H E L P F U L L I N K S
C.A.F or Computer Aided Farming
There are hundreds, if not thousands of applications, programs and companies out there that can provide a farmer with information on anything from the proper crop rotation methods, water and soil conditioning, seed stock acquisition to informational leads to potential customer bases and retail sale options. There are credible opportunities in every industry as well as some not so credible ones; deciphering the differentiating them is the tricky part that we have spent, literally months sifting through to get the very best digital information delivered to us with the touch of a few keys. We will not allow the farm to work under a less than optimum set of circumstances...too many before us have tried to create a similar concept while shooting from the hip and not spending enough time in the research department, with the results typically being the same slow, expensive spiral into bankruptcy.
Energy Production and Supplementation Methods
The farms main goal is to be as energy independent as possible. Implementing efficient mechanisms to ensure that we use as little additional, non-generated energy is vital not only to proving our sustainability and scaleability models but also in regards to our bottom line dollar. The idea that the less we spend on keeping the lights on and the coolers cold, the more money we will be able to allocate to community outreach and service projects. Instillation of solar panels and small wind turbines along with human powered machines and rocket stoves is not only economically smart, its ecologically responsible. Hopefully, in the later phases of the farm projects, we will also be able to add biomass digestion systems that produce large quantities of methane gas for additional fuel needs to be met.
Welcome to our technology page. If you are new to the idea of "urban farming" you may have the common misconception that farming is basically taking a seed, digging a hole, adding some water and waiting for your plant to mature. Between you, me and the wall...we wish it were that easy, but farming in an urban environment employs disciplines ranging from Analytics to Zoology, and everything in between. We are employing several types of advanced technologies to save water and power as well as to conserve time and streamline the production, distribution and sale of our products. Below is a brief overview of some of the tech applications we are working with on the farm.
Vertical tower production, Nutrient Film Technique, Deep and Shallow H2O Raft systems which utilize both Hydro and Aeroponic applications allow the farm to conserve water while using up to 90% less volume than conventional farming techniques. Depending on the particular crops nutritional requirements, we can create a tailor made recipe of nutrient solution that can be delivered in the most effective and efficient means possible whether that's through gravity-fed drip irrigation, pumped through micro-mister spray heads or in some cases, mixed with collected rain water and hand watered the old fashioned way.
The farm will also utilize raised bed gardens that will produce a variety of fruits and vegetables that traditionally do not do very well in a soil-less environment. The advantage to having raised beds is that we can also use the beds as composting areas during off, or out of season production periods, allowing us to not only maximize efficiency, but also add to our business model in the areas of vermiculture, compost and mushrooms.
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