Source: Affinor Growers Inc.
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  • Affinor Growers (AFI) has been issued Patent No. 2 940 062 by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • The patent is for “method and apparatus for automated vertical horticulture and agriculture”
  • The invention relates particularly to apparatus and methods for automated commercial growth and production of plants in controlled environments
  • Affinor is in the process of permitting its new proprietary greenhouse which will accommodate growing strawberries, romaine lettuce, etc, in soil or hydroponic at 8 levels
  • Affinor is a vertical farming technology and operations company
  • The share price of Affinor Growers Inc. is unchanged, trading at $0.035 at 09:32 ET

Affinor Growers (AFI) has been issued a patent by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada).

Patent No. 2 940 062 is for “method and apparatus for automated vertical horticulture and agriculture.”

The invention relates to the fields of horticulture, hydroponics and agriculture, and particularly apparatus and methods for automated commercial growth and production of plants in controlled environments.

The patent abstract describes “a method and apparatus for the continuous automated growing of plants utilizing a vertical array of supporting arms extending radially from a central axis.

Each arm has a plurality of pots and receptacles which receive the plant seedlings and liquid nutrients and water. The potting arms are rotated beneath grow lamps and pollinating arms. The frequency of feeding is increased as the plants grow.

Carbon-dioxide-enriched air may also be provided. Once the plants are ready to harvest, they are manually exchanged for new seedlings and packaged.”

Affinor is in the process of permitting its new proprietary greenhouse, the “Atlantis”, which will accommodate growing strawberries, romaine lettuce, kale, and spinach in soil or hydroponic at 8 levels.

This is double the current 4-level towers substantially decreasing costs and increasing yield.

There are 40 solar cells currently installed with two Tesla Powerwall batteries to ensure the irrigation and air handling systems continue to function during power outages.

“We are continuously adding to our IP portfolio. This solidifies our patent protection for our vertical rotating tower technology, ” said Affinor CEO, Nick Brusatore.

Affinor is a vertical farming technology and operations company with a commercial production facility in Abbotsford BC. The company is currently growing strawberries for local markets in its 15,000 square foot greenhouse in Abbotsford, BC.

The share price of Affinor Growers Inc. is unchanged, trading at $0.035 at 09:32 ET.

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