Jason Arnold

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Parties, Protests, and Pot; It’s Time to Rethink College Education

Posted by Jason Arnold on February 5, 2016

Another question you have to answer is "what are kids doing from age 18-22?  You know Peter [Thiel] talked about different models of schools.  One is school as babysitting for that 4 year period.  You know; somewhere to live, somewhere to hang out until you are mature enough that people like employing you.

-Bill Gates


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Topics: Industry

Benefits of True Vertical Farming Include Reduced Labor

Posted by Jason Arnold on February 2, 2016

Stacked growing systems use vertical space; but they could be way more efficient.

One technique that is currently being used in the soil-less growing industry is the use of stacked racks containing multiple levels of NFT channels or DWC troughs. This technique allows the producer to take advantage of the vertical space in their production facility, resulting in higher crop densities and the ability to supply more produce to the market.

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Topics: Industry

An Introduction to Automatic Dosing in Hydroponics

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 27, 2016

So you’re thinking about an automated dosing system, but you’re not sure if you can bite the bullet to pay for it. I can sympathize. When someone suggests you may need an expensive new system to run your business, you might be tempted to quietly tip toe away.

Unfortunately, denial is not a good capitalization strategy. The reality is that you may need an automated dosing system to run a commercial hydroponic system. Even so - you can save money (and frustration) down the road by choosing an automatic dosing system that is right for your facility and your needs.

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Topics: Hydroponics

Do You Have to Go to College to Be Successful?

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 26, 2016

"The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work." - Mike Rowe

Here at Bright Agrotech, we talk to all sorts of people from all walks of life. We talk to doctors and school teachers; investors and construction workers. What seems to bring us together is a strong love of growing things, and an interest in community-based food systems. We hope that these themes will continue to unify people for years to come.

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Topics: Industry

7 Common Questions About Autodosing in Hydroponics

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 19, 2016

Hydroponic production gives growers increased control over the way they cultivate their food or medicinal crops.

With practice, many hydroponic growers can fine-tune their growing environment to remove bottlenecks, minimize maintenance, and increase the quality of their produce. One way they do this is through automated nutrient dosing.

With "autodosing" hydroponic growers have the ability to provide the perfect amount of nutrients to their crops, while minimizing their time spent measuring and monitoring - something all commercial growers will gladly embrace.

But, the learning curve behind autodosing can be a bit overwhelming for the new (and even experienced) hydroponic grower. In fact, one of the most common questions we get here at Bright through our various support services is: “Can you help me figure out my nutrient dosing?”

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Topics: Hydroponics

Worried That a Galvanized Tank Might Kill Your Fish?

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 18, 2016

Why You Should Avoid Galvanized Steel Tanks in Aquaponic Systems

There are lots of reasons people use galvanized tanks in aquaponics systems. They are cheaper than stainless, they are durable, and they are readily available. Sounds great, right? 

Galvanized steel can cause problems in aquaponic systems, however; if you are thinking about using one for your aquaponic system, it could save you some trouble down the road to know what you are getting into. 

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Topics: Aquaponics

Could Indoor Ag Be a Solution To India's Small Farm Crisis?

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 14, 2016

Robert Switzer says that "In 1900, 42 percent of the U.S. population lived on farms; by 1990 that number had dwindled to less than 2 percent".

The loss of the small family farm has been a cause for concern for decades. Many rural farm towns have witnessed a slow collapse, as the economics of big agriculture work their way through the community.

But, as we learned recently, the situation in India has far surpassed what we are seeing in the U.S. We were honored with a visit from Mr. Mohan Bajikar, founder of the Vertical Farming Association of India, as he traveled the U.S. to build relationships and seek solutions for the crisis. Bajikar took some time to educate us on how indoor growing techniques are taking root in India, and why they are so critical.

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Topics: Indoor Growing, Industry

How Plant Shapes Are Affected By Tropism In Vertical Farming

Posted by Jason Arnold on January 6, 2016

Do vertically grown crops look wierd?

For years we've been publishing free information to help small farmers make a living at vertical farming. It all started with a few Youtube videos, and our library of videos continues to grow. One question that has hung around and reappeared in the comments during all this time regards vertical farming and the plant shape.

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10 Things Indoor Farmers Should Know About LED Lighting

Posted by Jason Arnold on December 31, 2016

10 Things Indoor Farmers Should Know About LED Lighting

Here at Bright Agrotech, we recommend supplemental lighting whenever

(a) you have shorter daylight hours, especially in northern climates;

(b) when market demand for your crops is steady through the colder, darker months; and

(c) when  your growing environment is indoors or is blocked from natural sunlight by walls or other buildings.

If you are thinking about using LED lighting, these 10 tips (thanks to George Chan over at LumiGrow for his thoughts) can help you make an informed decision.

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4 Reasons Why Local Food is Trending

Posted by Jason Arnold on December 22, 2015

Abraham Lincoln once said that “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” I couldn’t agree more.

Here at Bright, we see local food systems taking root all over the world, everything from Egypt’s first aquaponics farm, to a farm run by autistic adults.

You might be wondering if the hype is real, and why so many of these projects are popping up on your social media feed.

 These 4 trends help explain why local food is attracting a new generation of young farmers.

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