Here is Novel Farm! 🌿

Novel Farm 2019 - Pordenone 13-14 febbraio

From a rib of AquaFarm, which in recent years had devoted ever more attention to the production of sustainable food, born Novel Farm

The first international convention exhibition completely dedicated to agritech innovation and to new soilless cultivation techniques

In the Pordenone exhibition center, on 13 and 14 February 2019 there will be a pavilion entirely dedicated to Vertical Farming and other innovative way of production, with an exhibition area and ad hoc conference sessions. And we could not be happier!

Novel Farm 2019 - Pordenone 13-14 febbraio
Credits: AquaFarm 2018



The program is still in the definition phase, but we provide a temporary version that shows the topics that will be treated in the two conference rooms at Novel Farm 2019:

February 13th

10.00am – 11.30am

Planning and control of the characteristics and quality of hydroponic/aeroponic products

Substrates, light, water, fertilizers, temperature, humidity, aeration, atmosphere: their influence on yields, nutritional characteristics and food security

12.00 – 13.30

Automation: hardware and software for an economically and environmentally sustainable off-ground

Big data, AI, robots and automated systems for greenhouses and hydroponic/aeroponic Vertical Farms

From environmental control to crops harvesting

14.30 – 15.30

Genetics and epigenetics of hydroponic crops

Seeds, pre-seeding and micropropagation treatments

16.00 – 18.00

The circular economy of Acquaponics

Stand-alone systems and integration with existing farms, salt water projects and their scalability

Novel Farm 2019 - Pordenone 13-14 febbraio
Credits: AquaFarm 2018

February 14th

10.00 – 11.30

Circular and integrated production of food

Enhancement of non-edible biomass for insects and fungi

Water and substrate management, energy autonomy of an Indoor agriculture plant

The role of hydroponics/aeroponics in greenhouses and Indoor Farming for the shortening of production and logistics chains

12.00 – 13.00

Human capital and financial capital, the two ingredients of large-scale off-ground

Conditions of economic sustainability of a greenhouse and a hydroponic Vertical Farm

The training of the new farm workers, from the agronomist to the technologist to the operator

Venture capital and financing

Partnership with distribution

14.30 – 15.30

Medical hydroponics, supplements and non food

Medicinal herbs, cannabis, stevia and floriculture

16.00 – 17.00

Beyond the vegetables

Hydroponics applied to non-horticultural crops, from table grapes to hops

Novel Farm 2019 - Pordenone 13-14 febbraio
Credits: AquaFarm 2018


Novel Farm will not consist only of conferences and exhibitions; on February 14th the Urban Farm Challenge award ceremony will also be hosted.

Open to university students from all over the world, the competition concerns the design of an urban agriculture system that integrates the best architectural and technological innovations for the production of plants in an urban environment.

Teams from Italy, China, Poland and India joined.

GrenBelly - The Urban Revolution
Green Belly – Agritecture

Student projects must be based on disused buildings in Bologna, Belluno and Conegliano. The abandoned structures will be given new life and will be converted into places of sociality, study, production and agricultural innovation, thus developing the concept of urban agriculture.

Furthermore, their design must have a strong entrepreneurial connotation, promoting the generation of new forms of employment for disadvantaged users.

Credits: Sky Vegetables

UrbanFarm2019 is also an initiative with a very strong international imprint: together with Bologna and Florence work universities and research centers in Barcelona, Cartagena, Naples, Pernambuco, Smirne, Budapest and researchers from Wageningen, Berlin, Ostrava, Rome La Sapienza, Cape Town , Cairo, Catania, Tucson, Antalya, Montpellier and Angers.

What else to add? See you in Pordenone!

For the curious, here is a review of the previous editions of AquaFarm

Contact us freely for more information!


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