What is Agritech and Why Should You Care?

By Miriam Schaffer
“Agritech” is the fusion of Agriculture and Technology. More specifically, it is the use of technology in agriculture to maximize yields and efficiency. In order to achieve these aims, agritech uses technologies that include comprehensive data collection, robotics, and artificial intelligence.   Why should you care?   Potential for the future of agriculture   The…

How Can I Keep My Residential Greenhouse From Overheating?

By Miriam Schaffer
By Paige Schavey   As summer approaches and the outside temperatures begin to rise, the temperature inside your greenhouse will begin to rise with it.  How do you combat overheating inside your greenhouse? Here are four things you can do to keep those temps down.   Passive Ventilation  Open any windows and doors and leave…

Can I Feed my Family of 4 with a Greenhouse?

By Miriam Schaffer
By Miriam Schaffer   Yes.   The more difficult question lies in the specifics. How big does my greenhouse need to be? What do I plant? What growing method do I use? How do I design the space? What kind of greenhouse will I need? These are the questions you need to consider if you…

Solar Greenhouse Basics: Orientation

By Miriam Schaffer
Solar greenhouse design begins with choosing the correct orientation for your greenhouse. For those in the Northern hemisphere, this means maximizing Southern exposure of your greenhouse. The length of the greenhouse (longer dimension) should face South as this is where the majority of light comes from in the Northern hemisphere. The North side of the…

Solar Greenhouse Basics: Insulating your foundation

By Miriam Schaffer
Insulating the soil underneath your greenhouse is an essential (and easy) step for energy-efficient year-round growing. Here's the basics. Often when building an energy-efficient greenhouse, people think about solar greenhouse design with the right orientation and enough thermal mass. But they don’t realize that there is a whole lot going on underneath our feet. The…

Greenhouse Foundations

By Miriam Schaffer
So, you want a year-round greenhouse?  Time to dig deep (literally). At Ceres Greenhouse, we design and build super energy-efficient, year-round greenhouses that are built to last.  We talk a lot about growing bananas, citrus, figs, tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables, but we rarely “dig deep” to discuss the first steps of building…

7 Tips for Designing an Aquaponics Greenhouse

By Miriam Schaffer
Some quick tips taken from our e-book - Designing an Energy-Efficient Aquaponics Greenhouse. You can download that for free here and get more info, floor plans and strategies for making the most out of your greenhouse investment. 1. Place grow beds in sunlight; fish tanks in shadier areas If fish tanks are in direct light they can…

Growing Bananas Off-Grid: Tour of A Tropical Greenhouse in the Rocky Mountains

By Miriam Schaffer
Growing bananas and guava, this off-grid greenhouse is anything but your typical commercial greenhouse Step into the solar greenhouse at Golden Hoof Farm in Boulder CO and you're greeted not by a monoculture of mass-produced greens or flowers but by a forest of fruit trees -- guava, avocado, mango, banana, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, starfruit, dragon fruit, pineapple,…

3 Ways to Heat Your Greenhouse for Free this Winter

By Miriam Schaffer
Learn how to harness and store solar energy to keep your greenhouse growing through the winter for free (or next to nothing) Greenhouses can be interesting environments to grow in. This is because standard greenhouse materials like glass and plastic (“glazing”) are extremely good at letting in light and heat in, and extremely good at…

Earth Sheltered Greenhouses

By Miriam Schaffer

An interview with Mike Oehler, author of “The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book” We’ve talked about walipini’s: underground pit-style greenhouses that don’t have a foundation wall or frame. Going a step beyond a walipini is a framed greenhouse built underground. A common design for these is often called an Earth-Sheltered Greenhouse, a term popularized by…