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The Future of Vertical and Indoor Farming

Touch the Soil News #1253 (Feature photo – Indoor Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) While indoor farming pioneers are advocates of what they do, does expensive indoor farming have a future? In a rather unusual article, Peter Tasgal explores the arena of indoor farming and whether or not it makes sense economically. Tasgal’s article is a bit of fresh air for agricultural entrepreneurs when weighing the pros and cons of indoor vertical farming and the large capital outlays. You can read the full story here: https://agfundernews.com/what-is-the-future-of-container-farming.html Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Altius Farms – Another Foray into Changing Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1222 (Feature photo – Altius Farms Towers – courtesy of Altius Farms) Just coming into production is Altius Farms in Denver. Denver, the center of a metro area of 2.4 million people, is in need of more urban food. Altius claims to be one of the largest rooftop operations with over 8,000 square feet. Different from other hydroponics operations, Altius Farms is centered on growing towers. With almost two years in the design, building and business planning, Altius farms will be in full production this year. 303 Magazine from Denver provides insights as operations are winding up: https://303magazine.com/2019/01/altius-rino-rooftop-farm/ You can learn more about their operation at:…

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Bigger Dollars Flowing Into Vertical Farming

Touch the Soil News #1200 (Feature photo – Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) The production of food is taking center stage more often these day as experts scratch their heads about whether or not we will all eat in the not-too-distant future. As it stands, the world will need to produce more food in the next 30 years that it has in the last 10,000. Bowery – a vertical farming company – just received another $90 million in new funding from an array of venture capital investors. The company is planning on creating large indoor farms around the world. You can read the full story here: https://www.theboweryblog.com/home-1/new-funding-to-grow-food-for-a-better-future Want…

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Techno Farm – 30,000 Heads of Lettuce a Day

Touch the Soil News #1152 (Feature photo – A Head of Lettuce – CCA SA 3.0 Unported ) The nation of Japan, constrained on an Island with minimal farmland is being forced to re-invent the cultivation of Food. Spread Co., LTD – which has been in the vertical farm business for 10 years has studied and evolved the model of indoor vertical farming. Using technology, robots and less expensive lighting, the company currently produces 21,000 heads of lettuce every day for Japanese grocery stores. Spread Co., LTD is now building a larger and more efficient vertical farm – the largest in the world. Called the Techno Farm, the new facility…

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GreenBelly – A New Idea in Urban Agriculture

Touch the Soil News #1124 (Feature photo – The GreenBelly Model – courtesy of GreenBelly) GreenBelly is a vertical garden that makes use of existing walls to produce fresh food in limited spaces. By using recycle materials and organic waste from neighbors, this project holds potential for the future. By leveraging the vertical spaces next to urban walls, rainwater, sunshine and space can be utilized for growing more fresh local food. You can learn more about the effort here: http://www.greenbelly.org/ Want More? – Sign up below Special Deals Ahead…Sign up!

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Crop One – To Build World’s Largest Vertical Farm

Touch the Soil News #1056 (Feature photo – Leafy Greens – CCA 3.0 Unported) Crop One retrofits shipping containers into controlled environment agriculture. One place that needs that kind of agriculture is the United Arab Emirates. The container farms use far less water and provide produce that is chemical and pesticide free. Recently, Crop One entered into an agreement with a catering firm in Dubai that caters to all the airlines that come into the Dubai Airport. The $40 million facility will be able to produce 6,000 pounds of greens a day. Dubai airport is the busiest airport in the world as related to international passengers and the third busiest…

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Would You Borrow $200 million to Build Vertical Farms in China?

Touch the Soil News #919 (Feature photo – Vertical Farming – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Start-up company Plenty Farms (San Francisco, California) wants to build a new food chain – large indoor vertical farms near all major cities around the world. So far they have taken on $200 million in venture capital money led by Softbank from Japan. Certainly, mainstream farming is expensive in terms of production and shipping – but then so are large high-tech buildings near big cities. Plenty plans to make it work by removing waste from almost every step in the supply chain, build facilities near large population centers and be frugal about use of natural…

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Are You a Grower or a Tech Company?

Touch the Soil News #892 (Feature photo – CCA SA 3.0 Unported) Vertical agriculture – with all the bells and whistles as relates to lighting, temperature, moisture and robotics is pushing the limits. There are individual companies trying to leverage their own intellectual innovations, and then there are companies that try to leverage what is going on in the industry as a whole. Welcome Urban Crop Solutions – headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with an office in Florida, USA. Urban Crop Solutions has geared up to bring food production technology to you. Whether it is a converted shipping container or a large building, they are prepared to create over 30 acres…

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