Urban agriculture and its technologies related to food production are an important part of Dr. Giacomelli’s activities/interests as well as for the Mission of the UA-CEAC (Controlled Environment Agriculture Center) at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona.
Dr. Giacomelli was Director of the CEAC since its inception in 2000 until 2018, and has been working in all forms of CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) since 1980. His activities have included research, teaching university classes, extension and outreach to growers in the industry, and he has been part of organizing and teaching more than 40 short courses directed to growers needs. These short courses offer a 5 – 7 day immersion into CEA, or a specific aspect of CEA [Ex. Indoor Growing with artificial lighting]. In addition, with his colleagues at UA-CEAC, have developed and implemented one-on-one hands-on educational and experiential programs for growers.
His background includes engineering, as a Horticultural Engineer, and Agriculture, as Vegetable Production with focus on Controlled Environments, primarily greenhouses, but for the most modern agriculture, now fully indoor production, as well. He was raised and worked on a small vegetable farm and participated in its business production. Dr. Giacomelli has designed, constructed, instrumented and operated various types of environmentally controlled greenhouses utilizing hydroponic-based crop production systems, including drip/trickle, NFT, DWC, Ebb and Flood and aeroponic systems for greenhouse lettuce, tomato, strawberry, and numerous other crops.
His research interests and professional activities have focused on controlled environment plant production systems (greenhouse and growth chamber/room) research, design, development and applications, with emphases on crop production systems, nutrient delivery systems, environmental control, mechanization, resource conservation, logistics and labor productivity.