Resources & Capabilities
The Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre works with faculty experts and students from several programs, including GIS – Geospatial Management Graduate Certificate, Computer Programming, Greenhouse Technician, Horticultural Technician, Landscape Technician, Landscape Horticulture Techniques and Winery and Viticulture Technician programs, to provide a wealth of knowledge to industry partners, giving them a competitive advantage in researching solutions.
Located at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus, our research team has developed a Precision Agriculture Data Portal to support farmers looking to use management zones and practise variable rate farming.
We have conducted many projects for Ontario producers, including lighting arrays and intensity in a greenhouse situation; growing medium, product testing and validation; green roof media, plants and irrigation; and compost production technique. We have:
- A fully operational, 20,000 square-foot greenhouse, implementing IPM Hydroponic infrastructure
- Green roof modules
Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture (fish raising) and hydroponics (growing plants without soil) into one closed-loop, sustainable system that uses the fish waste to provide an organic source of nutrients for hydroponically grown plants. We have:
- Two independent Aquaponics systems, each with two 110-gallon tanks for fish production and 72ft2 for hydroponic growing
- Aquariums for breeding
- Canadian Food & Wine Institute Innovation Centre with the ability to process, prepare and cook the fish for comprehensive studies