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…

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,…

Building a Backyard Greenhouse: Wood vs. Steel

Owning your own backyard greenhouse is an investment that can elevate your gardening experience beyond just providing a year-round growing space. A backyard greenhouse creates a slice of Costa Rica in the middle of a blizzard, it provides a natural therapeutic escape to stretch your green thumb, and can even be an incredibly convenient produce…

5 Tools for Planning an Energy Efficient Commercial Greenhouse

With demand for local food continuing at a strong pace, a year-round greenhouse is often a good business venture. You can greatly improve your chances for a successful greenhouse business with proper planning. Planning for a greenhouse business requires basic business planning -- thorough research and usually spreadsheets. Here are five essential tools to aid that process, based…

6 Tips for Creating a Year Round School Greenhouse

A year-round school greenhouse creates a hands-on classroom where numerous math and science Students learn to grow food in the Vail Mountain School Greenhouse projects can unfold. It teaches students how to grow food, while simultaneously providing a healthy source of nutritious vegetables for school meals. It can also become an integral part of the…

Siting an Energy-Efficient Commercial Greenhouse

From Alaska to Saudi Arabia, Ceres has helped growers create sustainable, energy-efficient commercial greenhouses in a wide range of climates. While you can’t choose your climate, many commercial greenhouse growers have options when it comes to siting their greenhouse. Several factors go into a good greenhouse site: light levels, zoning, wind, and access to water…

Energy-Efficient Ways to Cool a Greenhouse

Growing in a year-round greenhouse often means contending with heat. For most crops, photosynthesis slows when temperatures exceed 95 F. As the dog-days of summer hit, we explore the most energy-efficient ways of cooling a greenhouse. 1. Keep heat out (Shade Cloth)  Best for: all climates The first is to reduce light and heat gain…

The Chicken Coop, Greenhouse Combo

These two useful structures for creating a sustainable homestead are not often associated. But, with the right planning they can be integrated into a single multi-use structure that enhances both environments, as the waste products of one become inputs for the other. Together, a backyard greenhouse / chicken coop can be a year-round food-producing machine……