How much did it cost to produce a hectare of aubergines in a greenhouse in Almeria this campaign?

According to an analysis carried out by Hortoinfo, based on the data of the Observatory of Prices and Markets of the Junta de Andalucía, the cost of growing one hectare of…

Salmonella outbreak in US greenhouse:

"Besides a greenhouse, good growers and good protocols are also needed for food-safe production"

"Mapping and standardizing business protocols are becoming an increasingly important issue, both in terms of food safety and operational security. At the same time, a…

Canadian grower featured in children’s TV show about greenhouse growing

Nature Fresh Farms joins YTV’s Kid Food Nation: The Show to educate children on greenhouse growing and fresh vegetable production. Nature Fresh Farms will be featured in an episode during the second season of Kid Food Nation: The Show, giving the cast and the viewers a peek inside greenhouse and…

"Water footprint in solar greenhouses 20 times lower than national agricultural average"

It is paradoxical that three-quarters of our planet is covered with water and that less than 1% is suitable for living beings. As a result, water is a scarcity that must be used meticulously in the sectors where production depends on its use. This is the case of agriculture, the sector that consumes the…

Thierry Julien, Les Crudettes:

“We will create a greenhouse of 7,000 m² of salads and aromatic herbs in aeroponics”

At the Vivatech Fair 2021 held mid-June in Paris, the company Les Crudettes attended with its partner CleanGreens, in order to present its Cap Vert project. “It is an aeroponics production system, which consists of spraying a nutritive solution on the roots of our salads and aromatic herbs. It is a…

Midwest Apple Improvement Association expands its team

The Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) is strengthening the support it provides to its more than 1,000 members by adding two industry veterans to its team. With his deep background in horticulture, Bill Pitts joins as horticultural consultant and will work with growers as they increase…

Spring Born: Fully automated greenhouse delivering leafy greens to Denver region

"I wanted to build a business that doesn’t overpromise"

Located on a 254-acre ranch in Silt, Colorado, Spring Born is a newly established greenhouse company that will be providing organic leafy greens to the Denver market. Spring Born currently has 2.5 acres under glass and another 1.5 acres for processing, with a fully automated production system provided by…

The early pepper campaign begins to take shape in Almeria

The 2021-2022 horticultural campaign is already beginning to take shape in some locations in the province of Almeria. This is the case in the highest areas of west Almeria and…

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"Tutoring system saves labour"

"Thanks to our efficient, time-saving and cost-effective plant management, greenhouse plants can be kept in excellent condition at all times," says Alessandro Avarino of SIA Sicilia Group. He claims that his guidance system, Ideal Tutor, is the simplest and most cost-effective system for correct plant management in intensive…

Excellent strawberry season at La Piacentina

"Thanks to the excellent results achieved this year with Marisol, we will increase our strawberry investments and go from 45thousand to 70thousand plants, 90% of which will be Marisol. In 2020/21, we had 45 thousand plants, 60% of which were Marisol. Harvesting started in late February and ended on June…

Greenhouse watermelon: fun, educational, and tasty

Is the watermelon from the greenhouse here to stay? "Who knows?" Grower Lynn Vermeiren and brand manager Tom Verdonck of Tomeco laugh mysteriously. From week 24 they have been harvesting mini watermelons every week in the greenhouse in Meer. And in Loenhout, the plants for a new crop, planted on 7 July,…

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff

Agri innovator invests in Barbados

Dutch-Canadian investor Ralph Birkhoff is the founder and chief operating officer of Connecticut-based Alquimi Renewables and co-founder of its farming operations group Island…

Haygrove’s climate-controlled automated polytunnel venting solutions

Haygrove is South Africa’s leading manufacturer of field-scale polytunnel and shade net structures and has been operating in South Africa since 2001. Haygrove was originally established in the UK in 1987 and is actively protecting crops in 57 countries worldwide. Due to the specific needs of local…

"The innovative technology will help provide throughout winter months."

Canada: Topline Farms starts production and new 25 acres expansion

Westmoreland/Topline Farms is excited to announce their latest 25-acre expansion at their Flavor Fresh Farms greenhouse, located in Leamington, Ontario. Flavor Fresh began production in June 2021, helping Westmoreland/Topline meet the growing demand for greenhouse-grown produce.  The combination of their state-of-the-art…

Ontario greenhouse grower announces 25-acre expansion

Westmoreland/Topline™ Farms is excited to announce a 25-acre expansion at their Flavor Fresh Farms greenhouse in Leamington, ON. Flavor Fresh began production in June 2021, helping Westmoreland/Topline meet growing demand for greenhouse-grown produce. The combination of their state-of-the-art packing…

Kyrgyz Agriculture Ministry:

‘Increase in exports of fruits and vegetables to China can hike GDP’

According to spokespeople from the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic, increasing the exports of fruits and vegetables to China may become a potential source of…

Uncertainty for New-Zealand growers after PepMV outbreak

Whereas most tomato growers currently fear ToBRFV deeply, in New Zealand it is PepMV that is looming over the industry. Recently, the virus was detected in several greenhouses. Vaccines available in Europe, Canada, and Great Britain, are not approved for use in New Zealand. “As we have tomato growers…

Aralux by Agriplast

Mineral loads for diffused light films

Diffused light films are a popular way to obtain optimal temperature control in climatic areas characterized by high solar radiation. "Diffusion has various positive effects on cultivation, especially that of reducing the active energy of incoming radiation. Reducing active energy is in fact what enables…

Price increases also for iron, wood and paper

Prices of agricultural plastics have almost doubled in Italy

“It is almost impossible to build greenhouses these days. Due to the rising cost of raw materials, plastic has now increased from 2.20 to 4 euros per kg. In other words, it has almost doubled. It's not my supplier's fault, as he earns as usual. It is the cost of the raw material that has gone up,”…

More peppers growing in Almeria

The greenhouses in Almeria ended June with some activity. In Nijar, where there are already few tomato plantations, the price was defended, especially of the Cherry tomatoes, while some of the…

Indoor AgTech Innovation Summit

An Indoor AgTech panel

Mapping a pathway to competitive production

"We believe CEA will be fuelled by the diversity of crops. We need to focus on products for consumers and food producers, looking forward to other stable crops we can produce. We have to break the perception of what can be grown and what cannot be grown in CEA as we believe it's the future of growing…

VB ready to double capacity for Little Leaf Farms again

Devens, Massachusetts-based Little Leaf Farms' mission is to provide fresh, locally grown lettuce grown sustainably all year round to their New England consumers. To be able to achieve this goal, it is extremely important to grow and supply products in a sustainable way all year round. This is why Little…

Greenhouse building of the future on Discovery Channel’s "How Do They Do It"

The greenhouses building of the future is within range and has actually already started. In this season of ‘’How Do They Do It’’ on Discovery Channel, host Tim Senders visited innovative companies that all operate sustainably in their own way. In the fourth episode of the season, greenhouse horticulture…

US: Living herb greenhouses to expand in California

Rocket Farms, a grower of indoor flowers, fresh-cut herbs, and potted edibles, is announcing Phase 1 construction of their facility expansion in Half Moon Bay, CA. The company is currently rebuilding 128,000 square feet of existing space and implementing a new living herbs greenhouse. "We aim to grow…

TomaTech – advanced genetics

State-of-the-art breeding at the disposal of tomato growers

Israeli grower and breeder Assaf Eybishitz recently visited Sicily. He was full of praise for the tomato growers there. Assaf Eybishitz He was invited as a speaker on the occasion of a thematic conference on tomato traceability (see Freshplaza of 06/27/2021). "TomaTech has devoted its energy, time and, resources…

Night time temperature makes growing hard

Young cukes are having a hard time on hottest day ever in Canada

The extreme heatwave blanketing British Columbia, Canada, is ongoing and despite the fact that plants can survive temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius, it’s not easy for growers and their plants. “The 24 hours temperature is what’s making it hard,” says Casey Houweling with Houwelings Tomatoes. It has…

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Greenhouse grower expands product line with bell peppers

Magic Sun, known as a high-tech grower of conventional and organic tomatoes, has broadened its greenhouse product line with the addition of bell peppers. Grown at high elevations in the central Mexican region of Zacatecas, Magic Sun is leveraging its greenhouse expertise by growing and harvesting orange,…

After surge, U.S. production area of greenhouse vegetables slows

For over a decade, U.S. consumers have increased their demand for the year-round availability of tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. The domestic produce industry initially responded by increasing protected culture cultivation of these popular crops, usually through the use of greenhouses. Available data…

France: New NeoFarm technological farm

For the National Agricultural Days in France on June 18, 19, and 20, 2021, the NeoFarm start-up inaugurated its technological farm of 10,000 m² in Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche (Yvelines). The goal of NeoFarm is to reduce the workload of producers by designing turnkey technological farms. This greenhouse in…

Alfonso Altamura of the Italian producers' organization Op Altamura

"Exponential increases in raw material costs are reducing profit margins"

"The biggest emergency we are facing at the moment is the skyrocketing cost of raw materials. Plastic has increased by 30 per cent, which had an impact on our investments leading to higher costs for greenhouses and raw materials needed for the packaging. In addition, transportation costs have been rising…

Local Bounti pipeline includes 8 facilities by the end of 2025

Lettuce growers expand, expand and expand

US greenhouse company Local Bounti is more than doubling the size of its flagship facility in Hamilton, Montana, and plans to break ground on two additional facilities in the Western U.S. before the end of this year. The company’s pipeline includes eight facilities and a plan for 30 SKUs by the end of…

Springworks Farm opens new 40,000 sq. ft. aquaponic greenhouse

"The COVID outbreak exposed the risks inherent to our centralized industry"

Here are some remarkable numbers for you. Trevor Kenkel is 26 years old today. He started growing lettuce and fish in an aquaponic setting 10 years ago and founded his company Springworks Farm in 2014. Springworks Farm grew to 27,000 square feet and last Saturday, its first new 40,000-square-foot…

Vegtech Netafim builds new Emseni greenhouse

"Agriculture has proven to be one of the more resilient sectors in the SA economy"

In 2020, despite the challenging global situation, the South African pepper growers of Emseni made the decision to invest in an expansion of 3ha, bringing their total greenhouse operation to 12ha. Their ambition: to be the largest pepper producer in the region. Emseni entrusted Vegtech Netafim with the…

Photo report: A visit to Ljusgårda's production facility

"We’re automating more and more processes throughout the farm"

From the start, Ljusgårda has always aimed to expand its operations. Coming from a 7000 m2 operation, the company is hoping to expand to its 18,000 m2 facility by the end of the year. VerticalFarmDaily was invited for a tour at the recently opened facility in Tibro. Currently, Ljusgårda now produces 20…

Wholesum expanding its greenhouse acreage by fall 2021

“2020 was a year of adapting, but people certainly wanted to eat healthy and have access to organic foods,” says Joanna Jaramillo, marketing specialist at Wholesum. Wholesum operates three family farms – two in Mexico and one in Arizona – which produce certified organic and fair trade vegetables in…

Nature Fresh Farms scores a big win in greenhouse vegetable awards

Greenhouse Competitions in Leamington, ON made a return this year with the annual Greenhouse Vegetable Awards this past weekend. Showcasing the best greenhouse-grown produce from leading North American growers, family-owned Nature Fresh Farms came back to the competition winning accolades, including…

Midwest Pure Greens expands with new investor

"This new greenhouse model will withstand the test of time"

Pure Green Farms, the Midwest hydroponic greenhouse which had its official launch earlier this year, announced this week they will be moving forward with their expansion plans after taking on a new investor, Paul J. Mastronardi. Mastronardi chose to invest in Pure Green Farms because of the technology of…

Sunset takes multiple first place awards during Leamington Greenhouse Competition

At this year’s 14th Annual Leamington Greenhouse Competition Sunset earned the most awards, including the most first place awards, during the two-day competition. Sunset® saw…

Greenhouse grower discusses Integrated Pest Management program

Pesticides are used in agriculture to keep plants healthy from pesky pests. But, beneficial insects are also used in farming to reduce the need for chemical pesticides and help facilitate the healthy growth of produce. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a method used to reduce the need for chemicals in…

Russia ups exports of greenhouse cucumbers and tomatoes to Poland and other EU countries

A rapid development of the greenhouse business in Russia has led to the replacement of a significant part of imports and forced Russia to enter on foreign markets. Russia…

Ground broken on new 25-acre greenhouse in Exeter

Mastronardi Produce, and Rhode Island Grows, a family-owned farming operation spanning three states, have broken ground on the construction of a 25-acre greenhouse in Exeter, Rhode Island. “This facility will use Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) to provide environmentally sustainable,…

AgriTech New Zealand appoints two new Executive Council members

AgriTech New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Kylie Horomia and Maria Jose Alvarez to the Executive Council, further supporting the organization's goals. “As a member-funded organization, we are conscious of having an Executive that brings a wide range of skills, experience, and…

Idroterm Serre

New irrigation boom for greenhouse irrigation

"Agriculture 4.0 definitely presents many advantages in terms of sustainability and economic and environmental efficiency. Even though it may seem difficult to apply for those who are used to employing traditional methods, digitally managed crops are growing rapidly in greenhouses where the environment…

Partnership brings Innovation and flavorful local produce to Rhode Island

Greenhouse vegetable grower, Mastronardi Produce, and Rhode Island Grows, a family-owned farming operation spanning three states, have broken ground on the construction of a…

Greenhouses only account for 7% of the plastic waste generated in Spain

Solar greenhouses and circular economy

Recycling is already part of our life and our way of thinking. Intensive agriculture in greenhouses has also joined this sustainable commitment to the circular economy. In…

Mexico: Tomato exports broke last year’s record with a growth of 20%

Mexico broke its own growth record for tomato exports in 2020; the positive trend continued into the first quarter. Last year saw a 20.6% increase on the previous year,…

DelFrescoPure

DelFrescoPure generates power for solid-state lighting, heat and nutrients

DelFrescoPure has announced the expansion of its cogeneration system, also called a combined heat and power (VHP) system, that allows the grower located in Kingsville, Ontario, to generate electricity to power its horticultural solid-state lighting (SSL) in a controlled environment agriculture…

Norwegian ’tomato capital’ to push for carbon neutral production

The town of Finnoy is known by Norwegians as the country’s ‘tomato producing capital’. One company, Lauvsnes Gartneri, is yielding up to 4 million tomatoes each year.…

Investors include oil giant Saudi Aramco

$10m investment for Saudi salt-water growers Red Sea Farms

Growing hydroponically using primarily salt water offers major opportunities for the greenhouse industry. That's why Red Sea Farms, a Saudi Arabian AgTech business whose technology enables producers to do so, received a $10 million venture capital investment today from a group of leading Saudi and UAE…

Escalated greenhouse prices slow down construction in Europe's vegetable garden

Almeria is the area in Europe with the highest concentration of greenhouses for intensive agriculture. However, the construction of new facilities has practically come to a…

Spring Born to grow organic leafy greens in new Colorado greenhouse

"Our company will supply nourishment and jobs to the region"

Spring Born, a 3.5-acre indoor hydroponic farm, is one of the first leafy green greenhouses in Colorado to undergo USDA Organic Certification. Spring Born products will be available for retail distribution starting August 2021. “Spring Born combines innovative technologies and hardworking individuals…

Village Farms brings on new EVP of sales and marketing

Village Farms Greenhouse Grown is pleased to announce Eric Janke has joined the company as executive vice-president of sales & marketing, effective June 1, 2021. Janke will be…

Conclusions of Cajamar's 'Greenhouse vegetables - Provisional balance of the 2020-2021 campaign'

Almeria's greenhouse production was stable with average prices until April

The Tierra Platform Markets team (Cajamar) prepared the 'Greenhouse vegetables - Provisional balance of the 2020-2021 campaign', a report in which it analyzed the behavior of…

Minnesota-based greenhouse lettuce producer plants roots in Temple, Texas

Revol Greens, a Minnesota-based producer of greenhouse lettuce, has plans to locate a new a manufacturing operation in Temple, Texas. Pending final negotiations with Bell County Commissioners Court, the company plans to construct a 40-acre advanced greenhouse as part of an investment representing over…


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