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.
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 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:
There are a lot more vertical plane producers out there these days, and they have unique lighting needs. They’re growing in unprecedented ways, and impacting their communities like we've never before seen.
And yet vertical farmers are still stuck using lights that are less than adequate in terms of coverage and arrangement, and paying for repairs in shipping and replacement costs.
Topics: Upstart Farmers
The interest in indoor production systems is growing quickly. Driven by healthy consumer demand and a strong investment climate, local food entrepreneurs are beginning to explore the economics of small and medium size growing operations.
Many of these entrepreneurs would like to be growing year round. We often spend hours and hours working with the project manager, in an attempt to understand the economics for these scenarios. One question we hear frequently is: should I grow in a greenhouse or indoors? Bright Agrotech is offering a free webinar showing how we approach this decision, and in what situations indoor production makes economic sense.
On Thursday, June 30th, Laramie-based agriculture technology company Bright Agrotech will be announcing their latest innovation: water-cooled LED lighting technology, designed for indoor crop production. It's name is the CoolBar™.
Topics: Indoor Growing
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.
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.
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.