American Vegetable Grower magazine recently featured a trial that Harvest is running with Grimmway farms. The trial is looking at growing food in containers and HV-100 robots play in integral roll in moving the containers to maximize efficiency.
In a day and age in which time is money, efficiency is top of mind for most growers. So when it’s possible to automate a task and reassign those employees to other, more productive and valuable tasks, the payoff can be high.
If you’re eating a salad for lunch today, there’s a good chance it came from California’s Salinas Valley, the rich agricultural area an hour’s drive south of Silicon Valley where more than two-thirds nation’s leafy greens are produced. There’s also a decent chance it got to your plate with the help of a robot.
Ten of the most innovative emerging leaders in AgTech have been selected to participate in the Thrive Accelerator Program, slated to take place in Salinas, California this January. More than 40 AgTech companies from Peru, Israel, Switzerland, Panama, France, UK, Ireland and from across the USA pitched their teams, technology and visions for growth at the Thrive Accelerator's Seed Camp yesterday. The initiative is driven by SVG Partners and Forbes.
Begun as the backyard hobby of Harry H. Smith, Flowerwood Nursery was incorporated as a nursery in 1946. Today Flowerwood is a third generation family-owned wholesale nursery selling only to the trade with locations in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Flowerwood provides broadleaf evergreens, conifers, deciduous shrubs, grasses, groundcovers, trees, perennials, and seasonal color throughout the Southern and Mid-Atlantic states.
Meet Harvey, a hardworking employee who may be showing up more frequently at California nurseries and greenhouses. A 90-pound robot, Harvey is designed to continuously perform repetitive tasks, such as moving, spacing, collecting and consolidating the millions of containers that nursery operators use to grow and deliver plants to customers.
When George Hackney first decided to buy robots to move plants on his 600 acre nursery in Quincy FL, it was the typical reasons that led him to that decision: reducing his dependence on an unpredictable seasonal workforce; and lowering the cost of performing this arduous but critical task. But it was what he discovered as the robots got to work that surprised him most.