City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food

Rene van Haeff

City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

The cultivation of leafy vegetables on a ‘net’, without any additives such as potting soil or rock wool mats makes the system revolutionary and unique. Hereby, the only necessities which have been used are the ‘naked’ seeds which are sown on a ‘net’. Under the ‘net’ is water where the nutrients are offered to the leafy vegetables. Furthermore, the irrigation is conducted with an ebb and flood system. With the LED lighting, the desired light spectrum and intensity for the plant will be given. This is a different approach in cultivating leafy vegetables such as Lettuce baby leaf, Lolo Rosso, and Spinach. It is also possible to grow Herbs as Basel, Arugula, Parsley and Coriander.

About Rene van Haeff
Rene van Haeff is an entrepreneur, who can set ideas into reality, looking carefully to the financial feasibility of the system. With 25 years of experience in the Mushroom growing sector, Rene van Haeff and his partners in Light4Food saw possibilities in growing vegetables in City Farms by using LED lights. Continue reading “City Farming: Cultivation on a net – Presented by Rene van Haeff, Light4Food”

A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting

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A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Vertical farming technology has been introduced in Japan and in the USA for growing vegetables and soft fruits. Soon the first commercial farm in Europe will open. With a well-controlled environment, new health benefits, food safety, pesticides free, optimized nutrients and increased shelf-life can be offered to consumers. With the progress of LED lighting efficiency and the knowledge of light-plant interaction, a better quality control can now be achieved together with improved energy efficiency.  Growth strategies combining crop quality attributes (e.g. color, nutrients, shelf life) with efficient growth are key for economic viability of plant factories. Continue reading “A revolution in food production enabled by LED lighting – Presented by Céline NICOLE, Philips Lighting”

PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group

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PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

A view of the development of ‘PlantLab’ through the last 10 years in the field of Vertical Farming and the strategy of the company in the field of Closed growing environment.

About Marcel Kers
Marcel is one of the founders of PlantLab and member of the Management Team of the company. With a focus on the plant related research with partners in all different fields. He likes to puzzle with plants and to apply there scientific, as well practical plant balance, approach to get the most out of it en transfer that into feasible applications. Continue reading “PlantLab, the Next Generation of Growing – Presented by Marcel Kers, PlantLab Group”

Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel

Pieter Heyse

Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel at the Vertical Farming Conference which takes place on June 28, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

While the demand for high quality, low impact food is rising; arable land close to market is declining. Novel farming techniques are implemented such as closed loop irrigation and LED lighting, though one seems to rely on traditional horticulture substrates. Water retention, quality consistency, recyclability and ecological footprint are downsides of today’s substrates and we feel the textiles may offer new solutions for next generation farming. Textile-, building-, environmental- and ornamental plants research groups in Belgium have joined forces to evaluate textile alternatives for plant substrates for green walls, but the developed materials may well be adoptable in agriculture. Continue reading “Textiles: key in next generation farming? – Presented by Pieter Heyse, Centexbel”