There are a million ‘fad’ reasons fueling the new trend in Agritourism … Hydroponics.
Hydroponic gardening is being done by home gardeners, community gardens and even schools from grade schools to college programs.
Saavy tourism folks even see its potential as agritainment.
But there is a key element – a large element – that seems to get overlooked or understated … Farmers.
Finding themselves more unable to make a substantial living from farming than ever due to higher costs of living and higher prices being charged by their supply chains, farmers around the world are being forced to sell off herds of cattle, equipment and some, their land…just to pay bills.
Factor into this natural disasters like droughts, flooding, fires, unusually hot or cold weather,etc. and the deck is stacked against.
But NOT so fast …
Farmers, globally, have an ally in hydroponics they may not even be aware of.
Let’s put it into perspective.
There are several factors that need to be considered, by modern farmers: space, time, and money.
Open land, obviously, comes at a premium especially in some locations. Although a one or two acre urban farm can produce a lot of food, the definition of “a lot” is relative. With hydroponics, farm almost anywhere using approximately 10% of the land and water traditional growing methods use. Maximize yields in minimal space with up to 250,000 plants per acre. You can produce up to 10x more food than a conventional farm of the same size — without paying for extra land. By growing crops off the ground, you reduce the risk of soil-borne pests and plant diseases. And since vertical hydroponic systems can grow independently, you can isolate and address any issues that do arise without jeopardizing your entire farm.
Financially, investing in the land and other resources sufficient for producing adequate quantities of food for the general consumer, can be astronomical. For soil-based farmers, a change in weather can be the difference between a record harvest and a debilitating season. But with hydroponics you never have to worry about droughts or floods and the financial losses brought on by them.
Also, start small and work up
Vertical aeroponic farms are generally modular systems and can be started small and as you safely test the market and perfect your approach, can then be scaled up .
Simplify the farming process and the amount of time needed to make it a success.
Hydroponics allows for automated feeding and watering cycles; eliminates weeding and digging, and minimizing pest risk. It deliver 30% more product to market, 3x faster compared to traditional farming methods. For most herbs and leafy greens, the seedling to harvest cycle can be as short as 21 days. Also grow sustainably and use up to 98% less water.With closed-loop technology, hydroponic systems recycle water and nutrients. In turn, they use up to 98% less water than conventional farms, which is especially critical for those growing in drought-stricken regions. And if you grow indoors or in a greenhouse, you can even control temperature, light, humidity, and other variables to consistently produce predictable yields, regardless of the weather- reducing crop loss. More …