September 7, 2021 By Fruit & Vegetable, with files from CubicFarms
On Sept. 7, Business Intelligence Group named the HydroGreen Grow System, an indoor growing technology for fresh livestock feed and division of CubicFarm Systems Corp., as a winner of “Sustainability Product of the Year” in their 2021 Sustainability Awards program. The Sustainability Awards honour people, teams and organizations who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice or overall mission. The judges recognized several finalists for the global awards, including CubicFarms.
The HydroGreen Grow System and the CubicFarm System indoor growing technologies convert long supply chain agriculture into local chains, enabling farmers to grow more with significantly less land, water, waste and physical labour. Farmers using these technologies are growing fresh produce and livestock superfeed in any climate, year-round.
“We’re thrilled that HydroGreen’s technology has won ‘Sustainability Product of the Year’ for 2021,” said Dan Schmidt, president, HydroGreen, in a press release. “As a technology company founded by farmers, we’re passionate about helping farmers to keep growing sustainably. HydroGreen’s technology allows farmers to maintain their independence and protects our resources now and for future generations.”
The HydroGreen Grow System technology was designed for areas impacted by water scarcity and uses 90 per cent less water than conventional, irrigated field crops. Farmers can harvest fresh livestock feed daily, exponentially increasing output by producing up to 360 harvests annually, compared to two harvests per year using traditional farming methods.
For fresh produce, CubicFarms’ unique Crop Motion Technology moves the plants, maximizing cubic square footage while moving trays to the front of the module for seeding and harvesting. The CubicFarm System uses significantly less land and water compared to field farming to grow the same amount of produce.
“To reliably feed ourselves going forward, we need to utilize our limited and precious resources much more efficiently and leveraging technology will enable us to do that,” said Dave Dinesen, CubicFarms’ CEO, in a press release. “We believe indoor growing is the solution necessary for more sustainable farming for the future.”
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