Structures & Equipment
Residential vertical growing system developed
By Dave Harrison
Dec. 23, 2015, Surrey, B.C. — Affinor Growers Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding to install two automated residential vertical growing towers in new Bio Pod greenhouses slated for construction in Surrey.
This installation will allow Affinor Growers to implement an innovative residential design and begin scaling operations for wholesale production, packaging, and international distribution of clean, safe, fresh food.
“It is a great honour to work with the University of the Fraser Valley in this exciting new frontier of agriculture,” said president and CEO Jarrett Malnarick.
“I believe UFV will become the world’s first high-tech training centre for this type of agriculture and will be viewed as a leader amongst universities around the world in this field.”
The partnership represents the start of a new era in agriculture production. Affinor is proud to partner with UFV and believes the combination will result in the mass production of fruit and vegetables for consumers, while enhancing sustainability and adding to the global agricultural knowledge base.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for UFV to partner with Affinor Growers in developing a new generation of technology that has the potential to tremendously increase food security without the need to develop more agricultural land resources,” said Garry Fehr, director of the Agriculture Centre of Excellence, University of the Fraser Valley.
“The project will also provide valuable learning and research opportunities for students and researchers.”