Category — Hydroponics
Ralph and Watts learned that although the two bulb fixture would be less costly up front, the four bulb fixture produced more than double the harvest.
By Stephen Dafoe
Eight months after receiving a $10,000 grant from BP Canada through their A+ Energy Program, Morinville Community High School’s Urban Agriculture class showed off the results of their Indoor Grow Lighting Trials.
“We received a grant to be able to buy a variety of indoor growing lights,” said MCHS Urban Ag teacher Neil Korotash. “The students have been experimenting with different grow lights to see which ones work best for this [classroom] type of setting or for average homeowners that want to grow some herbs at home.”
January 28, 2015 No Comments
The Internet-connected lightweight greenhouses can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow five tons of lettuce a year. That’s a lot of salad.
By Adele Peters
Fast Co Exist
Jan 5, 2014
But a startup called Cityblooms hopes to help change that. The company makes small, modular “growbots,” lightweight greenhouses that can squeeze into vacant city corners and grow food more efficiently than the typical community garden. The hydroponic units are cloud-connected, so farmers can remotely track the growth of their crops, as well as control irrigation, humidity, and plant nutrition.
January 13, 2015 Comments Off
Jacob Deyo helped build a hydroponic system and and aquaponic system; that uses fish to help feed the plants.
By Katrina Irwin
Hidden behind a coffee shop on Rochester’s East Main Street is a greenhouse sprouting with possibilities.
“We’re really able to train our young people to be the farmers of tomorrow,” said Seedfolk Farm Youth Director Lisa Barker. “Not only be the farmers of tomorrow, but do it in their cities not far from where they live.”
Lisa is working with city youth, teaching them to grow vegetables and herbs.
December 23, 2014 Comments Off
The company, co-founded by Dan Kuenzi, works with produce buyers, retailers, distributors, and hospitality firms to explore options for integrating local, indoor agriculture solutions into their product offerings.
In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America’s food deserts
By Megan Gambino
Dec 9, 2014
At any given time, there are upwards of 700,000 unused shipping containers in the United States. Some clever architects have hacked these 40-foot steel compartments into skate parks, libraries, emergency shelters and surprisingly beautiful homes.
But Daniel Kuenzi has a new one. The Washington, D.C.-based entrepreneur is turning derelict shipping containers into urban farms.
December 21, 2014 Comments Off
Mr. Chandara and Mr. Sophal said that if more farmers adopted their modern cultivation methods, the country’s agriculture industry would be more stable and productive.
By Neou Vannarin
The Cambodian Daily
Nov 25, 2014
The hydroponics system does away with many of the hassles of traditional farming while allowing vegetation to thrive in a confined urban setting, using only the electricity needed to power a small pump, Mr. Sophal said.
Since he first turned on the taps of his contraption in 2011 after taking a short course on hydroponics in Thailand, Mr. Sophal’s urban farming experiment has gone from a pet project to a full-fledged enterprise.
December 1, 2014 Comments Off
Indoor Agriculture Conference to Host Leaders in Agriculture Technology, Vertical Farming, Commercial Greenhouses
3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas
Indoor agriculture is experiencing rapid growth as drought, supply chain challenges and the scarcity of new farmland force growers to seek more efficient and sustainable growing methods. The leaders in this growing sector of agriculture will meet at the 3rd annual Indoor Agriculture Conference on March 31 and April 1, 2015 in Las Vegas to discuss the present and future of this expanding industry.
The conference will be a chance for commercial growers to see and experience new technology, meet with funders, and learn from some of the most successful companies in the industry. Agriculture technology companies, suppliers and automation companies will also have the chance to meet and mingle with leading vertical farmers and commercial greenhouse operations.
October 26, 2014 Comments Off
Won first prize in the sustainability category last weekend at the Maker Faire
By Christopher Hoffman
Sept 26, 2014
The 43-year-old software engineer turned to hydroponics, or gardening without soil. Langdon and his friend Curt Downing of Glastonbury designed and built a compact, vertical hydroponic garden that grows 160 plants and is controlled from a cell phone.
Langdon and Downing aren’t the only ones who think the garden — made of PVC pipe, downspouts and gutters — is cool. Earlier this month, their rig won first prize in the New York Maker Faire’s sustainability category.
October 19, 2014 Comments Off
CityFarm is a soil-free system for urban farming that actually might work
Oct 1, 2014
CityFarm started as a 60-square-foot module inside MIT’s Media Lab, where Harper grew lettuce, herbs, and tomatoes in a windowless room bathed in blue and red artificial light–the part of the sun’s spectrum that plants can actually absorb. The system had no soil. Some plants were grown hydroponically and others aeroponically in a simple mist. Both methods require far less water–as much as 90% less–compared to a conventional farm. More recently, Harper began experimenting with an even bigger system in the building, which is also meant to test whether sunlight exposure helps or hurts the crops.
October 9, 2014 Comments Off
Lettuce Buy Local currently includes three product varieties of delicate local greens:
Green Mix – green romaine and green lollo
Encore Mix – green romaine, green lollo and red lollo
Dragon Mix – baby mustard, red kale, purple kohlrabi, mizuna, red cabbage (in stores summer 2014)
Jurassic Mix – baby kale (available in stores fall 2014)
Rocket Mix – arugula (available in stores fall 2014)
October 9, 2014 Comments Off
By Jessica Dyer
July 31, 2014
Roy Solomon sees green in a sea of pavement.
He pictures fruits and flowers thriving amid the cacophony of freeway traffic, and a small – and somewhat unconventional – retail center growing up with them.
Solomon, an Albuquerque businessman and veteran restaurateur, plans to develop a farm-centric retail project on a vacant 1 1/2-acre plot just north of the Carlisle off-ramp from westbound Interstate 40.
August 10, 2014 Comments Off
Help us to build a 120K sq ft hydroponic greenhouse farm to supply the nation’s capital with the freshest locally grown produce year-round
Excerpt from Indiegogo site:
We just announced an exciting partnership with Giant Food® to deliver year-round local produce to Giant stores throughout the Washington metropolitan area. At 100,000 square feet, it will be the largest urban greenhouse of its kind in the world.
We have the site. With our partnership with Giant Food® in place, we now need to finance and build the greenhouse. Our architectural plans are being finalized and our goal is to break ground in August 2014.
July 31, 2014 Comments Off
A new technology (the Genesis Controller) that automatically monitors plants 24/7 and takes the required actions to maximize health and growth.
By Steven Bustin
May 7, 2014
Sustainable Microfarms is a hydroponics startup that is taking a systemic approach to disrupting while simultaneously empowering the agriculture industry and all the players involved. They are starting with a small but passionate consumer market, the urban hydroponic farmer. To say that Sustainable Microfarms is another hydroponics company is to say that Tesla is just another electric car. They have developed new technology (the Genesis Controller) that automatically monitors plants 24/7 and takes the required actions to maximize health and growth.
May 18, 2014 Comments Off
With the two growth rooms, Green Sense now produces 100 cases of produce a week with a capacity of 1,000 cases a week and room to grow.
By James D. Wolf Jr.
May 11, 2014
Green Sense worked with Philips Lighting to get the right type of lighting for the best combination of LED lights to produce natural lighting, although the growing rooms have a pink-magenta glow from towers of plants under red and blue LEDs.
“Because plants are green themselves, they use it less efficiently. We left it out,” said Gus van der Feltz, Philips Global Director for City Farming Horticulture Solutions.
Although Philips had seven years of research already, Green Sense was one of its larger projects as it worked to custom fit the farm’s needs.
May 15, 2014 Comments Off
Niwa: The world’s first smartphone- controlled plant growing system that enables you to grow the freshest, healthiest food on Earth.
Excerpt from their Kickstarter campaign web site:
Niwa is the culmination of two years of research and development, the result of many iterations, trials, and prototypes. It`s is a combination of hardware and software working together to take away the hassle of gardening as you know it. Niwa creates the perfect growing environment, waters and feeds your plants and allows you to control it all from your smartphone.
May 12, 2014 Comments Off
“Our goal is to show people how to grow superior produce within the urban environment while substantially reducing the impact of food production upon our planet”
Edited by Christopher Simmons
31 Mar 2014
The new Alegría Soxx farm consists of 13 rows of five Soxx each, for a total of 7,800 linear feet of growing space within an 8,500 square foot area (approximately one fifth of an acre). GardenSoxx drain easily and provide aeration and cooling to keep the root zone stable. The rich organic soil is supported within a controlled environment allowing greater nutrient density to be achieved and weed growth is reduced which decreases labor. Production yields are expected to be nearly double that of conventional farming. Water usage is estimated to be 70 percent less and fertilizer use 50 percent less. Other cost savings such as being weed-free are expected to increase the return on investment of the new urban micro farm.
April 11, 2014 Comments Off