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…

Solar Greenhouse Basics: Structure Orientation

Solar greenhouse design begins with choosing the correct orientation for your greenhouse on your given site. For those in the Northern hemisphere, the length of the greenhouse (longer dimension) should face south as this is where the majority of light comes from. The north side of the greenhouse will collect little, if any light, and…

What is the Right Roof Pitch For Your Greenhouse?

Finding the best angle for your greenhouse roof is not as clear cut as some passive solar greenhouse designers make it sound. Passive solar greenhouse designers often cite this rule of thumb: To find the “best” angle (or pitch) for a greenhouse roof take your latitude and add 20 degrees. While the logic behind this…

Community Greenhouse at Blue Sky Lodge – Imagining an Educational Vacation

Blue Sky Lodge is a luxury retreat experience in Utah that offers guests spirited mountain adventures and a chance to reconnect with nature as well as activities and amenities for peak relaxation. One of the unique aspects of Blue Sky is the sustainable farm at the ranch that grows fruits and vegetables for the guests…

The Strongest Greenhouse in all of Alberta

Like the office of Ceres Greenhouse Solutions, Alan and Liz Breakey reside at the foothills of The Rocky Mountains and endure the wide range of weather patterns that come with it. The only difference is they live in Alberta, Canada and not Boulder, Colorado.Their climate zone is “very cold” instead of “cold” and their growing…

Saugerties School Gets Growing in Their Ceres Greenhouse

Before 2019, teachers at Saugerties High School - located in Saugerties, New York - held outdoor classes in the school’s garden. There was heightened interest in more opportunities for hands-on learning, so a few visionary individuals engaged Ceres to design a 30’x50’ HighYield™ educational greenhouse.  Constructed in the months leading up to the pandemic, the…

Ceres’ New Design and Development Package for Custom Greenhouse Designs

At Ceres we specialize in passive solar greenhouse design for many different types of growers. While most of our clients are looking for a full turnkey greenhouse solution, some are seeking consulting services on custom greenhouse projects. As a solutions company, we help these types of clients with our design knowledge and vendor relationships in…

What Makes The Ceres BackYard Kit a Kit?

Understanding the meaning of a "greenhouse kit" At Ceres, we design highly efficient greenhouses for many different applications. The same design elements attributed to our large commercial HighYield Kits, are also implemented in our smaller greenhouses - also referred to as our BackYard Kits. This means that our BackYard Kits are equipped with steel framing…

10 Do’s and Don’ts for Designing a Ground to Air Heat Transfer System

A Ground to Air Heat Transfer system– also called an Earth Battery, Earth Tubes, or a Climate Battery – is a low-cost method for heating and cooling your greenhouse year-round using only the sun and the thermal mass of the soil underground. For more info on how it works, see our GAHT® page here or…