The possibilities of controlled cultivation in a greenhouse are limitless

About InnoGrowers

At InnoGrowers, we strive for innovation and growth in the Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector. Our mission is clear: establishing new chains where members, along with other leading parties, engage in new forms of collaboration. We are passionate about exploring new revenue models and discovering potentially lucrative crops for modern, high-tech greenhouse horticulture.

From this mission, we have gained extensive experience in setting up and researching 'new' crops in high-tech greenhouses. We are a reliable producer capable of cultivating a wide variety of crops in a highly sustainable manner.

We believe in the power of collaboration. By joining forces, we can push boundaries and find innovative solutions to tomorrow's challenges. Our members are pioneers and visionaries, driven by a shared ambition to transform and make the horticulture sector thrive.

InnoGrowers is a dynamic cooperative of professionals driven by a shared vision. Together, we explore new possibilities, share knowledge, and create opportunities for growth and progress.

Our Projects

The Dutch Passion Fruit Project

In recent years, tropical fruits have become more common in Dutch households. However, the quality of these imported fruits often leaves much to be desired. Additionally, it is well known that growing some of these products involves high water usage, significant pesticide pressure, and increasing problems with black metals.

For these reasons, InnoGrowers, in collaboration with WUR greenhouse horticulture, has developed a cultivation protocol for passion fruit. Currently, passion fruits are being grown on a limited scale in a Dutch greenhouse. By growing locally, the passion fruits can ripen on the plant, resulting in larger, sweeter, and juicier fruits. Moreover, the passion fruits are grown sustainably, with no use of pesticides.

For more information, click here to visit the website (Dutch).

Algae Project

(Innovative Marine Aquaculture Feeds B.V. - i-MAF)

To feed the world population and protect oceans from overfishing, aquaculture and fish farming are essential. In all natural marine ecosystems, microalgae, especially diatoms, form the basis of the food chain and are also the best and most sustainable choice for aquaculture. However, growing diatoms on-site by aquaculture companies is uncertain and costly. The commercial availability of diatoms is also limited and expensive. Currently, fish oil and fishmeal, sourced from wild catch, are used for the production of fish, shellfish, and shrimp. Besides leading to lesser results compared to diatoms, this method of production is not sustainable. Achieving a sustainable food chain is only possible if the base of the food chain is also produced sustainably. The aim of i-MAF is to achieve a breakthrough by growing and processing algae on a large scale and with consistent quality in a greenhouse, using new sustainable technological methods, to produce aquaculture products.

Cotton Cultivation

The cotton supply chain is complex, with many operations taking place in countries where human rights seem non-existent, environmental regulations are limited, and enormous amounts of water are used for cotton cultivation.

The Dutch greenhouse horticulture sector is uniquely positioned to make a difference in these areas. Dutch greenhouse horticulture focuses on saving water, nutrients, and reducing pesticides, while also improving production and quality. This enables the sector to offer alternatives for producing high-quality cotton for new clothing and improving the quality of recycled fibers. By smartly using natural enemies in the greenhouse, cotton was grown almost without the use of pesticides during the 2023 trial.

Do you have a question, idea, or want to know if we might be able to collaborate? Contact us below.