Netled

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…

ColdAcre

CAN (YT): Tackling food insecurity above the 60th parallel

In the northernmost territories of Canada, agricultural development is underway but must contend with the cold climate, variable photoperiod and other environmental challenges. It comes as little surprise, then, that interest in controlled environment agriculture is on the rise. ColdAcre Food Systems is…

selecting the right energy techniques and getting the best out of it requires specialist support

Reducing greenhouse costs drives innovation and also complication

The seemingly never-ending drive to control energy costs and reduce CO2 emissions is driving innovation but can also drive complication. "A site could have almost any combination of a gas boiler, Combined Heat & Power (CHP), LED lighting, biomass boiler, heat pump and then even some solar panels on the…

Zero Farms

Italy: Zero Farms delivers its salads to regional supermarkets

After years of R&D by the company team, they're now aiming to create an ideal environment, combined with software and technologies for the aeroponically growing salads, arugula, aromatic herbs, and packaged microgreens. All crops are grown in a Pordenone-based production site. The formerly abandoned…

Hungary: Bedrock.farm to take its farming concept across borders

“At this point, we’re at an operative level, however, we’re aiming to create a new commerce, namely a franchised model where others can start their own indoor farm,” says Endre Szucs, co-founder of bedrock.farm. “We’re in contact with a large Hungarian supplier to build an urban farm next to their…

Canadian Grocer

“It’s a fabulous idea if you have space and capital”

In some Canadian grocery stores, when consumers ask where their leafy greens come from, the produce manager can just point a finger.  Having vertical farms in-store “gets agriculture closer to city dwellers (and) gives customers the sense the grocer is very much intertwined with the rest of the supply chain,”…

Hampton Roads Academy

Students set up hydroponic system in school lab

US (VA): Senior project brings daily salads for school lunches

Two Upper School Seniors at the Hampton Roads Academy (HRA) constructed a hydroponic unit for the school's hydroponics lab. About a year ago two students, Ava and Cooper, were asked to construct a new hydroponics unit for the school. They immediately agreed to work on the project, with their first task…

Grower turns to indoor saltwater farming to grow sea beans

Salicornia. Picklegrass. Sea asparagus. Sea beans are a salty, long, thin vegetable that grow in saltwater.  These are just a few of the monikers Sam Norton has heard in talking to chefs about his new vegetable. However, he prefers to call them sea beans--them being a thin, long asparagus-like vegetable that…

Vertical farming rising in traditional cultivations

'Where in recent years vertical farming enthusiasts have perhaps been mainly qualified as hipsters with a rather expensive hobby, this new branch of horticultural sport is steadily on the rise and traditional growers are also finding their way to the multi-layer installations.' They see opportunities in…

Own Greens

Providing farming solutions at every customer level

“Since we’ve started the pilot farm in Japan, we’ve had several parties reaching out for large-scale projects throughout the country," says Lennart Bijl, Operation Manager at Own Greens. The Dutch-based company is currently finetuning farming techniques in order to create a concept that can be quickly…

Urban Greens

Through local sourcing and the use of natural resources

Introducing low-cost farming models to the Philippines

The Philippines is one of the greatest exporter of coconuts, mangoes and pineapples worldwide, it is quite a surprise that a large number of vegetables are imported from surrounding countries. “Fresh herbs and leafy greens, in particular as they’re much more expensive here and low-quality,” says Ralph…

GrowSpec

Vertical growing solutions that are easily multiplied increasing the management scale of each grower

GrowSpec is an indoor farming equipment supplier first established in 2015. GrowSpec offers three main products, each with numerous product lines contained therein. These three products include LED grow lights, vertical grow systems and container farms. According to GrowSpec CEO Alvis Ma, these products…

A growing tower that can easily be moved around by kids

A Flex Farm in the most literal sense of the word, that’s what Megan Pirelli with Fork Farms aims for. “Our indoor vertical hydroponic system can be moved around by kids, which makes it ideal for educational purposes. We want to show kids that they can have power and control over the origin of their…

UAE: “Hydroponic farming is not yet deployed at a meaningful scale”

“While hydroponic farming is extremely relevant to the water-poor Middle East, and incentives for agriculture such as energy and water subsidies have been put in place, the technology has not been deployed at a meaningful scale yet,” Alexander Kappes, founder of Greener Crop states. Greener Crop was…

Infarm

Infarm's cloud-connected vertical farming expansion

With vertical agriculture being relatively nascent and working to establish itself within the global agrifood system, urban farming company Infarm is making significant headway through its intelligent, cloud-connected farms whose products are found in the world’s leading retail stores. The entire Infarm…

Babylon Micro-Farms

Babylon Micro-Farms is dialing in recipes, support software for specific crop types, and even for specific markets

Responding to local- and sustainable food sourcing

“Running a farm is quite a complex learning process, therefore we’ve removed the entry barrier from a learning curve point of view to form the actual system,” Alexander Olesen, CEO and co-founder of Babylon Micro-Farms. Babylon has set up a remote management platform connected to sensors and cameras to…

Automation and software for vertical farms

Swisslog, provider of warehouse automation and software, has created automation systems that bring scalability, flexibility and lower costs to vertical farming.  “At Swisslog, we are researching and exploring applications where our automation technology could improve efficiencies,” said Dr. Christian Baur, CEO…

Intelligent Growth Solutions

says CEO David Farquhar

“We don’t think it’s right to go tell other countries what to grow but rather empower them to grow crops that are suited to local need”

While indoor agriculture seeks to circumvent many production barriers of outdoor agriculture, the industry is not without its difficulties. Intelligent Growth Solutions (IGS) has made it its mission to address the most significant barriers to the sustainability of indoor farming by developing a fully…

David van Steenkiste, Plant-T:

"The plant tower is a mini-vertical farm for the cultivation of herbs, flowers, fruit or vegetables"

For years, David van Steenkiste was a herbalist at star restaurant Hertog Jan, as well as managing herbal company Herbas. David has now sold his company and started Plant-T, a company that markets plant towers. “A plant tower is actually a miniature vertical farm. You can grow herbs, flowers, vegetables…

Eden Green Technology

Technology-based on empowering growers with a commercially viable model

Eden Green Technology is a Texas-based agtech company that offers “greenhouses-as-a-service” vertical farming technology and greenhouse systems. These systems can grow  50+ varieties of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables in a sustainable manner, supporting both economic growth and food security. According…

France: Containers to grow fruit and vegetables in La Courneuve

In the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis, an urban production of fruit and vegetables is being grown in 12-meter long containers. The products grow inside, under a pink…

GROWPIPES

Providing an affordable and efficient way to grow vertically anywhere

A farming system that works just as well in a greenhouse in Africa or in an indoor environment in Sweden might sound too good to be true, but GROWPIPES farming system has been designed to do exactly that. “Our system works in all countries, whether in the North with less sunlight or in the South where…

Cannerald

Levin Amweg, co-founder of Cannerald

“Growing vertically was essential when designing our facility”

Cannerald is a Swiss commercial medical cannabis grower that follows stringent Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) to develop high-quality products intended for patients throughout Europe. Cannerald optimizes plant quality and yield by growing under Fluence LED horticulture lighting solutions throughout…

Elevate Farms

Elevate farms to expand in New Zealand and New Jersey by late 2021

Producing 1 million lbs of leafy greens per year

Other than building high-tech production facilities and growing leafy greens, Elevate is also in the business of proving its detractors wrong as the company is on track to produce 1 million pounds of leafy greens in one of its 5,000-square foot facilities in Niagara, Ontario. Elevate is a vertical…

Eponic Agriculture

A fully automated three-dimensional vertical farm comes into operation

Eponic Agriculture Co. Ltd is a supplier of indoor farming equipment. Alice, the company's director, introduced the recently fully automated production system of a stereochemical vertical farm. "The current three-dimensional indoor farms on the market are based on semi-automated workflow, with some links…

Pushing forward vertical farming techniques in Europe

"Our aim is to build the foundation for large-scale industrial vertical farming based on a circular economy"

iFarm, YASAI and Logiqs B.V. recently announced an industrial partnership across borders between European technology and thought leaders in the field of vertical farming. Mark Essam Zahran, CEO of YASAI says that this partnership was formed to create the best state of the art turnkey-solution for…

Space Lab Technologies LLC

Overcoming the challenge to crop production in space

While the vertical farming industry says that the sky is the limit, Space Lab Technologies LLC is pushing that notion even further. Space Lab Technologies LLC is a Colorado-based company whose mission is to advance human space exploration through technology development. One of Space Lab’s focus areas is…

YouTube: ZipGrow

A visit to the ZipFarm

Join the virtual farm tour

Recently, ZipGrow has opened its doors for a virtual farm tour to demonstrate 'how all things are put together'. The tour was kicked off at the germ chamber, then, after passing through the vestibule viewers are lead to the indoor farm.  In ZipGrow's seedling station plants the crops are propagated until they are suitable for transplantation…

CubicFarms

CubicFarms' cultivator module

Bringing food production closer to home

Dave Dinesen, CEO of CubicFarms, believes that we are experiencing a global crisis in food security and that technology is necessary to feed the growing global population. CubicFarm Systems Corp. is a local chain agtech company headquartered in British Columbia, Canada. The company specializes in the…

Hunter D’Antuono | Flathead Beacon

Growing up green: delivering lettuce on the spot

Amid a light January snowfall in Whitefish, Dustin Lang dragged open the metal door of a nondescript shipping container sitting in the driveway of The Farm at River’s Bend. Inside, a blinding array of red and blue LED lights cast a violet glow on rows of hanging panels covered with a variety of salad…

Urban farming in Finland in for a boost thanks to EU funding

The European Union and its member states are committed to building circular and sustainable societies and to reducing carbon emissions. Thus, their support for different projects that advance these goals should come as no surprise. One of the latest such initiatives is Finland’s CircularHoodFood project,…

"Everyone should have a living, aeroponic tower on their back porch, balcony or even inside their home"

Chapala Gardens is a rooftop aeroponic farm in Santa Barbara, California. Established in 2012, Chapala Gardens was the first such rooftop farm in the Western USA and includes 32 Tower Gardens up to 8’ in height.  The farm is installed atop a 110-year-old 2-story building by the beach, which required founder…

Photo report: A visit to the Certhon Innovation Centre

Providing the knowledge and recipes for growing any crop successfully

Starting an indoor farm can be quite a challenge as all technical aspects have to be perfectly aligned with each other. If you think you know everything about a certain type of crop that is grown in a greenhouse, there is a lot more to learn and achieve when growing that crop indoors. For this particular…


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