Marketing a farm isn't easy for every farmer, and Nick Burton (the Grower's Coach) understands that better than most.
He has also overcome many of the struggles of social media marketing for small farmers. In fact, Nick is a farmer himself - he grows both hydroponically and in the soil.
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.
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.
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.
How much can one person grow? How much does energy and lighting cost?
It can be hard to plan your indoor farm without some insight into these costs. If you missed the live event, we have you covered! Check out the video recap below, and be sure to stay tuned for future live streams to keep up to date on the latest news and conversations in indoor agriculture!
I recently read the results of a survey and study on the post-harvest care of herbs.
This is obviously an important topic for anyone buying produce. Different herbs have different needs, but most people are unaware of how those needs differ between species. This leads to mistakes that reduce shelf life or even ruin produce before it can be used.
We’ve all heard of crowdfunding. From Kickstarter movie promotions to college students posting their GoFundMe pages on their Facebooks, it’s become pretty ubiquitous in our communities at large.
But what can crowdfunding do for you, a modern farmer?
Barnraiser is more than crowdfunding. It’s a social and funding community that allows its members to further propel the food movement forward by backing projects, celebrating their stories, and connecting to innovators of sustainable food and farming.
Barnraiser’s Content Marketing Associate Ashley Neff, kindly spilled the beans on the do's and don’ts of your first Barnraiser campaign...
Those of you familiar with indoor growing know that the most common form is to take horizontal planes of production and stack them one on top of the other.
Even though small businesses around the US create two thirds of the jobs in the country, getting capital is almost always reported as one of the top three constraints to growth.
Can you believe it? We can. We see people trying to start farm businesses all the time struggle to get start up funding. Often this delays their business plans by months, years, or even makes it altogether impossible for them to build a farm.
But if only a third of those small businesses could grow - if they could just hire one additional employee - the US could be at full employment. One of the main obstacles is getting funding. And yet every day eight thousand business loan applications are rejected by banks.
So what do we do?