need to get to work," LocalSprout Food Hub Manager Jess Rivera joked as a gnat hovered incessantly around her head. LocalSprout celebrates 10 years in business this year…

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US (CA): A teaser of Plenty's Compton farm

Rich DeMuro with KTLA 5 visits Plenty's latest Compton facility in California, which was opened on May 19 earlier this year. The farm is designed to grow up to 4.5 million pounds of leafy greens annually and has been up and running ever since December 2022.

US (TX): "The sky is the limit with self-made equipment to adjust and adapt things"

About two years ago, founder Bill Job brought the Marshes on board to run Boterna with the goal of putting their experience with indoor farming to use on a commercial scale. Argyle residents, the Marshes brought the equipment here from Tennessee, setting up a 6,000-square-foot growing space in Denton.…

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Philippines: Expanded DA Young Farmers Challenge 2023 to launch soon

On September 28, 2023, the Department of Agriculture (DA), through the Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS) in collaboration with the office of Senator Imee R. Marcos and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), will launch the Young Farmers Challenge (YFC) Program. The event will…

US (NE): Flourishing local food source, derived from geothermal greenhouse and container farm

“Southwest Antelope County is a known food desert. We are trying to fill that gap in the community,” said Rachel Uhrenholdt. Her business, Midplains Produce, is a farm that provides local food 365 days a year. Located on a farm between Petersburg and Elgin, Nebraska, Midplains Produce is able to grow…

US (TX): "I think the sustainable competitors are going to start winning"

Inside a bright greenhouse about an hour outside Dallas, workers are handing off plants during operations at Eden Green Technology's latest facility in Cleburne. The company operates two greenhouses and has broken ground on two more at its Cleburne campus, where the indoor facilities are meant to shelter…

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US (CA): Microgreens farm launches in Yuba City

With 10 years clean and sober under her belt, Dani Fitch recently launched a home farming operation under the ultraviolet lights of her uncle's garage. This indoor grow operation currently hosts two large utility racks filled with shallow pans and has the potential to generate between $2,000 to $4,000…

Spain: Japanese strawberry variety allows better market entry and brand growth

As the vertical farming industry is maturing and finding its place in the ag space, there are quite a few companies that are still struggling to find the solution for the infamous skyrocketing operational costs of these farms. In a move that may initially sound counterintuitive, Spanish vertical farmer…

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US (GA): Meet the growers behind Gowin Valley Farms

Gowin Valley Farms is a small family farm in Rocky Face, GA (a ~30-minute drive from downtown Chattanooga) that has been in operation since 1964. The 122-acre farm was started by Emma’s late grandfather, who specialized in small vegetable and fruit production. During the pandemic, Emma and Gabriel moved…

Levo International:

Turning underutilized urban properties into productive farm spaces

In this episode of the Goodness Exchange, Christian Heiden, Founder and Director of Innovation for Levo International, talks about the history of Hydroponics, highlighting its evolution from ancient Egypt to modern innovations, with a focus on simplified Hydroponics as a user-friendly approach to sustainable agriculture. Levo is working to turn underutilized ur…

US (NY): Taking on the Eastcoast in phased expansion, raising another $10 million

"Baking profitability into our model from the start, we minimized our external inputs and designed our systems to work with and enhance agricultural land(s). Additionally, we sized our Grow Hubs proportionately to provide sufficient production to meet the demands of a 50 - 100-mile radius. In this way,…

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US (NJ): Nat Geo Wild visits Hackensack farm

Recently, NatGeo Wild visited REED Autism Services' Greens Do Good farm in Hackensack, NJ. This six-part documentary follows the journey of farming expert Indy Officinalis as she connects farmers with industry experts to help maximize their potential. "This is a feel-good show about turning farm dreams into reality and showcasing the unique ways we grow our food, from k…

US (TN): Nashville grower supplies flowers, microgreens, and herbs

"I don't think most know how much time goes into just one single variety. Since most of these plants are not native to our country, it can take months of trying to recreate their nature in the environment. We have spent two years on one single plant. There are still varieties that are challenging to get…

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US (NY): How NYC's 'first aquaponic farmer' tumbled into urban ag

Nestled between a Trader Joe’s and New York City’s East River is Oko Farms, a little hub of greenery in Brooklyn that looks out onto Manhattan’s skyline. Fenced off in the corner of an expansive construction site, it’s not easy to locate. Past the gates is a 10,000 sq ft plot brimming with beds of…

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US: Retired NFL star turns to mushroom farming

JAKE Plummer is embracing a very different lifestyle after leaving the NFL behind. The former Denver Broncos quarterback, 48, is now a small-town mushroom farmer. Plummer was a second-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft and enjoyed 10 seasons in the league. He was a star for Arizona State in college,…

US (IN): Westfield couple grows up to 200 pounds of mushrooms weekly

A Westfield couple is celebrating a new milestone: harvesting their first batch of blue oyster mushrooms in an upcycled shipping container. Farmbox shipped the couple their container farm in mid-July. Just weeks after the delivery, Mark Downs and Julie Downs have already harvested several batches in…

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South African startup to boost hydroponic production

Despite little VC capital, South Africa’s agritech sector is pushing ahead. TechCabal caught up with a few to get more info on their contributions to SA’s breadbasket sector. According to Wandile Sihlobo, an agriculture economist and author, technology has played a significant role in making South…

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US (CA): Livermore couple provides fresh microgreens to local restaurants

LED lights shine down upon many soil-filled trays and their occupants for 18 hours a day. These trays, some with greens poking above the soil and others with developing seeds, fill racks that border a 250-square-foot converted garage. Within days to weeks, they grow into small but familiar vegetables and…

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US (PA): Old torpedo factory goes aquaponic lettuce

From 250 to 2,000 fish, the urban farm in Sharon is growing rapidly. “We’ve gotten more fish in, your fish have grown. And the nutrients have grown, now that we have nutrients in the water, we now have some of our lettuce products,” said Rob Studor, the director of Aqauponics-Westwinn Urban AG. Fish have…

Renzo Grootscholten and Peter Kuijvenhoven about the internships at Bevofarms:

“It is important to see how big the world is”

"A time to never forget!" This is how Renzo Grootscholten described his internship at Bevofarms in Canada. In February, Renzo started his 3rd-year internship for the horticulture and agri-business study in Delft and left for Canada for five months to work at Bevofarms. He could have also done this in the…

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AU: The inner-west farm where you dine among barramundi and mushrooms

A culinary oasis is opening in the Marrickville industrial estate, where the former site of a wholesale meat supplier has been transformed into an aquaponics farm and campfire kitchen. Beyond the chain-link fence, there are edible leafy greens snaking up recycled shipping containers, buckets of blooming…

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CAN (ON): Midland library getting hydroponic tower thanks to grant

The Midland Public Library will purchase a hydroponic tower thanks to a recent grant. The library received a $1,466 Smart and Caring grant from the Huronia Community Foundation’s Environment and LabX funds. “This fascinating system will allow us to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in a small indoor…

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US (SC): The Mushroom Spot makes edible fungi easier to find in Greenville

Ward Watson has worked for decades in front-of-house hospitality. A lifelong interest in mushrooms and the broader fungi family now has him switching to a supporting role for restaurants and home kitchens with the opening of The Mushroom Spot specialty grocery store.Located in the Lake Forest Shopping…

Delhi couple produce 350 lettuce and 250 spinach heads weekly in backyard farm

"We are growing 500 organic crop heads weekly, which are sold for 30 rupees each. That is a total income of 15,000 rupees (~180 USD) per week. That brings the monthly total to 60,000 rupees (~725 USD) Peter shares. It's a great income on the side, with very little work truly. Two people can make this…

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US (TX): Businesses turn to technology to survive the heat

Sarah Rodriguez said her garden this summer is the most successful one she’s had yet, but it’s less about what she’s growing and more about where she’s doing it. “I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing,” Rodriguez said. “With this, there’s no bugs, and I don’t have to play in the dirt.” In the…


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