Hydroponics can be grown in any city on roofs or open lots.   Local fruit and vegatables without transportation costs.  Hydroponics is a method of growing plants without soil. Kennel’s strawberries grow from beds of perlite and vermiculite.
The minerals are a rooting media only; the actual nourishment is a mixture of nutrients and water pumped through an automated system. The solution flows through plumbing beneath the patch, and on to hoses that drip through the stacks to each plant three times a day.
An advantage of the technique is that it doesn’t require as much land because plant roots don’t have to spread in search of food and water.

Photo by Sarah Hillman

This lets the plant use all of its energy growing and yielding large amounts of produce instead of searching for food and battling pests.
Because the stacks sit off the ground, plants have better air flow and are less susceptible to mold, soil-borne disease and insects, Kennel said.
“One of the interesting things about this farm is that it is vertically oriented,” Strik said. “Most hydronponic strawberries are grown on chest-high, flat trays.
“The Kennels need to be complimented on being inovative and forward-thinking.”
Growing 15,000 strawberry plants in a conventional manner would require about two acres of land and 20,000 gallons of water on hot days, Kennel said. He uses 500 gallons a day on his quarter-acre field.


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