May 11, 2015
Keeping Your Greenhouse Vegetables And Fruits Safe: Focus On Soilless And Hydroponics Systems
In part two of a four-part food safety series, learn how to keep food safety risks low by following proper water testing procedures and maintaining safe storage practices for substrates and food packaging materials.
September 29, 2017
Vertical Farming Looks to Go Mainstream
The University of the District of Columbia is the nation’s only urban land-grant university, so it was a particularly appropriate setting for the Association of Vertical Farming (AVF) to host the AVF Summit 2017 on September 22. The summit was a mix of education, advocacy, and policy discussion about urban agriculture — vertical farming in particular — targeted at finding ways to broaden its adoption in cities around the country and around the world. You’ve probably heard quite a bit in recent months about vertical farming — systems for growing food in stacked layers in completely controlled environments, applying inputs such as light, water, and fertilizer in precise amounts. While there’s some use of these systems in greenhouse settings, in many cases, urban farmers are repurposing abandoned buildings or even shipping containers. Match the availability of these facilities in most large urban areas with big cities’ limited access to fresh, […]
June 27, 2015
Keeping Your Greenhouse Fruits And Vegetables Safe: Sanitation Food Safety Best Practices
The last article in the four-part food safety series highlights sanitation training, policies and protocols to maintain for an effective and successful food safety program.
June 26, 2015
The Intrigue Of Edible Petiole Crops For Hydroponic Production
In a twist to traditional field production, experiments with petiole crops Pak Choi, kale and Swiss chard determine their suitability for hydroponic production systems using plug trays.
June 25, 2015
Vegetable Trials Test Variety Adaptability In Containers
How do crossover varieties normally grown by fresh market farmers, and now available to home gardeners, perform in patio containers? Vegetable container trials at Syngenta Flowers show surprising results.
June 22, 2015
Parks Brothers Launches Peace Farm Organics Line Of Edibles
For the last 10 years, Parks Brothers Farm in Arkansas (No. 92 on Greenhouse Grower’s Top 100 List in 2015) has been considering the possibilities for launching a line of organic vegetables and herbs, but it wasn’t until 2013 that the operation started to get serious about it.
June 21, 2015
Non-GMO Label Helps Great Lakes Growers Stay Ahead Of The Curve
When Great Lakes Growers made the decision to become non-GMO certified earlier this year, it wasn’t for philosophical reasons, nor was it to make a higher profit. Rather, says Tim Ryan, co-partner at Great Lakes Growers along with John Bonner, it was completely consumer driven.
May 18, 2015
3 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing A Digital Food Safety Recordkeeping System
If you're thinking about moving from a paper system to a digital system for food safety recordkeeping, asking yourself these three questions will help you decide what type of system you want and what is actually needed.
April 14, 2015
18 New Vegetables For Easy Growing And Healthy Eating
Current breeding efforts have focused on vegetable varieties that cater to small space and urban gardening trends and offer consumers good performance with minimal efforts. As a result, new, easy care vegetable introductions packed with flavor and loaded with fruits have swept onto the market. Here are 18 of the newest vegetables already on the market or hitting the market in 2016.
April 13, 2015
Keeping Your Greenhouse Vegetables And Fruits Safe: Overview Of Best Food Safety Practices
This is the first installment of a four-part series that will bring you up to speed on what it takes to fulfill food safety mandates for greenhouse production.
June 26, 2014
California Spring Trials: 10 New Edible Varieties To Consider For 2015 [Slideshow]
Breeders at California Spring Trials presented edibles in container gardens, urban gardens and mixed combos with ornamentals. New colors, sizes and flavors make these featured edibles a fresh tastebud experience. Here are 10 new varieties to pump up the flavor power.