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Company Announces Expansion Of Hydroponic Operations
July 7, 2020

Shore Breeze Farms, a grower and purveyor of various varieties of hydroponically-grown lettuces and herbs, has announced the company will expand operations at its hydroponic greenhouse facility in Northampton County, increasing its production of Virginia-grown leafy greens by thirty percent. The company provides Virginia-grown lettuces to Virginia public schools, local restaurants, and farm stands on the Eastern Shore and in Virginia Beach.

A fourth-generation farmer on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Steve Sturgis started his eight-acre farm in 1979, took over his family’s farming operation in 2002, and has since doubled its size to 900 acres. In 2019, Sturgis opened Shore Breeze Farms, a new produce market and hydroponic greenhouse facility. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants that uses a solution of water and nutrients instead of soil. This system typically yields more, requires less space, and allows for year-round growing.

“I’m pleased that Virginia has addressed the need for assistance to agricultural businesses through the AFID program,” said Steve Sturgis, owner of Shore Breeze Farms. “Agriculture is the Commonwealth’s largest private industry, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

“It is exciting to see homegrown companies like Shore Breeze Farms harnessing new agriculture technologies to bring fresh, local vegetables to their communities,” remarked Governor Ralph S. Northam in response to the announcement. “Shore Breeze Farms has long been known for innovative product offerings, and I am especially proud to see how they are branching into new markets during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis to offer pre-packaged salad kits to Virginians on the Eastern Shore.”

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Northampton County to secure the project for the Commonwealth. Governor Northam approved a $15,000 grant from the AFID fund to assist Northampton County with the project. This is the first Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund grant awarded to Northampton County.

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Company Announces Expansion Of Hydroponic Operations
July 7, 2020

Expansion will increase production of Virginia-grown leafy greens by thirty percent.

AHRI Publishes Updated Standard 1250
July 7, 2020

Update for Standard 1250 (I-P)-2020 is now available for download.

NSF Grant To Boost Data Visualization With Addition Of AI
July 6, 2020

Researchers will use $5 million grant to create the Smart Amplified Group Environment (SAGE3) open-source software.

New Manufacturing Process For Hybrid Polymer Composites Developed
July 6, 2020

New manufacturing method utilizes cellulose nanocrystals.

Firm Announces $7.6 Million Investment In Grayson County
July 3, 2020

Investment will fund relocation of company’s headquarters and manufacturing functions.

E-Waste Becomes Global Concern
July 3, 2020

E-waste is now the world’s fastest-growing domestic waste stream.

Colliers International Acquires Maser Consulting, P.A.
July 2, 2020

The business will be rebranded as “Colliers Engineering Services” by the first quarter of 2021.

Industrial Hemp Processing Facility Announced
July 2, 2020

Investment will establish Virginia’s first large-scale industrial hemp processing and cannabidiol (CBD) oil extraction facility.

Firm Announces $6.9 Million Investment To Expand Operations
July 1, 2020

Investment will establish additional manufacturing facility to accommodate growing business.

AHRI Spring Webinar Series Now Available Online
July 1, 2020

Three webinars — Clean Energy Future, the Safe Refrigerant Transition, and System Efficiency — now available.

National Institute of Building Sciences Announces 2020 Online Conference
June 30, 2020

Event aims to reach a much broader built environment audience with focus on technology, workforce, resilience and COVID-19.

SHI Announces Agenda for 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting
June 30, 2020

Farmers, scientists, and agricultural industry seek to advance the science and practicality of soil health during online meeting.

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