Hydroponic produce offers sustainable solution
Green Life Farms announces 100,000-sq.-ft. hydroponic greenhouse Florida
Green Life Farms has announced a partnership with Hydronov to design and build a sustainable hydroponic greenhouse in Boynton Beach, Fla.
The 100,000-sq.-ft. facility will use Hydronov’s deep-water floating raft technology (FRT) to grow premium baby leafy greens year round. Hydronov is a pioneer in the hydroponic sector, providing a cost-effective and environmentally friendly method of growing produce. The facility is expected to come on line in the first half of 2019.
“Partnering with Hydronov and leveraging the company’s leading technology will help us realize our vision for Green Life Farms—growing sustainable and delicious leafy greens for consumers in South Florida and beyond,” says Mike Ferree, vice president, Green Life Farms. “Green Life Farms will grow baby leafy greens that are good for your body, family, community, and planet. Creating a sustainable facility by using leading Ag-Tech methodology, along with green energy and other environmentally-friendly practices, brings our mission to life.”
FRT helps to conserve water, allowing a buffer for fertilization and oxygen control, and provides an integrated harvest transportation system, which uses the water in which the plants grow as a conveyer system, eliminating the costs and maintenance associated with mechanical conveyers.
No water is lost through soil or growing media; there is no direct evaporation by the sun, no dumping of growing solution and no dripping gutters. The FRT system leads to higher productivity, producing up to 18 crop harvests per year versus the five harvests per year with soil-based greenhouse growers.
Hydronov specializes in the design and construction of hydroponic growing facilities. With more than 30 years of experience in hydroponics and aquaponics, the company brings industry-leading expertise to the innovative project with Green Life Farms.
“We’re excited to partner with Green Life Farms on this state-of-the-art project,” said Gabe Pranger, owner of Hydronov. “Growing leafy greens in South Florida presents a number of unique challenges, but we’re confident that the combination of Hydronov’s technology and construction management expertise with Green Life Farms’ strategy will result in great success.”