December 02, 2016

Fresh in the frozen Arctic

 Vertical Harvest grows produce on site and year-round

Back in 2011, Dan Perpich was somewhat shocked to find rows of wilted lettuce in the local grocery store, retailing for $18 a head. He was visiting Resolute Bay, a town of 130 individuals in northern Canada.

Yet he really wasn’t that shocked, because he knew many rural communities in Alaska had exactly the same situation, due to the challenges of local production, a severe lack of skilled labor and support industries, and highly seasonal weather patterns.

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November 9, 2016

Unhampered by the cold or by the dark, Belleque Family Farm supplies fresh, locally grown greens to Dillingham City School District and AC Value Center.

No wind. No critters. No rain. Just the whir of machines and the smell of basil greet Kyle Belleque as he inspects his hydroponic garden. This Dillingham resident and lifelong rural Alaskan has been gardening for years, but this year is the first time he’s grown a garden in a box. A containerized growing system to be more precise. Rows of succulent lettuce, kale, and chard fill floor to ceiling shelves on either side of this shipping container that has been converted into a hydroponic farm.

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November 6, 2016

Growing Food With Hydroponics Could Provide Lifeline In Arctic

“Our vision is that this can be a long-term solution to the food shortage problems in the north.”

The landscape is virtually treeless around a coastal hub town above Alaska’s Arctic Circle, where even summer temperatures are too cold for boreal roots to take hold.

Amid these unforgiving conditions, a creative kind of farming is sprouting up in the largely Inupiat community of Kotzebue.

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July 15, 2016

Arctic Greens sets example for northern hydroponics

It’s been a month since the first locally-grown leafy greens hit the shelves at Kotzebue’s Alaska Commercial store.

When the heads of lettuce appeared, local residents had high hopes for the certified Alaska Grown produce and the stakeholders behind the hydroponics pilot project had their sights set on building the foundation for a long-term endeavor.

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June 10, 2016

KOTZEBUE, Alaska Farming on the wind-swept tundra of Alaska’s arctic is a near impossible endeavor, but advancements in hydroponic technology are now being utilized as a solution to the produce problems vexing rural villages.

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June 10, 2016

In the middle of a gravel lot, surrounded by rusty equipment and old storage containers, one brand-new connex is making history. Inside, it’s filled with hydroponically grown, leafy green vegetables — the inaugural crop from Arctic Greens

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 June 5, 2016

Frontiers Episode 58: Food for Thought

From above the Arctic Circle to Bristol Bay, there’s a growing interest in raising food closer to home.

 

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June, 2016

From Snow to Grow

In Alaska, one company uses an innovative approach to grow fresh greens year round in hydroponics gardens housed within reused refrigerated containers.

Click HERE to read the full article published in the June 2016 issue of Practical Hydroponics and Greenhouses.

 

 May 27, 2016

Dan Perpich asks, “Have you walked into a supermarket in the Arctic and seen the food prices? He pauses without waiting for an answer and then adds, “they are totally ridiculous!” It was happenstance that would lead Perpich, an army veteran with an environmental engineering background, to meet Cameron Willingham who, at the time, was working at University of Alaska Fairbanks in their high latitude agricultural program researching “how to grow all kind of things indoors.

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May 19, 2016

Spokane Valley manufacturer CXT begins partnership with hydroponics company

Containers set up to grow produce in harsh climates

Spokane Valley-based CXT Inc. has begun a new manufacturing partnership with Vertical Harvest Hydroponics LLC, an Anchorage, Alaska-based company that designs and builds what are called containerized growing systems.

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March 16, 2016

The New Face of Hydroponics. “As consumer values evolve, retailers take advantage of innovative hydroponic producers to support local, sustainable and environmental ideals”.

The latest issue of Produce Business, an agricultural trade magazine, addresses the shifting behavior of consumers towards a more local and fresher food source. Vertical Harvest Hydroponics was asked to contribute to this article and we gladly accepted.

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February 18, 2016

It was in 2011 while staring at a lettuce head in a small Canadian village called Resolute Bay that Dan Perpich’s idea began to grow. Based in Alaska as an infantry officer in the US army after graduating from West Point, Dan was shocked at how much vegetables cost in Northern Canada and Alaska – lettuce priced at $18 isn’t unheard of. The reason for this is a farm-to-table distance of thousands of miles. This spun an idea of how, despite inclement weather conditions, vegetables might be grown locally in Alaska to cut out the supply chain. Read the full story below:

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January 15, 2016

Butter lettuce grows inside a 40-foot shipping container like the one Belleque Family Farms will have installed in Dillingham this spring

Craving fresh (like, really fresh) romaine or bok choy this winter? You’re out of luck for now, but next winter Dillingham entrepreneur Kyle Belleque hopes to be growing lettuce inside a shipping container. An investment from the Bristol Bay Development Fund is helping Belleque launch his small business with a hydroponic grow system – learn more in this segment. Listen to the interview below:

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January 14, 2016

Hydroponic Vegetable Containers Could Bring Produce to Rural Alaska

It’s a way to bring fresh produce to rural villages.

“My wife and I are life-long rural Alaskans and when we were kids and my wife is from a small village, if they didn’t grow fresh produce themselves, there wasn’t any and I grew-up here in Dillingham and you know in the winter months, there was very, very little in the grocery stores,” said Kyle Belleque who is the Co-Owner and Operator for Belleque Family Farm. Watch the video below:

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January 13, 2016

Rising Veggie Prices and Growing Produce with Hydroponics

Produce is getting expensive – one company has found a way to grow lettuce all year round close to home. Of course they came up with the idea because they are in Alaska where the produce is both expensive and the quality is awful. Bruce interviews Dan Perpich, Co-Founder of Vertical Harvest Hydroponics in Alaska.  Listen to the full interview below:

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January 5, 2016

Two Indoor Farm Startups Stand Up to Alaska’s Short Growing Season

How do you turn Alaska’s icy tundras into lush, year-round farms? Two forward-thinking startups just might have found the solution: growing indoors. Check out the full story below:

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January 4, 2016

Hydroponic Lettuce Start-Ups Want to Bring Local Produce to Alaska

Finding fresh and affordable produce in rural Alaska has essentially been impossible, but two new start-ups, Alaska Natural Organics and Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, want to change that by bringing local, year-round farming to a state where officials say as much as 95 percent of food is imported. Check out the full story below:

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January 3, 2016

Closing the Farm-to-Table Gap in Alaska

An Anchorage startup company has found a new use for the refrigerated container vans that once brought perishable items to Alaska, repurposing them to create transportable hydroponic gardens that can produce leafy greens year-round in northern communities. Check out the full story below:

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January 3, 2016

Hydroponic farm in a box offers portable, year-round crop growing

An Anchorage startup company has found a new use for the refrigerated container vans that once brought perishable items to Alaska, repurposing them to create transportable hydroponic gardens that can produce leafy greens year-round in northern communities. Check out the full story below:

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September 30, 2015

Anchorage company grows produce year-round in shipping containers

Imagine being able to grow fresh produce in a place like Barrow in the winter time. No sun and freezing temperatures may make that sound impossible, but an Anchorage-based business would disagree. The company, called Vertical Harvest, has designed a way to grow leafy greens year-round, anywhere in Alaska. Check out the full story below:

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July 3, 2015

Q&A with Vertical Harvest Hydroponics

Alaska Startups recently had the opportunity to chat with Linda Janes, one of the founders of Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, an innovative startup in Alaska. Check out the full interview below:

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