What Is An All-Weather Greenhouse?

As much as cultivators wish they could predict what their outdoor growing season will be like, they are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. Whether it’s an early freeze, smoke pollution, drought or hailstorm, extreme and volatile weather patterns are becoming more frequent and are an increasing threat to our crop yield and food…

How Do I Control Humidity in My Greenhouse?

Managing and balancing temperature and humidity in the greenhouse can be a source of frustration, further compounded by location, climate, greenhouse environmental control systems, and crop choice. Before considering options like venting, humidifiers, and evaporative cooling walls, it is important to understand relative humidity and its relation to temperature. Once this is understood we can…

Adding A GAHT® To An Existing Greenhouse

A Ceres GAHT® (ground to air heat transfer) System is our patented geothermal climate control technology that has helped our growers maintain comfortable growing conditions, year-round, at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HVAC system.  For in-depth information on how a GAHT® system works, visit our GAHT® page or watch this video.  The…

4 Benefits of an Automated Controller in a Vented Greenhouse

Why an automated controller is better than a thermostat for your climate controlled greenhouse Ceres’ patented solar design and innovative climate control technologies enable us to build year round greenhouses in any climate. Depending on geographic location, crop application, and specific client needs our greenhouses might operate with different types of ventilation, HVAC and other…

Thinking About Growing Strawberries In A Greenhouse?

Strawberries are a delectable fruit which makes them one of the most valuable fruits to grow. Out of season, they are almost impossible to find and if you are lucky finding them, they can be very expensive. In season, while they are more readily available, they can be relatively expensive.  So, what’s one way to…

5 Reasons Why Ceres Uses Building Information Modeling For Greenhouse Design

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a 3D modeling process used for design and construction in order to more accurately plan and build structures. At Ceres we use BIM software in order to create the most efficient and comprehensive processes for detailed design plans and analysis tools. There are a multitude of reasons why our use…

Growing Plants with Carbon Dioxide

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Carbon dioxide (CO2): The Basics  Introduction 1 - Different types of plants, different biological processes 2 - C3 plants: the importance of CO2  supplementation 3 - Supplying CO2 - Considerations 4 - Injection techniques 5 - Estimating the cost of CO2 6 - Injecting CO2 can be more cost effective than supplement…

Thinking About “Plant Diet”

By Hervé Maumus-Hue Managing a perfect growing environment is challenging and is the topic of much research. We know that the environment dictates the efficiency of these chemical and physical processes/reactions. As shown below, the environment can be divided into 9 main parameters called the nine cardinal parameters: CO2, temperature, humidity, light, wind, oxygen in…

The Urban Greenhouse Challenge

Written by Coach, Ceres Designer Marina Gieres  Wageningen University & Research hosted the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and we participated as the coach of the Skygardeners. The Challenge  Trends in urban growth present opportunities as well as challenges when it comes to the  environment and our food systems. Many cities are starting…