There are 50 workers employed at the GoodLeaf Farms facility in Guelph.

Automated Guelph vertical farm supplies retailers with local, leafy greens

The newly opened farm grows crops 40 to 50 per cent faster than traditional crops

Reading Time: 3 minutes An automated vertical farm in south Guelph is now fully operational. GoodLeaf Farms has the capacity to produce 800,000 units of locally grown leafy greens for Ontario retailers — including Loblaw banners, Longo’s and Whole Foods — 12 months of the year. “It’s really unique for Canada that we can grow 365 days of the […] Read more

Ontario greenhouse growers will have to register their boilers by next March.

Agricultural exemption dropped for boiler inspection

The change most affects greenhouse and mushroom growers and some syrup producers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agricultural operations using boilers and pressure vessels have until March 1, 2021 to register their equipment with the arms-length provincial government agency the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), following the lifting of an exemption on July 17. The equipment will also now require TSSA inspections. Why it matters: TSSA registration and inspection adds another […] Read more

Canopy Growth to shut two B.C. greenhouses, cut 500 jobs

Niagara greenhouse plans also shelved

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Pot producer Canopy Growth Corp. said on Wednesday it plans to close two of its greenhouses in Aldergrove and Delta, B.C., cutting about 500 positions. The company also said it no longer plans to open a third greenhouse in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Canopy had said last month it aims to focus on reducing costs, […] Read more

Pushing back against pot

The rapid expansion of cannabis production in rural areas has prompted residents, farmers and municipalities to call for a slowdown in growth

Reading Time: 5 minutes Ontario’s rapidly growing cannabis production sector is facing a backlash after the addition of many new growing facilities has resulted in interim control bylaws from municipalities and the formation of local protest groups unhappy with smell and traffic. Why it matters: Cannabis production in Canada has grown quickly since legalization a year ago last October. […] Read more

Dr. Xiuming Hao, left, AAFC/Harrow, Shalin Khosla, OMAFRA greenhouse vegetable specialist and Kenneth Tran, Microsoft Research principal applied scientist, at the Harrow Research and Development Centre.

Artificial intelligence could create efficiency and reliability in greenhouses

Canadian researchers say fewer managers are needed to run greenhouses with their system

Reading Time: 2 minutes Microsoft Research, with help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, won the first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in 2018 with Project Sonoma — a system to operate greenhouses efficiently and reliably, while enabling greenhouse controls from remote areas. Wageningen University and Research, in Wageningen, Netherlands, and corporate sponsor Trencent challenged researchers, scientists and experts to build the […] Read more

Canadian greenhouse labor shortages worsened by growing cannabis producers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa | Reuters – Canada’s labor-strapped greenhouse vegetable and flower growers are ramping up efforts to keep and recruit more workers in the face of pressure from the country’s budding cannabis industry, farm groups say. “Many of the cannabis producers are very cash rich. They’ve got the resources to pay a very good wage,” said […] Read more

Following good greenhouse biosecurity that limits disease spread is a way to reduce ToBRFV risk.

Greenhouse biosecurity will be key to keeping tomato pest out of Canada

Horticulture experts say biosecurity and vigilance can help keep tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus out of the country

Reading Time: 2 minutes Tomato Brown Rugose Fruit Virus (ToBRFV) continues to be found in more countries, but luckily Canada is not yet among them. Within the first few months of 2019, it transferred to Germany, Mexico and Italy. It has also been previously found in California, and the first outbreaks were found in Israel in 2014 and Jordan […] Read more

Greenhouses are already high-tech places with automated produce movers and environmental controls.

Adding more tech to greenhouses

As the number of sensors for agriculture grows, a panel questions whether we even know yet what the sector really needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Greenhouses are ripe for an explosion of sensors and artificial intelligence, but the ramifications could be many. Participants in a panel on artificial intelligence (AI) in the greenhouse sector at the recent Arrell Food Summit discussed technical and consumer challenges that need to be considered before wide-spread adoption of the technology in the sector. Why […] Read more

EU nations back ban on all outdoor neonic use

Reading Time: 2 minutes Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries backed a proposal on Friday to ban all use outdoors of insecticides known as neonicotinoids that studies have shown can harm bees. The ban, championed by environmental activists, covers the use of three active substances — imidacloprid, developed by Bayer CropScience; clothianidin, developed by Takeda Chemical Industries and […] Read more

Hothouse produce grower to devote site to marijuana

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s only publicly traded greenhouse produce-growing company plans to put up one of its British Columbia greenhouses for a new venture in cannabis production. Vancouver-based Village Farms announced Tuesday it has partnered with Victoria-based medical cannabis producer/processor Emerald Health Therapeutics in a 50/50 joint venture to grow cannabis for medical use and, pending changes to […] Read more