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…

Ceres Stands for Racial Equity

Ceres stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those fighting for racial equality today and every day. We are here to listen, to learn, and to try our hardest to be better. Below is a list of resources we want to shine a light on. We are choosing to share these organizations…

Major Shifts in Food Security in the Time of COVID-19

As supermarkets empty and restaurants close, we are forced to confront the security of our food system. This is an important time for major shifts on the supplier and consumer end to support a market that is changing daily. So what sort of changes are we seeing and how can we adapt?   Local/Small Scale…

Greenhouses For a Better World (And Not For Fear)

Let’s be clear. We do not want to downplay the seriousness of the corona virus worldwide pandemic. This is a serious threat and should be treated as such.  The resultant turbulence has given us at Ceres great pause. This is a chance to evaluate who we are as a company, what we stand for and…

2019 Global CEA Census Findings

A survey was conducted in the Summer of 2019 to gather information on the current state of the CEA (controlled environment agriculture) industry. The survey was sponsored by Agritecture, an urban agriculture consulting company and Autogrow, an agricultural automation company. 316 participants from 54 different companies responded to the survey’s 45 questions, and the results…

Debunking the Myth of the “Idiot Farmer”

The importance of all aspects of higher education in creating alternative forms of sustainable agriculture for a smarter workforce and a healthier economy There is a common misconception that farmers are uneducated and that farming is a lowly career choice. How do we reconcile this misguided idea with the growing movement toward an even more…

Local Food? Sustainable Technologies? Regenerative Ag? New Movements. Key Differences.

Local Food Local food is nothing new. It’s been gaining momentum for sometime now. When we talk about local food we’re referring to the movement whereby people consume food in “close” proximity to where the food is grown or produced. There are a considerable number of reasons why one should consider eating locally. These reasons…

What is Agritech and Why Should You Care?

“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…

Design Your Own Greenhouse – New Workshops

Over the years we've been contacted by many people interested in designing and / or building their own energy-efficient year-round greenhouse, using passive solar design, our Ground to Air Heat Transfer (GAHT) system and other methods which allow the greenhouse to provide it's own heating and cooling, naturally year-round. Now is your time to learn…