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Critical Considerations To Make Before You Start An Indoor Vertical Farm

Vertical farming has garnered significant attention in recent years as a potential solution to the pressing challenges of traditional outdoor farming. So, what is exactly is vertical farming? Vertical farming is a method of cultivating crops in stacked layers or vertically inclined surfaces, indoors, in controlled environments, using artificial light and precise environmental controls. This...

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...