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I really meant to get a how to article out this week about building custom shelving for multi-layered CEA (vertical farming) but haven’t had the time to finish it. Instead, check out how the farm has grown over the past few weeks!
We’re getting there! Check out where we came from in September and then scroll through the pictures below to see how this vertical farm proof of concept is progressing! I’m especially impressed – there is not only very visible progress in the farm itself, but also in building standard operating procedures, crop profiles, financial planning, and sales. All with around just 25 hours a week of work.
It’s very encouraging to receive so much positive feedback from people and to have people actually take the time to visit this website and learn about vertical farming. I hope to keep giving you the info you need to make the same thing (or something bigger and better!) happen for you and I’m compiling everything I’m learning on the “my farm” page, so check it out if you haven’t already.
By the way, I shared exactly how much everything has cost me and my metric for cost/square foot on my email list two weeks ago. I’ll be re-sharing that and adding some more financial tidbits as well, so if you want to learn as much as possible, make sure you sign up!
Above (starting at top left): the seedling and microgreen rack where I’m currently running LED light and seedling variety trials and that features some of the rare plants mentioned here, Kevin and I at work on the vertical hydroponics system, using recycled containers for taking cuttings (Wild Magic Basil in this case), a close up of the adjustable stand pipe used to regulate the reservoirs, the sump tank, a close up shot of the 8 ft LEDs at that level and another part of the hydroponics plumbing, and last (and WORST), a closeup of aphid damage on basil leaves.
Above: The top row is a comparison of how that scraggly grapefruit mint started out last month to how it’s doing now. Fantastically better, even with that big pot of basil (out of frame) crowding it. The bottom is an interesting fish eye shot of the great root development (honestly, it’s too much) I had this morning transplanting those basils from the recycled cups above into rockwool cubes.
Just as a side note, I won’t normally be using rockwool. I don’t like the idea of having to throw something away and it’s a little too expensive. I just happened to have these cubes laying around from previous experiments and didn’t want to waste them. But, I will be sharing with you the unique, cheap, and sustainable alternative I found that I think more and more people will adopt over the next year in an upcoming post.
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