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Caribbean Fresh

July 31, 2017
Caribbean hydroponic farm

On the tiny Caribbean island of Anguilla, one luxury resort uses freshly supplied produce grown in its own pesticide-free, hydroponic farm.

By Christine Brown-Paul

A British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Its beaches range from long sandy stretches like Rendezvous Bay, overlooking neighbouring Saint Martin island, to secluded coves reached by boat, such as at Little Bay. Protected areas include Big Spring Cave, known for its prehistoric petroglyphs, and East End Pond, a wildlife conservation site. Read More »

The Final Word

July 29, 2017
Hydroponic leek

Dr Mike Nichols looks at how huge savings in water and fertiliser might be achieved by growing hydroponically in New Zealand. 

“Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”

Ode to the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Coleridge Taylor Read More »

Should I set up a commercial aquaponic venture?

July 18, 2017
Rick Donnan

I have been a hobby grower using aquaponics for several years. I have had reasonable success although also some difficulties. I am considering setting up a commercial operation and have been reading your answers and articles on planning for commercial hydroponic growing. Would you have any extra advice relating to aquaponics, possibly organic?

Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

Barnaby Joyce delivers strong FAO Keynote Address

July 5, 2017

Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, delivers a strong keynote address to a global audience at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Ministerial Conference held in Rome.

Link to address:
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Free Industry Trade Show

July 4, 2017

Looking for expert advice, the latest growing technology, or an opportunity to explore a career in commercial fresh food and flower production? The APEX-Brinkman Protected Cropping Australia biennial conference commences on Sunday 9 July at the Adelaide Convention Centre. The free Trade Show is open to the General Public from 3pm to 5pm. It will be the largest assembly of commercial hydroponic and greenhouse manufacturers, suppliers and service providers under one roof in the history of the Australian industry – an event not to be missed. Read More »

THE FINAL WORD: an opinion piece

June 30, 2017
Mike Nichols

Dr Mike Nichols Looks at the arguments for including Hydroponics and aquaponics in the certified organics system.

The world of organic horticulture is a very complex scene. In New Zealand, anyone can sell fruit and vegetables produce as organically grown, provided that they do not state that its production has been “certified” as organically grown by one of the organisations approved to give such certification under the Demeter or Biogro label. Read More »

Avoiding basic mistakes

June 30, 2017
Professor Venter

International hydroponics consultant Professor Gert Venter D. Eng; M. Eng (Agric) CUM LAUDE looks at some case studies, which illustrate why some greenhouse businesses in South Africa thrive while others fail. South Africa’s relatively young greenhouse industry is characterised by some spectacular successes but there are just too many projects that become total failures very soon after kick-off. Read More »