Farmer Tip: How To Use Live Sales To Scale Your Farm

Posted by Amy Storey on Dec 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Chris Lukenbill is now the Director of Software at Bright Agrotech, but he started as a farmer. He learned the needs and pains of farming on a local farm called Fresh With Edge.

Like any farmer, Chris had to get strategic to grow his sales and expand his farm.

Chris' greatest advantage as a local farmer was his ability to use live sales to stand out from the crowd. 

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Farmer Tip: How to Make a Great First Impression on Restaurant Prospects

Posted by Amy Storey on Dec 2, 2016 9:58:34 AM

Kevin Espiritu runs Epic Gardening, a gardening education platform focusing on hydroponics and microgreen production. He started microgreens production as a hobby in his home before scaling it to a side-job.

When Kevin first got the idea to sell his microgreens, he faced a problem that many new farmers experience: sales.

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Farmer Tip: Keep Up On Farm Tasks To Avoid Catastrophe

Posted by Amy Storey on Dec 1, 2016 10:14:46 AM

Modular Farms is a containerized farming systems company that builds scaleable, controlled environment modular farms for growers in any climate.  It all started with two men - Eric Amyot and Eric Bergeron - starting a farm called Smart Greens.

After learning the ropes of farming, the two saw a need for scaleable container farms, and started Modular Farms.

Now they consult with and build scaleable farms for growers in any environment.  

Like all entrepreneurs, however, they had to learn a lot of lessons along the way. Eric argues that one of the most important traits for entrepreneurs is tenacity.

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Planting a ZipGrow Tower

Posted by Chris Michael on Nov 29, 2016 9:39:00 AM

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

How to Keep Worm Bins for Your Classroom Garden

Posted by Amy Storey on Nov 17, 2016 1:40:43 PM

Vermiculture: harvesting the power of worms

Vermiculture systems or worms bins to break down the organic material in compost. Worms can expedite the break-down process as they digest organic waste; compost like leftover produce goes in, nutrient-rich compost comes out.

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25 Crops You Can Grow In ZipGrow Towers

Posted by Amy Storey on Nov 16, 2016 10:03:13 AM

For years ZipGrowers all over the world have been pushing the limits of what you can grow with vertical plane production techniques. Here's a few examples of the diversity of crops, places, and people that make up the beautiful tapestry of ZipGrowers. 

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How To Make Compost Tea

Posted by Amy Storey on Nov 15, 2016 10:09:46 AM

Tim Minor runs the Edible Learning Lab in Buffalo, Wyoming. Today he’s going to show us how to use vermicast to make a compost tea for soil beds or planters.

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HATponics: How to Feed 20 Million People by 2020

Posted by Amy Storey on Nov 4, 2016 9:06:10 AM

At some point, you must stop talking and start doing.

HATponics is what happened when somebody took that realization to heart.

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Topics: Spotlights

5 Big Ways Water Cooled LEDs Will Change Indoor Farming

Posted by Amy Storey on Oct 6, 2016 3:58:12 PM

Environmental control is arguably the hardest part of running a farm. 

Most new farmers spend hours and hours wading through HVAC guides and product listings, trying to figure out how to balance temperature, humidity, and their rapidly multiplying costs. Many come out with almost nothing to show.

Why? Consistent, simple environment control is antagonized by heat-producing lights.

Luckily, water-cooled lights change that.

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How to Replace an LED Light Board in the CoolBar

Posted by Amy Storey on Sep 20, 2016 9:36:03 AM

Lights you can fix yourself

No farmer wants to wait through a lull in production every time he/she needs a light fixture to be repaired.

Traditional lighting requires that growers remove broken fixtures, send them back to the manufacturer, and wait for the fixed light to be returned. That's a lot of time that crops are left with inadequate light. We know that farmers would rather just grab the screw driver and do it themselves in ten minutes. The fact of the matter is that farmers need a new kind of light.

The CoolBar™ is the answer to that need.

The CoolBar is designed for two things:

1) Ruggedness: farmers need tough lights that will last a long time.

2) Ease of service: farmers need self-serviceable lights that are easy to fix if they do break.

We thought that a "simple fix" should be... well, simple. One such a fix is to replace an LED light board. Each CoolBar has 6 light boards. If one of them goes out, don't ship it back. Just replace it.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Screw driver with #1 Phillips head
  • A table or workbench
  • A new light board (order one at 307-288-1188)
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Topics: Lighting

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