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.

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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.

QuantoTech Solutions Signs LOI in Kazakhstan

QuantoTech Solutions has signed an LOI with a health food company in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The QuantoTech team recently traveled to Kazakhstan to meet partners and further promote vertical farming and smart grow technology.

“QuantoTech is branching out to Kazakhstan due to great interest from the Kazakhstan government in Canadian technology as well as an interest in becoming more self-reliant. We’ve teamed up with a strong partner in Nur-Sultan to run a vertical grow system aimed at providing microgreens to local restaurants. This could not have been accomplished without the tremendous support from the Canadian embassy and the trade commissioners based out of Nur-Sultan,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Founder.

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

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. Deploys Multi-level Grow Pilot in Kazakhstan

QuantoTech Solutions has deployed a vertical grow pilot at a refinery in Kazakhstan.

The QuantoTech team recently traveled to three cities in Kazakhstan to meet potential customers and gauge interest in vertical farming and smart grow technology.

“QuantoTech is branching out to Kazakhstan due to great interest from the Kazakhstan government in Canadian technology as well as an interest in becoming more self-reliant. To begin we’ve teamed up with a strong partner in Kazakhstan to run a vertical grow system aimed at providing leafy greens to the employees at the refinery to promote healthy eating. This could not have been accomplished without the tremendous support from the Canadian embassy and the trade commissioners based out of Nur-Sultan (previously known as Astana),” said Alycia van der Gracht, Founder.

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

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. to Showcase at Pacific Agriculture Show

QuantoTech Solutions Ltd. to discuss horticulture LED lighting grow trials at the Pacific Agriculture how taking place January 28-30th, 2016.

“We have completed grow trials where we achieved commercial quality harvests using half the electricity compared to conventional lighting. We are looking forward to sharing our results with the agricultural community during the upcoming show,” said Gary Zywiecki, CTO Lighting Technology.

“Funding for this project has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture through the Canada-BC Agri-Innovation Program under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.”

For information on the show go to: Pacific Agriculture Show – Home

Lights go on at Baldy Hughes

The Applied Research department at the College of New Caledonia is working with the Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community to test novel LED light systems for use in greenhouse and plant warehouse applications with insufficient natural sunlight.

Consumers want fresh local produce and communities want food security so commercial growers are looking for technology solutions. CNC is collaborating with LED experts at QuantoTech Solutions as well as the Alacrity Foundation to fund, design and produce the lights as a cost-effective solution for plant producers.

The goal of this project is to address innovation gaps in current LED lighting systems by developing a cost-effective solution that will allow plant producers to customize light intensity and spectrum in their greenhouses to optimize lighting throughout the plant crop cycle. Over the past year, the research team has developed and tested several LED lighting systems. This winter, they will work with Baldy Hughes to install the LED systems into operational greenhouses and grow a range of vegetables and herbs using supplemental LED lighting during the winter months. College students are involved in all aspects of the project, including prototype development and testing, and researching plant responses to LED lighting.

“In our experience every grower has different lighting needs,” said Alycia van der Gracht, Manager of Operations and Supply Chain at QuantoTech, in a press release. “Partnering with CNC allows us to evaluate a local grower’s facilities and crops so that we can make the best lighting recommendation. CNC is also involved with deployment and provides ongoing support and evaluation as our LED lights continuously improve.”

Oro Barton is an electronics instructor at CNC and also the faculty member leading the project. “We are looking to build on this work with other growers and greenhouse operators in the region,” said Barton. “As more businesses are exploring technologies that allow them to extend their growing season, we invite them to connect with the expertise and facilities at the College to research and develop innovative cold-climate growing technologies. This type of work also benefits our students because they get a chance to apply their skills to real-world problems that will benefit local businesses and communities.”

This project has been made possible through the support from the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s College and Community Innovation Program.

CNC light in the dark with greenhouse project

This winter the College of New Caledonia will test new LED light systems in greenhouses to stimulate growth in environments with poor natural light.

The college said the goal of the project is to develop a system that allows plant producers to customize light intensity in their greenhouses “to optimize lighting throughout the plant crop cycle.”

Together with project partners Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community, QuantoTech Solutions and the Alacrity Foundation, the CNC project will “fund, design and produce the lights as a cost-effective solution for plant producers.”

“In our experience every grower has different lighting needs,” Alycia van der Gracht of QuantoTech said in a news release. “Partnering with CNC allows us to evaluate a local grower’s facilities and crops so that we can make the best lighting recommendation.”

Several LED lighting systems have been developed and tested over the past year, but come winter the research teams will install the new systems and monitor the growth of a range of vegetables and herbs.

Oro Barton is the CNC electronics instructor leading the project, which aims to work with growers throughout the region.

“As more businesses are exploring technologies that allow them to extend their growing season, we invite them to connect with the expertise and facilities at the college to research and develop innovative cold-climate growing technologies,” Barton said.