Amy Storey

Amy has been studying aquaponics, hydroponics, and all things vertical farming since she joined Bright Agrotech in 2013 as Content Coordinator. She spends her days hunkered over her desk, reading in cafes, and hiking near Laramie.
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Recent Posts

Farmer Tip: Good Farmers Are Willing to Learn All Day, Every Day

Posted by Amy Storey on December 9, 2016

Eric Bergeron is co-founder of Smart Greens, a Canadian food production company that is expanding into a network of farmers across the country.

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Farmer Tip: Distribution Model Is Just As Important As Growing

Posted by Amy Storey on December 8, 2016

Ryan Sweeney is the owner of Localize Farm, a hydroponic farm that grows herbs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Farmer Tip: What Happens When You Use Galvanized Tanks in Hydroponics?

Posted by Amy Storey on December 7, 2016

Brian and Kate Wharton use nearly every square inch of their backyard to produce herbs, chillies, and greens. They've got a great climate for growing in Los Angeles, California, but have learned to grow through mistakes like any farmer.

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Farmer Tip: Overcome Obstacles to Be a Better Farmer

Posted by Amy Storey on December 6, 2016

Nick Marasco runs Triple Threat Farm in Aurora, Illinois. The farm is part of a larger organization (Triple Threat Mentoring) which works to connect communities to a cause. In this case, the cause is under-resourced youth.

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Farmer Tip: The 2 Most Important Things To Do When Starting a Farm

Posted by Amy Storey on December 5, 2016

Jeff Pernell is a teacher and the founder of Galactic Farms in Missoula, Montana.

Jeff builds systems and currently runs an experimental aquaponic system for the University of Montana.

Through his first years in farming, Jeff has learned several precious lessons about growing for profit.

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Farmer Tip: Stay Focused When Things Get Tough

Posted by Amy Storey on December 4, 2016

Matt Marsh operates American Heartland Acres, an aquaponic basil farm that serves the Raleigh-Durham market in the heart of North Carolina.

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

Posted by Amy Storey on December 3, 2016

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 December 2, 2016

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 December 1, 2016

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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How to Keep Worm Bins for Your Classroom Garden

Posted by Amy Storey on November 17, 2016

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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