Reduce Labor Costs: Automate Your Farm Today

Labor is expensive. Twenty six to 40% of total production cost is dedicated to labor in indoor farming, according to Dr. Kozai and NewBean Capital. This cost often includes paying for a combination of highly skilled work (plant science) and traditional manual labor (picking, pruning, packaging, etc). By introducing automation and robotics, farmers have the opportunity to cut costs and improve efficiency. Automation also provides the opportunity to allocate time differently, spending less time on repetitive tasks and more time on improving the industry. 

A new concept for AirBnB: A Self-sufficient housing ecosystem experience

Recombining elements of suburban living, contemporary technologies and existing trade and service markets like airbnbaustralian-based architectural studio blight blight & blight’sconcept for a practical utopia proposes a modern and sustainable way of living. divided into ‘the cave’ and ‘the light’, ‘friends of brick’ is a two-part ecosystem comprising a brick vault base and a plantation area.

Are Prefabricated Homes Covered in Greenery The Next Big Thing?

Green roofs have a double meaning when they’re often covered in plants: They’re verdant, and they’re eco-friendly. They bring down the temperature of the roof, reducing energy use and making things more comfortable for those inside. When found atop a tall building, it’s sort of like having a garden in the sky. When Green Magic Homes makes its green-covered houses, they look like something out of the Shire.

Massive Greenhouse Project in Rochester, NY nears groundbreaking a year late

Construction should begin this spring on Clearwater Organic Farms, a large hydroponic greenhouse in Rochester, NY where organic leafy greens will be grown year-round. The 475,000-square-foot greenhouse will sit on 13 acres at the Eastman Business Park, an industrial site built to supply Kodak's film products. The Park, and ensuing greenhouse, are part of a wider effort to revitalize areas of New York State.

BERLIN-BASED STARTUP “INFARM” RAISES $25 MILLION FOR VERTICAL FARMING SYSTEM

Infarm, a startup that has developed vertical farming tech for grocery stores, restaurants and local distribution centres to bring fresh and artisan produce much closer to the consumer, has raised $25 million in Series A funding. The round is led by London-based VC firm Balderton Capital, with participation from TriplePoint Capital, Mons Investments, and previous investors Cherry Ventures, QUADIA and LocalGlobe.

FARMING HAS A HUGE IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. ENTER CARBON TRAPPING.

Globally, our food system is thought to account for as much as a third of all greenhouse gas emissions, making it a huge contributor to the effects of climate change. However, there are hopes that the agriculture industry could also be a part of the solution. A paper published in Scientific Reports suggests that the planet’s farmland soil has unrealized carbon trapping potential, and could be used to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as the transport industry emits.

MAKING CITIES FOOD SECURE

Last month, the city of Gurgaon, India hosted a two day workshop for farmers to promote urban farming. The workshop discussed many interesting topics, including urban and peri-urban farming techniques that consist of farming in vacant plots and small areas, such as balconies. As India is building 100 smart cities, can our cities be self sufficient in achieving food sustainability? The current urban farming trend, with correct policy direction, could be a game changer to ensure food security within urban areas.

Illumitex unveils new NEOPAR grow lights

LED grow lighting company, Illumitex, has just introduced their new horticulture lighting solution for indoor urban farmers: NeoPAR™. Illumitex scientists and engineers worked closely together to create a light that is all at once highly efficient, ultra-thin, and able to deliver the company's latest X6 spectrum. 

EXCLUSIVE: AmHydro Announces 8 New Rooftop Farms To Be Built in Singapore

AmHydro, which designs and builds hydroponic growing systems all over the world, has just announced that it is starting construction of 8 rooftop greenhouses on a building complex in Singapore. In total, the farms will cover over 35,000 square feet. The first greenhouse is expected to go up this March, and begin producing plants by the summer. In a country where most food is imported at a premium, these new greenhouses will be a significant addition to the local urban agriculture movement.

THE MONKS, THE MONASTERY AND THE HYDROPONIC FARM

Sometimes life throws you a curve-ball that leads to insight and education in a really positive way. Recently I called one of our customers to talk about his experience with our products and service. The customer is a grower in Hawaii and he just happens to be a monk.

THIS ATLANTA BASED STARTUP HAS CREATED THE WORLD’S SMALLEST & SMARTEST GARDEN

Enrich Gardening, an Atlanta based startup, recently began selling what they say is “the world’s smallest & smartest garden.” The small and easy-to-use grow kits are designed to empower everyone to enjoy growing food within their own homes. Enrich has also developed a mobile app which acts as a companion to the grow kits. On the front of every kit there is a QR code that can be scanned by the app. The app will load that very plant into a virtual garden and begin sending you reminders on when and how much to water. 

how to succeed as a new farmer

The average age of the American farmer was last documented to be 58.3 years old, and is steadily rising. For years, younger people have been leaving their rural farming communities and heading into cities. But recently, for the first time since 1982, it seems as if the younger generation is becoming interested in growing food again - even within cities. In his most recent interview for AGRITECTURE, Henry Gordon-Smith sat down with Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to discuss the challenges that new farmers face, and the tools and resources available to best help them succeed.