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Sustainable Agriculture Training from Archi's Institute at Archi's Acres

April 25, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Taking entrepreneurs from seed to market6 Week Full Immersion - Day Class (Est. 40 hours per week) …See More
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Sustainable Agriculture Training from Archi's Institute at Online, FaceTime with Instructor, and Lab Hours on Farm of Your Choosing

May 24, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Taking entrepreneurs from seed to market6 Week Full Immersion - Day Class (Est. 40 hours per week) …See More
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Why Ornamental Grasses Are Great For People In Condos And Apartments

Allan Armitage says breeders need to do a better job of making growers, brokers, and garden centers aware of better ornamental grass cultivars for the increasingly shrinking garden space.

Holistic, Integrated Approach To Pest Control Rooted In Research

Greenhouse growers have been practicing integrated pest management for decades, but it’s becoming increasingly more important with the continued scrutiny of conventional pest control by a number of “regulators” — government, retail, and consumers. I just returned from Meister Media Worldwide’s Biocontrols USA 2016 Conference, in Monterey, CA, at the beginning of March this year, which served 450 attendees and 50 exhibiting supplier companies. It’s clear from the presentations and the growing attendance at this specialized event — now only in its second year — that use of biocontrols in IPM will continue to be adopted widely, as more growers get past their personal hurdles of doubt and intimidation, and embrace a new way to approach pest and disease control. Many growers think of using biocontrols as an all-or-nothing approach, but ultimately, IPM is about balance. Growers will need to continue to focus on IPM, integrating chemistry with biology, because […]

Unclog Drip Emitters In Your Greenhouse

This is the first article in a series of case studies designed to help growers reduce, remediate, and recycle irrigation water as part of a multi-state research grant (CleanWateR3.org).

Know Your Market When Choosing Ornamental Grasses

Growers have no shortage of choices in the ornamental grass market. Narrowing down the selection comes down to finding the right plant for the right purpose.

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Australia: Costa Group opens new Guyra glasshouse (10 ha)

With the opening of a state of the art facility, the Australian Costa Group has enlarged their acreage to 30 hectares of greenhouse. The new 10 hectare greenhouse and packing shed was opened today by Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald on behalf of the NSW Premier.Photos by Scot MacDonaldCosta is.....

Nigeria: Greenhouse tech can fill tomatoes production gap

The gap in tomatoes production in Nigeria currently put at about 1.4 million tonnes can be filled by the greenhouse technological concept which is capable of creating huge employment opportunity for Nigerians.The Integrated Project Manager – Sustainable Livelihoods, Dizengoff Nigeria, Mr. Oscar Walumbe said.....

US: Hydropods to launch connected grow controllers in June

Hydropods has announced that the Hydropods Environment Controller and Hydropods Nutrient Controller will start shipping to customers on June 1, 2016, at a retail price of $299 and $599, respectively. These cloud-based Wi-Fi Controllers enable growers to see, monitor and control a grow operation from anywhere.....

Bumblebees out of hibernation, ready for pollination

After their long winter ‘sleep’ bumblebee queens are gently woken up so that they can start breeding their colonies at Koppert Biological Systems’ production plants for the start of their valuable pollination work. The biological crop protection company has been producing bumblebees for pollination purposes.....

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Archi's Acres is a farming enterprise that utilizes hydro-organic technology to grow organic produce. Headquartered in Escondido, California, Archi's Acres is a certified organic greenhouse operation, which grows living basil, kale, and other herbs and produce. Our methods of crop production is not only highly efficient, it maximizes available natural resources, and focuses on local sales distribution channels. Please enjoy our organic produce in natural food retailers throughout Southern California and thank you for your support!

At Archi's, we believe a key aspect of successful business is how it meets its responsibility to the community in which it operates and the customers which make up its marketplace. We do this by integrating into our business model an opportunity to support others including our our military service members and veterans. Archi's Acres provides a one of a kind world-class agricultural entrepreneurial incubator program, the Archi's Institute For Sustainable Agriculture Training (SAT), in partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, with the intent to expose strong leaders to the entrepreneurial opportunities which exist in the agriculture industry today. SAT is open to everyone who is willing to take the challenge, providing training to those interested in learning more about the the production and business behind sustainable agriculture. Learn more about us by clicking here!

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Can hydroponics be organic?

Posted by Colin Archipley on March 31, 2016 at 8:41am 3 Comments

Regardless of whether you think hydroponic production can be organic, the bottom line is all methods of food production should be considered when trying to feed a growing world population.

by  on 03/29/2016 

Hort America's and Urban Ag News

There is currently much discussion and debate occurring about whether hydroponic production can be labeled as organic. In September 2015 the USDA’s National Organic Program appointed a 16-member task force to look at hydroponic and aquaponic production practices and how they align with USDA organic regulations.

Gene Giacomelli, director of the Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) at the University of Arizona, said that regardless of whether plants are being grown using a traditional organic approach or one of the various combinations of hydroponics practices (soilless culture), fundamentally all of these production methods are simply attempting to grow plants for their economic, nutritional and social values. The goal is to use the best available techniques to produce crops of highest quality with the minimum of resources.

“Regardless of the production method, plants must be provided with the environment they need to grow,” Giacomelli said. “The basics of growing plants besides light, carbon dioxide, water and the potential of their crop genetics, there are plant nutrients that have to be distributed to the plant…

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