Learn by Doing: How to Use a Pilot System to Learn Vertical Farming

Posted by Amy Storey on February 21, 2017

Do you need a pilot system for your vertical farming biz?

If you're starting an urban farm, chances are you're currently totally immersed in blog posts, YouTube videos and online courses, trying to learn as much as you can. 

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. 

What's a pilot farm?

A pilot vertical farm is a small scale version of your future farm that enables you to apply your research, make small mistakes, and demonstrate the quality of your produce to any future customers during your market research phase.

In this post, we'll talk about why you should start a test system, what you'll learn in the process, and the best way to get started today. 

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Topics: How to's, ZipGrow

Modern Hydroponic Production: Why All the Right People Are Wrong

Posted by Nate Storey on February 20, 2017

More to successful growing than just productivity?

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.

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Topics: Indoor Growing, ZipGrow, Industry

Planting a ZipGrow Tower

Posted by Chris Michael on November 29, 2016

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

Modular Farms Now Outfitting Canadians with ZipGrow

Posted by Amy Storey on December 6, 2015

Oh, Canada.

We're so glad to have you growing with ZipGrow, but the shipping costs that get slapped onto your orders probably communicate the opposite.

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Topics: ZipGrow

Towersgiving: This Year, We're Giving More Than Thanks

Posted by Amy Storey on November 16, 2015

This year, we're giving more than thanks...

We're giving comics!

Yes, you did read me correctly. We chose comics as a way of celebrating the people who, like you, are choosing to strive for a better future of food! We're excited to show you the comics, which introduce eight amazing farmers and why they have chosen to do what they do.

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Topics: ZipGrow

Bright Agrotech Officially an Autodesk Cleantech Partner

Posted by Amy Storey on October 28, 2015

Autodesk provides designing, engineering, and fabrication tools for a variety of applications. We’ve had the privilege of being a part of the Autodesk® Cleantech Partner Program since this summer, and our product development team is loving it.

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Topics: ZipGrow

7 Ways to Plant ZipGrow Towers Faster

Posted by Amy Storey on October 15, 2015

 

Dr. Nate says that in his golden age he could plant a 5-footer in 30 seconds. Being the ornery crew that we are, we challenged him to a speed planting competition. From that competition we brought away 7 tips on how to plant faster and more efficiently. Enjoy.

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Topics: ZipGrow

ArchDaily.com has the details on USA Pavilion

Posted by Amy Storey on May 8, 2015

Impressive Technology ≠ Corporate Power

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Topics: ZipGrow, Industry

New York Times Spotlights the USA Pavilion

Posted by Amy Storey on May 7, 2015

ZipGrow has been used for a colorful variety of applications. This summer, another is being added to the list as ZipGrow technology graces 7200 square feet of the US Pavilion green wall in Milan, Italy. The pavilion was designed to convey a message of innovation and unity. We have always known that ZipGrow embodies both of those ideals. Now it's time for the world to see it.

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Topics: ZipGrow, Industry

USA Pavilion Spotlighted by Inhabitat (With Picture Gallery)

Posted by Amy Storey on May 7, 2015
Five years ago, Bright Agrotech was founded on values of innovation and unity. This summer, those years of long days, dedication, and hard work are paying off with the American manifestation of innovation.
The US Pavilion at this years World Fair is decked with a 7200 square foot green wall. Read Inhabitat's article and check out their photo gallery.

Biber Architects exhibit incredible 7200-square-foot vertical farm at World Expo with US Pavillon

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Topics: ZipGrow, Industry

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