Hardee Fresh: VoltServer case study

Hardee Fresh is the only #VerticalFarm that is certified #organic in the US. At Hardee Fresh, their goal is to #grow the freshest and best tasting organic greens year-round at accessible prices. VoltServer worked with Hardee Fresh to determine the best #DigitalElectricity technology for their facility…

High-density vertical farm will supply enough leafy greens for all of British Columbia come fall

Two brothers, a dentist with a background in Biology and an IT/tech business expert, have been working on starting a commercial, high-density vertical farm with the goal of supplying the entire British Columbia (BC) population with leafy greens and more. The idea for this venture originated seven years…

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Greenfood and Agtira sign a new framework agreement

Vegetables grown locally in a vertical urban environment - in closed water systems without access to sun or acres of land. Greenfood has signed a framework agreement with food tech startup Agtira to create the future of urban farming. Agtira will build urban cultivation systems in ten strategic locations…

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Hongkong: Organic mushrooms grown using Starbucks coffee grounds and cardboard

For four years at his indoor farm, in a desolate, industrial corner of Tuen Mun in Hong Kong’s New Territories, Russell Kong has been experimenting with strains of a very specific crop. Kong is the founder of Urban Mushroom and is single-handedly trying to harvest edible fungus in the most eco-sensitive…

New York colleges grow food and flowers in hydroponic classrooms

On April 28 and 29, South Bronx Early College Academy (SBECA) and The Longwood Academy of Discovery celebrated the official opening of their hydroponic-farm classrooms. Representatives from Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and NY Sun Works joined school staff and students for the ribbon-cutting,…

Four Star Mushrooms to open 11,000-square-foot production facility in Chicago

Four Star Mushrooms (FSM) has signed a lease to open an 11,000-square-foot production facility at 300 N. Oakley St. in Chicago’s Kinzie Industrial Corridor. The facility represents a significant expansion from the company’s current 1,800-square-foot space. FSM’s mission is to revolutionize the…

Q&A - your hydroponic and aquaponic questions answered

For knowing and growing, Zipgrow's expert growers, Tyler and Alex, answer some of your most recent questions about hydroponics, hydroponics, and growing vertically.

China: Hydroponic vegetables provide plateau people with healthy food

Hydroponic vegetables grow well in a greenhouse in Zhouqu County, Gansu Province. Zhouqu County is located at the junction of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and Loess Plateau, with an altitude of 1,173 meters to 4,504 meters. Due to the rugged geography and climate, vegetables have not been available all year…

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Toms River indoor farm grows work opportunities for those with disabilities

On the ground floor of a Toms River professional building, in a back corner room the size of a small office, a dream is growing. This is Main Street Greens, a farm managed in part by adults with developmental disabilities. Yes, there’s a farm in an office space. It’s hydroponic, which is a method of…

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US (NY): Evanston Grows combats food injustice through urban gardening

Left with 1,000 pounds of fresh produce from the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center gardens at the start of the pandemic, long-time gardener Jean Fies decided to distribute the leftovers to District 65 families picking up lunches. The experience made Fies realize the potential Evanston gardens have to…

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Maryland startup helps consumers ‘romaine’ calm about food safety

When Maryland founder Javier Atencia set out to create his company in 2014, he had a singular goal: to create a better system for detecting foodborne illnesses-causing pathogens with the help of tech.Nearly a decade later, his company, Pathotrak, has raised over $1 million, was named Invention of the…

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How to avoid calcium deficiency in controlled environment food crops

Tipburn and blossom end rot are symptoms of calcium (Ca) deficiency. Sometimes the first thought when a nutrient deficiency occurs is to add the nutrient that appears to be required to solve the issue. This isn’t always the best way to resolve the issue. Calcium has a very important role in the formation…

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Insect and hydroponic farming: An innovative solution for Africa’s food security crisis in fragile and conflict countries

About 1 to 2 billion people globally consume insects, including in Africa. Insects are more environmentally sustainable than other animal proteins and more nutritious than soybean protein. But currently, insects are mainly collected in the wild, posing potential dangers. Insects foraged in the wild could…

Urban agriculture project: what to know when growing vertically

Vertical farms face a number of challenges in an effort to be profitable. While some of these challenges, such as lighting, HVAC, and working at heights, are unique to vertical farms, many of them, such as access to land and financing, are shared with traditional, soil-based farming enterprises, writes…

How to fix the broken food system before it's too late

Spencer Lodge is a serial entrepreneur in Dubai and across the Middle East. His podcast features industry experts from different sectors about their journeys and lessons. In this episode, he talks to SMARTKAS' CEO, Dr. David Meszaros, on how SMARTKAS tackles fruit and vegetable production for the…

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National University HCMC promotes research, technology transfer in agriculture

Assoc. Prof. - Dr. Le Thi Kim Phung, Sustainable Process Engineering Group of the HCMC University of Technology under the VNUHCMC, said that the agricultural sector had contributed greatly to the economy and export. Especially, agriculture plays an important role in national food security. However, this…

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Vertical farming - what's growing?

This webinar by CHAP, held on April 28, focuses on the question: "vertical farming, what's growing?" Watch it back here:

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Philippines: urban farmer teaches fellow youth how to produce food on TikTok

In a country where agriculture is known to be concentrated in rural areas, a 21-year-old farmer is trying to change that narrative by teaching fellow young Filipinos about urban gardening through what might be the best platform to reach them: TikTok. Bea Suavengco, also known as “Urban Farmer TV” on…

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"Qatar’s agribusinesses to benefit from South Korean firm’s vertical farming solutions"

A South Korean food manufacturer has been eyeing the Middle East as a potential destination for its vertical farming solutions. Nongshim, a South Korean instant noodles and snack manufacturer, has 11 factories globally, said Y J Bae, manager at Nongshim. During the ‘9th Qatar International Agricultural…

A peak in the Kalera farm

People in Colorado will soon get their leafy greens from another hydroponic farm in Aurora. 

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More housing blocks in Tampines could get community gardens, farms to step up food production capability

More housing blocks in Tampines could have community gardens and vertical farms as Singapore works towards scaling up its farming and food production capability. An ecosystem to help these farms distribute the harvests commercially and at a lower cost to residents may also be explored, said Minister for…

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With food waste and insects, Bengaluru biotech startup develops alternative protein

Almost every minute of Ankit Alok Bagaria and Abhi Gawri’s leisure time at IIT-Roorkee went into understanding how food waste can be valuable. Their enthusiasm, driven by their interest in social entrepreneurship, had developed after they were introduced to the concept of ‘upcycling’ during one of their…

Are high-tech containers the future of farming?

With increasingly unpredictable weather patterns impacting crops and a continuing global supply chain crisis affecting millions, a Colorado company is using tech-based indoor farming to make sure no one goes without a reliable, secure source of nutrient-rich food. FarmBox Foods, based in Sedalia,…

Cultivating coveted morel mushrooms year-round and indoors

When new buds emerge on timber and the bottom warms with the appearance of spring, foragers fan out by way of woodlands, scanning the leaf litter for morel mushrooms. Arguably probably the most iconic of untamed fungi, morels stand 3 to six inches tall and sport a signature cone-shaped lattice cap in…

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Philippines: Amid skyscrapers, an urban farm sprouts

The streets of Bonifacio Global City (BGC) are lined with skyscrapers, but take a turn from 5th Avenue into 34th Street, and you will find a green patch of land unlike anything else in the business district. On this corner is the BGC Community Farm, a 1,500-square-meter farm right in the middle of this…

Spill the Greens: what is food safety?

Eden Green Technology's head of horticulture Aaron Fields talks about food safety. 

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Future Crops CEO Gary Grinspan makes the case for vertical farming

Future Crops isn’t your typical vertical farming startup. For one thing, the Israel-founded, Netherlands-based company uses a proprietary soil-based substrate in its indoor setups, as opposed to the more widely recognized ‘soilless’ systems on the market. Second, it’s backed by Chinese internet behemoth…

Bonavista Peninsula grower concerned with lack of local food production

A farmer on the Bonavista Peninsula is raising concerns over the long-distance food supply and the lack of local food production in the province. Adam Furlong, who operates the small-scale Outport Acres farm in Bloomfield, which services a number of local grocery stores, says much of Newfoundland and…

Expo in Shandong displays vegetables grown in simulated space environment

On Wednesday, a vegetable garden simulating a space environment debuted at the 23rd China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Science and Technology Expo and China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Seed Industry Expo 2022. The garden, resembling two space capsules, simulates special space conditions…

Will insects be the new ingredient in your animal feed?

Founded in 2016, the Paris-based company raises black soldier fly larvae with vertical farming technologies to produce natural, high-performing, and sustainable nutrients for animal feed. “The ultimate challenge we’re trying to tackle is feeding a growing population a healthy, nutritious, and affordable…

Ambassador Visits NovaMoba Greenhouse in Montenegro

Ambassador Reinke joined Podgorica Mayor Ivan Vuković on a visit to the Urbana bašta Podgorica, which is managed by the Municipality of Podgorica in cooperation with the NGO Paradigma. One of the six greenhouses constructed throughout Montenegro as part of Paradigma’s #NovaMoba initiative is located in this…

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“We can now provide an underserved market with a great solution”

“We are now able to provide a phenomenal capability that does not exist right now in the CEA space,” says Bradley Nattrass, co-founder and CEO of urban-gro. The company recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Emerald Construction Management. “We now have a set of services…

Sprouts, microgreens and baby leaf greens – what is what?

Sprouts are germinated seeds, which are usually grown in the dark and entirely in the water without soil or another growing medium. Seeds are inserted, and not actually planted, into enclosed containers in high density. Due to the high humidity levels, the seeds germinate quickly, within the first 48…

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Could high fertilizer prices create food shortages?

Global fertilizer prices have bounced again, and this time it’s not just farmers who are worried. Consumers too are starting to wonder what will this mean for food prices and availability. Senior Commodities Analyst Cheryl Kalisch Gordon is joined by Wes Lefroy, Senior Farm Inputs Analyst, to examine the…

MSU guidebook directs insect control for profit

“We try to be on top of the situation by scouting and looking for the insects"

Tucker Miller has a list of row crop producers who depend on him to manage insects in their fields, and every year brings a different pest challenge that threatens crop profitability. Miller, an independent crop consultant with Miller Entomological Service in Drew, Mississippi, said there is always…

"On-site testing and actionable insights disrupt the status quo in water quality analytics"

“The KETOS platform utilizes robotics with several advancements in cross-functional engineering disciplines to provide continuous real- water quality data at your fingertips. Users can access the system anytime and anywhere,” says Meena Sankaran, founder and chief executive officer at KETOS. The…

Film farming: growing roots on plastic film that blocks pathogens

This video tells the story behind film farming, developed in Japan. The idea is that roots grow on a thin, transparent film. In the film are tiny, invisible holes, that allow water and nutrients through but block bacteria and viruses. This technology was invented by a Japanese engineer. A small firm in…

Can vertical farming stop “shelflation”?

Shelflation is a growing challenge for grocery store shoppers. What is this phenomenon and why did it gain recent attention? “This is when the quality and freshness of food products, mostly perishables, are compromised by supply chain issues. Consumers are paying greater attention to their grocery…

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Philippines: Hydroponic veggie farming takes off in Basilan

People in Basilan are experimenting with something new to them that they expect to earn the province the tag “hydroponic agriculture capital” of the Bangsamoro region. Many Muslim and Christian residents of Basilan are now studying hydroponic farming, being promoted by their provincial government that…

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Hydroponic vertical farming brings fresh produce to non-arable regions

In many areas of the world, environmental conditions are not conducive to traditional farming. Ensuring food security depends on continuous agricultural innovation, which has been part of the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) mission since its founding, given the country’s arid conditions and little water.…

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UK: Microgreens firm Lightfoot's in Sway spreading small wonders

Microgreens have long been a staple in high-end restaurants around the country, but a Sway couple are pushing to make the increasingly popular superfood a go-to in kitchens across the New Forest. Pete and Gracey How set up Lightfoot’s Farm microgreens in 2019, growing 15 varieties of herbs and vegetables…

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Siemens enables underwater farming

Siemens Digital Industries Software today announced that Nemo’s Garden, a startup focused on sustainable underwater cultivation of crops, has deployed Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of software and services to shorten its innovation cycles and move more rapidly towards industrialization and scale. Nemo’s…

Esasem introduces new mini plum variety Solbello

Plum tomatoes are one of the leading segment within the table tomato international market, as demand is among the highest when it comes to greenhouse products. Seed company Esasem keeps focusing on genetics for this type of product. In fact, the consumer demand for high-quality fresh tomatoes, where flavor…

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Vietnam: Urbanization in outskirt areas to develop high-tech agriculture

Under the plan on urbanization in the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City, the suburban districts of Hoc Mon, Binh Chanh, Nha Be, Cu Chi and Can Gio will become urban districts or cities within the city in the 2021-2030 period. There is some concern about agricultural activities of the rural districts when…

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Living salad bar to motivate people to start growing themselves

Walking around a massive greenhouse on the campus of Texas A&M’s Agrilife program just outside of Dallas, Joe Masabni grabs a handful of fresh basil growing out of what resembles a section of gutter from the side of a home. As he clips the basil, an aroma of herbal essence fills the space around. “You…

Film farming: a new way of soilless cultivation

Is it possible to raise crops without soil? We are familiar with soil-less modes of cultivation like hydroponics and aquaponics. But there’s a new incredible method for growing fruits and vegetables with neither water nor soil, known as film farming. The Japanese polymer physicist Dr. Yuichi Mori,…

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US (WI): University incorporates local vertical produce at dining halls

Marquette University is now incorporating fresh produce from Hundred Acre into meals at dining halls on campus. Hundred Acre is an urban, vertical hydroponic farm located in Milwaukee's Century City Business Park. "Our farm is designed to handle institutional buying needs," Hundred Acre Founder and Owner…

Integrated pest management options for the western flower thrips in lettuce

The western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) is one of the major pests of lettuce in California.  It has a wide host range including several vegetable, ornamental, and other cultivated or wild plants.  Native to North America, the western flower thrips is also known…

Singapore: Farming for the future

When served as a delicacy, crickets look like a much less intimidating snack than you might imagine. Roasted, covered in flavors, and missing most of their six legs and wings, the insects closely resemble a grain or a nut as opposed to anything that once crawled or flew. These are just some of the…

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High rise hops: How vertical farming elevates beer flavor

AI-backed vertical farming specialist Ekonoke is growing hydroponic hops to mitigate climate risks often associated with this key ingredient for the premium beer industry. Growing hops in a completely controlled environment could be the answer to maintaining consistently high levels of special compounds…

Singapore: Have a look at how rice is cultivated inside a vertical farm

Temasek Rice was harvested in a high rise, residential farm. A joint project with Netatech and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, these rice stalks were grown over a period of four months in a vertical farm at Blk 146 Tampines Avenue 5 in Singapore.

Philippe Blanquet, from Cichorium, specialist in the cultivation of organic chicory:

“We make our custom chicory cultivation chambers available to producers around the world”

It is believed that Belgian producers of chicory roots, which were used as a substitute for coffee at a time when coffee was only available to the very rich, were the ones who discovered that by storing some roots in damp, dark sheds, these germinated, producing light-colored shoots with a delicate…

UK: Norfolk solar farm the size of 65 football pitches proposed

A large solar farm - the size of about 65 football pitches - could provide power for 12,500 homes and a vertical farm, its developers have said. Plans for the farm have been submitted to South Norfolk Council for farmland near Colton, west of Norwich. Developer Pathfinder Clean Energy said its solar site…

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Hyperlocal vertical farming comes to Downtown Guelph

Noki Farms opened Saturday at Quebec Street Shoppes. It was created by bio technicians Nykole Crevits and Karl Fellbaum who won Business Centre Guelph- Wellington’s Win This Space business competition. They won the downtown space with discounted rent for the year. On their first day of opening, they sold…

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First peppers from vertical farm from Wageningen

In Wageningen, the first peppers are grown on a vertical farm. The purpose of the trial is to identify the opportunities and challenges of this new agricultural technique. The first peppers will be harvested from the indoor farm in April. Vertical farms are now mainly used to soak herbs, salads, and…

Prevention of blossom end rot in tomatoes with Intra Eco Shield

Blossom End Rot (BER, neusrot) is a physical malformation of the fruit tips of greenhouse crops with serious economic consequences (Figure 1). Many factors may contribute to this growth disturbance, but affected calcium homeostasis probably plays a major role, which may be caused by an improper…

US (IL): Holy Cross School unveils aquaponics tower

Holy Cross School is taking a monumental step by growing food without the use of soil. The school is the first in the state to host an aquaponics tower. The idea is to educate students on creating sustainability, not just for themselves and their families, but for the entire community. Holy Cross can now…

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UK: Fera Science to launch £1m insect laboratory at York base

Fera Science has invested £1m into creating an insect research laboratory at its base at bioscience hub, York Biotech Campus (YBC). The expansion involves converting a former storage unit on-site into a purpose-built insect research unit and will see the business’s presence at YBC grow by over 2,000 sq.…

Questions to ask your indoor growing nutrient supplier: micro vs macro nutrients

Most indoor growers are familiar with the NPK term which nutrient suppliers often quote or label their products with. For those who aren’t as familiar, NPK represents nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. Often times though, you’ll also come across secondary nutrients such as calcium and sulfur. Then,…

Saudi Arabia: Minister hails latest tech adoption at Sharjah’s VeggiTech

Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State for Advanced Technology, recently visited the VeggiTech farm in Al Zubair, Sharjah. The minister toured the farm focusing on the grow light-assisted hydroponic and protected hydroponic facilities. She was also briefed on VeggiTech’s role in enhancing the adoption of…

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South Africa: Pick 'n Pay is piloting in-store farms

South African supermarket giant Pick n Pay is sourcing lettuce leaves and herbs from vertical farms. It has launched displays of these upright gardens in two flagship stores to show customers how its salads are grown. Several varieties of lettuce and herbs, from basil to parsley, are being grown in…

Lettuce could protect astronauts’ bones on Mars trip

Astronauts might one day grow and eat genetically modified plants to ward off disease associated with long spaceflights. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, College of Engineering have developed a transgenic, or genetically modified, lettuce producing a drug to protect against bone…

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How hydroponic farms are changing the salad scene

Average winter temperatures in Caledonia, Michigan, hover around freezing, and you’re lucky if you see the sun. But at Revolution Farms, winter is the peak growing season. Rows of crisp romaine and bibb, delicate arugula, frilly red and green sweet crisp, and other varieties are sprouting, maturing or…

Van Gelder and PlantLab expand indoor cultivation to 3,500 kilos per week

Van Gelder fruit & vegetables is taking the next step in indoor cultivation. In cooperation with vertical cultivation specialist PlantLab, production has been considerably expanded. At the PlantLab production location in Amsterdam, substantial investments have been made in new Plant Production Units (PPUs),…

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Making horti research easier

"We got started even before we went live," says Vincent Jalink of NL Research. "Many companies would rather start sooner than later, of course. That's why the demand for research facilities is enormous." That was enough of a reason for a group of companies to put their heads together and establish NL Research. The company offers climate chambers for research, with all the equipment necessary to make thing…

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US (CO): Silt-area lettuce farm asked to address lighting impacts on neighbors

The owner/operator of a large indoor lettuce-growing operation south of Silt has been asked to find ways to reduce the amount of light emanating from the facility. Some…

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Saudi scientists grew spinach in the desert by harvesting water out of thin air

Saudi Arabian summers may be dry and scorching hot, but in June last year, some 50 miles north of Jeddah, 57 seeds sprouted into healthy, seven-inch-tall water spinach leaves by harvesting water out of thin air. Like all conventional crops, spinach needs water to grow. But, in this case, the spinach…

Vici grant for WUR research on stress in plants

Wageningen scientist is awarded a prestigious Vici grant for his research on plants and how they deal with stress. The Vici grant for researcher Louis de Smet was previously announced. The Vici grant is awarded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). Usually, all awarded grants are announced at the same time, but the absenteeism due to covid has caused the process to be delayed.

Poelman’s research focuses on plants and the uncertainty they experience in not knowing when and by what insects they may be attacked. In responding to and defending themselves from the current attacker, plants must also calculate the risk of attacks by future assailants. Poelman studies the evolution of this type of stress management in plants.

‘My team will unravel how wild plants align their defense strategy with the order in which insects attack’, Poelman says. ‘This is a significant stride in this field. We shift the current focus on defense against two assailants at most to studying how plants integrate possible attacks from dozens of different insects in their defensive strategy. By comparing related wild plants in how their defense strategy is aligned to the specific dynamics of the order in which insects attack, we can learn what properties make plants resilient against a variety of insect attacks. This knowledge is needed to make our crops resilient and resistant against pests within a sustainable agricultural system with reduced use of pesticides.’

Veni, vidi, Vici
The Vici grant is one of the largest personal science awards in the Netherlands and, with the Veni and Vidi grants, is part of the NWO talent program. The Vici grant is awarded to very experienced researchers who have demonstrated the ability to develop their own research path and can coach young researchers.

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A visit to Jones Food Company

UK: "Building our own plant factories allows us to compete with imported produce"

The Scunthorpe farm was set up in 2018, and ever since, JFC has never turned off the lights of production. It took CEO James Lloyd Jones about 1.5 years to get everything right, from an ROI, product quality and consistency aspect. Starting at scale made if affordable to keep up production. The 5000m2…

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Peak strawberry season arrives a little early in New York

You haven’t really tasted a strawberry's full flavor until you’ve tried locally grown varieties, which are a world away from the underripe fruit picked for shipping. Now there’s a new option on the local front, so New Yorkers won’t have to wait until late May. Bowery Farming, which, despite its name,…

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Champerché opens an urban farm in a parking lot in Sartrouville

Between high buildings, a basketball court, and a nursery school, a group of about fifteen people are finishing their lunch break in the sun and are getting ready to go back to work... a few meters underground. It is this former parking lot, in the heart of the Cité des Indes in Sartrouville (Yvelines),…

Solar Greenhouse produces both food and energy

Food is an issue of great importance for our future on the planet, and the impact on the environment of food production, transformation, and distribution can be minimized using new solutions employing "zero kilometers" production and advanced farming techniques. This issue is the focus of the work of a…

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US (OH): Growing in the heart of Columbus, supplying multiple restaurants

James Hu once dreamed of becoming a chef. Andrew Herczak had always planned to attend medical school. Today, the pair are co-founders and operators of Columbus Artisan. Growers, a vertical farm specializing in the cultivation of exotic microgreens. So what caused their change in course? The story…

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Siouxland master gardeners tour new Morningside greenhouse

Siouxland's master gardeners got together for a tour of Morningside’s newest greenhouse. The greenhouse is fully functional and is being used by Morningside ag students this semester. The greenhouse is equipped with 24 hydroponic towers and four raft systems growing an assortment of lettuce, spinach, and…

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India: Saffron production hits a 25-year high in Kashmir

Saffron production has hit a 25-year high in Kashmir. Figures shared by the Department of Agriculture reveal that the saffron production was 15.04 metric tons last year. Earlier, the highest production was recorded in 1996  when the yield hit 15 MT. The average yield was 2.80 kg per hectare, while the cultivated…

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Southern FFA updates on hydroponic school projects

The Racine Southern FFA recently gave an update on the hydroponic systems housed at school. The greenhouse class is still taking care of the two lettuce grow hydroponic towers. Eighth grade is in charge of the tower garden in the classroom, where they are currently growing lettuce and kale. The…

Dubai farming goes high-tech

It’s not easy to imagine agriculture and fresh produce growing in the UAE given much of it is desert, but there has been a boom in local farming thanks to techniques like hydroponics and vertical farming – and the country’s gastronomy sector is set to benefit. Traditionally, the UAE’s population depended mainly on local…

Protein-rich crops: growing soybean in vertical farms

Not all crops are created equally: some are simply more nutritious than others. What is the best way to grow these crops and how can we make them even more nutritious? The BU Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research investigated the production of protein-rich crops in their Vertical…

Australian research institute studies how to protect greenhouse crops against heat

From hydroponics to aeroponics, the Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University (WSU) is trialing everything from new glass smartfilms to 'training' native stingless bees to pollinate glasshouse crops. While glasshouse production in Europe is largely about increasing heat into the glasshouse space, in…

US (MA): Giant Gorilla Greens now a popular microgreen home delivery service

Woburn was originally an agricultural community. It quickly became the heart of the rubber industry, when Charles Goodyear discovered the vulcanization process back in 1839. During the Civil War, demand for shoe leather boosted the industry and by 1865 there were 21 tanning and currying businesses all…

80 Acres Farms featured on BBC's Follow the food series

In a new series of Follow the Food, James Wong explores whether farmers, scientists, tech innovators, and consumers can build a new food system that can meet the twin challenges of population growth and climate change. In this episode: what might the future farm look like, and what role will tech play?

"Protected cultivation is the future of strawberry growing"

High tunnels and greenhouses could help strawberry growers avoid the increasing hassles of outdoor production. Protected growing produces good yields, improves climate control, reduces disease issues, and simplifies labor scheduling. “You don’t have to worry about the weather knocking out a day that you…

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NZ: Live strawberry patches in bus shelters show that 'fresh is best'

oOh! Studio and Fonterra’s Fresh’n Fruity sweetened up the streets by executing 10 Panoramas in bus shelters across Auckland and Wellington, with three of the locations featuring fresh, live strawberry patch walls. This delicious concept was crafted by oOh! Studio to showcase Fresh’n Fruity’s key…

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Zimbabwe: Harare to benefit from new farming system

A non-governmental organization, Danchurchaid (DCA) in collaboration with the World Food Program and Agritex, is set to train Epworth and Harare South urban farmers on the hydroponics farming system as part of efforts to build resilience among vulnerable communities. In an interview on the sidelines of…

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Dubai: Now, pluck and shop your vegetables from an in-store farm

Have you ever thought of shopping for greens directly from the farm and tossing them straight into your shopping cart? Now, you can pluck and shop for your fruits, vegetables from a new eco-friendly grocery store in Dubai. Shoppers can pick their greens from the in-store hydroponic farm at Carrefour BIO…


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