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CEA School: Molding the Minds of Aspiring Growers…and Employees

Technology Center East Lettuce Growing Controlled EnvironmentOur 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

Photo Blog: FarmTek’s First-Ever CEA School at Technology Center East

Technology Center East CEA School

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

What are the witches brewing this Halloween?

witches

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.

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The Great Apple Debate

Apples and pie

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!

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The Great Pumpkin Post

Pumpkins

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.

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CEA Q&A: What You Need to Know

Hydroponic lettuce tablesIf you’re a fan of ours on Facebook, or have followed our blogs for any amount of time, you may know that we have a strong commitment t not only providing great products to the agricultural community, but we like to teach people about the latest and greatest in different growing trends. We believe that teaching people about these new and upcoming technologies is a great way to excite the communities we serve about new ways of growing more successfully and sustainably.

That said, we are pleased to announce the first of many educational opportunities in our newest facility, Technology Center East, which is located at our South Windsor, Connecticut campus. We will be offering CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) Schools to those who are interested in learning about hydroponics, fodder production, aquaponics and more. Think you may be interested in signing up? Here are some Q&A’s for you to read over and perhaps decide to join us at our first CEA School in November!

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2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mentions
After receiving hundreds of submissions to our photo contest, we wanted to share with you some of our favorites. These photos may not have won a prize, but they still stood out and we felt that we needed to recognize them. We smiled, we laughed and we were awed by some of these great pictures and the stories we received with them. There are seven superlative categories and we selected a winner for each. These customers will each receive a dozen pair of our Growers Supply Dot Grip Gloves! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we did!

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And The Winners Are….Announcing Our 2013 Fall Photo Contest Winners!

Photo Contest Winners

It’s that time of year again! The photos came pouring in for our 2013 Fall Photo Contest and we’re here to announce the winners! As always, the quality and quantity of photos we received was large, but we were finally able to narrow it down to a top winner and runners-up. We loved seeing the submissions from our customers—from chickens and cows, to high tunnels and greenhouses, you all sent us some great photos and we love seeing our products in action. If you didn’t submit photos this time around, be sure to do so during our next photo contest. We’d love to see what you have to share! But for now, read on and see how our top finishers are using our products!

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It’s Raining, It’s Pouring…All About Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation imageAsk any grower what their biggest “growing headache” may be and you’ll get a variety of answers, but I would bet that one of the top responses would be concerning watering crops and produce. You won’t hear “rain, rain, go away!” being sung by too many farmers these days, with many across the country facing drought and hot temperatures that are scorching crops and making it difficult to keep up with watering. However, there is relief in sight! It comes in the form of irrigation. When it comes to determining what type of system will work best for you, here are some tips and information that can be helpful to making sure your crops and plants stay healthy and well watered.

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You Grew What?! A look at some of horticulture’s coolest world records

tomato crop

Today’s blog post is all about the most outstanding records centered around growing and gardening. Of course, we hear about things like the world’s tallest man or the longest-living person, but did you know that the largest tomato plant ever recorded covered a little over 610 square feet? Have fun reading through the most interesting records we could find on growing. Hey, maybe you could even beat one of them one day!

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