Our most recent CEA school provided a great opportunity for our attendees, and myself, to learn the ins and outs of controlled environment agriculture. I am new to FarmTek and have been working here for just about a month, and while I moved here from a small town in New Hampshire, I truthfully have very limited agricultural and farming knowledge. The most I could tell you about farming prior to this is that cows have dry tongues, and catching loose chickens is a tougher task than you originally think. However, after being given the opportunity to sit in on the majority of lectures at our most recent CEA school here at Technology Center East, I, like all of our attendees, have gained a lot of knowledge and interest in the previously mysterious topic of controlled environment agriculture. Read more
There is something about growing in a greenhouse that is very satisfying. Maybe it is all of that oxygen? Or is it the satisfaction of working with your beloved plants on the most inclement days? Maybe it is the great jump-start you can get on your outdoor garden or is it the diverse variety of plants you are able to grow? For me personally, it is the vine-ripened tomatoes for the holidays and throughout the winter! Read more
With the grand opening of FarmTek’s Technology Center East this month came our first-ever CEA School in South Windsor, CT. We had 58 people attend the school from not just across the county, but across the world. People came from down the street to as far away as Burnley, England! We had presenters from local businesses, non-profits, academia, vendors and our own experts on controlled environment agriculture, including several of our frequent blog contributors. Read more
Today’s blog post comes from our fodder specialist Ken Erha. Ken travels across the country with our fodder trailer to attend trade shows and events. He went into the west for events in Idaho, Utah and Colorado to spread the word about hydroponics and fodder, and came back with a story to tell.
WODPA Fall Conference and Organic Trade Show
Our tour began at the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance Fall Conference and Organic Trade Show in Twin Falls, ID. This two-day event was a great way to begin the tour. Read more
Double, Double Toil and Trouble, the Fire burns and the cauldron bubbles. Inside the witch’s brew there are countless ingredients: eyes of some little reptile, bat wings and more plants than you can count. It’s All Hallows Eve and that means it’s time for a little lesson on some terribly interesting plants that you may have not ever known existed outside of folklore and the silver screen. Do tread carefully; some of these gems are deadly toxic while others are as harmless as kitchen spices.
As to how I know such things? I’ve been studying and growing poisonous and oddity plants for the better part of five years for their historical significance and to help educate others. These plants are as much history as any battle and in some cases were stronger than any sword.
Last week, we discussed some popular pumpkin choices for carving, cooking and baking. With so many varieties, it’s fun to pick and choose. The same is true for another fall favorite—the delicious and versatile apple! Like pumpkins, there are many varieties that orchards and farm stands offer. Whether you’re looking for some crunchy choices to grab and go, or varieties that will make your next apple pie a blue-ribbon winner, read on to learn about some of the best choices for whatever apple ideas you have in mind!
Fall is a favorite season for many people across the country, whether it is for the cooler weather, colorful leaves or delicious cider and apples. One of the greatest fall traditions for many families is picking out pumpkins from a local patch or farm. They’re great for carving, decorating or eating! With a variety of sizes, colors and shapes to choose from, here is a list of some popular pumpkin varieties for you to be on the lookout for when you take a trip to your local pumpkin patch.
The John Bosco House is a New York State-certified transitional residence that serves homeless and runaway young men, ages 16 to 21. John Bosco House residents receive care and case management in a home-like setting, while working towards finishing their education and securing stable employment. About four years ago, the John Bosco House was gifted a building that sat empty until May of 2012. After considerable research, Deacon Gilbert Nadeau, executive director and founder of John Bosco House, saw an opportunity to turn the unused space into an organic greenhouse enterprise.