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Queen's Vertical Farming Team QVFT is the first post-secondary design team of its kind in Canada.

Drawing inspiration from current commercial practices, our mission is to develop a functional, small scale vertical farm right here in Kingston.

This past Tuesday, QVFT met with Ian and the community at Extend-A-Family Kingston. This community is using vertical far...
31/03/2023

This past Tuesday, QVFT met with Ian and the community at Extend-A-Family Kingston. This community is using vertical farming as a learning tool and a method of giving back to the community. QVFT is excited for this new partnership and learning from each other.

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Stack D...
09/02/2023

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Stack Developer, Plant Scientist and Operations Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. QVFT is Canada's first student-run farm design with a simple goal of creating a fully aeroponic farm on campus. Applications are now open until March 5th at 11:59PM. Check out more information about hiring at https://breezy.engsoc.queensu.ca/. You can also find more information about the team at qvft.ca

Introducing the 2022-2023 Queen's Vertical Farming team. We are all very excited for what the next year has in store and...
06/09/2022

Introducing the 2022-2023 Queen's Vertical Farming team. We are all very excited for what the next year has in store and hope to share more about our projects soon!

APPLICATIONS EXTENDED!The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical,...
01/04/2022

APPLICATIONS EXTENDED!

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Stack Developer, Plant Scientist and Operations Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. QVFT is Canada's first student-run design with a simple goal of creating a fully aeroponic farm on campus. Applications are now open until Friday, April 8th at 11:59PM. Check out more information about hiring and the team at qvft.ca/hiring and for applications.

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Stack D...
17/03/2022

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking individuals for various positions: Mechanical, Mechatronics, Stack Developer, Plant Scientist and Operations Manager for the 2022-2023 school year. QVFT is Canada's first student-run design with a simple goal of creating a fully aeroponic farm on campus. Applications are now open until Wednesday, March 30th at 11:59PM. Check out more information about hiring and the team at qvft.ca/hiring and for applications.

We're excited to introduce our new team for the 2021-22 school year! Big things to come 👍
26/04/2021

We're excited to introduce our new team for the 2021-22 school year! Big things to come 👍

The Queen’s Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking passionate, driven, and talented individuals to join our team for th...
07/03/2021

The Queen’s Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking passionate, driven, and talented individuals to join our team for the 2021-22 school year.

QVFT is Canada's first student-run design team of its kind, and has spent the past two years designing and building a software-automated, aeroponic vertical farm.

Applications are open from now until Tuesday, March 16th at 11:59 PM. Check out www.qvft.ca/hiring for further information. We are open to all majors!

Available positions: mechanical designer, software developer, electrical engineer, plant science researcher, business operations manager

Good news! We've been selected by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre as a sponsorship recipient for Winter 20...
07/01/2021

Good news! We've been selected by the Dunin-Deshpande Queen's Innovation Centre as a sponsorship recipient for Winter 2021.

Despite the pandemic, QVFT has been making strides towards developing its own software-automated, aeroponic vertical farm. The physical design has now been mapped out as a 3D CAD model, and the automation system has reached basic functionality.

These efforts are made possible entirely by support from DDQIC and our other partners. We'll push these projects even further over the next few months. Stay tuned!

We're thrilled to introduce the 2020-21 Queen's Vertical Farming Team. This is a passionate, dedicated group of students...
08/04/2020

We're thrilled to introduce the 2020-21 Queen's Vertical Farming Team. This is a passionate, dedicated group of students hailing from a wide range of faculties and disciplines. Looking forward to another great year!

Hiring closes in six days (Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59 PM). Apply now: www.qvft.ca/hiringAvailable positions:• Mechanic...
25/03/2020

Hiring closes in six days (Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59 PM). Apply now: www.qvft.ca/hiring

Available positions:
• Mechanical Engineer (3)
• Software Engineer (3)
• Plant Specialist (3)
• Technical Writer (1)
• Marketing Coordinator (1)
• Sponsorship Coordinator (1)
• Finance Coordinator (1)

The Queen’s Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking thirteen passionate, dedicated individuals to join our team for the ...
19/03/2020

The Queen’s Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is seeking thirteen passionate, dedicated individuals to join our team for the 2020-21 school year. Applications are OPEN from now until Tuesday, March 31st at 11:59 PM. Apply now: www.qvft.ca/hiring

Available positions:
• Mechanical Engineer (3)
• Software Engineer (3)
• Plant Specialist (3)
• Technical Writer (1)
• Marketing Coordinator (1)
• Sponsorship Coordinator (1)
• Finance Coordinator (1)

QVFT will allow you to develop marketable skills in mechanical engineering, software engineering, business, biological research, and data analysis. For further information, please read through our Hiring Package available on our website.

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Founded in September 2019, QVFT is Canada's first student-led university vertical farming design team. Vertical farming is a hyper-efficient, sustainable food cultivation method which is projected to become a major contributor to global food production in the coming decades.

Our mission is to develop a functional, small-scale vertical farm. Drawing inspiration from the best current commercial practices, we aim to gain a foothold as an innovator in this rapidly expanding industry.

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team's mission is to develop a functional, small scale vertical farm. Drawing inspiration from the best current commercial practices, our goal is to gain a foothold as an innovator in a rapidly-expanding industry.

Yesterday our team travelled to Cornwall, ON to visit ZipGrow Inc., the designer and manufacturer of what is currently t...
25/01/2020

Yesterday our team travelled to Cornwall, ON to visit ZipGrow Inc., the designer and manufacturer of what is currently the world’s most-installed hydroponic vertical farming system.

We had a blast touring their facility, learning about their technology, and sampling some of their (delicious) produce. Thank you to the whole ZipGrow team for having us!

An early-stage schematic of our proposed aeroponic farm, developed using Microsoft Visio. Aeroponics is a cultivation me...
09/01/2020

An early-stage schematic of our proposed aeroponic farm, developed using Microsoft Visio.

Aeroponics is a cultivation method in which nutrients are dissolved in water and misted directly onto roots via spray nozzles. Crops rest on a thin, porous substrate, through which their roots dangle in a basin below. Requiring no soil, this approach allows the grower near-complete control over the specific nutrient mix a plant receives. Proportionally speaking, aeroponic farming uses up to 95% less water than conventional agriculture.

Currently in our R&D phase, this design will undergo several further iterations before being ready for prototyping. We plan to begin prototype construction by March 2020.

Further reading is available on our website, at https://www.qvft.ca/

Meet AeroFarms.AeroFarms is an industrial-scale vertical farm based in Newark, New Jersey that has been at the forefront...
09/11/2019

Meet AeroFarms.

AeroFarms is an industrial-scale vertical farm based in Newark, New Jersey that has been at the forefront of controlled-environment agriculture since its founding in 2004. AeroFarms' facilities cultivate local food year-round while using 95% less water and producing yields 390 times greater per square foot than that of conventional agriculture.

Pictured: AeroFarms' recently-opened ninth farm, currently the largest vertical farm in the world.

08/11/2019

The Queen's Vertical Farming Team (QVFT) is a brand new design team which aims to develop a functional, small-scale vertical farm at Queen's University. This will be the first student-run post-secondary vertical farming organization in Canada. Applications for executive roles are now open, and close on Thursday, November 14th at 11:59 PM.

Hiring Package: https://bit.ly/2WYo0a4
Executive Application: https://bit.ly/2K45SWT

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Vertical farming is a method of food cultivation in which crops are grown in an indoor, urban, climate-controlled facility. This approach is associated with dramatically reduced water consumption, slashed transportation costs, massive improvements in per-acre land productivity, increased plant productivity, and the freedom to cultivate crops in any location, year-round. Further information is available in Section 3 of the Hiring Package.

The past few years have been marked by the rapid proliferation of industrial vertical farms across North America, such as AeroFarms (https://aerofarms.com/), Plenty (https://www.plenty.ag/), and GoodLeaf (https://www.goodleaffarms.com/). Global market valuation is expected to grow from 1.8 billion USD (2017) to 9 billion by 2026.

QVFT's goal is to gain a foothold as an innovator in this rapidly-developing industry. We are looking for passionate, conscientious individuals who think outside the box and demonstrate a high level of commitment. Administrative roles (Finance Director, Logistics Director, and Sponsorship Director) are open to all faculties, particularly commerce and economics. For technical roles, we are especially interested in recruiting those in engineering, computer science, biology, plant science, and life science.

All inquiries may be directed via email to Patrick Singal ([email protected]) or David Altrows ([email protected]). We can also be contacted directly through our Facebook homepage.

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