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Alberta greenhouse grower ready for the long cold winter

Now there’s a bigger house on the prairie, and its lights will be on through the long winter. Southern Alberta greenhouse producer Frank & Able shipped the first tomatoes-on-the-vine grown in their newly expanded facility in early November. Having doubled their acreage under lights just ahead of the first snowfall,…

Ohio greenhouses in full production this winter

With the last weeks of 2018 still ahead of us, NatureFresh™ Farms is in the thick of a third winter growing season at their Ohio-based facility. Located in the northwestern community of Delta, OH, the NatureFresh™ Farms USA greenhouse will be picking, packing, and shipping fresh tomatoes throughout the…

Living greens company launches organic red butter lettuce and spring mix

Pete’s, the California-based produce company specializing in hydroponically grown, non-GMO verified living lettuces and living cress varieties, will introduce their newest…

Guyra, New South Wales

Australia: Costa tomato farm starts AU$67 million expansion

Wednesday, the first sod of soil was turned on Costa Group’s $67 million expansion of its tomato glasshouse operation at Guyra. The current facility already is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The new expansion will grow snacking and cocktail tomato varieties. Costa Group’s senior management were joined by…

Equity crowdfunding campaign opened for Canadian tomato greenhouse

"We aim to displace importers, not existing local growers"

Vermillion Growers, a women-led, family run company out of Manitoba, has opened up the crowdfunding and investment campaign to raise money for what they call Manitoba's first large-scale greenhouse. Vermillion Growers plans to grow tomatoes-on-vine (TOV). "Tomatoes are the largest imported greenhouse…

Canadian government supports greenhouse farming

In Canada, the greenhouse industry has been experiencing the largest and fastest growth within the horticultural sector. Last year, the sale of Canadian greenhouse vegetables…

A greenhouse in the eternal ice: vegetable gardening in the Antarctic

Paul Zabel from the German Aerospace Center is operating a greenhouse in the Antarctic, where tomatoes, lettuce and cucumbers flourish. For future space missions, plant cultivation needs to be tested under difficult conditions. Photo: DLR In the past few months, Paul Zabel had to cope with bad weather conditions. For a whole polar…

Mexico: Greenhouse climate control with geothermal energy

Specialists from the Polytechnic University of Baja California (UPBC) created a system to heat greenhouses by means of geothermal energy, which is obtained from the heat of…

Cooperation with Gemüsering Saxony-Anhalt creates year-round availability

Kaufland focuses on local winter tomatoes

Tomatoes from German cultivation year-round, even in the winter months, are now available in all Kaufland branches. The grocer offers nationwide panicles, cocktail and snack tomatoes from Saxony-Anhalt's Gemüsering company. Source: obs/Kaufland/Kaufland/Gemüsering "Our gardeners and their teams rely on manual labor, for the…

Carl Mastronardi wins Produce Person of The Year from OPMA

During the annual OPMA Gala on November 9, Carl Mastronardi, President of DelFrescoPure® was the proud recipient of the OPMA Cory Clack-Streef Produce Person of the Year Award. Mastronardi received this prestigious award for his diligence and dedication to the greenhouse strawberry program. “This is one of the…

The largest greenhouse in the Czech Republic is already functioning

The largest greenhouse in the Czech Republic, which is located in the Karvina region, has started operations. According to the ČTK Monika Zábojníková agency, of the…

Seasonal production ramping up of specialty greenhouse vegetables

Growers of specialty greenhouse vegetables such as slicer cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes are preparing for increased production from Mexico from January. Volume is already starting in many regions and in about a month, this will markedly increase. Supplies of these greenhouse vegetables have been lower…

"Exempt indoor grown lettuce from romaine recall"

With the romaine being pulled out of the shops and the product receiving some very bad publicity due to the recent E.coli contamination, greenhouse growers throughout the US and Canada are opening up to show the public what solution they can bring to food safety.  Yesterday we've shown you already how Gotham Greens responded ,…

Microgreens more than just a garnish

“Over the last few years, we have been focusing on introducing consumers to microgreens. This is because they are healthy”, says Avner Shohet from Teshuva Agricultural Projects Ltd. (TAP). “This is our main strategy. It is a combination of what is good for the business but also what is good for the…

Mr. Li from AgriPlus tells us the current trends

How are cultivation techniques developing in China?

Irrigation technology is developing quite fast, and in a fast-developing market like China, this technology seems to develop even faster. According to Mr. Brian Li from AgriPlus, in recent years a new trend has been developing in China’s irrigation business. Nowadays, more and more high-tech irrigation…

Greenhouse production changes to boost wintertime yields

As Thanksgiving inches closer, at least one greenhouse lettuce supplier is readying for a pick up in demand for greenhouse greens. “We’re coming into the holiday season so I anticipate demand will pick up,” says John Bonner with Great Lakes Growers in Burton, Ohio, who grows culinary fresh herbs as well as a…

Russia seeks self-sufficiency in greenhouse vegetable production

The Russian Ministry of Agriculture estimates that the national production of greenhouse vegetables in 2018 will exceed one million tons. It also foresees a continued growth…

Christian Kruse, Haygrove GmbH:

"Our systems are making producers more interesting as employers"

"We have been active in the German market since 2000 and have made a significant contribution to the fact that film tunnels are now operational. Through our experience and knowledge, we not only shaped the German market, but we also shaped it in a trend-setting fashion. Our managing director Maria Mauel…

US (CA): Microgreens grower has been supplying restaurants for two decades

You may not recognize their name, but you might recognize their lettuce. Scarborough Farms' frisée, with its bright appearance and flavorful crunch, it stands out on the plate and makes everything around it look a little more vibrant. At least that's Scarborough Farms' hope and what put them on the…

Snug supply scene for greenhouse tomatoes in North America

Supplies of greenhouse tomatoes are quite tight. “November for tomatoes in general is the tightest month in North American production every year,” says Jeff Madu of Windset Farms in Delta, BC. And 2018’s November is looking no different given November is when a crossover of supply regions takes place. “Our Canadian operations have probably…

Benny Cuypers, BelOrta

“Belgium greenhouse vegetables start to experience competition from the South”

“The previous tomato season was very mediocre. We experienced long periods with low prices even for the specialties. The market now seems to have recovered and the prices for tomatoes are better than before”, according to Benny Cuypers of BelOrta. “The tomatoes are starting to get competition from the…

Russia: Greenhouse vegetable production up by more than 25%

As of October 30, 2018, the gross yield of greenhouse vegetable crops in Russia amounted to 820.1 thousand tons, which is 25.7% more than in the same period of 2017. This has…

“It’s our high-tech farming that allows our Vietnamese red chili to be competitive”

For Mina Export, an exporting company based in Vietnam, investing in high-tech farming equipment has paid off. With a new license to export to the European market in the pocket, the company is ready to take the region by storm with their red chili, or as it’s called in Vietnam; Bird’s Eye Chili. Mina Export has a…

35,489 hectares

Spain: Expansion of greenhouse acreage in Eastern Andalusia

The acreage devoted to greenhouse crops in Eastern Andalusia has reached 35,489 hectares, 1.7% more than in the year 2017, according to cartographical data of 2018. Almeria,…

Greenhouse courgettes: free market more favourable than green

In the spring many courgette growers had doubts about how the main variety of green courgettes would weather the season. Some growers even switched entirely to yellow. The main variety of green was said to be of lesser quality, making cultivation 'at your own risk'. "Green went well in cultivation in the…

Results out from Village Farms' tomato taste challenge at PMA

During PMA 2018 in Orlando, Florida October 18-19 where more than 20,000 participants from all over the world attended the Fresh Summit Convention & Expo visitors to…

Turkey: Manisa ranks second in national geothermal greenhouse production

Manisa, a city located in western Turkey, came second in geothermal greenhouse production in Turkey with geothermal greenhouses in an area of 76 hectares. This figure represents nearly 18 % of Turkey’s geothermal greenhouse production areas and ranks second only to Izmir, another western Turkish city. Geothermal greenhouse production…

By using digital agriculture

Turkey: Greenhouse tomato grower moves harvest time to an earlier date

Ersin Durak, a grower in Carsamba, Samsun, a city located in northeastern Turkey, has built a 3,000 square meter fully automated greenhouse and has managed not only to lower production costs but also managed to move the harvest time to an earlier date. This digital greenhouse is equipped with automated fertilization, ventilation…

Tunnel tech already adopted by progressive farmers

Pakistani farmers urged to grow off-season vegetables

Pakistani agricultural experts advised their farmers to adopt tunnel technology for growing off-season vegetables. A spokesman of the Agricultural Department stated on Tuesday…

Local produce brand expands to Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia

BrightFarms is announcing their locally grown packaged salads at select Walmart stores in stores in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Grown in BrightFarms’ Wilmington, Ohio greenhouse, the…

Statement by the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA):

Fresh produce industry supports targeted carbon tax relief for greenhouse growers

"On behalf of fruit and vegetable growers across the country, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) thank the federal…

Russian tomato grower to invest $550 million in Uzbekistan project

Russia’s biggest vegetable producer, Eco-Culture, will invest over $550 million into a project in Uzbekistan. This was reported in a recent statement by company CEO Alexander…

US (CA): Smart Cannabis retrofits greenhouses in Monterey County

Smart Cannabis subsidiary Next Generation Farming has completed retrofitting ten greenhouses at a Monterey County cultivation facility. In phase one of the agreement, Next Generation Farming transformed the greenhouses, originally built around 1947, into an automated facility measuring approximately…

Greenhouse grower to offer taste-tests "behind closed doors" at PMA

The dynamics of the Canadian greenhouse industry are getting more sophisticated each year. It's impressive enough to think that hothouse vegetables are growing in a freezing climate, but now these greenhouse growers are taking further steps to bring their produce to a higher level. NatureFresh™ Farms, based in Leamington,…

Can the Russian greenhouse industry overcome challenges?

The development of Russia’s greenhouse industry has become a well-known fact in the last few years. Analytics argue that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the industry thus far with more than 250 hectares of new commercial greenhouses commissioned. This rapid increase resulted mainly from a…

Greenhouse grown strawberries with chocolate flavored dip at Fresh Summit

Later this week, four products from Mucci Farms will be on display in the New Product Showcase at PMA Fresh Summit in Orlando. One of them is the company’s latest release: CuteCumber™️ Poppers, which are one-bite miniature cucumber half the size of the company’s original cocktail size CuteCumbers™️.…

North Carolina indoor city farm nears completion of Phase 1

Your Local Greens, an industrial size hydroponic indoor city farm located in Burlington, North Carolina, is nearing the completion of Phase I, and preparing its first crops consisting of a variety of lettuces and microgreens. Owned and operated by YLG Partners, Inc., the company was founded on the belief…

Village Farms launches 'sweet' or 'smooth' campaign

Village Farms is ready to celebrate and has a few surprises in store for this year’s PMA. First, Village Farms is celebrating the success of its flagship tomato variety,…

Column Frits van der Meulen, KCB

End of greenhouse production season in sight

Right now, the final batches of greenhouse products are arriving on the market. After a hot summer filled with quality problems, fewer problems were seen in recent weeks, and…

BC bell pepper grower ramps up by cooling down

Randhawa Farms, Oppy’s cornerstone British Columbia sweet bell pepper grower, has expanded its cooler facility and greenhouse acreage. Based in BC’s Lower Mainland, Randhawa has added almost 22,000 square feet of cold storage with a 600-pallet capacity facility that includes two new value-added lines.…

DelFrescoPure® announces partnership with vertical farming company

A new partnership between DelFrescoPure® and CubicFarms® has resulted in the LivingCube™ – a system of automated vertical farming growing machines that continuously produces living lettuce, living basil and microgreens all year long. The LivingCube™ system has 12 mechanized growing, germination and…

Turkey: Decline in agricultural production areas in Kutahya

According to data announced by the Turkish Statistical Institute, the greenhouse production area in Kutahya has shown a significant drop of 3.9 % in 2017. Kutahya is located…

France's first fruit and vegetable tower blocks

In a few months time, Romainville, a town 3km East of Paris will grow their own tomatoes, mushrooms and strawberries in a tower block. It will be the first tower block devoted…

US (IA): Family-owned restaurant embraces hydroponics

When you think of a family-oriented eatery with a focus on home cooking, you probably don’t imagine a menu that includes hydroponically-grown lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Junction 21 restaurant in Centralia, Iowa, however, provides the kind of farm-to-table experience that few people would expect in…

Hydroponic blueberry cultivation achieves 50% higher yields

Hydroponic cultivation achieves up to 50% higher yields in terms of kilos per hectare during the first year of production, compared to the same product in soil. Moreover, the plants become productive earlier when this system is used, making it possible to advance the grower's entry into the market. These figures have…

France: 90,000m2 of photovoltaic greenhouses for kiwi farming

Reden Solar (new name of Fonroche Solaire, ex-subsidiary of Lot-et-Garonne solar energy group, Fonroche) inaugurated a group of three greenhouses covering almost 9 hectares in…


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