Aeroponics Hydroponics

Aponix vertical barrel: “a solution to set up 3-dimensional cultivation space”

The aponix vertical barrel system is an alternative vertical NFT solution from Germany to enable local or hyperlocal edible plant production in 3D. Aponix provides robust horticulture building blocks instead of rack systems that make it possible to set up grow spaces efficiently within a 3-dimensional cultivation space and at the same time be able to use natural sunlight better.

The aim is to enable edible plant production in smaller farming plots or community spaces and allow for more decentralised urban micro farming.

Aponix’ mission is to facilitate the setup of high density grow spaces for soil-less cultivation by taking the existing 2D NFT concept to the 3rd dimension in a very flexible, simple and also robust way. It is especially designed for urban farming facilities operating on limited space.

The aponix vertical barrels are suitable to grow herbs and lettuces in vertical gardening/farming situations. Plants get their nutrients from vertical drip irrigation generated by one inverted sprinkler or our water buffer top inside each vertical cylinder (‘barrel’), converting it into a giant vertical 3D-NFT! There is also a soil-based version and other options for indoor farming.

The whole concept is based on lego-like ring segment pieces that serve either as spacers or provide differently organized inserts for standard 2-inch netpots. Assembling multiple of these ring segment pieces will result in stackable ring segments or barrel levels to assemble one or multiple such vertical cylinders or ‘barrels’. With more ring segments stacked, the height and the number of grow spaces are increased.

As of 2020, aponix changed their market strategy from looking for distributors to working more extensively with product partners who bring in own engineering and create more specific and distinguishable products from their barrel components.

Product partners are required to create their own unique solutions, based on aponix pieces adding other external even competitive pieces and/or service and market them independently under their own brand and own product name. As result of this co-operative type of relation some new interesting components have been designed, that in turn can be used by other existing product partners too.

For more information on the aponix vertical barrel please visit or contact Mr. Marco Tidona at

AgTech Greenhouse

AgTech startup AppHarvest partners with Dutch government to create America’s AgTech capital

AppHarvest, a startup building North America’s largest greenhouse, announced it’s partnership with the the governments of the Netherlands, the state of Kentucky and several universities and private companies to create an AgTech capital in Appalachia. The venture will partner with local and international experts to help boost the state’s economy, while increasing the country’s food supply.

Signatories to the agreement include the following:

  • Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality (LNV), Directorate International Affairs.
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Office of the Governor
  • Dutch AgTech companies Dalsem, Signify, Certhon, Light4Food, Priva and Rijk Zwaan
  • The Netherlands’ HAS University of Applied Science and Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • The University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, University of Pikeville, Eastern Kentucky University and Berea College
  • Dutch public-private network organization NLWorks
  • AppHarvest

“It means we don’t have to invent the wheel, that we have partners that have done this, that have created what we are looking to create. It’s an opportunity to build our economy in a way where we never have to worry about whether there’s going to be food on the shelves of our grocery stores.”

Andy Beshear, Governor of Kentucky

The company says it expects to eventually deliver produce to not just grocery stores in Appalachia but also those in surrounding states. Located within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population, our base in Appalachia allows us to pick our fruits and veggies when they’re ripe and reduce diesel use in transportation by 80%.

“This long-term partnership will add jobs and create a new signature industry for our Appalachian region. It also demonstrates the kind of international cooperation that we need more of on the national level.”

Jonathan Webb, CEO & Founder, AppHarvest

AppHarvest is building some of America’s largest greenhouses, combining conventional agriculture techniques with today’s technology to grow non-GMO, chemical-free produce. AppHarvest greenhouses offers huge advantages vis-a-vis conventional agriculture. These include:

  1. 90% less water: Our high-tech greenhouses distribute water more efficiently, reducing usage by up to 90%.
  2. 365 days production: Growing indoors eliminates weather and seasonal constraints, empowering our region with a resilient food source.
  3. 40% less gas: Our hybrid lighting system with Philips GreenPower LEDs increases harvests while reducing natural gas usage in cooler months.

Gov. Beshear also signed an executive order creating the Governor’s AgriTech Advisory Council, which he will chair and will include several other leaders of state and local government, business, and education.

Read more at The Lane Report

AgTech Press Release

What’s it like to start your own agri tech business during a global pandemic?

It is certainly a challenging time to start a new business, but is there ever a right time to start a new venture? Given the urgent need for change in the global food market, there has never been such a demand for locally grown, fresh, organic food.

Meet Lauren Davis and Jessica O’Leary. Recent graduates in food business and biochemistry, with Masters degrees in business, they have always had a passion for technology. More recently, they have endeavoured to start a pioneering business in the modern food industry. They have closely followed the industry for many years, reading publications such as AgReads®. They believe the time is right to bring their hydroponics business Hydrofood into the world.

We are currently in the midst of a pandemic which will leave a lasting mark on how we live our lives as a human species. Recent food runs and shortages have reminded the consumer and business man alike of how interdependent our global supply chains are. Here in Ireland, our horticulture season runs from approximately April to September, on a good year. We want to change that. Hydroponic technology has been tried, tested and proven, and is beginning to take off, particularly in places like Singapore and Saudi Arabia that are almost exclusively dependent on food imports for fresh produce. Hydrofood intends to bring hydroponics to the mainstream in Ireland. We intend to reduce Ireland’s plant food imports, thus our carbon footprint, and grow sustainable food that is organic by definition. In turn, this will sustain our local economy and feed our growing population for years to come.

This article is contributed by Jessica O’Leary, co-founder, Hydrofood