According to Cornell University, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an advanced and intensive form of hydroponically-based agriculture where plants grow within a controlled environment to optimize horticultural practices.
When it comes to Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA), it is critical to have a comprehensive approach to facility design and management in order to achieve optimal plant growth conditions.
Producing crops in a controlled environment, whether in a greenhouse or an indoor facility, has many advantages that can maximize efficiency and production.
This increase in production is paired with unique challenges that begin in the design phase of a facility’s operation.
Hawthorne is leading the industry in its efforts to better define and overcome these challenges, starting with an integrated approach to design.
Dr. Rebecca Knight is the Design Team Manager in the Professional Technical Services Department at Hawthorne Gardening Company. She has both an engineering and plant biology background, and a passion for controlled environment agriculture.
Patrick Wild is a design engineer in the Professional Technical Services Department at Hawthorne Gardening Company. He focuses on Airflow, Dehumidification, HVAC, and odor control.
Shaye Donald is a field technician for the Professional Technical Services – Horticulture Department at Hawthorne Gardening Company. He has a background in greenhouse horticulture technology managing the design and construction of vegetable production facilities across British Columbia.