Tomato plants to generate energy: Warm Earth uses green batteries

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Ilja Schamle has replaced batteries with living plants in this self-built server system to explore how technology could enter into a symbiotic relationship with nature. Showcased as part of the Missed Your Call graduate exhibition at Milan design week, the project sees…

Mana Farms:

“We want to make technology as simple, efficient and convenient as possible”

“Having these units in restaurants will be an experience for guests, like having a lobster tank from which the customers can choose. Similarly, they can see the herbs and salads being used in their dishes,” says Raphael Schardt, co-founder, and CEO of Mana Farms. Mana Farms is a German agtech company…

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From successful growing experience to a no-nonsense approach to indoor farming systems

“Having grown countless tons of leafy greens it was time for some more color in our testing facilities,” says Alexandre Van Deun, Co-Founder of Urban harvest. Tasty strawberries all year round“We believe we should focus on more complex crops which can really benefit from controlled environment…

Urban Crop Solutions:

"There are four drivers needed for successful ROI"

"After extensive research, we concluded that the industry has much potential to produce at a commercial scale," says Maarten Vandecruys, founder and CTO at Urban Crop Solutions (UCS). "Also, economically in terms of producing with a good ROI (Return On Investment). There are four drivers needed for…

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Dutch pavilion's vertical farm unveils first produce at Expo 2020 Dubai

Oyster mushrooms have begun sprouting inside a giant vertical farm at the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Its centerpiece of the structure is a green cone upon which more than 9,000 plants and herbs thrive. The plan is to host a green zone that is more than a building, and display real,…

Welcome to the jungle-house with aquaponics in the rooftop garden

Think of the Welcome to the Jungle House (WTTJH) as a sanctuary for a modern sustainable lifestyle. It enables carbon-neutral living with the most luxurious and artistic aesthetic! It addresses climate change with a design that blends sustainability, landscape, fauna, and architecture for them to exist…

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UK: Sustainable vertical farming meets personalized nutrition

A new project is set to bring sustainable vertical farming and personalized nutrition into the home and workplace by developing kitchen gardens that grow produce to match individual dietary needs. Through an app, users will be able to select crops to grow in hydroponic setups based on their personal…

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"The most important ingredient in your food"

Kalera AS, a vertical farming company based in Florida, recently acquired the German company &ever, creating one of the largest global companies of its kind. According to its website, its mission is using technology “to ensure more people across the globe have access to the freshest, most nutritious and…

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Student business turns waste water into plant growth

On many farms, "poop water," or the wastewater from livestock, ends up in large manure lagoons. However, Lemna, a 2020 startup co-founded by ASU alumnus Travis Andren, is working to revolutionize the idea of waste in animal farming by turning this poop water into plants. Lemna, operated by a trio of ASU…

Growing from home made really easy

Cultifutura’s first product is a vertical farming solution available in the market designed to be placed in offices. This system allows each user to own an insulated indoor garden, choose what to grow, getinformation about the status of the cultivation from everywhere and exchange the harvest with other…

AgroUrbana:

South America: Leveraging vast distribution networks to build larger facility

“We’re building relationships and distribution channels that will allow us to grow into other regions. Latin America, from Mexico to Chile, we all speak the same language and share the same culture,” says Cristián Sjögren, co-founder and CEO of AgroUrbana.  AgroUrbana was the first vertical farm established…

'It saved the farm' Cape hatchery turns fish waste into sustainable fertilizer

What saved Blue Stream Aquaculture Cape Cod from death-by-COVID was fish waste.  The 161-year-old West Barnstable trout hatchery, which raises brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout, saw its business nearly cut in half by the pandemic. The company’s primary business was stocking ponds for fishing derbies in…

Grow-RI

Providing low-cost, high-functionality automation systems

“Grow-RI came together to help the vertical farming space by putting the grower first and finding pain points to develop industrial controls,” says Brian Rajotte, vice president of engineering at Grow-RI. Grow-RI is an agtech company providing affordable automation systems for greenhouses and indoor…

Sweden: Stockholm's 'largest' in-store farm established

Swegreen's In-Store farming solution makes the Ica Maxi store in Solna the first of Stockholm's supermarkets to produce leafy green and herbs on a large scale inside the store themselves. The supermarket staff will be able to harvest fresh greens every day.  By installing Swegreen's in-store farm, Ica Maxi…

Infarm:

Building facilities across Canada, as well as in Greater London and Copenhagen

“We are building the largest vertical farming network in the world. We’re currently in 10 countries on three continents but will be adding more to our world map,” says Daniel Kats, Executive Vice President of Sales at Infarm. The company launched in seven Canadian cities during the pandemic and recently…

InstaGreen:

Growing demand in training other microgreen entrepreneurs

In comparison to last year, many things have changed at InstaGreen. “Not only in relation to what we do but also as a team,” says Anneke Stolk, co-founder of InstaGreen. The Barcelona-based startup originally started as a microgreens farm, delivering greens to multiple well-known restaurants and caterers…

LIF-tower concept:

Fresh herbs on the rise

In kitchens, there is typically a much wider variety of dried than fresh herbs. Dutch herb lovers Ard-Jan Bluemink and Marnix and Harm Keurhorst think this should change. Under the logo, 'Fresh herbs within reach for everyone', they're promoting fresh herbs and they are doing so using their LIF-tower concept. Marnix, Harm and…

OrbiLoop

Harnessing gravity loops to improve shelf life, growth

“In moderation, plant stress can have a positive impact on stem growth and product shelf life,” says Michael Schreiber, Managing director at German agtech start-up OrbiLoop. The company spun off from the Fraunhofer Institute IME in Aachen and has designed a modular, closed system to produce food,…

HRVST Limited:

Supporting farmers through every process, also on the financial aspects

“We have more than twenty-five parameters that a grower can change any time. So rather than moving a crop between zones, you can adjust the parameters and not move the crop at all,” says Vincent Paradis, Business Development Director at HRVST Limited. HRVST Limited is an indoor farming company that…

Affinor Growers:

Patent issued for automated vertical growing towers

Affinor Growers Inc, a vertical grower, announced it has been issued Patent No. 38806 by the Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (Industry and Commerce), Republica de Colombia for “vertical growing towers for automated horticulture and agriculture”.  Affinor’s vertical farming towers can be used to sustainably…

N.Thing raises funding to meet this demand

Korean market ready to accommodate vertical farming as investor interest grows

“In Korea, there aren’t many people who have joined the industry yet,” says Leo Kim, CEO of N.Thing.  However, there’s a lot going on in terms of a green movement. ESG’s (Environment Social Governance) are now a trend for many companies. So more and more are getting interested in agtech, which is definitely…

Urban Crop Solutions supplies climate chambers to Singapore University

Singapore: Starting operations in new R&D center with indoor farms

Urban Crop Solutions has built the indoor climate precision growth chambers within the Vertical Farming Research Centre at a Singapore University, as part of Singapore’s large-scale investment in controlled indoor farming.  This new installation in a country that prioritises indoor vertical farming as a strategic…

Sananbio:

"The base of our technology is R&D in product development"

“We’ve sold many products such as LED lights, growing modules, and container farms internationally. However, running a farm abroad wasn’t something we were very well-experienced at", says David Li, VP of Sananbio. “We started to look at the investments and decided to focus on R&D more intensively, rather…

International Real Estate Partners (IREP):

Pioneering vertical farming in the Middle East through asset management expertise

“Many people are interested in indoor farming solutions because they recognize the need but don’t understand how to complete the whole project,” says Kenny McCrae, chairman of IREP (International Real Estate Partners) Farms globally and based in the UAE. IREP, or International Real Estate Partners, has…

Singrow:

Bringing soft fruit production to tropical urban regions through franchising

“We want to promote a better kind of strawberry in Singapore,” says Dr. Shengjie Bao, director and co-founder of Singrow Pte Ltd., a Singaporean agtech company specializing in indoor production of strawberries, cherry tomatoes and other products. Shengjie and his co-founder Xu Tao founded Singrow Pte…

Elevate Farms:

Global focus with ongoing farm constructions in Canada, New Zealand and the US

“While many of our competitors are staying relatively localized, we don’t feel that that approach demonstrates scale nor our tech and IP’s ability for global reach. For us, those elements are key,” says Travis Kanellos, chief strategy officer at Elevate Farm. Elevate Farm is a vertical farming company…

The engineering behind vertical gardens: an integral component of sustainable cities

Visions of skyscrapers swathed in living greenery dominate present-day urban planning. Like the erstwhile parsley on a plate of food, such fanciful plantings are not mere window dressing, but an accepted component of sustainable cities. Pushing the envelope in Hong Kong is New World Development. Its…

Infarm expands into Scandinavia

"This new growing center expands capacity to deliver to Danish retailers nationwide"

Infarm has signed a contract for a new growing center in Greve, Copenhagen which comprises 6,508m2 in size. The center will offer more than 3,800m2 of growing space in Infarm’s cloud-connected farming units. When fully equipped, the units - each occupying 25 sqm of ground space and 10 meters in height -…

The dome: a potential game-changer for vanilla supply

“I could get as much vanilla out of five geodesic greenhouses as I would out of one hectare,” says David Soo, CEO of Australian Vanilla Plantations. This innovative greenhouse company is currently producing vanilla in New South Wales, Australia, in its prototype geodesic greenhouse that is automated and…

Grönska Stadsodling:

Sweden: Increasing orders for growing systems in retail- and catering industry

“We see a huge demand coming from supermarkets and restaurants,” says Robin Lee, co-founder and CEO at Grönska Stadsodling. “Now, we’ve reached the point where we cannot supply that demand. The demand isn't from Sweden only but also from overseas.” Grönska is currently providing growing cabinets to…

US: "We're betting billions on the wrong farms"

"If you follow the AgTech space, you'll be familiar with the press releases at this point. Huge vertical farm. Hundreds of millions of dollars in new funding," writes Rob Laing, CEO and founder at Farm.One in a LinkedIn post.  He continues, the weird thing is, with all this investment in 'innovative agriculture',…

Automating vertical farming systems, without too many technical components

“From a tech point of view, I think we can realize everything. However, it has to be economically viable. We have to automate vertical farming without too many technical components,” says Sascha Rose, co-founder and Project Manager PMP at ROKO Farming. After winning a local innovation contest with their…

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US: Vertical grower wants to change the way consumers get their lettuce

When his grandfather moved to Montana from Denmark to grow dryland wheat in the mid-1900s, Craig Hurlbert's family didn't know they would one day spark a food revolution. But that's just what the co-CEO of Local Bounti aims to do today thanks to the company's modern techniques for growing time-tested…

Auburn University feeds students with aquaponic lettuce

Auburn University students have a new dining facility, The Edge at Central Dining, with literally homegrown food from the College of Agriculture, from salads with fresh tomatoes and lettuce to fish and burgers, and more. “We recently completed the construction and have already started serving,” said…

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Wilder Fields has big plans coming up

US (IL): New farm to produce 25 million plants annually

Wilder Fields has unveiled its first grow tower in a vacant Super Target in Calumet City, which it plans to turn into "one of the world's largest vertical farms." The company has started construction in the 135,000-square-foot (~12,500m2) big-box store, which will house 22 clean rooms that can produce up…

Boston Microgreens:

Growing through franchising throughout the US

“Microgreens are profitable at a small scale and we love to be a small business that can interact directly with our clients,” says Oliver Homberg, co-founder at Boston Microgreens. “We scale not by expanding one farm, but by franchising our growing system and setting up a network of decentralized urban…

Aquaponics greenhouse fueled by renewable energies

This is the Ekoponics system. The aquaponics greenhouse is built with an Ekodome Cosmos geodesic dome frame system, while the renewable energy station is made with an Ekodome Seed dome frame. Solar panels and vertical wind turbine-powered pumps provide energy to the system to recycle water and nutrients…

Government backs project with £200k

Scotland: College opens vertical farm to accelerate research and education

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) will be the first higher education institute in Scotland to open a vertical farm for research and education. SRUC will build the half-million-pound facility at its King’s Buildings campus in Edinburgh next year. The project, which has received a £200,000 grant from the…

US: A visit to the Kennedy Space Center

In this Project Ianos episode, host Josh Bernstein visits the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to meet Space Perspective Co-CEO Jane Poynter to explore what plants need to survive and thrive in space. Josh then travels to Blue Origin to hear from Space Architect Brent Sherwood on what growing crops…

"We’re hoping for a more domestic type of farming”

“Whilst living in a 9-square meter student residence, the idea of being able to use this really small space to sustain myself with well packed nutritious food was what sparked the idea of Vita” Walid Brahim, CEO with Élever Group explains. A small personal farm for everyone, a revolutionary product that…

"It's important for kids to know about healthy indoor food"

AppHarvest and the Pike County Extension Office have collaborated to bring a day camp to a local high school and to teach 10 to 18-year-old students about the importance of healthy eating habits, where the food on their plates actually comes from, as well as opportunities for employment and careers in…

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GrowStack:

“We don’t want to walk away and have the project fall over”

“Like with LEDs, growers initially weren’t interested in installing indoor farms because of the costs and newness. But now, it is much easier to get LEDs to growers and the same is true with vertical farms,” says Chris Nelson, horticulturalist and co-founder of GrowStack Ltd. GrowStack Ltd. is an agtech…

InvertiGro

A flexible vertical farming solution that is affordable and easy to scale

“The beta products were tested by several growers to gather feedback for more improvement, that really addresses the industry’s pain-points,” says Ben Lee, founder and CEO of InvertiGro. During COVID we’ve seen lots of opportunities come up both here in Australia and globally.  The Asia Pacific is especially…

Vertical Farming Systems

Vertical Farm Systems:

Bringing commercial vertical farming systems to Australia and beyond

“Throughout our twelve years, we found that economic viability is the overarching challenge of vertical farming globally. We had to make vertical farming commercially viable without government subsidies,” says John Leslie, CEO of Australian AgTech company Vertical Farm Systems. Vertical Farm Systems is a…

Infarm

CAN: "Farms are merging with food retail spaces"

Canadians have started to notice that grocers have begun to sell plants in miniature greenhouses. "We’ve seen gardens on rooftops, vertical farms close to stores, and even some selling gardening equipment to gardeners who are shopping for food. The farm is essentially merging with the food retail spaces…

Nufields

Keeping it local: Promoting microgreens in Dublin

In an episode of The Pat Kenny Show, an Irish podcast, Nufields shares its story. Nufields helps people grow food indoors all year round no matter where they live. Pat with Newstalk spoke to Denis Manzke from Nufields as part of their 'Keep It Local' campaign. Nufields sells organic seeds for microgreens…

NPEC selects Czech company for growth chambers

"We are pleased to announce that we have selected the Czech company Photon Systems Instruments (PSI) to build the NPEC module 4 High Throughput Phenotyping (HTP) growth…

Ecobloom

An affordable solution to monitor and optimize food production

“We’re helping farmers optimize their food production through more efficient yield management,” says Hamza Qadoumi, CEO and founder of Ecobloom. “Also, cost reduction comes in through a significant reduction in labor and yield increases up to 2 times more per year through accurate predictions. The system…

Urban Crop Solutions

Providing tailored crop recipes, so clients can hit the ground running

“You could best divide our products and services into three parts, being: external research and in-house contract research in our R&D labs, providing total indoor farming solutions, and collaborating in research projects,” explains Maarten Vandecruys, co-founder and CTO at Urban Crop Solutions (UCS).  The…

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Young Ugandan follows passion designing affordable growing towers

Matovu spent his early childhood in Namungoona, a Kampala suburb with his father, a bus driver. However, after his father’s death in 1996, the then seven-year-old was taken to live with his grandparents in Binikira village, Kassanda district. “In town, I would earn from doing odd jobs such as fetching…

iFarm:

Finland: Residential buildings go green with mobile growing modules

In June, the iFarm Cropper mobile modules were installed in the public area of the apartment building in Vantaa, Finland, and are now ready to use. With two compact vertical farms on-site, tenants are able to grow edible plants on their own. Residents who wanted to learn how to get fresh greens from…

Gardyn

Growing plants while on 'Vacation Mode'

If you grow your own food, whether indoors or outdoors, eventually, you face a problem. What happens when you are away from home for more than a couple of days? It might not be your fault if you return to dead or dying plants, but it is disappointing to throw out food that days earlier was the picture of…

AgricUltra:

Manage only the environment that matters: the canopy

“We offer a completely integrated product and take all of the guesswork out, whether it relates to chillers, controls, air handling units, adjustable nozzles, etc.,” says Emil Breza, co-founder, president and CEO of AgricUltra Advancements. AgricUltra is a Canadian company that designs and develops…


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