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…

Growing Microgreens in a Ceres Commercial Greenhouse

We strive to make smart and productive growing environments for agricultural businesses of all kinds. Even if they are micro.  We paid a visit to our growers at Emerald Gardens Microgreens to see how their HighYield™ Commercial Greenhouse Kit was performing for them. Even though their Ceres greenhouse is not fully complete, Emerald Gardens is…

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…

How Can I Keep My Residential Greenhouse From Overheating?

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   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…

Year-Round Greenhouse Planting Calendar

By Kylie Gettleman   How do you keep your backyard greenhouse supplying food year-round? There are two fundamental factors to consider when planning your greenhouse planting schedule: temperature and day-length. Day length is arguably the most important factor when determining when to plant in your greenhouse. If you are not using supplemental lighting, then it…

An Introduction to ETFE Glazing for Greenhouses

By Kylie Gettleman Ceres Greenhouse Solutions is now offering an exciting new glazing option for our greenhouses in the form of ETFE film. Widely used in Japan for decades but with little use in the United States, Ethelyne Tetrafluoroethelyne (ETFE) is a translucent polymer sheeting with great benefits for greenhouse production. At Ceres, we installed…

An Introduction to Vapor Pressure Deficit

How well do you understand temperature and relative humidity? By Harry Connor Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) is used by growers to assess how dry the air is at a given moment. If the air is too dry, photosynthesis will stop in order to protect the plant from exhaustion. Photosynthesis is the process of converting sunlight,…

Pomfret School Passive Solar Aquaponics Greenhouse Comes to Life: Summer 2018 Update

Project Timeline and Updates provided by Pomfret School teacher Bill Martin. In the summer of 2017 construction of an 850 sq. ft. Ceres greenhouse was completed, a milestone in an endeavor to design and build a year-round aquaponic solar greenhouse to house the Helios Project at Pomfret School in Pomfret, Connecticut.   The Helios Project’s…