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Green Sense Farms to Convert Portage Farm to R&D
Green Sense Farms is transforming its Portage, Indiana farm into a state-of-the art research and development center to advance its indoor vertical growing systems and test new cultivars. Read More
Indoor Farming survey
Agrilyst recently surveyed 150+ growers to get a glimpse into the world of indoor farming. Click here for a look at this growing industry.
how we’ll grow food in the future
This past winter, as near-record snows piled up outside his 30,000-square-foot warehouse off Lake Michigan, Robert Colangelo stood inside, bathed in blue and red LEDs, and surrounded by crops of butter lettuce and herbs...
How will we fill 9 billion bowls by 2050?
On paper, we produce enough food to feed our current population of 7 billion. Yet an estimated 805 million people go to bed hungry each night, and hidden hunger – or micronutrient deficiency – affects an additional 2 billion...
BUSINESS BOOMING FOR INDIANA COMMERCE AGENCY
The state's commerce agency is on track for a record-setting year in enticing businesses to locate or expand in Indiana. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. reported Tuesday it has worked this year with 173 companies that have agreed to hire 17,040 Hoosiers in coming years.
THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF INDOOR FARMING
In an unassuming industrial park on a flat landscape, off a service road lined with short trees and a clear view of I-94’s route through Indiana, sits a standard-looking, Grade A industrial building with a grey facade and very few windows.
WILL THERE BE LEDS IN YOUR LETTUCE'S FUTURE?
One of the best-known names in consumer LED technology, Royal Philips , is teaming up with indoor farming company Green Sense Farms (GSF) to create one of the largest commercial farms yet to use LED grow lights – approximately 7,000 of them across 30,000 square feet.
MEET THE NEW PINK FACE OF VERTICAL LED FARMING
Indoor vertical farms are on the rise, thanks partly to new high efficiency LED growing lights that cut electricity costs to the bone. LED farming translates into new opportunities for siting year-round hyperlocal, organic farm-to-table operations, especially if you throw in an assist from wind or solar energy.
PHILIPS AND CHICAGO GREEN SENSE FARMS ESTABLISHED THE INDOOR LED GROW LIGHT FARMS
Currently, Philips,the global leader in the lighting industry, in collaboration with Green Sense Farms (GSF) which is the agribusiness in Chicago established the indoor farms where the LED grow light is used for specific crops, which is one of the world ‘s largest indoor farm. After using Philips LED ” Light Recipes ” to optimize production , this innovative farm model allows GSF to have 20 to 25 times the harvest a year, and saves 85% of energy.
VERTICAL FARMS: "MAKING NATURE BETTER"
Do not be confused by the drab facade of the warehouse in this Northwest Indiana industrial park. It's a farm... and it could well be the future. They're called "vertical farms" -- The entire operation is indoors, and it's a trend that could turn urban areas into agricultural hotbeds.
INDOOR FARMS - A FRESH OASIS IN AN URBAN DESERT
California is a fresh produce lover’s paradise. I know, because I am one and I’m a recent transplant from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area. I literally feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m browsing any one of the dozens of farmers’ markets here.
VERTICAL FARMS WILL BE BIG, BUT FOR WHOM?
In a windowless warehouse just outside of Chicago, where today’s forecast is for below-freezing temperatures, Green Sense Farms grows leafy greens and herbs all year around. They sell their bounty—protected from insects, disease and brutal winters—to grocers like Whole Foods and some local restaurants.
How to Do Farm to Table in a Desert
Vegas has re-imagined itself into a big, bold restaurant town. The stakes are high for local farms looking for a piece of the action. See how Green Sense Farms brings local produce to the desert! Read More
High times: Vertical Farming is still on the rise - but can it save the PLANET?
Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming, which doesn't break ground at all, raise hopes it can feed the world Read More
Raising the Bar on Agriculture with vertical farming
Ashley discovers a completely different way of farming at Green Sense Farms and makes some futuristic Italian food at Eataly in Chicago. Read More
Is vertical farming the future
Vertical farming requires less energy and less water, and farmers are able to better control the environment to ensure produce is packed full of nutrients...
Are vertical farms the future of agriculture?
The world requires an area of farmland the size of South America to feed itself. What will we do when we run out of farmland? Craig visits a vertical farm and sees if they could be the future of agriculture.
Creating groundhog day: constant gardening at green sense farms
The thermometer said -40 Fahrenheit. Schools were canceled. Cars refused to start. Yet this cold February morning in 2014 marked the first harvest of leafy greens and aromatic herbs at Green Sense Farms… in Portage. Located in the Ameriplex business park, Green Sense Farms is the nation’s largest indoor vertical farm.
GREEN SENSE FARMS SCRAPS SUN FOR LEDS
If Willy Wonka were a farmer, he would have started Green Sense Farms. As it is, Robert Colangelo got there first, using LEDs to grow his kale and chives just across the Indiana border.
NO SUN, NO SOIL, NO PROBLEM!
Farmers live and die by the weather, but that could all be changing. We look at how the farm of the future could revolutionize the way we grow crops.
IT’S SUMMER ALL THE TIME AT NW INDIANA INDOOR FARM
This may seem like the winter that will never end, but inside a grow room at Green Sense Farms it is forever summer.
With 70 degree temperatures and 70 percent humidity, basil, chives, cilantro, lettuce, parsley and dill are thriving.
PHILIPS & GREEN SENSE FARMS USHER IN NEW ERA OF INDOOR FARMING WITH LED ‘LIGHT RECIPES’ THAT HELP OPTIMIZE CROP YIELD AND QUALITY
Royal Philips, in Somerset, a leader in lighting, has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF), a Chicago-area commercial grower, to develop one of the largest indoor commercial farms using LED grow lights tailored to their specific crops. This innovative farming model allows them to harvest 20-25 times a year by using ‘light recipes’ optimized for their produce, using 85 percent less energy.
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC
A GREY warehouse in an industrial park in Indiana is an unlikely place to find the future of market gardening. But it is, nevertheless, home to a pristine, climate-controlled room full of eerily perfect plants. They grow 22 hours a day, 365 days a year in 25-foot towers, untouched by pests and bathed in an alien pink light.
AMERICA’S SHRINKING FARMS
A documentary exploring the future of agriculture and food in the United States.
BEST OF WHAT'S NEW
This year, Green Sense Farms (GSF), a vertical-agriculture project in Indiana, achieved a monumental goal: It outproduced a traditional farm of comparable size for the first time.