Controlled Environment Agriculture Center

Research, Instruction & Extension for Producing Crops
With Sustainability, Efficiency & Eco-Friendliness

You can contact us via the webform below.  

 CEAC Campus at Campus Ag Farm


Teaching & Education Greenhouse

The Teaching & Education Greenhouse is used for the applied learning components of our Introduction to Hydroponics course and Advanced Hydroponics Course.  Our introductory course is available for any student regardless of major, so that any UA student can learn to grow nutritious food, or cultivate a passion for  CEA.  Each year we perform trials and collect data on different seed varieties.

Specs - Saw-tooth style 5,200 sq/ft greenhouse.  Wet-wall evaporative cooling across north wall (pictured below).   Equipped with HAF fans & 4 exhaust fans.  Automated HortiMax Injector system.  Capacity of 800-1200 tomato, cucumber, or pepper plants.

Get involved!Each year CEAC partners with the industry and receives in-kind donations to support operations in the Teaching Greenhouse.  Every year we plant a new crop, giving students get an opportunity to maintain the crop from seeding to harvest.  Opportunities to support he Teaching Greenhouse Include:

  • Seed suppliers: With the expectation to perform variety trials and collect data on the crop (yield, susceptibility to climate and disease, etc).  THANK YOU Enza Zaden, De Ruiter, Yuksel and Vilmorin for supporting the Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 semesters.
  • Growing media suppliers: Please communicate with us if you’re interest in supporting these operations.  THANK YOU Grodan for supporting the Fall 2018 & Spring 2019 semesters. 

Research & Demo Greenhouses

A total of 16 1,100 sq/ft A-Frame Greenhouses are at CEAC Campus, and they're used to perform research projects, display hydroponic demonstrations, and to conduct intensive workshops for growers looking to boost their hydroponic know-how.  Currently, in collaboration with Arizona Vegetable Company, we’re looking into: Optimization of substrate & nutrient media for tomato production, Strawberry crop systems for semi-arid regions, and Hops production using hydroponics.

Specs:1,200 sq/ft each.  Equipped with Wadsworth Enviro-step controls.  Evaporative cooling wet-wall/pad system.  Equipped with 2 HAF fans & 2 exhaust fans.  Height: 8ft walls to the gutter, and 14ft at the peak. All GH’s are covered in double layer acrylic.  Gravel floors with concrete walkways.  All research greenhouses are suitable for demonstrating commercial hydroponic crop production.

Get Inlvolved!Partner with CEAC by supporting a greenhouse facility under your brand and with your products. The specifc use will be determined by your company and offers unique options:

  • Research on behalf of your comapany: Trials, Comparisions, Proof of Concept, Valiadation of Prodcut  
  • Demonstration of products:  Systems, substrates, lights, glazings, control technologies, etc.  
  • Opportunity for special Workshops to Company X’s employees.
  • Accessibility for sales visits.
  • Opportunity for special Workshops to Company X’s employees.
  • One-up all of your competitors in regard to visibility in our programs - access to CEAC graduate work-force, and strategic partnerships with educational institutions training future generations of urban farmers.

UAg (Vertical) Farm

UA-CEAC and industry collaborators have come together to launch a new multi-tier vertical farm based research, education, and outreach facility (UAgFarm). The UAgFarm facility was developed for engineering and science based research to address challenges and help advancing technology and crop production applications with indoor growing under artificial lighting, to provide experiential educational opportunities for students, and to educate and inform growers and public on indoor growing systems. 

Specs: 770 ft2 floor space, with two independently climate controlled rooms, each room with 2 racks consisting of 3 deep-flow hydroponics beds (each 4ft wide x 8 ft length).  Adjustable height between growing bed and lights.  Sole source lighting utilizes LED modules (with blue and red channels) with remotely and independently controlled light intensity at each growing shelve.  Custom data acquisition and graphical user interface for real-time monitoring of: air temperature, relative humidity, CO2, light intensity, pH, electrical conductivity, dissolved oxygen from nutrient solution as well as monitoring of resource use (i.e. energy, water, CO2), while controlling CO2 injections. Air temperature set points maintained by a heat pump system with a dedicated controller. 

Get involved! - By focusing on growing leafy greens we have quick crop turn over in the Vertical Farm.  We’re constantly planning ahead and having conversation with the industry for future projects.  Currently we’re looking into DLI, light intensity, and CO2 in vertical farm settings.  Thank you to Illumitex, Civic Farms, Hort Americas and Indoor Harvest for the support thus far.  Opportunities for collaborative research are available – please communicate with us via the webform at the bottom of this page.  


University of Arizona Mushroom Lab

Working with the Plant Science Department, CEAC conducts research on optimizing environmental conditions for mushroom growth and improved yields.  The focus is on developing systems to economically monitor and control grow house conditions of most important environmental parameters affecting mushroom production. In collaboration with the Arizona Mushroom Growers Association, we impact the local AZ mushroom industry through educational programs, and serve as a distributor for myco-cultivation supplies. 


UAqua Farm

CEAC and technology/industry collaborators have come together to promote a remodeled aquaponics research, education, and outreach facility.  The UAqua Farm was recently updated under the supervision of Dr. James Ebeling to enable engineering and science based research for advancing technology and crop production applications that combine aquaculture with hydroponics. The greenhouse serves as an educational tool for our students, local schools, and industry professionals alike.


Mars-Lunar Greenhouse

The NASA Steckler Arizona Space Grant has supported an 8 year long project successfully developed & demonstrated feasibility of an automated recirculating hydroponic nutrient delivery system for vegetable crops production within a semi-closed controlled environment agriculture system with potential application to the space environments of our Moon or Mars.