I ran a vertical hydroponics farm for a year and I want to share exactly what I bought and how much it cost. In this post I want to:
- Summarize my vertical farming journey
- Show you exactly what I spent my money on
- Give you a model to estimate costs for your farm
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The best vertical farming crops are high value, difficult to grow crops that have a strong local market. Have recent events and their ongoing impact created a new contender for the top spot?
- The market
- The need
- How to grow hydroponically
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Wow, I wish I’d seen this free guide before I started my farm. Although I’m focusing on hydroponics not aquaponics, reading this would have saved me a lot of time on system design. Check it out.
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How forgiving are hydroponic systems for experimenting with rare crops? “Generally they’re just not,” says Tyler Baras with a laugh. Baras, a.k.a. Farmer Tyler, should know – he’s managing a 12,000 sq ft experimental greenhouse and is a master of controlled environment agriculture. But while it’s hard, he says there is a way to do extraordinary crops correctly in hydroponics and vertical farming. And it’s worth it – people are captivated and drawn to unusual plants and flavors. Keep reading this exclusive interview with Tyler to learn:
- What types of hydroponic systems work best for rare crops
- What rare plants to grow in your hydroponic systems
- What plants struggle in hydroponics
- And after all of that…does growing rare plants even make money? How are you going to do it?
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