CubicFarm Systems CEO, Dave Dinesen explains how a CubicFarm System works, and the benefits of growing leafy greens using our new technology at TEDx Abbotsford.
Cubic Farming™ is the next generation of profitable, predictable, consistent farm productions. These words are not usually associated with growing, until now. Our patented, Dutch engineered and designed system, eliminates the common farming risks by controlling the inputs to standardize the outputs. This means more predictable steady income without a seasonal component. More consistency in colour, size and taste of your produce. Higher nutrition content and a long shelf life for your greens. Greater customer satisfaction and more repeat orders.
A CubicFarm System is a collection of growing machines, germination machines and irrigation that together produce commercial quantities of leafy greens.
With a conveyor rotation method, LED lighting, and an automated nutrient delivery system, our growing machines create the optimal growing environment. Our cubic farming™ system uses less than one litre of water per head of lettuce—about 1/26 the amount used in traditional agriculture. Our design reduces labour and operational costs and grows crops quickly—from seedlings to harvest in one to three weeks, depending on the crop.
Each growing machine produces 8,000 heads of lettuce per month from standard varieties of romaine and butter to exotic options like Sweet Valentine and Yugoslavian Red.
Each growing machine produces over 30,000 basil plants per month, both Thai and Italian.
Reap a monthly harvest of over 1,000 pounds of microgreens per growing machine including lemon basil, arugula, kale, pink stem radish.
Cubic farms were developed to address food safety, security, and traceability, miles to market, environmental concerns, water shortages, and adverse weather and growing conditions. With its expert integration of plant science and technology, CubicFarm Systems tackles these challenges to cultivate crops anywhere, anytime, and at lower costs.
Produce commercial quantities of lettuce and greens profitably to supply your city, province, region, state or country.
Create a reliable and consistent local supply of lettuce, herbs and microgreens for retail stores, restaurants, institutions and markets.
Few people on earth have grown more plants from seed than our Dutch born and trained founders at Bevo Farms. You can access that wealth of experience and expertise as a CubicFarms™ partner. The combination of our people, processes, and worldwide patented technology, set up our partner farmers for success.
At CubicFarms Systems Corp., our number one goal is the success of our partner farmers.
As the CubicFarm system is optimized for commercial scale production, single machine installations are not recommended.
CubicFarms suggests a minimum initial set up of 12 machines and the corresponding germination and irrigation systems.
As a result, the initial minimum investment is approximately $1.5 million USD, plus a suitable site that ideally has room to expand and scale up quickly.
(CubicFarms can be configured for inside or outside installations)
If you have the customers or go to market strategy, and desire to provide the very best locally grown leafy greens, profitably, we want to talk to you!
Indoor or outdoor installations
Our exclusive and patented machines are the most efficient and productive solution to growing locally, profitably.
Our world-class CEA team of growers, engineers, manufacturers, and project managers bring a full team approach to every project.
These growing machines use a unique conveyor rotation method, LED lighting, environmental controls, and an automated nutrient delivery system to create the optimal growing environment while reducing labour. After extensive testing and technological improvements, the world’s first commercial Cubic Farm™ opened in March of 2014.
With a conveyor rotation method, LED lighting, and an automated nutrient delivery system, our proprietary and patented Cubic Farming™ growing machines create the optimal growing environment for lettuce and greens. Combined with our support subscription service, you have a profitable, scalable and year-round production system.
and Chief Growing Officer
Jack Benne—a graduate of the Netherlands’ Agricultural College—designed, built and operated a 10,000 square metre greenhouse, one of Holland’s most successful operations. In 1987 he established Bevo Farms, forerunner of Bevo Agro Inc. Combining his traditional Dutch training with advanced technology, he made Bevo Agro North America’s leading supplier of propagated plants.
A seasoned CEO, Dave Dinesen founded his first company, BackCheck, in 1997 and took it from start-up to the largest background screening company in Canada and a leader in the UK. With over 500 employees in three countries, BackCheck served over 15,000 corporate customers and screened millions of people in Canada and the UK. A successful sale and merger with a larger US competitor, Sterling Infosystems, completed in 2012. The merged business was renamed Sterling BackCheck and Dave joined the executive team and ran the global business units for Canada, the UK, and Philippines. The company was sold again to Goldman Sachs in 2015 and Dave left the organization and founded WideOcean Strategies Ltd. a boutique venture capital and consulting firm.
In late 2015, Dave was tapped to lead the CubicFarm Systems team as CEO and bring this revolutionary technology to market globally. Working with Cubic’s team of engineers, growers, installation, packaging and market leaders CubicFarms is quickly becoming a global leader in the controlled environment agricultural vertical farming space.
Dave is a seasoned board participant and sits on several for profit and non-profit director and advisory boards.
Dave lives in Cloverdale, BC with his wife and two sons and enjoys playing music, racquet sports, and boating along the fabulous west coast.
Prior to joining Bevo in 2004, John worked at Air Liquide as Supply Chain Manager, and at Unitor Ships Service as Branch Manager. A graduate of Redeemer University, he has a degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA).
COO and Head of Research
Leo gained advanced knowledge of modern horticultural methods at Rijks Middlebare Tuinbouw School in Holland. With extensive experience in the application of computer technology to the production of healthy, high-yield plants, he oversees every stage of the company’s operations—from pre-sales to shipping.
VP Business Development
Jo-Ann is one of the few people in North America to have opened and operated a vertical farming operation on a commercial scale. At Urban Barns Foods Inc., she opened a facility in Mirabel, QC, managed daily operations, ensured compliance with CanadaGAP food safety, and conducted cultivar research in lettuce and microgreens. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing with distinction and an MBA from the University of Calgary. Jo-Ann lives in Canmore, AB with her husband and enjoys hiking, biking, and camping.
Tommy specializes in Product Design and manufacturing. He supports Manufacturing through all stages utilising DFMA and FMEA where required and works full time onsite at CubicFarms.
Rubén Arias Pinazo
Head of Manufacturing
Rubin manages CubicFarm’s manufacturing in China as the Co-Owner of Agrigreen Manufacturing Ltd. He brings his extensive knowledge in engineering, technology and industry to CubicFarms. His background includes degrees in Industrial Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Scheduling from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain. He has worked for almost two decades in management, development, design, quality control, and industrial planning in Spain, Australia, and China.
A passionate entrepreneur, Andrew has been in business for over 25 years. As President of the Westlund Group, he has diversified his businesses to span a number of industries. Over three years ago he founded Agency Media, one of Canada’s fastest growing digital agencies that uses the newest technology on the most captivating platforms. Focused on breaking through the noise, Andrew values shareable, story-first, video content. He believes the CubicFarm™ could revolutionize the growing industry and is excited to be a part of bringing this amazing technology to market. With a personal goal to learn one new thing every year, Andrew spends much of his spare time adventuring including flying helicopters, cycling and motorcycling.
With a passion for manufacturing and the dairy industry, John de Jonge has been working to provide farmers with high-quality farming equipment since 1995 when he purchased his first company. Since then, John has been instrumental in establishing and scaling up multiple manufacturing facilities in China and North America. With his unique understanding of the Chinese culture and in-depth manufacturing expertise, John has become well known for bringing quality manufactured products to markets around the world.
Recently, John has been active throughout the world as a Dairy Design Consultant. In this time, he’s been instrumental in the design and development of large-scale dairies around the world and has partnered in the creation of the revolutionary Big-Box dairy design.
Gabriel has been involved in the Food and Agricultural industries for over 10 years, with a wide range of experiences in sustainable food production systems and food chemistry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Gastronomic Science and he completed his master’s degree in Food Culture Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. During these degrees he spent much of his time combining the theory with the practical side of hands on food production around the world.
As Facilities Manager for Urban Barns Foods Inc. he set up and maintained the 16,000 square foot commercial Cubic Farming facility in Mirabel, QC. Prior to getting into indoor agriculture, he worked at High-Tech Assembly Systems as an Account Manager in a manufacturing environment.
Dean completed a BA in economics at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec; an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; and a PhD in organizational behavior at Cass Business School in London, England. He holds several accounting designations including the CPA – CGA, ACCA, and FAIA (academic). He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute in the UK. A Professor of Business Management at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for over 20 years, Dean specializes in organizational behavior.
Systems Install Engineer
Rylan Benne has spent his entire life in and around the agricultural industry. He recently graduated from Trinity Western University with a BBA specializing in leadership and management. His education, coupled with the hands-on skills gained through work in the greenhouse industry makes him a valuable and versatile member of the CubicFarms team. Rylan is leading the installations of CubicFarms Systems and is also involved in research and development.
Tim has been leading Marketing Departments for over 15 years in British Columbia’s private sector. With a focus on strategy, creative and process, he strives to help build an organization’s brand value through relevant design and messaging, combined with a strong technology backbone and a vision for growth. Tim spent over 12 years building the BackCheck and Sterling Talent Solutions brands from their infancy to brands recognized on an international level. Tim joins CubicFarms to again help disrupt and create an emerging industry.
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