YouTube: Paul Ong

New concept introduced: a floating vertical farm

Let us introduce you the floating vertical farm. This concept is a final year project by Joseph Chin (CVE4) in collaboration with Flexbase, a floating solutions specialist.  The farm's key features are: Located at freshwater reservoirs 3-story hydroponics farm with a modular design 33m long x 15m wide Each module…

Vertical farming doesn’t have to be expensive if you combine the right skill sets

In order to get the best end product, two things are needed: the right growing environment, in combination with the right growing conditions. That’s why Dutch companies Botman Hydroponics and Green Simplicity have decided to join forces offering a complete, hybrid, solution: combining vertical…

US (IN): Planning a $1.7 million expansion spread over four years

GroPod, a Heliponix LLC brand, announced plans to grow its operations in southern Indiana, with plans to create up to 30 new, high-wage jobs in Vanderburgh County by the end of 2025.  GroPod will invest more than $1.7 million over the next four years to expand its operations in downtown Evansville in order…

ONO Exponential Farming

'Automation is needed to reduce costs and improve efficiency'

There is so much to win regarding safety and workforce availability that traditional farming won’t help us with,” says Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Pasciuti, Marketing Strategist and Board Member at ONO Exponential Farming. For this particular reason, automation is the key to agricultural acceleration. “We believe…

Altifarm

Home kits allows to grow all kinds of plants

If you're the green-fingered type, then Altifarm's latest addition to its indoor garden range—the PicoMax—will be of interest. The brand has just launched its crowdfunding campaign. Growing your own flowers, plants, fruit, and vegetables can be a laborious process for many. Plants die easily without the…

Yanko Design

Making crop growth easy and automated

Indoor gardening is a modern solution that works great in our modern homes. And smart indoor gardening systems backed up by automated technology are an alternative option to grow plants within our homes, with some techy help! These nifty systems fit in our homes and are usually app-powered, so you can…

ROKO Farming

"We successfully implemented a series of experiments with potatoes"

The story of ROKO Farming begins at the end of 2019 with a field test in the living room. Twin brothers Sascha and Philip Rose have the idea to develop a vertical aeroponic system with automatic sowing and harvesting processes. They were amazed to find out their model works. Then it became clear: they…

Mother

Growing veggies at home in a fashionable way

The Belgian start-up Mother launches HomeForest, an installation that enables to grow plants 'automagically' and harvest food indoors. ‘Grow a Pak Choi for less than 25 cents.’ HomeForest can be described as a futuristic design tree from which you harvest vegetables. With the help of the built-in plant…

Rise Farms

"Indoor gardening is here to stay"

Indoor farming has been adopted widely across the agriculture industry, from large-scale vertical farming operations such as AeroFarms and Bowery Growing to companies that sell smaller systems meant for customers to grow food in their own homes. In a time when food and beverage consumers valued essential…

CubicFarm systems sells 12 HydroGreen Grow Systems to beef cattle industry

"Vertical cowfeed saved our farm in times of drought"

CubicFarm Systems announced today that 12 HydroGreen Grow System modules have been purchased by wholesale distributor Dihl Gros International for his beef cattle customers who require farm-fresh livestock feed for their herds. HydroGreen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CubicFarms.  "This just saved our farm,"…

Planet Farms

Planet Farms harvests first product batch

“Quality management is part of our Italian heritage”

After harvesting their first batch of crops in the new Milan-based production facility, Planet Farms has reached another major milestone. “It’s a combination of several years of R&D in agronomy and automation, that led to our unique process of full automation from seeding to pack, including harvesting,''…

AmplifiedAg / Square Roots

Building a multi-tenant platform

“With massive demand in the US and globally, we’re able to sell indoor farms and our holistic operating system across the world,” says Don Taylor, CEO of AmplifiedAg. AmplifiedAg develops proprietary indoor farm electronics, hardware and software, and also upcycles decommissioned shipping containers into fully functional farms.…

Urban Crop Solutions

Insights from Tom Debusschere, CEO at Urban Crop Solutions at the CEA 4.0

When will vertical farming become profitable?

Today the CEA 4.0 conference was kicked off virtually. Many vertical farming companies or related parties are joining today’s event. Many topics were discussed around the strategic context of current, future programs and developments within CEA. Other topics discussed are financials, standardization,…

Innovation Agri Tech

“’Leafy greens’ is a phrase which breeds antipathy”

“I have an innate desire to make vertical farming as accessible as possible and for it not be seen as an also-ran,“ states Jaz Singh, CEO at Innovation Agri Tech (IAG). According to Jaz, Innovation Agri Tech is one of the largest indoor aeroponic farms operating in the UK. Innovation Agri Tech has over…

Agroz Group

Lots of potential for CEA-grown chilies

“We offer all kinds of CEA solutions to provide fresh vegetables to local communities," says Gerard Lim, CEO at Agroz Group. "Especially in Malaysia, some of our farmers in the highlands are exporting all A quality vegetables to neighboring countries. Therefore, here in the lowlands, we’re nearly…

Learning by doing: Chinese plant factory model for new industry standards

On 24 February, 2021, a series of new standards related to artificial light plant factories were made by the CPFA in China. The CPFA was established in March 2017 and is short for the China National Intelligent Plant Factory Innovation Alliance.  The new standards include specifications for the design of the…

Ljusgårda

"Together we are expanding our facility in Sweden"

"Our expansion will enable us to offer our sustainably-grown salads to more Swedish households throughout the year, so we are looking forward to an exciting time," says Andreas Wilhelmsson, CEO of Ljusgårda.  In April, the first batch of salads was harvested in the company's new premises – and already now,…

Vertically Urban

Design considerations for greenhouses vs. indoor farms

“There are many lighting manufacturers in the vertical farming industry, but fewer players that offer customized turnkey solutions,” says Andrew Littler, chief executive officer of Vertically Urban. "Customizability is deep in the DNA of Vertically Urban." “We work with growers to provide a specific…

Surna

Surna announces a new organic growth strategy

Surna has updated its organic growth strategy. This revised strategy expands the company’s products and services within the indoor cannabis cultivation market and also brings…

Photo: courtesy Lettuce Grow

Vertical farms for every family home

Lettuce Grow, a startup that creates self-watering, self-fertilizing machines, was designed to help families grow a fifth of their produce at home.  And the compact, six-foot-tall device is beautiful to boot, standing like a sculptural plant wall in a corner of the kitchen. Zooey Deschanel and her business…

HECTAR hydroponics

HECTAR offers free design plans for open source hydroponics unit

Among all of the new hobbies picked up during the COVID-19 lockdowns, gardening has to be one of the most popular. Felix Wieberneit from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London imagined a way for U.K. citizens with a limited amount of indoor space to build their own vertical garden and is…

Biomimicry in wastewater treatment and aquaponics

NuLeaf Tech has made clean water its mission by building compact wastewater treatment systems and small-scale aquaponic systems. Both ecosystems harness wetland biology to treat complex waste, render nutrients available to plants, and filter water. Both systems are designed with circularity in mind,…

Agrify Corp.

“When you start growing upwards, there’s more to consider than verticality”

“Vertical farming technology has really focused on the utilization of the vertical space," says David Kessler, Chief Science Officer at Agrify. "To that end, the environmental management is left to the operator who needs to choose a system and integrate it cohesively; this is a major undertaking. Agrify…

InGreen

"It’s very difficult to find a good lighting supplier"

Modern agriculture, forestry, and other land uses are accountable for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, according to FAO data. Agriculture is highly reliant on the use of artificial chemicals to produce food, which makes the sector highly polluting. A novel farming method called aquaponics aims…

Future Farms

Malaysia: “In terms of sustainability, vertical farming is a collective effort”

Food security is quite the challenge within the Malaysian market as certain fresh crops have to come a long way before it’s in urban centers.  “During the pandemic, we had an immense vegetable shortage as it’s mostly grown in Malaysia’s highlands,” says Shawn Ng, co-founder of Future Farms. "Due to movement…

Antigua and Barbuda interested in hydroponic farming

Over the weekend, the minister of Agriculture of Antigua and Barbuda, the Honorable Samantha Marshalls visited a hydroponics farm in New Winthorpes to learn more about the innovative farming technique. After the visit, she said "Yesterday, I was elated to visit a hydroponics farm to learn more about the…

City Crop

Russia: “Our farming solutions are cheap, easy to install, operate and scale”

“Ever since the beginning I’ve been trying to drive down costs,” says Aleksey Aminov, Founder and CEO of City Crop. According to Aleksey, there’s a permanent economic crisis and stagnation in Russia, therefore many people are not able to take their daily dose of vitamins.  City Crop, a vertical farming equipment…

"Our goal is to grow scaly lily bulbs with zero pesticides by 2030"

Researchers at the Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands have successfully grown proper scaly lily bulbs from tissue culture material. They did so in a greenhouse in just nine months. Not only that, they didn't use any pesticides. However, planting material cultivated like this sometimes…

Denomination of two new races of downy mildew in spinach

Two new races of the downy mildew pathogen (Peronospora effusa) on spinach have been denominated by the International Working Group on Peronospora in spinach (IWGP) on the basis of a worldwide evaluation of isolates from growers fields and trap nurseries. Isolate SP1924 found in Europe, is denominated as…

iFarm

iFarm sees opportunity to introduce vertical farming into aviation

Converting plane passenger cabins into salad bars

When a European airline sought new ways to reuse decommissioned aircraft, iFarm engineers got to work designing a custom vertical farm that could flourish in the body of an airplane.  Experts from iFarm proposed converting the passenger airliner cabin into a salad bar and designed a vertical farm with a total…

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…


Twitter LinkedIn

© VerticalFarmDaily.com 2021

Sign up for our daily Newsletter and stay up to date with all the latest news!

Subscribe I am already a subscriber