Hydroponic farming is a method of growing produce without using any soil! Instead, we use a non-soil growing medium called Rockwool and provide the plants all of the nutrients they need by pumping a water-based, nutrient-rich solution directly over their roots. In fact, our little 1,800 square foot greenhouse churns out 10,000 lbs of produce a year!
There are a few advantages to growing produce this way!
- Hydroponic farming is very water efficient. This may seem counter-intuitive since we're growing using only water. But since we grow using a closed system, the only water lost during the process is what the plants take up and then evaporate.
- Hydroponic farming is faster than its soil-dependent counterpart. We can get our plants from seed to full-size in 8 weeks, compared to what would normally take around 10-12 weeks in a soil system. On average, hydroponic farming is about 25% more efficient than soil-dependent farming.
- Hydroponic farming is high density. We can churn out 10X the amount of food per square foot than a soil-dependent farm can. This makes it a great option for urban agriculture!
- We can grow your favorite produce year-round. Since hydroponic farming always happens in a greenhouse, we can grow beautiful, yummy produce year-round. That means in January when a soil-dependent farm is completely dormant, you can head over to us to get fresh and delicious greens, no matter the weather.
- Hydroponic growing is nutrient efficient. One of the reasons that hydroponic produce grows so much faster than soil dependent produce is that we are feeding nutrients directly to the plants' roots. This means the plant does not have to waste energy developing a large root system to pull nutrients and soil from deep in the earth. Instead, it can focus its energy on making the biggest, yummiest, nutrient-dense leaves and body it can!
- It reduces waste and pollution from soil runoff. Hydroponic farming is an enclosed system without any soil. This makes it better for the environment because there is no soil runoff that can result in waste or pollution dissemination. This has lots of positive impacts including reducing human impacts on natural spaces as well as avoiding negative processes such as eutrophication caused by excess nitrogen deposition.