Chris Michael

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The Best Crops For Vertical Farming

Posted by Chris Michael on January 17, 2017

A vital question: "What are the best crops for vertical farming?" 

"Vertical farming is not about how much production you can possibly cram into a space. It’s about growing better food closer to market and maximizing your production as a function of the resources you invest, such as capital, light, water, energy, and labor." - Chris Michael, Bright Agrotech

Vertical farming with ZipGrow is one of the most efficient type of growing in modern farms, but one question that people get hung up on is: 

What can you actually grow on vertical planes?  

It's a vital question! Anyone considering a vertical farm should be planning out their crops as part of the process. As a farmer, you have to make sure that you can actually sell what you grow and that your production costs won't be too high.

Part of that is good crop choices.

Although choosing crops should be part of a whole feasibility study for your farm, we thought a guide on some of the best vertical crops for vertical farming would be helpful to people in the middle of the planning process.

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Topics: Hydroponics

Planting a ZipGrow Tower

Posted by Chris Michael on November 29, 2016

New to ZipGrowing? Start here!

Welcome to the ZipGrowing community! As you use your ZipGrow Towers you'll find that they're extremely versatile. In fact, growers all over the world keep coming up with new ways to use them. (Join the ZipGrower's Facebook Community to see what others are up to.) 

Every grower starts at the same place however: planting!  

If you know the basics, planting a ZipGrow Tower can be very fast. This makes gardening and farming with towers easier and saves farmers money on labor.

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Topics: ZipGrow

Understanding Biological Surface Area in Aquaponics

Posted by Chris Michael on March 24, 2016

Growing with aquaponics can be a fantastic way to experience higher yields, better efficiency and healthier plants.

To function well, aquaponic systems depend on a complex and robust ecosystem to cycle nutrients and create balance between organisms and their environment.

One aspect of this type of production method that often gets overlooked is biological surface area (BSA) in aquaponics.

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Topics: Aquaponics

Sizing a Pump for Aquaponics or Hydroponics

Posted by Chris Michael on March 10, 2016


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Topics: Hydroponics, Aquaponics

The Immediate Future of Food?

Posted by Chris Michael on July 9, 2015

Over the past several months, we've seen a significant spike in press coverage surrounding a wide range of Agriculture Technology, or AgTech. From vertical farms to "crop surveillance drones" aimed at increasing yields and feeding our increasingly crowded planet.

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Topics: Industry

Meet Barnraiser: Kickstarter for Farmers - Interview with CEO Eileen Gordon

Posted by Chris Michael on April 23, 2015


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Topics: Business

Insights from Indoor Ag Con 2015

Posted by Chris Michael on April 8, 2015

Indoor Agriculture is about to explode!

Last week several of our team and a dozen Upstart Farmers attended the 3rd Annual Indoor Ag Con in Las Vegas.

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Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm

Posted by Chris Michael on March 30, 2015

What is Crowdfunding? How does it work?

Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, and for good reason; it has helped bring forth some innovative and high-impact products and services. Find out more about crowdfunding from the experts at Barnraiser, who joined us for a free webinar: Mastering Crowdfunding: How to Maximize Your Campaigns Success.

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Topics: Business

Ask Dr. Nate Episode 4 Seed Quality, fish tanks and fingerlings in strange places!

Posted by Chris Michael on March 2, 2015

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Ask Dr. Nate Episode #3: Crude Protein for Fish, Organic Nutrients and Worms?!?!

Posted by Chris Michael on February 23, 2015

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