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Propagation Bench: Operational Tour

Quick pan over operational Deep Water Culture (DWC) Strawberry Propagation Bench in the Kenneth Post Laboratory of Cornell University. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer at 150ppm N. The runners are clasped in a GrowGrip and secured in a hole in...

Propagation Bench – Albion Strawberry

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Albion’ strawberry runners after seven days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics...

Propagation Bench: Overview for Training and Root Growth

FreshAF cofounder, Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, demonstrates how to train vegetatively propagated runners or clones of day neutral strawberry varieties to grow roots in Deep Water Culture (DWC). The strawberry runners are still attached to living mother plants, which are irrigated daily with Jack’s 21-5-20 General Hydroponics Fertilizer...

Propagation Bench – Cabrillo Strawberry

Jonah Helmer, Researcher in the Cornell Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Group, shows off the root growth of day neutral ‘Cabrillo’ strawberry runners after four days in the Deep Water Culture (DWC) root propagation stage. Description of Powdery Mildew as major disease in runner propagation. We spray CEASE (a beneficial Bacillus sp.) and MilStop to reduce...

Article Published in NAREIM Dialogues Spring 2021 Issue – Controlled Environment Agriculture: The New Asset Class on the Block

NAREIM Dialogues – Spring 2021 Controlled environment agriculture has the solutions to significant food production and environmental issues. Now it just needs the capital. “Like extracting bread from air.”  In 1908, Fritz Haber’s invention of synthesized fertilizer revolutionized the agriculture industry. Through a process of extracting ammonia for fertilizer use from the air, annual global...