Urban Ag News Online Magazine Issue 11

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Urban Ag News Issue 11  |  October 2015

Greenhouse growers continue to look for ways to produce their crops more sustainably. Houweling’s Tomatoes new greenhouse tomato operation in Mona, Utah, takes sustainability to the next level by incorporating waste heat and carbon dioxide from a neighboring power plant in this 28-acre facility. Even better, 95 percent of the tomatoes are sold “locally” within the state.
Greenhouse growers looking to produce edible crops will want to be sure to read the article on food safety. Phil Tocco, food safety educator at Michigan State University Extension, discusses how the Food Safety Modernization Act will require growers to safely produce and package edible crops.
Whether growers choose to use water-driven injectors or a fully-automated control system depends on what makes sense for their operation and for their business plan. The article on fertigation can help growers decide what level of technology they are ready to incorporate into their greenhouses. They may prefer a hands-on system that offers simplicity and flexibility or they may choose an automated large capacity system that is centralized.

ISSUE 11 ALSO INCLUDES:

Tour de Fresh 2015
Indoor Ag Con
 New York 2015
Japan Plant Factories by Eri Hayashi
Vertical Farm Climate Management Case Study Sneak Peak
NY Sun Works is Back to School!

News from the Industry features these and more:

CropKing Introductory Grower Workshop
Can Vertical Farming Help Cities Feed Themselves?
HydroGarden: Zero Food Miles

Reprints worth Reading:

Plant Productivity in Response to LED Lighting
NASA Leads the Way with LEDs