Beautiful innovation unfolding at the farm in one of our hydroponic greenhouses. Out with the old and in with the new: Jon replenishes the hydroponic tomato greenhouse with tomato seedlings. The plants on either side of him are just over six months old, the new recruits will ensure a continuous supply of delicious, nutritious tomatoes for our farmstore.
This technology is not to be feared, it is one aspect of the future of farming. With it comes great responsibility and the willingness to learn. We've undertaken this form of growing and are committed to producing the best, most nutritious produce. Our stewardship of our farmland is transcending conventional methods to explore other sustainable forms of agricultural production.
The concept of hydroponic farming is advanced, yet understandable. It has been going on for years and is a tried and true form of growing plants. Here at The Chatham Berry Farm, we grow vegetables, fruit and leafy greens both conventionally and hydroponically.
Looking at the bigger picture, other things to consider when buying vegetables, fruits and leafy greens that have been grown either conventionally or hydroponically is: 1.) whether or not the plants have been exposed to pesticides, 2.) whether or not the plants were grown locally and 3.) whether or not they were grown sustainably. To answer these questions in regards to our own hydroponic operations here at the farm, no we don't expose our plants to pesticides, yes they are grown locally and are provided to our local community and yes they are sustainably grown. Our hydroponic greenhouses use considerably less water than conventional farming and we utilize sources of renewable energy to offset the costs of heating the greenhouses.
Familiarizing yourself with new aspects of farming is one way of understanding and appreciating the innovation of this revolutionary form of agriculture.