Cue the sun

“Intelligent” lighting options could maximize your growing capabilities by replicating the sun’s spectrum. Are they right for you and your operation? Ned Madden | Greenhouse Management Magazine | October 7, 2014 Greenhouse growers around the world are converting their greenhouses from traditional incandescent lighting – usually power-hungry, high-pressure sodium (HPS) or metal halide (MH) high-intensity…

The Future of Farming, Part 3: The Business of Urban Ag and CEA

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld 09/03/13 “Your website is perhaps the single most important marketing tool you have,” wrote Jane Eckert, founder of Eckert AgriMarketing. “A website has replaced your local newspaper classified advertising and yellow page listings to become the — and I mean, THE — informational source of choice for local and distant prospects…

The Future of Farming, Part 2: New Growth Patterns

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld Part of the ECT News Network 08/20/13 5:00 AM PT “Vertical systems for hydroponic grow rooms are an adaptive application of a very old idea,” said Greengro CEO James Haas. “Vertical stacking units produce higher yields per each square foot of growing space because space is conserved for plant growth in…

The Future of Farming, Part 1: Controlling the Environment

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld 08/06/13 5:00 AM PT “We’re in the midst of a global movement, and the demand for locally grown, organic produce has never been stronger,” said Greengro Technologies CEO James Haas, “but the biggest problem is that in our society in the U.S., everybody stopped doing basic food-security things — like, for…

Urban Gardening, Part 2: Greenhouse Technology

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld 06/29/10 5:00 AM PT Those who aim to grow plants and vegetables in a contained, environmentally controlled greenhouse have a lot of high tech tools at their disposal. Advanced materials, efficient lighting techniques, green energy production and computer software all come together to make indoor gardening take root. Part 1 of this…

Urban Gardening, Part 1: The Hydroponic Lab on the Roof

By Ned Madden TechNewsWorld 06/22/10 6:00 AM PT In densely populated metro areas, any space that’s suitable for gardening is probably also very attractive to developers looking to build structures on it instead. However, some city dwellers with persevering green thumbs have looked skyward, using the latest in hydroponic technology to put vegetable gardens on…