Affinor Grower’s Vertical Farming Technology


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (ARS) Agrees to Collaborate and Grow Strawberries Using Affinor Grower’s Vertical Farming Technology

Affinor Growers (CSE:AFI)RSSFF 6.21%(FRANKFURT:1AF) (“Affinor” or the “Corporation), a diversified agriculture and biotechnology company with proprietary vertical farming systems, is extremely pleased to have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The United States Department of Agriculture’s (“USDA”) Agricultural Research Service (“ARS”).

This landmark agreement will allow the USDA Agricultural Research Service, one of the world’s premier scientific organizations, to work with Affinor’s vertical farming technology.

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s scientific in-house research agency. ARS conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and will use Affinor’s technology to produce strawberries indoors in the ARS facility in Kearneysville, WV and in the controlled environment at Affinor’s facility in Quebec, Canada.

The ARS is the agency within the mission area of the Research, Education and Economics of the USDA. Congress set the ARS annual budget for fiscal year 2015 at $1.1 billion on the basis of the President’s proposed budget and research priorities. The overall objective of this collaboration with Affinor is to increase productivity and profitability of strawberry production in controlled environments such as vertical indoor farming, plant factories, greenhouses and other harvesting systems.

Read the full article: Benzinga

Roof farms and vertical farms

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Green roof at Toronto’s Mountain Equipment Coop (credit: Suzanne Jesperson)

Green roofs, living walls and vertical farms are all morphing into living green buildings

by Lloyd Alter (@lloydalter)
Design / Green Architecture

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The green roof installed at Toronto’s Mountain Equipment Coop in 1998 it was one of the first of its kind- the extensive lightweight planting of low-maintenance, smaller native plants. It was not designed to be looked at; the only way you can get to it is via a ladder and a roof hatch, and the only people who can see it are in the new condos surrounding the store now. It was a nice touch, but nobody knew what a revolution in building design it was the start of.

Livging walls - credit SPARK -
Living walls – credit SPARK –

There really is no reason that ground, walls, balconies and roofs cannot all feed us, provide habitat for wildlife, shade and cool our buildings, and provide feedstock for our furnaces and electrical generators. There is no reason that our own waste can’t be digested on site and provide compost for the farm. There is no reason that our buildings cannot provide employment for people living in them, growing the food that others in the building can then have for dinner.

This is the future of green living building, it’s not walls, roofs or garden; it’s everywhere.

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Basics of vertical gardening

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Vertical Gardening: A basic Know How

Vertical Gardening is now a days getting very popular among the gardeners. Particularly with urban people where the space for gardening is very limited. But to many of us it is still only a combination of two words with so much mystery surrounded around it. Through this blog I made an attempt to demystify the concept of Vertical Gardening and make people motivated enough to start doing it.

Vertical gardening is an innovative, effortless, and highly productive gardening technique, that utilizes various resources to allow plant to grow vertically rather than along the surface of the horizon. If you have some empty wall or bare fence you can beautify those by applying Vertical Gardening techniques. Edibles, annuals, per-annuals what ever is your choice you can apply vertical gardening to almost every possible container plant. Most of the plants can grow without any support, in some cases like Ivy or some particular vegetables you need to provide some sort of support in the form of stakes, cages etc in order to grow properly.

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Grow up for a new slant on gardening (Google / My San Antonio)

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Grow up for a new slant on gardening

By Tracy Hobson Lehmann, staff writer

When Sharee Neff wants to sprinkle fresh herbs into bread dough, she snips leaves from pots hanging on the wall next to the kitchen sink. She and husband Alan do the same when they’re cooking dinner.

Alan Neff, an architect with Robey Architects and manager of the Pittman-Sullivan Community Garden in his East Side neighborhood, installed the vertical garden about two years ago. The couple wanted fresh herbs close at hand and found convenience in a wall-mounted modular system manufactured by Dirtt.

Other gadgets, too, give gardeners a way to grow upward, whether for aesthetics, proximity or space. Artsy green thumbs can create designs or spell words in sedums and small succulents. Many want to grow herbs and vegetables.


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Riser with bottles and cans -  Almar B. Autida - A splendid technique to produce a maimum of fresh food on a minimum of space (Photo Almar B. Autida)
Riser with bottles and cans. A splendid technique to produce a maximum of fresh food on a minimum of space (Photo Almar B. Autida)

Transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color (Dimidia / CNN)

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Green walls create new urban jungles

By Matthew Knight, CNN

London (CNN) — Vertical gardens are cropping up all over cities these days, transforming drab urban facades into vibrant jungles of color.

These lush expanses have found their way onto the walls — both inside and out — on numerous sites in recent years revitalizing public buildings, hotels, offices and even a multi-storey car park in Netherlands.

Aside from their pleasing aesthetic qualities, vertical gardens could also deliver more practical benefits says Mark Laurence, creative director at Biotecture, a UK company who design and build green walls.

“The market is rapidly moving into looking at how they can provide eco-system services and green infrastructures for urban environments,” Laurence said.


Trends in Gardening (Google /

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Grow Wyo: 2012 Trends in Gardening, Part 1

By Tom Heald, for the Star-Tribune

As a garden center retailer, it’s in my best interest to follow gardening trends happening locally and nationally. Even though these trends are diverse, almost all of them overlap in form and fashion. There are eight different trends I’m seeing, three of which I’ll highlight today and the other five next week. Here’s a peek at what gardeners are planning for this year.

1. Re-purposing

No longer is it cool to just recycle used products. The really cool thing is to re-purpose used products and gardeners are leading the way.

Take, for instance, used doors. They are being re-purposed as raised beds for veggies and flowers. All you need is two old doors about the same size. Let’s assume each door is 7 feet long and 3 feet high. Cut one door lengthways down the center, making two 7-feet sections that are 18 inches high. These will be the long sides of your raised bed. Cut the next door in half and trim to 18 inches high. Using wood screws, attach the ends and presto!

Not only is this a conversation piece, but the cost savings is significant.

Old rain gutters are being re-purposed as vertical garden containers attached to an outside wall. Simply cut the rain gutter to your desired length and attach hardware cloth to either end to keep soil from escaping while allowing the water to drain away. Attach the rain gutter to a wall or fence with screws, fill with soil and plant vegetables, vines and flowers.

If you have a lot of rain gutters, stagger them up and down the wall to create a vertical garden.

Another repurposing trend is putting plants in anything but a standard pot. Gardeners are now using glass jars, metal buckets, wooden boxes even industrial-grade steel pipes as plant pots.

2. Vertical gardening

This is becoming a rage all over the world.
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USE 5 PET BOTTLES TO BUILD A VERTICAL GARDEN : a familiar idea to save water (Google / Architectfeed)

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PET Tree Project recycles old water bottles into a vertical garden

By Asmita Prasad   /22 hrs ago

In a world increasingly threatened by freshwater shortages and environmental imbalances resulting in lack of rain and flooding, it has become paramount that we as a civilization pay more attention to the way we use water not only in the course of our daily lives but also in other activities like gardening. The Pet Tree project was created by the Hakan Gursu Foundation which uses the expertise of Turkish environmentalist and green-design innovator Dr. Hakan Gürsu. The project basically aims at allowing people to reuse their disposed PET bottles and reuse them to create a vertical garden in their backyards or terraces. The system uses 5 liter PET bottles as flower pots and planters to create a vertical garden or an alternative organic plantation growing system that uses drop watering to maximize water resources.




Go vertical with the POLANTER (Google / Polanter)

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The Polanter

The Polanter is a fantastic new and innovative Vertical gardening system. Forget your hanging baskets and forget your hanging Flower Pouches, Why? Because the Polanter is the most amazing and versatile new container for gardeners – and non-gardeners alike. You’ll be delighted with the results – it’s so easy to use, can be hung anywhere, needs less watering than hanging baskets and hanging flower pouches and has tremendous floral impact.

The mirror of container gardening and vertical gardening (Willem Van Cotthem)

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Looking at global food production in the mirror of container gardening and vertical gardening (Willem VAN COTTHEM)


Vertical gardening in an arbor (Google / Eons)

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Good Morning Garden Buds – It’s Saturday


Where you can plant a lot of garden vegetables in a small amount of garden space! This is great! The only place I could place an arbor like this is it’s all shade! Humm, will have to see how thing shake out after we take a few trees out!