Ferm touch for Nectar Farms complex

Nectar Farms, an agri-business dedicated to glasshouse farming, has selected Ferm Engineering as the engineering consultant for its $220 million project to build a 30ha glasshouse fuelled by wind energy and battery storage at Joel Joel, 23km east of Stawell, Victoria.

Ferm’s role at the high-tech facility is electrical design, air-conditioning, water treatment and high-voltage reticulation.

Nectar Farms’ “smart farming” system focuses on closed glasshouses deploying hydroponics and high-wire cultivation. Nectar Farms says the Joel Joel facility will initially have 10ha of greenhouses to produce high-value, high-margin truss tomatoes.

“Protected cropping allows optimal vegetable-growing environments by regulating light, moisture and air, CO2 enrichment, automated cooling and heating, watering and monitoring systems,” Nectar Farms website says.

The facility will be powered by Bulgana Green Power Hub, a wind farm under construction north of Stawell.

Ferm Engineering CEO Steve Burton says Ferm is proud to be working with a company that is keen to revolutionise farming in Australia.

Pictured is a designer’s rendition of the Joel Joel facility. Construction starts in January 2020.