Growing systems

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…

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…

"Our goal is donating 1-million servings of fresh produce"

US (TX): Mobile agriculture system expands operation

Last year during the pandemic, Big Tex Urban Farms harvested and donated 26,000 pounds of food. That equates to more than 295,000 servings. This year they increased their grow capacity with the addition of 'Growzilla'. "Growzilla is a shipping container farm," Drew Demler, Director of Horticulture…

Intravision Group

'A mash-up of high- and low-tech approaches to vertical farming'

“Vertical farming has a big energy footprint, which places limitations on the return-on-investment story for investors or the viability of the industry in general for that matter,” says Josh Siteman, Managing Director of Intravision Canada. “Growers have this big battle of trying to sell a two-dollar…

Qatar Ministry plans to establish plant factories for leafy greens

The Qatar Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has planned to establish plant factories soon to ensure production of leafy vegetables round the year. The plan is…

Eastern Kentucky high school students grow fresh greens with growing container

US (KY): Fostering interest in high-tech farming

AppHarvest and the United States Department of Agriculture announced the expansion of the company’s educational high-tech container farm program for Eastern Kentucky high school students, unveiling a new container farm unit at Breathitt High School in Jackson. The program demonstrates the company’s…

“Plant transpiration is similar to a pool”

“The transpiration of plants is similar to a pool,” says Keith Coursin, President of Desert Aire. If looking at a pool, there’s a huge body of water with vapor pressured difference between the water surface and the air above it. “Therefore, the VPD (Vapor Pressure Deficit) is the driving mechanism that…

KG Systems / Philips Lighting

Offering the complete package, thinking from a plant perspective

“Nowadays, there’s very little growing space. Many growers have to grow in several places at the same time, moving their products around,” says Floris Berghout, International business development manager at KG Systems. “Therefore, when taking this problem into account, vertical farming is a valuable…

Rise Garden

Rise Garden launches indoor smart garden

Growing indoors with the Personal Garden

A new indoor smart garden is coming from Rise Garden according to the virtual CES event. The Chicago-based company’s new countertop-sized garden is equipped with Amazon Alexa and includes an “industry-first microgreens add-on.” Rise Garden, founded in 2019, designs hydroponic produce gardens so anyone…

Spread

Spread reaches high operating rate at Techno Farm Keihanna

Japan: Operating rate of 99% in large-scale automated farm

Spread Co., Ltd. has reached the operating rate of 99% at Techno Farm Keihanna, a large-scale automated vertical farm. This percentage is based on the number of harvested heads compared to the maximum capacity of the farm. Stable production at a large-scale automated vertical farm, with a production…

Danish company launches new package solution

Bottom of fresh herbs bag becomes growing pot

Danish based growing company Grow Up FARM is launching a new product, named Eat-Grow-Repeat: small pea plants that grow in hemp in a bag. Refrigerated and bagged, the pea sprouts keep fresh for a week. "Rip off the upper section of the bag, and the bottom of the bag is now the pot," they explain. "Place…

“A vitamin space greenhouse”

Space wheat, peas, onions and lettuce… dreams of planting your own food in space have taken a huge leap forward. And it’s all thanks to a small step by a clever new system. How do you grow something in space when there’s no gravity, electromagnetic field or sunlight? For more than 50 years, scientists from different countries…


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