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Thinking of Going Pro?
Commercial Hydroponics Farming
Okay, so you’ve played around with some hobby Hydro systems and now you’ve started thinking about going pro?
You’ve seen the pictures… Rows and rows of clean, prolific tomato vines, nestled in a beautiful, climate-controlled greenhouse. And maybe you’re thinking… I could do that!
Well, you need to give careful consideration to the amount of work and possible risks involved before you take the plunge. Below, we provide some serious “food for thought” for you to ponder as you form your business plan.
Advantages of Commercial Hydroponics Farming (Over Traditional Soil Farming)
~ Quick setup; faster growth
~ Much more crop production from a smaller footprint
~ Uses 80- 90% less water than traditional farming
~ Eliminates soil-born diseases and bacteria
~ No weeds= no herbicides
~ Crop rotation is not necessary
~ Greatly reduced pesticide use
~ Total control of plant nutrition and hydration
~ Outside weather is not an issue in a well-ventilated, heated/fan-cooled greenhouse
~ Operation is easily expanded by adding green houses and hydroponic modules.
~ You can set up a hydroponic farm anywhere, including in urban buildings and deserts
Disadvantages of Hydroponics
(VS. Soil-based Crops)
~ Strict cleanliness and hygiene must be followed
~ High initial costs to set up an operation
~ Electrical costs to maintain aeration and pumping of the solution
~ Extended power outage can devastate a large operation
~ Fungus and molds can thrive if greenhouse is not properly ventilated
~ Hydroponic produce cannot be certified as organic in the U.S.
~ Diseases and pests can be spread to all the plants using a shared nutrient reservoir
~ System must be constantly monitored and adjusted; pruning, trellising, harvesting cannot be delayed or neglected
~ Skilled labor needed to operate and troubleshoot the hydroponics systems
Tips and Thoughts for a Successful
Commercial Hydroponics Farm
~ Commercial hydroponics farms are most profitable in areas with drought conditions and/or infertile land. Do not set up shop in a rural area where tomato, cucumber and lettuce farms prosper.
~ The most successful hydroponic commercial operations stick to just a few popular and highly profitable crops (notably tomatoes, peppers and lettuce)
~ Hydroponics today is a niche food industry, driven by consumer demand, commonly in upscale (urban) food markets. The demand for hydroponic vegetables has risen dramatically in those markets.
~ Do your homework by experimenting with different hobby-sized hydroponic systems until you thoroughly understand the process. You must have success with small gardens before you ever consider going commercial.
~ Plan and implement methods to reap the highest possible yields in the smallest amount of space; either grow up in the air as high as possible, or low-growing crops densely spaced. Both must be continuously harvested and replanted.
~ If you don’t have a love of farming and a passion for hydroponics, do not set up a commercial system.
~ As with any new business, you must have the entrepreneurial spirit, determination to overcome all obstacles and a clear vision (business plan) if you hope to succeed.
~ Commercial hydroponic gardening requires an enormous amount of work. This is not a part-time job.
~ Think of ways to make your product more attractive and desirable than the rest. Possible ideas: Unique packaging, cutting of produce, combinations of vegetables/herbs in one package, include recipes and/or spice-packs
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