Tuesday, May 27, 2014, (OTC: GRNH) Anaheim California: After spending months putting the right mix of people, processes and products in place, Greengro Technologies announces today a progress update on the Anaheim Location of Vertical Hydrogarden following a successful soft launch in late March, where month over month revenues have realized an increase of 367% taking the two stores over $140,000 in April.
The company announced the acquisition in Q1 of 2014 and since has focused on key strategic management hires that would propel sales of not only the Anaheim Location but the Roseville location as well. Economies of scale have since been realized with the negotiation of new manufacturing and distribution agreements from preferred partners; optimized order processing and inventory fulfillment contracts; and optimized store redesigns that increase margins and profitability of each location.
In an effort to build the brand of Vertical Hydrogarden and to enhance the customer purchasing experience, and new redesign of the Vertical Hydrogarden website will launch May 27th. This revamped website places a focus on enhanced functionality and premium content. Customers will be able to peruse and purchase from a wide variety of products that will assist all growers, large and small, choose from the latest selection of grow systems, nutrients and ancillary accessories that yield maximum crops.
A hard grand opening date has now been set for the weekend of June 28th and will feature the company’s proprietary modular grow systems and connected technologies. The event will be promoted to local growers across the region through a series of outreach activities and public relations events.
“We are excited to be at this stage of growth for the retail arms of our company. We recognize the importance of obtaining and aligning our resources for further growth and we are as prepared as we could be as we head into this next phase. The revenue growth already realized is an early indication of what we expect in the future,” states James Haas, CEO, and Greengro Technologies.
Greengro Technologies (OTC: GRNH) is a world class provider of eco-friendly green technologies with specific domain expertise in indoor and outdoor agricultural science systems serving both the consumer and commercial farming markets. It brings together community and commerce through the growth and distribution of healthy, nutritious foods and vital medicines backed by science and technology. Customers include restaurants, community gardens, and small and large scale commercial clients. GreenGro Technologies also provides design, construction and maintenance services to large grow and cultivation operations and collectives in the medical and recreational marijuana sectors.
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GreenGro Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:GRNH) today announced to have made investments in Cannabis Ventures, Inc. which will help the company in its application process with Health Canada. GreenGro also plans to extend its expertise in agriculture science systems to facilitate Cannabis Ventures for the approval process in Canada while helping it with the initial interior designs and consulting for the medical marijuana plant growth systems.
Both, Cannabis Venture, Inc. and GreenGro Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:GRNH) have agreed to explore further business opportunities in Canadian markets for GreenGro’s Modular Gro systems. Moreover, under the Health Canada guideline, they also plan to introduce GreenGro’s new Modular Gro systems for medicinal marijuana interior growth rooms.
Chief Executive Officer of GreenGro Technologies, Inc. (OTCMKTS:GRNH), James Haas expressed that Canada is aggressively pursuing growth opportunities in the Medical Marijuana industry and GreenGro’s involvement in Canada will open up way for its products and technology in the high demand Canadian market. The CEO also expressed that GreenGro already has number of turnkey products which could certainly benefit the organization who have already obtained MMPR license to pursue medical marijuana cultivation and commercialization.
• Greengro Technologies (GRNH) invests in Cannabis Ventures to support its application with Health Canada. It will also extend its expertise in indoor/outdoor agricultural science systems for the medical pot growth operations. CEO James Haas says, “We have several turn-key products that will immediately benefit the groups that have received their MMPR license.
• The two companies will explore further business opportunities regarding Greengro’s Modular Gro systems for the Canadian market. The Modular Gro systems will also be introduced for interior gro rooms under Canadian guidelines.
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Vertical Hydrogarden had the pleasure of building a rooftop garden for Johnny Fratto this morning. As always we had fun. Building the tomato gro system went fantastic as you can see. Very soon the Fratto family will be enjoying fresh organic tomatoes from their very own rooftop garden.
On April 1st I gave a presentation at the Progressive Gardening Trade Association annual conference titled ‘Secrets to Selling Aquaponic’. The audience was primarily owners and managers of hydroponic stores.
When I was preparing and starting to think about the notion of ‘selling’ aquaponic, the first thoughts in my business school-trained brain were about target markets. How is the typical buyer of home aquaponics different than the typical market for these hydroponic businesses?
That thought, however, was immediately crowded out by a second, more basic thought. In order to sell aquaponic to a hydroponics customer, you really need to understand how aquaponic differs from hydroponics – which leads me to the point of this article. How does aquaponic differ from hydroponics? Let me count the ways:
Aquaponic vs Hydroponics
1. Startup speed – This is perhaps the biggest downside to aquaponic from a hydroponics perspective. In hydroponics you just add commercially formulated nutrients to your nutrient reservoir and you are off to the races. With aquaponic it takes about a month to start your system by developing a colony of nitrifying bacteria through a process called ‘cycling’. The ammonia from the fish waste will not be converted into the nitrates that the plants are seeking until this process is complete.
2. Relationship with bacteria – Hydroponic systems tend to be fairly sterile. I’ve visited hydroponic Groing facilities where I had to wear coveralls and a hairnet to enter. Not so with aquaponics. Bacteria are revered by aquaponic gardeners because, as described above, they are the engine that drives our systems.
3. Flood and Drain cycle – Hydroponic Gro-ers using flood and drain techniques generally only fertilize their plants once every four to six hours. Academic studies and vast, collective experience have shown that this optimizes the water and fertilizer the plants need. When you move to an aquaponics system, however, the ideal schedule changes to flooding for 15 minutes every 45 minutes. The reason is that the Gro bed now has taken on the additional role of being the filter for the fish waste. If you only ran the fish water through the filter every four to six hours, fish waste would build to dangerous levels.
4. Gro bed depth – Hydroponic Groers tend to use standard 6″ deep flood tables and put pots or cubes with plants in them in
AquaBundance Aquaponics Gro Bed
the flood trays. Again, because an aquaponics Gro bed is serving a dual role of both home for the plants and bio-filter for the fish waste, both need to be considered and optimized. Most media based aquaponic gardeners use 12″ deep Gro beds filled with an inert media. Over the years, side by side trials have shown that this depth of Gro bed develops the kind of robust bacteria colony needed to not only filter the liquid waste, but also to provide an excellent home for composting red worms and the heterotrophic bacteria needed to break down the solid waste from the fish.
5. Nutrients ( supplementation) – Hydroponic gardeners live and die by their nutrients, and the supplements to those nutrients. Not so with aquaponic gardeners. The goal of an aquaponic garden is to achieve a state of balance within its ecosystem. Everything that goes into the system must work towards this end goal, and not harm any other element of the system. Anything added to the system to boost plant Groth could, and probably will, harm the fish and possibly the bacteria colony and the compost worms. There are a few exceptions to this, including the use of liquid seaweed, small amounts of chelated iron, and a few minerals to adjust pH. But beyond those, aquaponic gardeners will think long and hard before adding anything to their systems except of course, fish feed.
6. Nutrients (dumping) – Hydroponic nutrients must be dumped and replaced on a regular basis to address nutrient imbalances that arise over time. This concept mystifies an aquaponic gardener. We only top up the fish tank with water and never dump and replace it unless there is a severe, unexpected problem. “Why on earth would you get rid of all that beautiful fish waste?”, the aquaponic gardener would query. The notion of nutrient imbalance is as foreign to an aquaponic gardener as it is to an organic soil gardener. Just as with healthy soil, a healthy aquaponics system just keeps getting better and better the longer it operates.
7. Plant disease – When I oversaw the plant Gro lab at AeroGro, we were constantly worried about disease. We sterilized anything that ever came into contact with the plants, their roots or the nutrient solution. The disease we feared the most was a fungus called pythium, or ‘root rot’, which is widely considered the scourge of hydroponics. Fortunately, pythium is almost non-existent in aquaponics. Researchers in Australia are currently studying why this is so, but my money is on all the bacteria and other living organisms in an aquaponics system. Logically they would help boost immunity; just as bacteria helps boost our own body’s immunity. Hydroponics is more of a ‘boy in the bubble’ by comparison. In addition, the very high oxygen levels in an aquaponics system and the activity of the composting worms to clean up dead plant matter probably both help mitigate disease outbreaks.
8. Temperature – An important part of an effective program to prevent pythium outbreaks in hydroponics is to make sure that the nutrient solution doesn’t get above 70 degrees F. Warm water is a perfect breeding ground for fungus, so keeping the water temperature below optimal breeding conditions for pythium makes sense. In aquaponics, however, the primary drivers of temperature are the requirements of the fish. The most widely used fish in North American aquaponics, after goldfish, are tilapia, and tilapia does best in water that is between 82 degrees and 86 degrees. The bacterium that drives the system is also happiest in that temperature range. Fortunately, because pythium is so rare in aquaponics this isn’t an issue. The plants don’t seem to mind either, as a 2005 report by Dr. Nick Savidov at the Crop Diversification Center in Alberta, Canada showed, aquaponics is every bit as effective at Groing plants as hydroponics.
9. pH – Optimal pH in a hydroponics system is 5.5 to 6.0. In aquaponics, pH is another factor that is compromised between the plants, fish and bacteria. Optimal pH is 6.8 – 7.0, which is again more closely related to what an organic soil gardener would target.
10. EC – Along with pH and water temperature, EC is the other measure that is closely tracked in hydroponics. EC, or Electrical Conductivity, is a measurement of the salts in the nutrient reservoir, which tells the hydroponic gardener how concentrated the nutrient solution is. This works because hydroponic nutrients are generally delivered in mineral salt form. Aquaponic plants, on the other hand, are fed by the organic waste from the fish, which has very little salts. EC is therefore not a useful measurement for the concentration of nutrients in an aquaponics system. Aquaponics requires confidence in Mother Nature, rather than a managed system requiring intense control. Once a system has been constructed using a set of generally accepted ‘Rules of Thumb‘ and has been fully cycled (ammonia and nitrite levels have dropped to zero), the only measures an aquaponic gardener monitors are temperature, pH, and nitrates. If nitrates are low (close to zero), more fish should be added to the system. If nitrates are high (above 50) more Gro beds and/or plants should be added. It’s as simple as that.
11. Insect control – You’ve probably guessed by now that because aquaponics is an organic system that uses fish, special care needs to be taken with regard to insect control. Even commonly used organic sprays such as insecticidal soap or neem oil could be harmful if over-sprayed into the fish tank. On the plus side, however, you can engage your fish in your insect control efforts. If I have an insect problem on a small plant, such as young peppers or salad greens, I’ll remove them from the Gro bed and let them soak in the fish tank for up to an hour. The bugs eventually loosen their grip on the plant and become fish food. And if you are lucky, the fish may even accelerate the process by nibbling the bugs directly off your plants. I also know of people who have even hung Bug Zappers over their fish tank as an additional form of feed for their fish.
12. Eco-system!! – Hydroponics is a system for Groing plants under highly optimized conditions. Aquaponics creates a complete eco-system in which various living creatures all interact to create a symbiotic whole. We use worms, liquid seaweed and beneficial insects as ‘team members’, each with jobs to perform rather than trying to isolate the plants and nutrients into single, definable, segregated components. Aquaponics is, above all else, an ecosystem where plants, fish, bacteria, and worms all live together in a beautifully balanced symbiotic relationship.
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YOKOHAMA, Japan — Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is to Come. Climate change is already having sweeping effects on every continent and throughout the world’s oceans, scientists reported Monday, and they warned that the problem is likely to grow substantially worse unless greenhouse emissions are brought under control.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations group that periodically summarizes climate science, concluded that ice caps are melting, sea ice in the Arctic is collapsing, water supplies are coming under stress, heat waves and heavy rains are intensifying, coral reefs are dying, and fish and many other creatures are migrating toward the poles or in some cases going extinct.
The oceans are rising at a pace that threatens coastal communities and are becoming more acidic as they absorb some of the carbon dioxide given off by cars and power plants, which is killing some creatures or stunting their growth, the report found.
Organic matter frozen in Arctic soils since before civilization began is now melting, allowing it to decay into greenhouse gases that will cause further warming, the scientists said. And the worst is yet to come, the scientists said in the second of three reports that are expected to carry considerable weight next year as nations try to agree on a new global climate treaty. In particular, the report emphasized that the world’s food supply is at considerable risk — a threat that could have serious consequences for the poorest nations.
“Nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change,” Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the intergovernmental panel, said at a news conference here on Monday.
The report was among the most sobering yet issued by the intergovernmental panel. The group, along with Al Gore, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for its efforts to clarify the risks of climate change. The report released on Monday in Yokohama is the final work of several hundred authors; details from the drafts of this and of the last report in the series, which will be released next month, leaked in the last few months.
The report attempts to project how the effects will alter human society in coming decades. While the impact of global warming may actually be outweighed by factors like economic or technological change, the report found, the disruptions are nonetheless likely to be profound.
It cited the risk of death or injury on a widespread scale, probable damage to public health, displacement of people and potential mass migrations.
“Throughout the 21st century, climate-change impacts are projected to slow down economic growth, make poverty reduction more difficult, further erode food security, and prolong existing and create new poverty traps, the latter particularly in urban areas and emerging hotspots of hunger,” the report declared.
The report also cites the possibility of violent conflict over land or other resources, to which climate change might contribute indirectly “by exacerbating well-established drivers of these conflicts such as poverty and economic shocks.”
The scientists emphasized that climate change is not just some problem of the distant future, but is happening now. For instance, in much of the American West, mountain snowpack is declining, threatening water supplies for the region, the scientists reported. And the snow that does fall is melting earlier in the year, which means there is less melted water to ease the parched summers.
Greenland’s immense ice sheet is melting as a result of climate change. Credit Kadir van Lohuizen for The New York Times
In Alaska, the collapse of sea ice is allowing huge waves to strike the coast, causing erosion so rapid that it is already forcing entire communities to relocate.
“Now we are at the point where there is so much information, so much evidence, that we can no longer plead ignorance,” said Michel Jarraud, secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization.
The experts did find a bright spot, however. Since the group issued its report in 2007, it has found growing evidence that governments and businesses around the world are starting extensive plans to adapt to climate disruptions, even as some conservatives in the United States and a small number of scientists continue to deny that a problem exists.
“I think that dealing effectively with climate change is just going to be something that great nations do,” said Christopher B. Field, co-chairman of the working group that wrote the report, and an earth scientist at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Stanford, Calif.
Talk of adaptation to global warming was once avoided in some quarters, on the grounds that it would distract from the need to cut emissions. But the past few years have seen a shift in thinking, including research from scientists and economists who argue that both strategies must be pursued at once.
A striking example of the change occurred recently in the state of New York, where the Public Service Commission ordered Consolidated Edison, the electric utility serving New York City and some suburbs, to spend about $1 billion upgrading its system to prevent future damage from flooding and other weather disruptions.
The plan is a reaction to the blackouts caused by Hurricane Sandy. Con Ed will raise flood walls, bury some vital equipment and launch a study of whether emerging climate risks require even more changes. Other utilities in the state face similar requirements, and utility regulators across the United States are discussing whether to follow New York’s lead.
“When supply falls below demand, somebody doesn’t have enough food,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University climate scientist who helped write the new report. “When some people don’t have food, you get starvation. Yes, I’m worried.”
The poorest people in the world, who have had virtually nothing to do with causing global warming, will be high on the list of victims as climatic disruptions intensify, the report said. It cited a World Bank estimate that poor countries need as much as $100 billion a year to try to offset the effects of climate change; they are now getting, at best, a few billion dollars a year in such aid from rich countries.
The $100 billion figure, though included in the 2,500-page main report, was removed from a 48-page executive summary to be read by the world’s top political leaders. It was among the most significant changes made as the summary underwent final review during a days long editing session in Yokohama.
The edit came after several rich countries, including the United States, raised questions about the language, according to several people who were in the room at the time but did not wish to be identified because the negotiations are private.
The language is contentious because poor countries are expected to renew their demand for aid this September in New York at a summit meeting of world leaders, who will attempt to make headway on a new treaty to limit greenhouse gases.
Many rich countries argue that $100 billion a year is an unrealistic demand; it would essentially require them to double their budgets for foreign aid, at a time of economic distress at home. That argument has fed a rising sense of outrage among the leaders of poor countries, who feel their people are paying the price for decades of profligate Western consumption.
Two decades of international efforts to limit emissions have yielded little result, and it is not clear whether the negotiations in New York this fall will be any different. While greenhouse gas emissions have begun to decline slightly in many wealthy countries, including the United States, those gains are being swamped by emissions from rising economic powers like China and India.
For the world’s poorer countries, food is not the only issue, but it may be the most acute. Several times in recent years, climatic disruptions in major growing regions have helped to throw supply and demand out of balance, contributing to price increases that have reversed decades of gains against global hunger, at least temporarily.
The warning about the food supply in the new report is much sharper in tone than any previously issued by the panel. That reflects a growing body of research about how sensitive many crops are to heat waves and water stress.
David B. Lobell, a Stanford University scientist who has published much of that research and helped write the new report, said in an interview that as yet, too little work was being done to understand the risk, much less counter it with improved crop varieties and farming techniques. “It is a surprisingly small amount of effort for the stakes,” he said.
Timothy Gore, an analyst for Oxfam, the anti-hunger charity that sent observers to the proceedings, praised the new report for painting a clear picture. But he warned that without greater efforts to limit global warming and to adapt to the changes that have become inevitable, “the goal we have in Oxfam of ensuring that every person has enough food to eat could be lost forever.”
A version of this article appears in print on March 31, 2014, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is to Come.
On the first of the year the Colorado Marijuana Legalization came into effect and the very first recreational marijuana shops opened their doors to the public. January 1st was quite a party with activists and politicians all lobbying to get attention on the day that first legal pot shops opened their doors. It didn’t take long before hoards of people were wrapped around the block waiting to get into the doors. People from all over the globe and states were there to purchase legal marijuana from a shop. There was a high price to be a part of drug legislation history however, because legal marijuana is not cheap.
According to the terms of the Colorado Marijuana Legalization, there are certain taxes that to be figured into the price of marijuana sales just like there are high taxes placed on both alcohol and tobacco. State and local taxes in the Denver area add up to about 29% on all pot sale and that means that one eight of marijuana at most shops is going to cost anywhere from $50 to $60 which in an ironic twist is almost double what someone would pay if they had a medical prescription. It ironically is also much more than what pot goes for on the street on average.
Still, it would appear that business is great for the marijuana shops as they are estimated to have made about one million on their first day. The figure sounds great, but a closer look into the costs of running a marijuana dispensary make the million sound like chump change in the long run. This is because for as much as the dispensary is making, it is also losing. The terms of the Colorado Marijuana Legalization only allow dispensaries that have already been licensed to sell medical marijuana to sell on the recreational market for the initial nine months that the market is open.
A close look at one of these shops reveals that there are a lot of second hand damages being forced on sellers even though Colorado Marijuana Legalization has been passed. First off, it’s hard to keep managers and crops growing, because marijuana is not an art that most people are skilled at, or at least willing to admit they are skilled at. Second, the steps they have to take to be in compliance with state law are very costly. Third, he is facing an IRS audit and expects to be audited every year costing high legal fees. Finally, the IRS does not allow any business that deals with controlled substances to deduct any business expenses, so they are faced to put profits back into the business or lose a high percentage during tax season.
Aquaponics is the combination of Aquaculture and Hydroponics. Hydroponics requires expensive nutrients to feed the plants as well as periodic flushing of the systems which can lead to waste disposal issues. Re-circulating aquaculture needs to have excess nutrients removed from the system which can ordinarily means that a percentage of the water is removed on a daily basis. That nutrient rich water then needs to be disposed of and replaced with clean fresh water. Aquaponics allows you to produce fish and plants in the one system with a large reduction in water use.
Aquaculture and hydroponics are both very efficient methods of producing fish and vegetables that have individual downsides. But, when combining the two, those negative aspects are turned into positives. Greengro Technologies’ aquaponic systems can be designed to require no bending, no weeding, no fertilizers, and only uses about the same power it takes to run a couple of light globes.
Aquaponics offers improvements over traditional soil based farming which often requires extensive water, pesticides, fertilizer, tilling, weeding and eventually results in fallow soils and creates harmful byproducts from chemicals and wastewater. It overcomes the issues of hard clay, sand or contaminated soils as well. Additionally, vegetables, herbs and fruits that are mass produced in this way come from seeds and plants engineered for rough handling, disease resistance and long shelf life.
Aquaponic systems can be built both inside and outside depending on climate conditions. Indoor systems are typically built inside of a greenhouse, hoop house, or other controlled environment structures. This allows control over various pests, intensive or destructive weather conditions and permits food to be grown year round in areas which otherwise might not be able to produce any food crops. Smaller systems can also easily be built and operated in people’s homes, providing a convenient food source for your loved ones.
Locally produced food means significantly less energy used when compared to the processes of using heavy farm equipment dependent upon oil and gas as well as the physical labor necessary to till, plant, weed, harvest, process, package, transport, and store food. Research shows that the average meal travels over 1,500 miles to reach your plate. Why are we importing fish from the other side of the planet when we can raise them right here in our own backyard, providing food and jobs for the community? Further, this allows control over various pests, intensive or destructive weather conditions and permits food to be grown year round in areas which otherwise might not be able to produce any food crops.
Aquaponics recirculates water from a fish tank through a vegetable grow bed. Nutrients from the fish waste feed the plants, and the plants filter the water to keep the fish healthy. The two main components of the system are the fish tank and the grow beds with a small pump moving water between the two. The water passes through the roots of the plants before draining back into the fish tank. The plants extract the water and nutrients (fish waste) they need to grow, cleaning the water for the fish. There are a number of different styles of grow bed designs, the two most common being flood and drain and floating raft style.
Below is a list of some common varieties of plants:
Aquaponics systems, depending upon size, can raise and harvest anywhere from one to potentially tens of thousands of pounds annually. Common fish species that can be grown include but are not limited to: