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…

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…

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…

Is My Plant Getting Enough Light?

The following is an excerpt from The Year-Round Solar Greenhouse, with additional content provided by expert greenhouse grower Paul Alaback. Year-round greenhouse growers, and all gardeners, often wonder whether plants are getting sufficient light. As we’ll explain further below, whether your garden gets enough light is somewhat subjective -- it depends on your expectations. Fortunately,…