Controlled Environment Agriculture


Controlled Environment Agriculture (“CEA”) is any agricultural technology that enables the grower to manipulate a crop’s environment to the desired conditions.  CEA technologies include greenhouse, hydroponics, aquaculture, and aquaponics.  Controlled variables include temperature, humidity, pH, CO2 and nutrient analysis.

CEA represents a new way of thinking about sustainable food production and distribution.  The benefits of CEA are numerous and far reaching and include:

  • High volume, local food production in urban and exurban environments on a year round basis
  • Optimal growth conditions eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers and harmful pesticides
  • Controlled nature of food production significantly reduces water use and protects water quality
  • Triple Play™ approach makes CEA energy efficient and cost effective on a year round basis even in colder climates