This Texas supermarket is growing its own veggies in a shipping container farm

May 25, 2017 by  
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A Texas chain of supermarkets isn’t just in the business of selling vegetables; it’s growing them, too. Based in Dallas, the H-E-B -owned Central Market has joined forces with Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisors , a self-described “horticulture disrupting” firm, to raise some of its produce in a custom-built onsite shipping container—a first for an American food retailer. The 53-foot-long “Growtainer” features 480 square feet of climate-controlled and food-compliant vertical space designed to achieve a higher yield in a shorter time than conventional methods, according to GreenTech Agro, the system’s manufacturer. Related: Belgian supermarket unveils plan to sell food grown on their own rooftop garden “We spent over a year discussing [Central Market’s] concerns and objectives, and when I was sure we were all on the same page, we began the design and manufacturing process,” said Glenn Behrman, founder of GreenTech Agro and CEA Advisors, in a statement. The miniature farm comes with a modular, self-contained series of LED-lit aluminum “ GrowRacks ” that supports any number of cultivation levels. Related: Pop-up shipping container farm puts a full acre of lettuce in your backyard It also offers an intelligent water-monitoring system, as well a zoned irrigation system that meets the needs of different varieties of produce at different stages of growth. The Growtainer is part of Central Market’s efforts to “produce the freshest, unique, gourmet leafy greens and herbs for Central Market customers at the retail level,” the supermarket said. The hyper-local vegetables are marketed under the label “Store-Grown Produce.” Related: Freight Farms are super efficient hydroponic farms built inside shipping containers “CEA Advisors is proud to be working with the Produce Team at Central Market, all committed to innovation and focused on food safety, unique products, and the customer experience,” Behrman added. + Central Market + Growtainer Via AndNowUKnow

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8 tiny folklore-inspired cabins pop up in the Welsh countryside

May 25, 2017 by  
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Eight spectacular tiny homes inspired by local folklore and traditions are waiting for you in the Welsh countryside. The pop-up cabins represent the winning designs of the Epic Retreats competition, which invited architects and designers to create glamping-style tiny homes based on local Welsh traditions. The results include a huge stovepipe hat cabin, a dragon-inspired retreat, a mini observatory, and a tiny space inspired by traditional mining sheds that are available for a luxury off-grid adventure. As part of the competition rules, each cabin design had to be built for less than £11,000 (approx $14,000). Additionally, the competition, which was a collaboration between Best of Wales , Cambria Tours , and George + Tomos Architects , required that the cabins be geared towards the glamping trend, meaning that they had to include basic vacation home features. All of the eight winning designs include a double, king-size or circular bed, a living area with a wood-burning stove and hob, as well as an en-suite bathroom. Related: Luxury off-grid Autonomous Tents can pop up almost anywhere in the world As part of the fun event, 200 lucky guests will be staying at the cabins this summer. “The unique cabins, complemented by our country’s stunning landscape, make for an unbeatable experience,” said Llion Pughe, one of the two founders of the project. “We look forward to welcoming our first guests this summer, who will get to see Wales in a completely unique setting.” Recently unveiled in the picturesque rolling green hills of the Wales countryside, the cabins will be moved between two locations this summer. The event, which coincides with the Wales’ Year of Legends , a year-long tribute to the country’s many mythologies, will exhibit the cabins in southern Snowdonia for the month of June, and afterwards, they will be moved to Ll?n Peninsula from mid-July until mid-September. + Epic Retreats Via Dezeen

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Bayer, DuPont bet $15 million that ag tech is ready to bloom

July 7, 2016 by  
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DuPont’s Pioneer and Bayer AG’s Crop Science join Finistere Ventures and Cloud Break Advisors in creating a new accelerator fund.

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How Earthwards program helps J&J design greener products

March 15, 2013 by  
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J&J's senior EHS head describes how this sustainable development program has led to reduced packaging and energy use.

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Movers & Shakers: Unilever, Greentech Capital snag top talent

March 15, 2013 by  
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Unilever, Interface and Greentech Capital Advisors welcome changes at the top.

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