Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon

Martin Veenstra

Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon, at Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

As in the development of “traditional” horticulture, technology plays an important role in growing in Vertical Farms. Thanks to the fully closed nature of the growth environment a holistic approach is required to the entire farming process from seed till harvest. This involves many types of technology like lighting, Climate control, the cultivation system, irrigation and automation. During his presentation Martin will focus on the way Vertical Farming technologies have benefitted from lessons learned in horticulture and the development of recent new technologies and an overview will be given of common pitfalls during the design of Vertical Farms offset against recent technological developments. Continue reading “Key success factors in designing Indoor Farms – Presented by Martin Veenstra, Certhon”

Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting

Celine Nicole

Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. Read the interview

Vertical farming is a technology that controls climate, water, nutrients and light to grow vegetables and soft fruits in a closed environment. This allows them to grow pesticide free and without other contaminants.

Philips Lighting Research investigated how to influence the post-harvest quality of leafy greens by controlling the pre-harvest growth conditions while keeping a high production rate. Several standard LED lighting recipes (red/blue or red/white either with or without far red) are in use in commercial vertical farms.

In this research we used baby leaf spinach and rocket from various cultivars all grown in a vertical farm research facility at Philips Lighting GrowWise Center in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. We used the standard red white LED light recipe as control, while we changed the spectrum with higher blue and/or higher far-red or applied few days of continuous light stimulation just before the harvest (pre-harvest). Quality at harvest and quality loss during postharvest storage was monitored. We observed that light quality affects shelf life of baby leaf spinach and rocket by several days. Continue reading “Light recipes enable sky high vitamins and a longer shelf life in leafy greens – Presented by Celine Nicole, Philips Lighting”