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Vertical farm provides Gourmet Mushrooms to Suncoast

Friends and urban farmers Micheal Shea and Howard Schmidt are major mycophiles, aka mushroom lovers. So, to share their passion for fungi, Shea and Schmidt created Petrichor Mushrooms to provide gourmet organic mushrooms to the Suncoast. The idea for building a small crop community first took root while…

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China: plant factory sparks children's interest in agriculture

JD hosted nearly 100 primary school students and their teachers for a field trip at its hydroponic plant factory in the Tongzhou district of Beijing. The event was part of a larger program that started last year in which JD offers the plant factory as a high-tech educational facility for elementary and…

Guaranteed analysis of an organic hydroponic nutrient product: nitrogen

Nitrates are commonly referred to as NO3-. In the context of soil-based agriculture, this is the result of bacteria, such as nitrifying bacteria, converting various forms of nitrogen (N) to nitrate (NO3-). Nitrate nitrogen represents the nitrogen that is combined in the nitrate ion, also known as NO3-N.…

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Aquaponics and local food systems; a Qatar study

A recent research paper, Towards sustainable food production systems in Qatar: Assessment of the viability of aquaponics, takes a look into how aquaponics can contribute to a local food system** in arid deserts. The researchers in Qatar found that aquaponics offered food and water security, and…

Growing in the London Underground

Thirty-three metres below London’s Clapham High Street is the world’s first underground farm. It’s shaping the future of urban farming. Stacked racks of fresh green leaves thrive under banks of LED lights, pea shoots, basil, coriander, parsley, salad rocket, pink radish, mustard plants – the fragrance of…

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Director of marine resources on aquaculture in St. Kitts and Nevis

The COVID-19 pandemic which has caused a major economic global downturn has also created an environment where countries are unwilling to trade with one another as they are more concerned with their own citizens. This was explained by the Director of Marine Resources, Dr. Marc Williams, during an…

Yankodesign

Sculptural terrarium brings worlds of nature and architecture together

No, it isn’t another Stefano Boeri building! The Chloroplast 2.0 is a vertical terrarium that’s small enough to fit right on your tabletop. It combines aspects of architecture along with botany to create what TerraLiving calls a ‘botanical sculpture’. The terrarium features a microbiome of moss growing…

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Swedish vertical farming system developed for small-scale urban use

Urban farming takes different shapes in different cities. Some cities can accommodate thriving backyard gardens for produce, some take to hydroponics for growing plants, and then some might keep their gardens on rooftops. In Malmö, small-scale farming initiatives are growing in size and Jacob Alm…

Study on fodder crops for hydroponic green fodder potential

Soil-based agriculture is now experiencing challenges due to numerous anthropogenic reasons, such as deforestation, urbanization, and industrialization. Scientists have…

Futuristic vertical farm aims to bring fresh produce and jobs to Compton

The vertical farm will contain rows upon rows of crops with the capacity to produce 365 harvests of high quality leafy greens per year. "From day one it's perfectly controlled...We don't use pesticides, there's nothing to wash off, it's usually not touched by human hands ever, and so we have a safe clean…

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New London vertical farm offers eco-friendly greens, picked and delivered within 24 hours

London’s first delivery service for vertically-farmed, eco-friendly greens has launched from its base in the Docklands. Vertical farming is a fast growing trend, with a global market size that was valued at $2.23 billion in 2018, projected to reach $12.77 billion by 2026. Crate to Plate is a clever new…

Study on new uses of treated urban waste digestates on stimulation of hydroponically grown tomato

One strategy to re-use solid urban wastes is the production of energy by anaerobic digestion. This process also generates high volume of digestates, which are frequently…

Charleston city paper

Indoor farm provides fresh lettuce to Charleston County schools

Vertical Roots, a hydroponic farm in Charleston, looks different compared to a traditional farm. Inside the upcycled shipping containers, individual heads of bright green and red lettuce line the walls as they complete the growing process without touching the outdoors. Vertical Roots’ goal is to…

Bloomberg

Vertical farms turn to makeup and cannabis

Supercharged by the need to secure local supplies of fresh vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic, some vertical farms are now branching out into other high-margin areas, such as medical cannabis, health supplements and cosmetics. South Korean start-up Farm 8 Co is among a proliferation of indoor urban…

A short history on the most recent vertical farm in Singapore

With a population of about 5.7 million people crammed on a landmass of just 715 square kilometres, the tiny Republic of Singapore has been forced to expand upwards, building high-rise residential complexes to house the country’s many inhabitants. However, that’s not all. In recent years, Singapore has…

The spoon

Sweden’s Grönska raises $2.4 million to expand vertical farming operation

Swedish vertical farming company Grönska announced today it has raised 20.5 million SEK (~$2.4 million). Investors in the round include 82an Invest, PEAS Industries, Rite Ventures, Martas Explorers, Daniel Sachs AB, and Investor Group led by Tectonic Shift. There are two different parts of Grönska’s…

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"The Invert" hopes to bring underground building project to old Southeast Side steel mill

A real estate development company in Chicago is hoping to take contaminated buildings left behind by old steel mills and build below them, underground. The investors behind The Invert are hoping to take 140 acres of abandoned property and convert it to 6,000,000 square feet of usable commercial space,…

Eden grow systems launches self-sustaining grow system

"Encouraging people to think locally and personally"

Eden Grow Systems announced today the public release of the first component in the company's self-sustaining, modular agriculture growing and survival system that provides people a way to grow their own food, supply their own water, and recycle their waste year-round. The Genesis System can produce…

Nordetect closes $1.5M seed investment round

Bringing Lab-on-a-Chip technology to the indoor farming space

Nordetect, the Danish agritech startup building portable agricultural testing solutions, announced today a seed investment of $1.5 million. Early-stage technology investor Luminate NY led the investment round with co-investment from Rockstart, SOSV, PreSeed Ventures and Vækstfonden. The company will use…

Herb master starts cultivating in tower

David van Steenkiste, who has been herb master at top restaurant Hertog Jan for five years, is now developer of a cultivation tower. Focus-WTV took a look at David and is remarkable herb tower with which he is entering the market. Entrepreneur and investor Marc Coucke is helping him with this. Watch the…

Study on lettuce productivity influenced by microbial inocula under nitrogen-limited conditions in aquaponics

The demand for food will outpace productivity of conventional agriculture due to projected growth of the human population, concomitant with shrinkage of arable land,…

Irma introduces vertically grown salads in Copenhagen

Coop Denmark has announced that it has introduced vertically grown salads in 35 large-format Irma stores in Copenhagen. The retailer has teamed up with vertical farming company infarm for its latest offering – Crystal Salat (Crystal Salad) and Salat Trio (Salad Trio). The latest rollout follows the…

Could bigger zinc absorbtion help the world's malnourished?

Study on how to control zinc in plants

Over 2 billion people worldwide are malnourished due to zinc deficiency. Led by the University of Copenhagen, an international team of researchers has discovered how plants…

Study on mechanisms that protect plant fertility from heat stress

Plant fertility is dramatically affected by spikes in temperature, directly resulting in yield reduction and economic loss. Understanding the molecular mechanisms that…

Madar Farms

Student creates indoor garden in UAE

Maha Gargash, an IB student at Universal American School (UAS), Dubai, took one of her school’s indoor gardens home to conduct research into food and water security as her Internal Assessment (IA) for Science. Maha followed our ‘Growing Our Garden’ instructional module and shared her perspectives with…

Enrique Cat, of Nostoc Biotech:

"Lower chemical use and higher productivity and Brix with vermicompost"

Soil is essential for soil-bound horticulture. It's not only the place where the plant roots develop and which contains the nutrients; it also hosts many microorganisms on which plant health depends. The soil itself forms an entire ecosystem with a great biodiversity, which is why the use of chemical…

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Saudi farmer builds region's first vertical farm

The Saudi farmer Omar Al-Jundi even he is not related to farming by degree. But that is exactly where the industrial engineer found his calling, when he built the region’s first vertical farm in the heart of Dubai. Born in Egypt to Saudi parents, Al-Jundi spent his early years in Alkhobar due to his…

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What is DLI and why is it essential?

Growers need to balance multiple factors to ensure that their plants receive optimum lighting to achieve optimum growth and quality. One of these factors is the Daily Light Integral (DLI), a concept that has been used for several years now, but is becoming increasingly relevant in helping growers to…

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Vertical farms nailed tiny salads, but can it feed the world?

Spandau was once the bellows of Germany’s industrial revolution. It hosted Europe’s first high-rise factory and, until World War II, helped make Berlin, behind London and New York, the third-largest city on Earth. Today’s Berlin is still a shell of its former self (there are over a hundred cities more…

Mothership

SG: HDB carpark rooftop sites offered for rental for urban farming

Part of Singapore's efforts to strengthen its food security is increasing its capability to produce food locally. To do this, more sites for urban rooftop farms atop multi-storey Housing Development Board (HDB) carparks are being offered for rental, via a public tender process that was launched today…

Data-driven cultivation accelerates development of variety-specific cultivation formulas

The demand for healthy, attractive, and sustainably produced food such as fresh vegetables is growing worldwide. Growers align the growth factors as closely as possible to the needs of the crop and the cultivation objective they have in mind. As conditions outside and inside the greenhouse vary and…

"In our vertical farm, we grow 80,000 pounds per week"

To some, the pristine growing conditions and perceived mechanical interference of a vertical farm can seem unnatural, but at Bowery Farming “interference” is actually not the goal at all. “We don’t really think about how people are involved in the growing process, but how to take people out of the…

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Investors seed indoor farms as pandemic disrupts food supplies

Investors used to brush off Amin Jadavji’s pitch to buy Elevate Farms’ vertical growing technology and produce stacks of leafy greens indoors with artificial light. “They would say, ‘This is great, but it sounds like a science experiment,’” said Jadavji, CEO of Toronto-based Elevate. Now, indoor farms…

CA: Fresno farmer grows variety of mushrooms inside 900 square-foot building

Donald Harris showed his growing room inside Central Valley Mushrooms' Fresno headquarters, where fungi is cultivated. "Right here, we have a wall of mushrooms. This is how they grow. These are lion's manes, Italian oysters, blue oysters and the interesting part is that they all start at this size,"…

Singapore: researchers identify micro-organisms for better vegetable growth

For vegetables to grow well, it is not enough to just give them sunlight and water. They need a whole community of micro-organisms to help them grow healthily. Now, a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Associate Professor Sanjay Swarup from the NUS Department of…

Study on how light quality affects water use of sweet basil

Different light qualities affect plant growth and physiological responses, including stomatal openings. However, most researchers have focused on stomatal responses to red and…

New Jersey warehouse becomes vertical farm

New Jersey's vertical farms are transforming agriculture by helping farmers meet growing food demand. New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Doug Fisher said that while conventional farming in outdoor fields remains critical, vertical farming has its advantages because of its efficiency and resistance to pests…

Ugandan company develops solution for urban agriculture

Lilian Nakigozi is the founder of Women Smiles Uganda, a company that manufactures and sells vertical farms used to grow crops in areas where there is limited space. "I grew up in Katanga, one of the biggest slums in Kampala, Uganda. I experienced hunger and poverty where we lived. There was no land for…

Delphy

Lisanne Meulendijks, Delphy

"The plant's influence is undeniable"

A plant influences its own environment. That's not news. But this cannot be seen as much in a 'traditional' greenhouse environment as in a vertical farm.  Lisanne Meulendijks of Delphy researches vertical farming test setups on a daily basis. "A plant in a climate cell has less room because of the more compact…

"This is a food desert"

Denver high schools grow their own vegetables

Access to healthy, fresh produce, is a big issue in some underserved communities. One Denver public school is about to change that. Denver City Council unanimously approved…


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