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,…

Community Greenhouse Grows Food for Vets

Based in Wheatridge, Colorado, The Redistribution Center serves veterans in need by providing them with vital items like clothing, furniture, school supplies. In 2016, they added a Ceres energy-efficient greenhouse to their fold, allowing them to grow fresh local food for veterans year-round. The commercial greenhouse kit grows a portion of veterans' meals. Moreover, it serves…

Using Ladybugs in the Garden and Greenhouse

First, releasing a swarm of 2,000 ladybugs -- ready to defend your garden -- can be a fun activity, and a great way to get kids into the garden. The primary purpose of using ladybugs is as a beneficial insect that provides pest control by eating the "bad bugs." They are particularly useful in combatting aphids, which is a…

Top 3 Greenhouse Pests and How to Deal with Them

Pests can affect greenhouses a little differently than the outdoor garden, particularly year-round insulated greenhouses that are warmer and more humid. The top three pests we’ve encountered in our years of greenhouse growing are aphids, fungus gnats and white flies. Of course, is not an exhaustive list –you may encounter many more in your experience --…

Pineapples, custom siding, self-wicking beds… a greenhouse comes to life

My favorite time in the life of a greenhouse is those first few days after it's built, when we step off the job site and a grower's creativity takes over. Paint brushes strewn about, ground still muddy, this is not when the greenhouse is at its most beautiful. But it's the time when it transforms from just another greenhouse into an individual's…

Fall Planting Guide For Your Residential Greenhouse

A Fall Planting Guide / Reminder from The Urban Farm Company  August is a great time to plant all of the cold season crops again! Below are the fall crops you can plant in August. If you plan to over-winter your crops under a cold frame, you can plant as late as mid-September. Of course, if you…