Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub Inc. Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On April 8th, the QuantoTech team participated in the Fraser Valley Artisans Food Hub ribbon cutting ceremony.

QuantoTech’s Grow Bank Located at the Fraser Valley Artisan Food Hub Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We were so happy to be included in such a beautiful event and we look forward to working with the Mission Community Skills Centre on projects related to bringing food security to small communities.

We were grateful to get the opportunity to discuss vertical farming with the Minister of Agriculture and Food, Honourable Lana Popham, as well as the many other provincial and municipal government officials.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates vertical farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

Digital Technology Supercluster Invests in Autonomous Agriculture for Smarter, More Sustainable Food Production 

Improving farmers efficiency, reducing emissions and driving to net zero

[February 15, 2022] Vancouver, BC – Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster is proud to announce an investment in the world’s first interactive, operational planning software for autonomous agriculture. The Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Agriculture project is focused on bringing digital technologies and automation to the farm that will help farmers be more efficient, increase their output, lower their costs, and have a positive impact on the environment. 

“As our country moves toward net zero, all sectors of the economy understand we must all do our part to get there. For farmers and the agriculture sector, developing digital innovations can lead to greener, faster and more sustainable food production,” said the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. “With the help of this investment, it’s great to see Canadian innovators coming together with bold and innovative ideas that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create more green jobs and support sustainable futures for Canadian farmers and families from coast to coast to coast.” 

Led by Verge Ag in collaboration with Terramera, i-Open Group, Simon Fraser University and QuantoTech, this project will create a digital twin of a users’ farm to support operational planning and decision-making. The platform will leverage new data sources to help farmers characterize their fields, crops, soil, and environmental factors and combine that with historical farm data to optimize planning, manage costs and maximize net returns.  

“We are excited to work with a strong consortium of partners with diverse expertise in geospatial technology, data platform development, computer vision, and artificial intelligence,” said Ryan Johnson, President and CEO, Verge Ag. “As we enter the fourth agricultural revolution, Verge Ag is poised to prepare the next generation of farmers with hyper-efficient, sustainable and autonomous farming solutions. Our ability to link agronomic planning and production to farm operations planning and productivity is just the start.”   

The effects of climate change and rapidly increasing operation costs of farms are threatening the livelihood of farmers, and the stability of our food supply chain. By transforming the way food is grown, Canadian farmers are taking a bold step towards boosting agricultural productivity, reducing crop loss, and combatting agricultural greenhouse gas emissions that make up 12% of Canada’s total emissions.  

“Canadian farmers rely on cutting-edge science and research to sustainably grow their businesses. Scientific breakthroughs have led to new farming technologies and practices, provided farmers with better crop varieties, and helped protect crops and livestock from pests and diseases. This investment in new digital technologies and agri-food data analytics will help make our agricultural industry even stronger while protecting the environment and opening up new market opportunities for our agri-food businesses,” said the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.  

The project has a total investment of $10,811,321 with $6,465,377 invested by industry and $4,345,944 co-invested by the Digital Supercluster’s Technology Leadership Program. This project is also supported by the Province of British Columbia through the StrongerBC Agritech Grant program, which focuses on strengthening BC’s economic recovery, agriculture sector and food security by supporting food producers and agritech innovators. Other investment support is being provided by Mitacs. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global supply chain reinforces the need for innovative solutions to make sure people have access to safe and sustainable food,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “B.C. is proud to invest in new technology and innovation that will strengthen our food security and builds a stronger, cleaner province that works for more people.” 

“We have seen B.C. farmers, engineers and software developers achieve amazing things that increase on-farm production, efficiency and sustainability when they work together,” said B.C. Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Lana Popham. “This platform offers opportunities to do all of those things as well as help guide crop and business decisions that will support B.C.’s food security and food economy.” 

“We need to act quickly and ambitiously if we are to meaningfully reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our agriculture sector. That is exactly what is happening in this project. Solutions such as the Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Agriculture project will improve the sustainability of our farming sector, while delivering on the imperative to reduce carbon emissions,” said Sue Paish, CEO of the Digital Technology Supercluster.  

More information on the Standard Data Platform for Autonomous Agriculture project can be found here.  

Additional quotes can be found here.  

About Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster 

Ahead of the curve starts here. The Digital Technology Supercluster is building a better Canada by growing Canadian businesses, creating a digitally skilled workforce and positively impacting lives across our country. We accelerate the development and adoption of digital technologies that keep Canadians healthy, address climate change and drive economic productivity. Through a powerful combination of co-investment, cross-sector collaboration, IP creation and digital talent development, we unlock the potential of Canadians to lead and succeed in the Digital world. For more information, visit: https://www.digitalsupercluster.ca/  

For media inquiries, please contact Elysa Darling (edarling@digitalsupercluster.ca) or call 587-890-9833. 

Vertical farming on the rise in B.C. but facing challenges for land, say advocates

Check out QuantoTech’s quotes in CBC article, “Vertical farming on the rise in B.C. but facing challenges for land, say advocates,” by Baneet Braich.

QuantoTech grows lettuce, cilantro, and bok choy from its vertical farm in Chilliwack B.C. The company is developing to serve rural and urban communities. (Baneet Braich)

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates vertical farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

Devastating Flooding in BC

The flooding in Abbotsford has been devastating to many of those in the agriculture industry. It really has shown the fragility of our supply chain and the need to protect it against the further devastating effects of climate change. This is unfortunately only the beginning.

QuantoTech has been lucky to have our Chilliwack farm on high grounds adjacent to the worst of the flooding; however, no one from the QuantoTech team is able to access the farm. We are happy to report that all of our automation and monitoring technology has come to use and allowed us to remotely observe the farm while the grow recipes work their magic. We have also teamed up with the neighbouring First Nations to continue planting and harvesting at the QuantoTech farm to keep up a constant supply of leafy greens to the affected community.

We are happy to be able to support the community during these challenges. For ways to support the flood victims, head to the Canadian Red Cross and Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund.

QuantoTech Grow Equiment

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates vertical farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

20th Annual Chilliwack Agriculture Tour

QuantoTech is featured in the 20th Annual Chilliwack Agriculture Tour. The virtual tour was hosted and sponsored by Baker Newby LLP, Farm Credit Canada, Community Futures, RBC, the Chilliwack Agricultural Commission, and Chilliwack Economic Partners.

We are greatful to have been included in this year’s virtual agriculture tour and have been so pleased with all of the support we have received from the City of Chilliwack.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates micro farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

Initial Qfarm Results Prove Price-parity with Mexico and California on Produce Sold through Northern Greens

QuantoTech both operates its farms and designs and builds its own proprietary equipment. This vertical integration eliminates the costs and inefficiencies of outsourced manufacturers who sell equipment to farmers. This allows our farms to operate at a significantly reduced cost, even in small deployments, and gives us cost parity with California and Mexico produce.

With vertical integration, QuantoTech is in the process of rapid deployment of farms of all sizes suitable to satisfy the needs of the communities in which they are located.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates micro farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

QuantoTech’s Farm Story on the DirectFood.store

Checkout QuantoTech’s farm story on the DirectFood.store blog.

The QuantoTech team designs vertical farming solutions and manufactures them locally in BC using many “grow recipes” developed over the years. QuantoTech’s control and monitoring systems can reduce the labour involved in growing produce to support local micro-farms that service the community in which they are located. Their flagship farm is located in Chilliwack, where they produce various lettuces sold across the Lower Mainland. We had a chance to interview the founding member of QuantoTech, Alycia van der Gracht, to learn more about their operation. Check out her answers below!

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates micro farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

QuantoTech’s Video Interview with Alacrity Cleantech

Checkout QuantoTech’s video with Alacrity on the Alacrity Cleantech YouTube channel.

By Alacrity Cleantech

“In this video, Alycia Van der Gracht, founder of vertical farming company QuantoTech, speaks to why they are 50% more profitable than any other vertical farmers and where they are headed next.”

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. operates micro farms to promote food security and sustainability by bringing fresh produce to unconventional climates and under-served communities.

What Challenges Face Global Food Systems?

Checkout QuantoTech’s article on vertical farming for Alacrity Canada:

“The global food system faces challenges to feed the rapidly growing world population. According to the United Nations’ 2015 world population report, the current population of the world (7.3 billion) is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that food production will have to increase by 70% from the 2007 level in order to accommodate this rapid growth…”

The Alacrity Foundation is a not-for-profit organization founded in British Columbia in 2009 with a mandate to promote technological entrepreneurship and facilitate regionalized investment opportunities.

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. is an engineering service company that supplies energy-efficient and environment-friendly LED lighting and grow systems to commercial growers.