Why Getting a Head Start on Indoor Farming Education Is Important

Urban Crop Solutions, PTI Indoor Farming Education

Photo: PTI Kortrijk and Urban Crop Solutions

European controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) business leaders are ensuring that training on indoor farming begins at a younger age. Urban Crop Solutions (UCS) and the Provincial Technical Institute (PTI) in Kortrijk, Belgium, have agreed on a collaboration through which an indoor farm provided by UCS will probably be used for coaching functions by PTI Kortrijk to coach college students with the abilities required to change into indoor farmers.

According to a press launch from Urban Crop Solutions, it’s turning into obvious that as indoor farming techniques advance and change into extra fashionable and business, that they’re right here to remain as an extra agriculture manufacturing technique. It is due to this fact crucial that the operators of indoor farms are correctly educated and educated with a view to capitalize on and extract the utmost worth from any funding in an indoor farm.

Urban Crop Solutions, included in 2014, is a pioneer in indoor farming with a buyer base throughout 4 continents, and farming items put in worldwide. The firm has realized over the previous years that operators of indoor farms have to be properly educated in plant progress, in addition to within the operation of the mechanical and electrical components of an indoor farm. The rising demand for indoor farming installations has additionally created a requirement for operators. With this partnership, the Technical Institute and UCS hope to contribute to filling this hole for indoor farm operators.

PTI Kortrijk is a widely known technical and science institute with greater than 1000 college students graduating yearly. The agriculture campus of the institute is properly famend in Belgium. Starting instantly, the scholars on the institute will probably be taught methods to function an indoor farm and can perform internships at each the UCS facility, in addition to these of their prospects.

“We are very honored that Urban Crop Solutions has chosen to be so generous to partner with us,” says Leen Claus, Deputy Director, Campus Science and Agriculture of PTI Kortrijk. “It was always clear for us that operating an indoor farm is a unique but engaging craft, as it is like a combination of operating a normal farm and operating a factory. With the possibility to leverage the expertise and leadership within the commercial indoor farming industry of Urban Crop Solutions, we are convinced that we will be activating a new generation of leaders to drive innovative and sustainable farms. Innovation and cooperation with external partners are important pillars in the vision of our school.”

“Our service technicians feel the gap emerging in educated personnel in the indoor farming community as more indoor farms arise. In some circumstances, we have to take over the operation of an indoor farm until our client finds the right personnel to manage their indoor farm. The partnership with PTI gives us the possibility to send students from the institute to our clients for internships, and to eventually launch their careers in this promising new industry,” says Maarten Vandecruys, CTO of Urban Crop Solutions.

Jean Pierre Coene, CEO of Urban Crop Solutions, provides, “This partnership for us is also an opportunity to give something back to a region whose broad and historical expertise in farming and machine building we have been leveraging.”