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Sizing a hydroponic system

CS Greens For You S1000 08Once you have made the decision to grow hydroponically, your focus should turn to planning for your new system. Last week, we covered the top factors to consider when venturing into hydroponic crop production. We discussed how important it is to know your market, crop production goals, size limitations and more before purchasing your system. If you have not already reviewed this topic, you can find a link to it here. We suggest reviewing the topics for consideration before sizing your system, as having answers to our top considerations list can help provide you with more accurate numbers, making your overall system sizing process much more precise. Read more

Top considerations when planning for hydroponics

IMG_3292Hydroponic crop production has seen continued growth throughout the past few years, and for good reason. While early adopters have already established themselves within the industry, many more are now looking to tap into this highly promising and productive market. While making the decision to grow hydroponically may come easily to some, it is important to plan carefully in advance in order to see the most positive results. Once the decision has been made to grow with hydroponics, there are four major factors to consider when planning and preparing for the actual system itself. Read more

The Future of Growing May Be Closer Than You Think

International_Space_Station_after_undocking_of_STS-132One of 2015’s biggest films was Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” The film was released in September – perfect timing for garnering award season attention – and features Matt Damon’s character overcoming the desolation of life alone on Mars, in part, by growing fresh, edible plant matter. The film was well received by critics and audiences, and the Hollywood Foreign Press awarded it the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy – which still seems strange weeks later, as the laughs are few and the musical numbers are nonexistent. Read more

Water is the foundation of life

Drop of water

In many hydroponic books and teachings there is the overlying premise that water, along with added nutrients and minerals in the flowing water source, is the necessary catalyst for effective and efficient growing. Water, for the most part, is often perceived as relatively pure, which I suppose is a reasonable starting point. However, in the real world this is often not the case, and the management of your water will have a major impact on the health of your plants. Read more

Plant Profile: Katrina Cucumber

Katrina CucumbersLast month we introduced our new plant profile series with a summertime favorite, Favorita Cherry Tomatoes. This month, we wanted to continue to highlight the benefits of controlled environment growing by featuring another summertime favorite that we are growing even in this cool weather, the Katrina Cucumber. Only 6 inches in length at full maturity, these thin skinned, seedless cucumbers make an excellent addition to salads or provide a quick, tasty snack. Read on to learn all about caring for Katrina Cucumbers and see how we grow them here in our state-of-the-art indoor grow room in this month’s plant profile. Read more

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

Spotlight on the John Bosco House and their Hydroponic Program

John Bosco hydroponics

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.

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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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Announcing Tech Center East! Growers Supply’s Latest in Educational Resources

NFT Channels

Some of you who have followed our blogs for a while may have seen pictures or read about the many opportunities that we have to offer our customers. We organize workshops, seminars, webinars and more, all designed to inform and educate our communities and customers about exciting topics in the agricultural community. Our most popular topics include how to grow fodder, CEA (controlled-environment agriculture) techniques, hydroponic growing and greenhouse growing. Until now, all of our seminars and workshops have been held at our Dyersville, IA location, equipped with our CEA Technology Center greenhouse, as well as one of our Hercules Truss Arch Buildings where we manufacture many buildings for our affiliate company, ClearSpan Fabric Structures.

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