On March 3, 10 and 17, The University of Arizona Controlled Environment Agriculture Center will hold a Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course. In these courses, growers can get their questions answered and increase their hydroponic growing knowledge at the four-day conference.
The conference includes three full days of lecture, one day of hands-on training workshops at UA-CEAC, and an optional commercial greenhouse tour. Courses are open to entrepreneurs, small business owners, educators, urban planners, greenhouse engineers, company trainees, international representatives, researchers, growers, horticulturists, urban agriculturists.
What to expect at the CEA Short Course?
- Advanced Lectures: Lectures at the CEAC Short Course address some of the most common questions about growing undercover. Whether you rely on the sun and its warmth to tend your crops or are growing some greens in an illuminated growth chamber, come learn from controlled environment experts and advance your growing operation.
- Timeless Talks and What's New in CEA: CEAC has maintained essential components and lecture topics specific to crop production and engineering/design considerations, but we adapt our program each year to address topics most relevant today.
- Networking Opportunities: The Short Course is the perfect place to network with industry players and other like-minded enthusiasts. You will meet experts from academia, industry professionals, game-changing entrepreneurs, skilled growers, and a roster of CEAC students who are hungry to meet the industry's labor demands. You also will get to interact with our incredible sponsors and exhibitors that are there to help you advance your operation.
- Reintroducing the Morning Session: The CEAC conference's lectures take a technical, research-oriented approach, with the goal of leaving you with nuggets of useful information for your operation. To ensure ample time for more comprehensive talks about cooling your greenhouse, plant responses to light, and why air uniformity is important, they’ve re-introduced a morning session on the 1st day, to begin with, our foundational lectures to frame the week.
- Bigger Questions, Better Answers: With ample time built into the program for Q+A, get the answers you need from engineering, biological, scientific and economic perspectives.
- Recorded Lecture Sessions: Review lectures after the event to fully absorb technical content or something you missed. Access to recordings is now included with your general admission, and available after the completion of the course.
- Education Meets Application: CEAC’s unique facilities support a quality learning experience where students come to grab their education by the roots. On the fourth day of the Short Course, you'll immerse yourself in training workshops at CEAC.
- Education Credits: Interested in receiving education credits for the CEAC Short Course? Contact us them below.
- Explore Tucson's University, 4th Avenue, & Downtown Scenes: Offering numerous opportunities and possibilities to continue conversations, establish new relationships, and nurture existing ones.
Sollum Technologies announced in a press release that Allegro Acres, located in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada, harvested the first greenhouse crop of winter-produced peppers using LED lighting technology in Canada.
The results of this strategic partnership, in collaboration with the Harrow Research Center of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and with the support of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), attest to the benefits of our unique smart lighting solution and its application on a large scale.
Red, yellow and orange commercial grade peppers were seeded in October and harvested in December, the release said, then shipped to grocery stores. 90% of the peppers from this first harvest were extra-large.
"Sollum's smart LED technology has been very reassuring and comforting throughout the process because we know that every day, when we wake up, we can now control everything that's going on in our greenhouse,” Gene Ingratta, President of Allegro Acres, Sollum’s, about the technology. “We don't have to worry if the Sun is going to come out or not. It's now sunny every day, and we can adjust the greenhouses’ lighting in real-time as climate conditions change during the day."
“This Canadian first with Allegro Acres is great milestone for the greenhouse industry and confirms the commercial potential of our smart LED solution,” Sollum Technologies' President and CEO Louis Burn said. “Harvesting high- quality greenhouse peppers in winter and on such a large scale is a stepping-stone on which we can build to develop additional light recipes for increasingly diverse crops.”
The peppers are sold under the Red Sun Farms brand.
Edible Garden announced in a press release signed a Letter of Intent to purchase a facility in Piqua, Ohio.
“This agreement is a great opportunity to build on our mission of Zero-Waste Inspired farming, food safety, traceability, and the reduction of food miles,” said Jim Kras, CEO of Edible Garden. “This acquisition aligns our facility with recent distribution wins at retailers including Meijer and Walmart, allowing us to supply fresh produce throughout the Midwest.”
The will increase Edible Garden’s growing capacity to meet mid-western produce demand.
The facility will increase Edible Garden’s growing capacity with the introduction of the company’s sustainability mandate, GreenThumb software technology and packaging innovation.
The facility will go through an “extensive renovation to accommodate Edible Garden’s advanced processes and stringent food safety protocols.” The company expects this acquisition will bring dozens of indoor farming and horticultural jobs to the area.
The new facility is intended to accompany its Flagship Greenhouse in Belvidere, New Jersey and partner farms the company contracts nationwide through a cooperative franchise farming model.
Edible Garden produce includes USDA-Certified Organic Premium Fresh Cut Herbs, Hydro Fresh Basil, Organic 4″ Living Herbs, and Premium Organic Living & Cut Lettuces that are currently available at major retailers including Meijer, Walmart, Kroger, Wakefern/ShopRite, Hannaford, Target, Sweetgreen, Weis, Hmart, among many others.
According to a press release, AmericanHort will be opening pre-registration for Cultivate’21 Feb. 8-19, 2021 with general registration beginning on March 9.
Cultivate’21 is currently scheduled for July 10-13 in Columbus at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Cultivate’20 was moved to an online only event.
“Cultivate is a crucial event in the industry for learning best production practices and showcasing the industry’s newest plant varieties. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be meeting in-person this year,” said Ken Fisher, president and CEO of AmericanHort. “The health and safety of everyone attending is our top priority and we are working diligently with event and hotel partners to ensure every reasonable measure is taken to achieve this outcome.”
Key events include:
Saturday workshops – The Art of Talent Management, Building a Better Workforce, Company Culture, Moss Wall Workshop, Pest Diagnostics & Technology Workshop, and the Garden Retail Workshop are all programs designed to help industry businesses perform better.
Industry Production Tours – To provide inspiration and access to industry operations not otherwise available, participate in one of the four Saturday tours for a behind-the-scenes look. New this year is the Landscape Zoo Tour to the world-renowned Columbus Zoo that spans 588 acres, more than 200 of which have been developed as animal habitats and public spaces. Also available are the Garden Center Retail Tour, the Greenhouse Production Tour, and the Nursery Production Tour.
Women in Horticulture - A powerful, inspiring networking event for women in the green industry with an energetic talk by Leslie Halleck of Halleck Horticultural LLC, who will also moderate a panel discussion with Lisa Minter-Bustin of Minter Country Garden, Chilliwack, BC; Terri McEnaney of Bailey Nurseries, St. Paul, MN; Leslie Herndon of GreenScape Inc./Franklin Hills Farm Nursery of Holly Springs, NC; and Suzi McCoy, recently retired president of Garden Media Group. Lunch is included, and a portion of the ticket sale will go to a Horticultural Research Institute (HRI) scholarship fund.