Browse Author: Malene Bager

These villages combine vertical farms, greenhouses and clean energy technology to be completely off-the-grid and self-sufficient


Danish studio EFFEKT presented its vision for futuristic, green towns. Called ReGen Villages, the task pictures a community of structures that produce all their own food and energy, while being off the grid and having an extremely low environmental impact.

The ReGen towns would comprise of wooden greenhouses with connected greenhouses, developing a friendly space where families can grow fruits and veggies, farm aquaponics and recycle waste products. The towns would produce their own energy utilizing sustainable sources, so they would be totally off the grid and not need any outdoors input. Specific houses would incorporate photovoltaic solar panels to produce power and heat water. They would also include passive cooling and heating systems, as well as natural ventilation, reducing energy consumption as much as possible. It almost sounds too excellent to be true; however the best thing about it is that the innovation is already here.

Our modern way of life is utterly unsustainable and this calls for more durable solutions for the future, described EFFEKT partner Sinus Lynge. The technology already exists; it is just a matter of applying science into the architecture of everyday life.

In fact, the very first pilot is set to take off this summer in the Netherlands, but other pilots remain in the works for Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany, and there are also prepares in development for the UAE, China and Africa.

Exactly what makes me like this concept even more is not only the technology and eco-friendliness of the job, however likewise the method in which it focuses on the community. Residents are motivated to collaborate through the very design of the town.

ReGen is about more than decreasing, stated Lynge. It is about producing, creating a better model for a sustainable future, where the present living standards can be sustained by thinking smarter, not just smaller sized.

The company is currently dealing with regional municipalities to discover ideal locations of land and then appointing architects and construction workers so this is not taking place eventually in the future, it s taking place now. The company will likewise communicate with citizens frequently, to draw feedback and enhance future works. The project will be on show inside the Danish Pavilion during the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

Meet the New Editorial Advisors for Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY


Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY was released in early 2016 with the objective of supplying more comprehensive coverage about the advancements in greenhouse automation, structures, equipment, and technology, and how it can assist growers take full advantage of performance.

Because effort, we’ve requested assistance from some of the premier technology and automation experts and influencers within the horticulture market. These individuals have knowledge in different aspects of greenhouse innovation, and together, they are now referred to as the Editorial Advisory Board for Greenhouse Grower TECHNOLOGY. Learn all about their backgrounds and competence in the profiles listed below, and look for their friendly and familiar faces on the back page of each problem in our consultant column, Talking Shop: Equipment.

We thank these illustrious industry experts for their help and guidance, and we look forward to bringing their experience and guidance to your operation.

A.J. Both, Rutgers University

Dr. A.J. Both are an Extension Specialist in Controlled Environment Engineering at Rutgers University. Both research study focuses on controlled environment farming and includes engineering and crop production jobs in growth chambers, greenhouses, and high tunnels. His research interests consist of greenhouse environment control, hydroponic vegetable production, supplemental lighting, and energy systems.

Paul Fisher, University of Florida

Dr. Paul Fisher is a Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His used research and farm advising focus on greenhouse innovation, crop modeling, proliferation, and root zone management.

Cole Mangum, Bell Nursery USA.

Cole Mangum is a third-generation member of the Mangum household, operating the broad business of Bell Nursery USA, based in Elkridge, MD. As Vice President of Production, Mangum is responsible for executing innovation and automation that will enhance the daily production of Bell Nursery’s lots of locations, completing 7,400,000 million square feet of environmentally controlled greenhouses.

Erik Runkle, Michigan State University

Dr. Erik Runkle is Professor and Floriculture Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at MSU. Runkle s program focuses on the environmental physiology of herbaceous plants. Particularly he works with controlling light and temperature to produce commercial crops with wanted attributes in greenhouses and other regulated environments.

Lloyd Traven, Peace Tree Farm

Lloyd Traven is Co-Owner of Peace Tree Farm in Kintnersville, PA. As a small, organic grower, Traven has actually been active in seeking out and including innovations that will allow Peace Tree Farm to grow decorative and food crops with accuracy. He is fluent in figuring out roi for greenhouse innovation, and works closely with academia and the market to establish ideas and options.

Art VanWingerden, Metrolina Greenhouses

Art VanWingerden is Co-CEO and Co-Owner of Metrolina Greenhouses in Huntersville, NC and York, SC. VanWingerden takes an active role in developing new automation equipment and innovation, working carefully with equipment manufacturers to establish options. A lot of these technologies have actually been executed not just at Metrolina Greenhouses large centers, completing 7,100,000 square feet of ecologically managed greenhouse space, but likewise in greenhouse operations throughout the industry

BC Greenhouse Day


To celebrate BC Greenhouse day numerous greenhouses were open to the public. Did you understand there are 62 BC greenhouses? Our BC Greenhouses produce tomatoes, peppers, long English cucumbers, eggplant and butter lettuce.

The yellow peppers were tipped out of large bins and on to a conveyor belt which led them to a grading station. 6 workers carefully examined each pepper and separated the 2nd grade from the very first grade peppers.

As I stood listed below, boxes of grade 2 peppers pulled up prior to me. You can see the minor imperfections on the peppers. As customers we are method to picky when it comes to our fruit and vegetables. You are probably wondering what they do with the second grade peppers. They are completely fine to use. They are just a bit misshapen. These peppers are offered to restaurants.

This is the sort of pepper that dining establishments have no problem using. In some cases the stem has fallen off or there might be too much green color on the pepper. It turns out that some sellers do sell a line of Imperfect vegetables so inspect it out to see who is offering them in your area. It’s time we purchased more of these and the rate must be less than the grade one peppers. I keep in mind the days of operating in retail and offering fruits and vegetables at decreased prices. Okay, I am showing my age however it wasn’t that long back. Now it’s not enabled. Method excessive food is thrown out. I am thankful the peppers from greenhouses are used by dining establishments. Some even go to food banks.

The grade one peppers travel under a video camera which photographs every one and tallies each peppers size and weight. By doing this the computer knows exactly which peppers to send to the waiting boxes. Each case will hold 5 kg of peppers and with the computer systems assist the weight will be as near to 5 kg without going over. Above, full boxes travel to their last storage area to await shipping.

At the open house we strolled down a long row and on each side were even longer rows of pepper plants in different stages of production. Height is determined by the type of pepper being grown. In this greenhouse we saw red and orange peppers.

The worker talked about how they use advantageous pests to control typical greenhouse bugs such as aphids, thrips and whitefly. These bugs like the warm humid environment of the greenhouse.

Here the peppers are still green. Consistent cutting of foliage is done to keep the plants from crowding each other and to let employees in between the rows to harvest.

This is a photo of one row of peppers. The two rails along the floor supply heat to the greenhouse. They also enable equipment to travel along their lines so a worker can prune and gather the plants. The equipment utilized can be moved up or down so the worker can quickly reach the plant at any level. I noticed each row was numbered. I would picture numbering, would have to be utilized to keep track of what was performed in each row.

This offers you a better concept of how tall the plants are. I was totally impressed at what I saw and can’t wait to go next year. The BC greenhouse market utilizes more than 3,500 people. There are 14,000 pepper plants grown per acre. That’s a great deal of peppers!