The CEAC’s Vision is:
to develop Controlled Environment Agriculture as an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agricultural option.
Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is defined as an integrated science and engineering based approach to provide specific environments for plant productivity while optimizing resources including water, energy, space, capital and labor.
The Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) facilities are located at the Campus Agricultural Center, in Tucson, Arizona, on Roger Road at Campbell Avenue, 3 miles north of the University of Arizona campus. The CEAC includes advanced technology greenhouses and growth chambers, as well as office, laboratory and teaching facilities.
The modern computer controlled training greenhouse became operational in August 2000. The greenhouse is primarily dedicated to classroom teaching and demonstration, however, several research projects are in progress throughout the school year.
The facility is capable of producing approximately 1200 tomato, pepper, or cucumber plants within 5200 square feet (485 square meters). Irrigation is handled by an automated watering and nutrient proportioning system. The greenhouse is heated with a hot air heating system and cooled by natural ventilation or by pad and fan evaporative cooling systems. An interior shade cloth is automatically deployed for reducing solar radiation. The greenhouse has an Internet connection for campus-wide student access. A subsequent research greenhouse is now being planned.