Modern Hydroponic Production: Why All the Right People Are Wrong

Posted by Nate Storey on February 20, 2017

More to successful growing than just productivity?

After a busy weekend drawing up wiring schematics for several new farms, I came home a little grumpy to a sick baby girl, and half a dozen notifications regarding a LinkedIn thread I’d recently commented on.

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Topics: Indoor Growing, ZipGrow, Industry

[Live event] - Can Indoor Farming be Profitable?

Posted by Jason Arnold on June 27, 2016

Indoor Farming is Booming

Bright Agrotech is providing transparency and powerful resources for aspiring hydroponic farmers. As we have covered in previous sessions, a number of trends are colliding to allow small urban and suburban growers to enter the produce market.

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Topics: Business, Indoor Growing, Industry

[Live Event] - LED Lighting and HVAC: Breakthrough Innovation

Posted by Jason Arnold on June 22, 2016

Artificial lighting brings unwanted heat - what's a grower to do?

With the falling cost of LED lighting, many growers are adding supplemental lighting to their farms.

But LED lighting can bring an often unwanted cost to the equation in the form of cooling costs. 

This article will introduce the costs and benefits of an HVAC system, and includes a recorded conversation with Dr. Nate Storey as he discusses LED lighting, cooling costs and HVAC systems. 

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Topics: Indoor Growing, Industry

[Live Event] Indoor Farming Startup Costs and Financing Strategies

Posted by Jason Arnold on June 20, 2016

Missed the live event? Don't worry, we have you covered.

If you are looking for real information, you have come to the right place. Indoor farming promises to bring fresh, local produce to your neighborhood. In this session, Dr. Storey shares numbers for an 1,800 square foot vertical growing system. 

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Topics: Business, Indoor Growing

This Colorado Vertical Farm is Building Community Through Food

Posted by Amy Storey on June 14, 2016

Meet Green Mountain Ranch: An indoor farm changing lives in Colorado

In Green Mountain Falls - a small mountain town near Colorado’s beloved Pike’s Peak - an old boy’s home is being repurposed. Where hallways used to branch off into classrooms and activity rooms, they now house hundreds of ZipGrow Towers. The boys home is now a local farm bringing food to the formerly food-dependent town, and a few weeks ago, our team made a trip to help the farm’s manager, Michael O’Malley, set up the ZipGrow Towers inside.

 

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Topics: Indoor Growing, Upstart Farmers

Join In: How Will New Technology in Indoor Ag Affect Farmers?

Posted by Amy Storey on June 3, 2016

Join us for a live conversation!

Join us this Tuesday, June 7th for a live video discussion on the indoor farming industry and what it has to offer our generation.

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Topics: Indoor Growing

Can Grow Lights Burn My Plants?

Posted by Amy Storey on April 27, 2016

Light is a crucial factor to growing crops, but it can also introduce some issues. One of those potential issues is burning.

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Topics: Indoor Growing

How Far Should My Lights Be From My Seedlings?

Posted by Amy Storey on April 22, 2016

How far should my lights be from my seedlings?

Light intensity is important to moving seedlings through germination to transplant quickly and consistently. How far lights should be from seedlings is one of the most common questions that we get from new and experienced growers alike.

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Topics: Indoor Growing

How Long to Keep Light on Your Seedlings

Posted by Amy Storey on April 20, 2016

Duration of light exposure for seedlings

Most  farmers use artificial light in the seedling systems on their farms. One really handy thing about artificial lights is that you can set them to turn on and off by themselves using timers.

But how long to keep light on your seedlings?

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Topics: Indoor Growing

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

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