Greenhouses
This is the time of year to begin planning for next year’s greenhouse building projects. While many growers are eager to plan new construction projects and expand, sometimes the best dollar value is achieved by retrofitting and modernizing their existing greenhouse structures.
The first two floors of 1400 Rue Antonio Barbeau in Montreal look like they belong on any other low-density commercial building – blocky, covered in mottled brown brick and windows gazing into a beige interior. Just over the lip of its roof, though, peeks long walls made of glass and metal, and inside them, rows of vegetables.
There’s something different about the glass at Freeman Herbs – it’s pink.
An Alberta Agriculture and Forestry specialist says commercial greenhouses in Alberta should be able to benefit from some new research into construction materials and greenhouse design. “Greenhouses have traditionally been energy intensive operations, but with increasing scrutiny and slowly shrinking margins, producers need to find ways of trimming costs wherever possible,” says Dustin Morton, commercial horticulture specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
November 2017 – Are skyrocketing land prices preventing you from starting your own farm business? Don’t fret, because crops can be grown in old industrial buildings too – legal crops at that.
March April 2017 – The need to grow food in the North remains strong, and new high-tech innovations are on the cusp of making large amounts of local greenhouse-grown food a reality.
March 6, 2017, Vancouver – Affinor Growers will showcase its growing technology at the BCTECH Summit on March 14 and 15, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and in partnership with University of Fraser Valley.
Jan. 25, 2017, Lynden, Ont. – Greenbelt Microgreens is modernizing a new 3.5-acre greenhouse facility with state-of-the-art technology, assisted with funding of up to $640,585 from the Growing Forward 2 AgriInnovation Program.
Nov. 9, 2016, Brampton, Ont. – Modular Farms Inc., a Canadian start-up founded in 2015, has developed its first modular farm unit.
April 28, 2016, Abbotsford, B.C. – Affinor Growers Inc. has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with a private B.C.-based company.
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.
Dec. 18, 2015, Chicago – The pioneers behind the first commercial urban hydroponic greenhouses in the U.S. are now builders of one of the world’s largest such facilities.
Dec. 16, 2015, Las Vegas — Indoor Farms of America, LLC has developed a new system to help farmers achieve far higher yields and profitability in their operations.
January 2016 — Humans have been growing crops in barren places for decades. Now it’s time to take our plant production knowledge and use it to provide our cities and food deserts with fresher and more local food.
Oct. 6, 2015, Kingsville, Ont. — Automation and recycling were two of the main themes with this year’s Canadian Greenhouse Conference bus tour of the Leamington/Kingsville region of Ontario.
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