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.
$875,000 raise for a total of 5,250,000 144 restricted shares
Vertical Hydrogarden, Inc. Roseville, CA finalizing 100% Acquisition – April 1st, 2014
Opening a 2nd Location in Anaheim – April 1st, 2014
Bringing in steady revenues for (GRNH) and its shareholders start of 2nd quarter.
Arizona is signed for an estimated 400k sale waiting for the owner to finish the tenant improvements so the customer can take delivery of the property. Then we can begin! GroModular Gro!!
Buena Park location is on hold because of Southern California Edison
needs to approve project to proceed Meeting set on March 26th
Lincoln hills is waiting on or around April 1st to get 1st greenhouse and get
it installed to start aquaponics project expect revenues coming 3Q
Getgreensticks has launched its herbal line and plans to acquire its CBD line as well.
to the market around April 1st, 2014… plus license agreement for licensed dispensaries
thru the U.S. and Canada expected revenues 2nd quarter.
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.
- Southern California will soon have a new source of locally grown, organic produce, not to mention it will be home to one of the most energy-efficient urban garden systems in the U.S. GreenGro Technologies, a startup based in Anaheim, Calif., that designs vertical gardens and indoor farming equipment, just launched a greenhouse project, BP gardens, that will provide local communities, restaurants and grocers with fresh, pesticide-free produce and culinary herbs.”We are in the midst of a movement, and the demand for locally grown, organic produce has never been stronger,” said engineering contractor Dien McCall, of ACS Corp. and Greengro‘s partner at BP Gardens, who has been firmly planted in the renewable energy industry for nearly 20 years. “This project is ideally suited to fill that demand.”The first phase of the BP Gardens project will start in Orange County, Calif., which features 30,000 square feet of greenhouses. Each structure will be refurbished with a variety of energy-efficient upgrades, including the latest in hydroponic, aeroponic and aquaponic systems.GreenGro’s vision of sustainability, coupled with ACS’s Dien McCall’s experience with alternative energy projects, helps guarantee that the project will have the smallest possible carbon footprint.But GreenGro’s greenhouse equipment and advanced hydroponics aren’t only useful for growing vegetables. CEO James Haas finds that a substantial amount of his customers buy his grow lights and vertical hydrogardens for the medical marijuana trade. According to the Orange County Register, GreenGro is a part of several OC businesses that have nothing to do with medical marijuana sales but offer services or technology that benefit that industry. Haas estimates that some 60 percent of the customers at his storefront in Roseville, Calif., buy his gardening equipment to grow medical marijuana.With 19 states having legalized medical marijuana at various levels so far, the market is proving to be a lucrative one. “Every time you see another state jump on the (legalization) bandwagon, business sales increase,” Haas said. “There’s a good market in it. “UrbanGardenProjectOpportunity-GreengroTechnologies - To learn more about the Buena Park, BP Gardens, project, visit www.greengrotech.com.
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.
How does it work?
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.
The main benefit from a system like this is the ability to grow fish and plants for consumption in the one system.
Aquaponic systems use about 1/10th of the water used to grow plants in the ground.
Relatively low energy consumption
Faster growth rates and yields
Eliminates the need for weeding and tilling of soil
No soil borne diseases
Plants are naturally fertilized
No pesticides or chemicals
The fish are a healthy source of protein
No waste water run off in recirculating systems
Systems can be established locally minimizing “food miles”
What types of plants can be grown in aquaponics?
Below is a list of some common varieties of plants:
Most varieties of lettuce
Most varieties of herbs
What fish can be grown in aquaponics?
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:
Southern California will soon be the home to state of the art Los Angeles Controlled Environment Agriculture. Greengro is implementing a high tech greenhouse growing and distributing system in Buena Park, California. The program will grow organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs, which will then be sold in local markets. The greenhouses will be the most efficient and energy saving of their kind. Each greenhouse will feature advanced hydroculture for high quality yield without soil. Many of the greenhouses that will be used are older models that will be refurbished by the clean energy engineering company, ACS Construction LP.
Los Angeles Controlled Environment Agriculture
This Los Angeles Controlled Environment Agriculture project will use the best human and technological resources available. BP Gardens LLC is overseeing the project. The entire endeavor will be lead by Dien McCall. Dien McCall is an engineer with impeccable credentials. He has thirty years of engineering experience, eighteen of which he has focused on green and renewable engineering. Dien McCall has working relationships with many large-scale green energy organizations. Dien McCall has five classes of contractor licenses, A, B, C, C-10 and C-36, which he has used to complete contracting work both ordinary and green or energy saving.
BP Gardens is already planning business strategies to make the Los Angeles Controlled Environment Agriculture greenhouse project a success. They are putting in place the necessary groundwork for Greengro to make deals so local markets and businesses can reserve purchases ahead of production. BP Gardens plans to use this greenhouse project as a testing ground and prototype for other similar eco-friendly endeavors. BP Gardens, after researching the profitability and sustainability of the project, is confident that they can use the same system to create other low-carbon, low-energy, high-output greenhouses. BP Gardens plans on building or refurbishing same-style greenhouses across the country.
The environment will not be the only thing to benefit from BP Gardens and Greengro’s Los Angeles Controlled Environment Agriculture project. Through BP Gardens and the local community, Greengro will be able to institute learning centers or other educational systems to teach the high-tech agriculture systems to community members, allowing green agriculture practices to grow and evolve naturally. Going further to enable the local community, BP Gardens looks to Courage-US. Courage-US is a group that helps veterans and disabled veterans find jobs. With BP Gardens, Courage-US will have the opportunity to place some of their veterans and disabled veterans with Greengro.
Kick starting its new project in Orange County controlled environment agriculture; Greengro launched an ambitious marketing plan to coincide with the start of the pilot program by releasing the announcement in Anaheim California. In collaboration with BP Gardens, LLC, Greengro’s proposal is to grow and distribute chemical and pesticide free produce and herbs to community grocers and restaurants across the Southern California region. This project will use and develop the most advanced, cost effective and energy efficient hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic systems to produce high quality produce in an urban environment while employing unique, green renewable energy solutions.
Orange County Controlled Environment Agriculture
ACS Construction LP, a southern California renewable energy engineering and commercial building contractor will refurbish thirty thousand square feet of green houses that occupy a four and a half acre site in Buena Park, adapting the structures according to the most advanced and cost effective models currently available. Dien McCall, an engineering contactor with decades of experience will lead the project. The Orange County controlled environment agriculture site has room for a future expansion of these facilities by eighteen thousand square feet and has land reserved for research and development activities as well as a future center for community activities.
The project titled BP Gardens will become a model for the feasibility of Orange County controlled environment agriculture. Greengro has studied the local demand for locally grown organic produce and expects to have more than enough pre-purchase agreements with local restaurants and grocers to exceed the entire yearly crop yield. This level of demand not only proves the viability of this agricultural model, but will also provide Greengro with a profitable and sustainable revenue stream. The project’s potential to supply local demand in many regions proves that the urban hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic models are scalable, reproducible, and profitable.
BP Gardens will push Greengro to the forefront of the Hydroponics Farming Industry. The profit potential of this pilot project is demonstrable and open for investment. The project ‘s widespread use of social media to allow for real time updates on the Orange County controlled environment agriculture project and the current state of the crops. This kind of exposure will help Greengro to attract governmental interest from all across the nation and the world that can lead to the creation of facilities around the world. Local communities will benefit from educational initiatives, agricultural research and local job creation.
Greengro is a pioneer in outdoor aquaponic and hydroponic systems. We are also the national leader in building high quality and high yield indoor grow rooms. Greengro builds controlled environment agriculture solutions for restaurants, community gardens, and small and large farms. Greengro is able to serve both the commercial and the consumer farming markets through eco-friendly green technologies.
Controlled Environment Agriculture
Greengro has added three new staff members in order to become the best provider of controlled environment agriculture services and technology. The new team members are charged with serving on the Greengro corporate advisory board. The new members include an aquaponics manager, Rafael O. Quedaza; a publicist and marketing director, Ned Madden; and Spephanie Rudat, social media director. These new additions are well poised to add value to the organization and to support Greengro with their rapid growth. According to James Haas, CEO of GreenGro, “They fit in well with the company’s philosophy of ‘Three Pillars to Success’ on which we base our performance – Social Media and Online Activities, Sales Channel Development and Mergers and Acquisitions.” As the premier provider of controlled environment agriculture in Anaheim, CA, Greengro’s new additions have the opportunity to exploit several new business models for this forward thinking organization.
As a progressive business, it was important to Greengro to hire impressive employees with diverse backgrounds. Quezada, who will provide superior engineering for aeroponic and aquaponic systems, is also a well renowned artist and builder. Rudat, who will oversee all corporate digital marketing and social media efforts, is also a creative Internet blogger and activist. Madden, a senior leader charged with media relations and new business development, is also a one-stop shop for all of Greengro’s writing and communication efforts. In all, this team is ready to transform the world of controlled environment agriculture and even break into the international national scene.
Greengro is the best choice for building both indoor and outdoor hydroponics systems. The organization has countless satisfied customers and both consumer and commercial farming markets comprise the bulk of their focus. Greengro’s world-class designers are consummate experts in their fields, using only top systems and materials to provide clients with the perfect grow room. From high quality lighting systems to elegant vertical grow systems, Greengro represents the next generation of agricultural production. It will be very interesting to see where the new team takes the organization.