How to Mitigate Rising Gas Prices with Electric Greenhouses

The cost of energy is rising at an alarming rate. Natural gas prices, in particular, have greenhouse growers nervous about their operational costs and questioning their business viability. This trend should act as an incentive for cultivators to look towards gas-free and energy-efficient greenhouse solutions in order to thrive. Luckily, these alternative energy solutions are…

Why the Ceres HighYield™ Kit is Better than Other Commercial Greenhouse Kits

When we design our commercial greenhouses, certain aspects of the structure (truss spacing, glazing material, and climate control equipment) can be adapted to the client’s climate and growing goals. At the base of every commercial design, is our HighYield™ Greenhouse Kit. In this blog we will define the structural elements of our HighYield™ Kit design…

A Guide to Planning a Commercial Aquaponics Greenhouse

Imagine running a business that uses innovative sustainable growing methods, creates little to no waste, and gives back to the community by supplying fresh, local food. Commercial aquaponics presents an opportunity to do all three, while also being financially profitable with high-value, year-round produce.  While an enticing opportunity, planning a commercial aquaponics greenhouse requires a…

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…

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…

A Pandemic, a Canadian Greenhouse, and Training Consumers to Buy Local

All around the world, the food industry has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another. Fortunately, there have been some positive food-related trends from the pandemic like local and urban farms becoming more popular, and more individuals and families growing their own food. It is at least heartening to see some strengthening of…

Tuning the Spectrum – An Introduction to Far-Red 

At Ceres, we help our clients become smarter growers by staying at the forefront of greenhouse technology. We conduct our own research on greenhouse systems and collaborate with research institutions so we can continue to optimize our structures. The following is an overview of Red and Far Red light radiation and its effects on plants.…

LED or HPS: Which Supplemental Lighting Option Should You Choose For Your Greenhouse?

For the second installation of our greenhouse lighting series, we will be discussing the difference between the two most commonly used artificial lights in commercial greenhouse operations - HPS (high-pressure sodium) and LED (light-emitting diode).    A Brief Introduction HPS bulbs create light by sending electricity back and forth through an “arc tube”. An external…

Light Harvesting Advantages of Passive Solar Design

The Relationship Between Greenhouse Design and Supplemental Lighting  The benefit of growing in a greenhouse, rather than growing indoors, is the ability to utilize free energy from the sun. The sun’s energy is more powerful and effective than any artificial light available. The downside is it’s not consistent. Sunlight intensity will fluctuate depending on a…