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Intergrow Greenhouses expansion ready for winter production

Intergrow Greenhouses Inc., based in Albion, NY, has nearly completed its recent expansion and addition of growing lights in the greenhouse for winter production. The expansion will increase Intergrow’s total acreage to approximately 80 acres of greenhouse under glass in the Northeast region.intelog

Intergrow installed approximately 9,000 light fixtures in the greenhouse for its winter production. The addition of lights will enable Intergrow to supply its customers with locally grown tomatoes 12 months of the year without the need to source from other regions or countries.

A new Cogeneration-CHP generator will be added to assist in the electrical demand for the growing lights. The packinghouse facilities are also upgraded with new automated systems to handle the increased production.

“The demand for year-round locally grown produce justified the substantial investment needed to grow tomatoes during the winter months in New York,” Kris Gibson, vice president of sales and marketing for Intergrow, said in a press release. “Warm weather and sunlight are in limited supply during the Northeast winters, but with the addition of lights we can now create optimal growing conditions year-round. Our customers will be able to have locally grown tomatoes on the vine and beefsteak tomatoes delivered within 24 hours of harvest providing the freshest tomatoes possible, even in the middle of winter.”

Intergrow Greenhouses Inc. is one of the larger greenhouse tomato producers in the Northeast, located in New York state along the shores of Lake Ontario. Founded in 1998, Intergrow ships across the Northeast and Midwest with its own fleet of reefer trailers, reducing food miles for retailers and distributors.

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Intergrow Greenhouses expansion ready for winter production

Intergrow Greenhouses Inc., based in Albion, NY, has nearly completed its recent expansion and addition of growing lights in the greenhouse for winter production. The expansion will increase Intergrow’s total acreage to approximately 80 acres of greenhouse under glass in the Northeast region.intelog

Intergrow installed approximately 9,000 light fixtures in the greenhouse for its winter production. The addition of lights will enable Intergrow to supply its customers with locally grown tomatoes 12 months of the year without the need to source from other regions or countries.

A new Cogeneration-CHP generator will be added to assist in the electrical demand for the growing lights. The packinghouse facilities are also upgraded with new automated systems to handle the increased production.

“The demand for year-round locally grown produce justified the substantial investment needed to grow tomatoes during the winter months in New York,” Kris Gibson, vice president of sales and marketing for Intergrow, said in a press release. “Warm weather and sunlight are in limited supply during the Northeast winters, but with the addition of lights we can now create optimal growing conditions year-round. Our customers will be able to have locally grown tomatoes on the vine and beefsteak tomatoes delivered within 24 hours of harvest providing the freshest tomatoes possible, even in the middle of winter.”

Intergrow Greenhouses Inc. is one of the larger greenhouse tomato producers in the Northeast, located in New York state along the shores of Lake Ontario. Founded in 1998, Intergrow ships across the Northeast and Midwest with its own fleet of reefer trailers, reducing food miles for retailers and distributors.

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AU: Cravo greenhouses venturing into Africa to help improve food production

AU: Cravo greenhouses venturing into Africa to help improve food production

Rob Pohlman, owner of Pohlmans Nursery in Gatton, Queensland Australia is proud of the quality of his 16 year old Cravo Retractable A Frame greenhouse. Installed in 1997, the structure still has the original roof covering intact.

When asked how the house has performed over the years, Rob commented; “The best thing the house has done for us is protect our crops in the winter from -7C (19F) temperatures, and in the summer from storms. Some of the worst weather included 100 KPH (60 MPH) winds which snapped trees and produced hail the size of cricket or tennis balls! The 70mm ( 2.75″) ice balls broke tempered glass in an adjacent house which was designed for 50mm hail at 130 KPH (2″ hail at 80 MPH) but we had no damage at all to the Cravo roofs.

The retractable roof house works well for us 12 months a year whereas our glass only gives us optimal conditions during our three month winter. From a maintenance point of view the house has been great! We have had very minimal maintenance over the last 16 years”.


2ha retractable flat roof installed in Montegu South Africa

2013 has been an exciting year for Cravo. Our retractable roof houses are now being constructed in South Africa and Nigeria for the production of tomatoes, peppers and young vegetable plants with other projects pending. To support the agriculture production industry and increase the visibility of Cravo retractable roof greenhouses in East Africa, Cravo will be exhibiting at the Naivasha Horticultural Fair in Nairobi, Kenya on September 20 – 21, 2013.

For more information:
Email: [email protected]
Website: cravo.com

Publication date: 9/20/2013


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Van Wingerden Greenhouses joins BC Hot House Foods

Transition from bedding plants to greenhouse vegetables was big step
Van Wingerden Greenhouses joins BC Hot House Foods

Van Wingerden Greenhouses of Blaine, Washington has joined BC Hot House Foods Inc (BCHH), Langley, British Columbia and are currently growing three acres of Long English Cucumbers.

Mike Van Wingerden started Van Wingerden Greenhouses in the 1980’s. His passion for the business and growing knowledge came from a long family history of being in the greenhouse business in Holland and the US. Van Wingerden’s main focus has been in greenhouse floral until recently when he found the need to diversify to create a more sustainable and stronger business for his family. The Van Wingerden family consists of 11 children and 6 grandchildren, many of whom work alongside one another in the greenhouses.

‘Transitioning to greenhouse vegetables was a big step for us. Having the majority of our experience in bedding and young plant starts, we needed to quickly learn about food production and good food handling practices. BCHH was with us from the beginning, giving us advice and helping us with any problems we faced which has been very important in the development and success of our cucumber division,’ states Tom Van Wingerden.

‘We are thrilled to be working with the Van Wingerden team and to be able to offer our customers in the USA product grown, packed and shipped from the United States,’ comments Mike Reed, President BCHH.

For more information:
BC HotHouse
www.bchothouse.com

Publication date: 9/19/2013


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Polish tomato exports decline, greenhouses updated

Polish tomato exports decline, greenhouses updated

Though tomato exports in Poland has been declining for several years, reaching a nadir during an E. coli outbreak in 2011, Polish tomato production facilities are improving. Especially for greenhouse-grown tomatoes, growers are investing money in technological updates.

“The export of Polish tomatoes has been decreasing since 2008,” said Jan Nowakowski of Genesis Fresh. “The lowest volume came in 2011, when an E. coli crisis broke out across Europe.” She added that not only have exports declined to the point where Poland is now a net importer of tomatoes, but the markets to which growers ship their tomatoes have also changed. Where most exports used to reach Western European markets, now growers are increasingly focusing on markets to the east.

“We’ve changed from European to Russian markets,” said Nowakowski. “Our main markets are now our neighbors.” Belarus, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Russia now figure prominently in exporters’ plans. The manner in which tomatoes are grown has also been changing. The nation’s annual production of 700,000 tons is still split between open-field and greenhouse growing, but the nation’s greenhouses are changing.

“There are still significant amounts of small sized glasshouses delivering to local or eastern markets,” said Nowakowski, “but new, state-of-the-art glasshouses are replacing those built 20 and 30 years ago.” While the number of greenhouses is diminishing, it’s expected that greenhouse tomato production will increase as old facilities are replaced with new ones that can churn out higher yields. Especially as technological innovations from Holland find their way to Poland, Nowakowski believes that the quality, shelf life and volume of Polish tomatoes will increase. That would go well with what Nowakowski believes is the best quality that Polish tomatoes possess: their taste.

“The main round variety is Admiro, which has a good taste, good shelf life, and it keeps fresh over long distances,” said Nowakowski. “Our beef tomatoes are Growdena and Bogota varieties, which have shorter shelf lives, but they both have a great taste that is appreciated by Polish and Russian consumers.”

For more information:
Jan Nowakowski
Genesis Fresh
Tel: + 48 22 378 34 05
[email protected]
www.genesisfresh.com

Publication date: 7/2/2013
Author: Carlos Nunez
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