October 12, 2017

These Cold-Weather Container Farms Let Produce Grow In The Arctic

As traditional Inuit diets change, they’re being replaced with processed food because it’s so difficult to stock markets with fresh produce. Now, they can grow it themselves, even in sub-zero temperatures.

 

In the subarctic town of Churchill, Manitoba–unreachable by paved roads and best known for its population of polar bears–a head of romaine lettuce can cost as much as $8 without subsidies. Shipments of produce can take weeks from distant farms, and when vegetables arrive, it’s an event. But the town will soon have another option: a shipping container farm growing greens on site.

 

September 5, 2017

Anchorage Entrepreneur Tests Personalized Hydroponic Cabinets

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) – As the short farming season wraps up across Alaska, an Anchorage entrepreneur is working to develop a portable hydroponic system to more widely grow fresh vegetables and herbs in homes, businesses, and schools year-round.

Vertical Harvest Hydroponics is testing a prototype of a self-containing hydroponic cabinet. It can grow about 60 plants at a time within the dimensions of a large bookcase, powered completely by a single electrical outlet.

“Lettuces, herbs, kale, all the culinary herbs do very well,” said Vertical Harvest founder Dan Perpich.

Vertical Harvest is an Anchorage-based business known for selling and shipping self-contained hydroponic conexes into rural Alaska villages, providing fresh veggies to regions of the state dependent on shipments of produce from hundreds of miles away.

 

August 25, 2017

Anchorage Museum Prototyping In-Home Hydroponics System

Anchorage, AK – The Anchorage Museum is helping prove that Alaskans can have fresh, local produce.

If you stop by the Anchorage Museum, you might notice a glowing green cabinet in the Discovery Center. That cabinet is full of a variety of growing plants, but you’ll notice no soil. That’s because the Anchorage Museum is prototyping a new hydroponic system built by a local company, Vertical Harvest Hydroponics. So far, it’s been a total success.

The museum is taking this opportunity to teach the community’s youth about agriculture and the options Alaskans have. Children can stop by to build their very own mini-hydroponic system to take home.

 

 

August 17, 2017

CXT aims to deepen manufacturing partnerships

Company aids in design of new hydroponic units

Executives at Spokane Valley-based manufacturer CXT Inc. say the company wants to begin deepening manufacturing partnerships with commercial enterprises that need its help researching and designing products.

“As a manufacturer, we offer a lot of different skill sets, which include things like machining, assembly, and welding,” says CXT President Steve Burgess. “Most of what we’ve done previously is cement, and modular construction work, but recently, we’ve begun trying to spread those skill sets across new opportunities.”

A subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based LB Foster, CXT specializes in manufacturing prefabricated restrooms and outhouses, along with utility buildings, shade shelters, and other fabricated products.

 

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July 21, 2017

A Grabbagreen Store Grows Hydroponic Vegetables

When you order food + juice from Grabbagreen in Coeur d’Alene, it may look like any other health-conscious beverage or bowl; however, you will be tasting the freshest possible vegetables which are harvested on demand from their hydroponic indoor, mini farm system. Grabbagreen CDA is leading the way by piloting the latest equipment in the restaurant industry. The hydroponic system allows year-round production for hyper local greens, which is the mantra behind the decision to grow greens indoors and harvest them at peak nutritional value.

 

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May 25, 2017

Growing Greens In the Arctic

Walking from the snowbound streets of Kotzebue, Alaska, into the Arctic Greens container is like being suddenly transported to the Amazon jungle.

Even when it is pitch black and below zero outside, the “sun” still rises, thanks to rows of high-­tech LED lights. Heaters keep temperatures a balmy 65 to 80 F. Rows of big, green plants line shelves the length of the container, leaves crowding the narrow walkway down the center.

This is where Joe Carr, the only professional farmer north of the Arctic Circle, comes to work.

The first thing he does after removing his jacket is check the computers that were programmed by Vertical Harvest—the company that designed the containerized farm. They control every aspect of this miniature ecosystem and keep it optimized for edible plant growth.

 

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January 09, 2017

Vertical Harvest Hydroponics of Alaska Honored as Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year

Vertical Harvest Hydroponics of Alaska is the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Bureau Entrepreneur of the Year, AFBF officials said today. Team leads Linda Janes and Dan Perpich won AFBF’s Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge by beating three other teams from across the nation. AFBF announced the winner at its 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show in Phoenix.

 

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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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