How vertical farming can disrupt and innovate the hospitality industry – Presented by Cristian Toma, Eco Convergence Group

cristian toma

Cristian Toma, Eco Convergence Group, will speak at at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The vertical farming industry is now at the peak of expectations. However, this favorable window will close soon if we – as an industry – do not prove our economic viability. This is particularly challenging in a commoditized industry such as fresh produce supply. Technological innovation does not automatically lead to economic success – it must be applied in the right business context.

My presentation discusses how vertical farming can disrupt and innovate fresh produce supply in the hospitality industry. In order to be successful in a commoditized industry, one must be able to build durable customer relationships.

Vertical farming provides a platform that can be used as a catalyst for creating customer value, and the presentation shows how this can be achieved in the context of the hospitality industry.

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Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production – Presented by Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University

Leo Marcelis

Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University, will speak at Vertical Farming Conference, on June 26, during AgriFood Innovation Event 2019 in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Today’s rapidly urbanising societies challenge our food system to feed cities. Vertical Farming can provide a secure and sustainable route to provide cities with fresh food. Advantages are: no pesticides, no nutrient emission, only 2-4 litres of water per kg produce, much less land use, less waste, and lower food mileage, though energy use is still high. Continue reading “Vertical farming, a revolution in plant production – Presented by Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University”

The Role of Genetics in Driving Growth for the Vertical Farming Industry – Presented by VK Kishore, Monsanto

vk kishore

The Role of Genetics in Driving Growth for the Vertical Farming Industry – Presented by VK Kishore, Monsanto, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

In the presentation, I will talk about the role of genetics in driving the growth of the Vertical farming industry. I will share the tools and capabilities we have in the company and our breeding approaches that will help accelerate the innovations in genetics that will be specific for the vertical farming industry. I will also emphasize the importance of collaboration to drive innovation in this area. Continue reading “The Role of Genetics in Driving Growth for the Vertical Farming Industry – Presented by VK Kishore, Monsanto”

Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute

Daniel Podmirseg

Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

The city of the future will be structurally incomparable with the modernist city. The design practice of the last eighty years has brought us really great challenges that will lead ecologically, socially and economically to radical system changes. This fact enables a much greater commitment by different creators from the fields of art, science and business. In addition, the fact of designing the city of the future is an invitation for all those who have hitherto been difficult to integrate into existing decision-making processes. The necessary supply of healthy food throughout the year affects all of us, especially city dwellers. Continue reading “Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute”

Agrotopia – a living lab for high tech urban and greenhouse horticulture – Presented by Ine Pertry, Inagro

Ine Pertry

Agrotopia – a living lab for high tech urban and greenhouse horticulture – Presented by Ine Pertry, Inagro at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

INAGRO is building a research greenhouse on the rooftop of a warehouse of REO Veiling in the city of Roeselare. The greenhouse will demonstrate integration of greenhouse cultivation in urban environments by using resources from the city environment such as energy and water as well as best practices for soilless vegetable production. The greenhouse will also serve as a living lab to exchange knowledge and develop innovations through co-creation, involving all relevant stakeholders in the innovation process. Technology developers will have the opportunity to engage in this co-creation process or to demonstrate their latest innovations in an exhibition room. Continue reading “Agrotopia – a living lab for high tech urban and greenhouse horticulture – Presented by Ine Pertry, Inagro”

Energy Efficient Vertical Farming – Presented by Yangang Xing, Cardiff University

Yangang Xing

Energy Efficient Vertical Farming – Presented by Yangang Xing, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

A brief overview of historical perspective of food and energy consumption will be presented, current state of the arts of vertical farming practices will be discussed. Continue reading “Energy Efficient Vertical Farming – Presented by Yangang Xing, Cardiff University”

Dryponics – Energy efficient consumer focused approach to grow indoors – Presented by Mark Korzilius, Farmers Cut

Mark Korzilius

Dryponics – Energy efficient consumer focused approach to grow indoors – Presented by Mark Korzilius, Farmers Cut, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

Presenting the two principal technology innovations:

1. Farmhouse design and full CEA

2. Dryponics a grow method yielding unmatched customer satisfaction

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Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez, Hexagro Urban Farming

Felipe Hernandez

Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez , Hexagro Urban Farming, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Hexagro Urban Farming’s vision is a future of decentralized food production in urban areas through a sharing-circular economy model that can allow anybody, anywhere grow and access healthy food.

Our first product, the Living FarmingTree (LFT) is a soil-less mini-indoor farm that uses the Aeroponic technique to grow greens efficiently all-year-round without the need of farming experience, complex installations nor time spent in maintenance.

This sustainable solution was developed using Biomimicry; inspired by the Honeybee Hive efficiency in Nature, it allows the minimum inventory with the maximum diversity to provide the best conditions for plant growth while consuming limited water and energy resources. It can be configured in a Tree or in Cubes, to adapt to any space available and different crop-types. Continue reading “Creating an Urban Farming Network inspired by Nature – Presented by Felipe Hernandez, Hexagro Urban Farming”

Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V.

Gert-Jan van Staalduinen

Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V. at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

About Logiqs B.V.
With more than 40 years of experience and know-how, gained in the field of internal transport and logistics systems for greenhouses, our industry leading solutions help our customers to achieve a higher profitability and a stronger competitive position within the worldwide horticultural marketplace.
We advise, design, produce and install complete logistical systems, manual or completely automated, for growers specialised in: potted plants, cut flowers, tree nurseries, flower bulbs and vegetables. Continue reading “Greencube, Vertical farm of the future – Presented by Gert-Jan van Staalduinen, Logiqs B.V.”

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”