Before jumping into structure and covering, we have to understand that the structure type determines whether or not your greenhouse needs a foundation.
Every growing operation, whether a commercial farm or backyard garden, starts with seeds. And around this time of the year, growers like you and me are dreaming of seed-starting systems with good germination, healthy seedlings, and low costs.
Choosing a system that will give you those things depends on your size, location, and growing goals. In this post, we're going to describe some of the best systems for commercial indoor and greenhouse growers, classroom growers, and hobby growers.
As real estate prices continue to reach historic highs, Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is emerging as a solution for landlocked urban and suburbanites.
This article will feature an entry-level greenhouse that can fit on a 1,000 ft2 footprint and can be operated as a part-time job.
We will take some time to understand which crops are appropriate, seasonal variations, and market pricing for several popular crops. Finally, we will take a look at the startup costs involved and the potential profits.
Rowdon’s foray into farming began with an emergency room visit following dinner at a local burger joint near his home in Little Elm, Texas, about two years ago. “It came about kind of on accident,” he said.
After his recovery, Rowdon decided he wanted to grow more of his own food. But like much of Texas, Little Elm — which sits on the northern side of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area — isn’t celebrated for its soils.
And rightly so!
Starting a vertical farm takes a lot of time and financial investment, and you need to know what you're getting yourself into.
But learning through listening or reading only gets you so far! To fully understand the details of running an urban farm, you must have real, hands-on experience.
After all, “knowledge without application is like a book that is never read." - Christopher Crawford
That's why it's critical you create a pilot (or test) system as soon as you can.
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.
Classroom gardens can offer new opportunities for students and can be utilized in ways that make them more affordable.
We’ve already discussed how classroom gardens are a solution to low resources and other benefits. Now we’re going to talk about the first steps toward building your own classroom garden.
This article will help you overcome common challenges of starting a classroom garden, as well as help you find the right materials you need to make it happen.
Topics: In the Classroom
While today's educators face their own unique challenges, there has never been a better time to be teaching STEM subjects. Public opinion, movements like the local farming and urban ag movements, and a burst in agricultural innovation are colliding to create the perfect environment for STEM and other learning.
Topics: In the Classroom
Hydroponic farming is experiencing a boom and getting a lot of attention in the press, but many are left with the question, "is hydroponic farming really profitable?"
Hydroponic farms are most commonly built indoors or in greenhouses. Both types of farms have been proven commercially, with dozens of farm operations around the world. These are highly productive facilities that are generating enough revenue to pay overhead expenses and provide healthy wages for farm workers.