Horizen Hydroponics opening new location on Alpine Avenue – MLive.com

Horizen Hydroponics, which has operated on the West Side for 14 years, is expanding to a new location at 2200 Alpine Ave. NW.

The new location gives the company more space and a more convenient location for its customers, according to its owners. A grand opening is being planned at the new location from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 30. The event will feature sales, raffles, food, and samples.

The company was started by John and Bridgette Ujlaky in 1999 working out of their home and online. It carries 22 full lines of plant nutrients, 20 different soils, and horticultural lighting from small T-5 up to commercial grow lights.

Horizen Hydroponics also operates locations in Kalamazoo and Lansing and Growers Outlet in Byron Center.

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A UK Hydroponics Store Able to Ship to Multiple European … – Digital Journal

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Grimsby, England — (SBWIRE) — 07/22/2016 — Easy Grow Hydroponics, UK industry leading retailer of hydroponics systems have extended their services to cover shipping to a high number of European countries – Enabling even more people to benefit from their high quality products and low prices. As this service is still in the development stages however, a number of these countries are currently limited to the amounts in which they are allowed to order, with some being limited to either 30 kg in weight or one singular parcel. The company also reserves their rights to decline orders where they feel necessary.

Presently the European countries that Easy Grow Hydroponics are offering shipping services to are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

A spokesperson from the company was keen to comment saying, “We are delighted to be able to assist so many people throughout Europe by providing them with the high quality equipment that they need to grow hydroponically in the most effective and efficient ways. It is people vital that people from other countries take into consideration that we cannot be held responsible for any delays due to customs checks or also held liable for any custom rejections. We constantly aim to provide the utmost efficient services however, and this can be seen through our amazing customer testimonials.”

About Easy Grow Hydroponics
For the last five years Easy Grow Hydroponics have been a leading hydroponics equipment retailer in Leeds and the North West and have now spread their services further afield to cater for many European countries.

PR Contact:
Company name: Easy Grow Hydroponics LTD
Contact name: Mr Matlub Rehman
Tel: 01132700666
Email: sales@easygrowhydroponics.uk
Website: http://www.easygrowhydroponics.co.uk
Address: 61 Pepper Road Leeds LS10 2RU

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Hydroponics brings gardening to the classroom – Sioux Falls Argus Leader

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Linda Pinz-Valdez wants all of her fifth-grade students to end the coming year with a salad.

They just need to grow the vegetables first.

Pinz-Valdez, a teacher at Oscar Howe Elementary in Sioux Falls, will have a hydroponics system installed in her classroom, thanks to a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant. The 8-foot structure allows plants to grow without soil.

“The purpose for this is so students can understand that plants get so much more of what they need from the air and the sun than from the dirt,” Pinz-Valdez said.

Her inspiration for the project came from a student, who in a final report this spring explained that “some” plants can grow without soil. The report followed an experiment in which students grew a lima bean plant in a cup of water.

Pinz-Valdez didn’t want her students to think that just the “weird” plant can grow without nutrients. She wanted the experiment to resonate closer to home.

“I wanted that demonstration that many different plants can grow that way (without soil),” Pinz-Valdez said, adding that she wants students to see plants they recognize and eat grow through hydroponics.

Hydroponic Farmers Federation farm tour – Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses

Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria Biennial hydroponic farmers conference and trade exhibition.

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF)  farm tour will visit Boomaroo Nursery, a world-class vegetable seedling producer, and Thoang’s farm, a truss tomato, strawberry and Lebanese cucumber hothouse producer. This farm tour option is available to registered delegates of the HFF Conference and Trade Exhibition, to be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016.

Boomaroo Nursery

Boomaroo supplies around 300 million seedlings to growers across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The seedling producer is renowned for  high quality commercial seedlings and wholesale greenlife, and its capacity to deliver on time, every time.

The hallmark combination of high quality products, customer service and innovation in seedling production mean that much of the fresh vegetable produce available in supermarkets originates from Boomaroo seedlings, including lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leek and onions. Located in Lara, Victoria, Boomaroo has 20 hectares under production.

The nursery also specialises in greenlife products, including potted colour (ornamental flowering plants), and are now one of Australia’s largest cyclamen producers.

Beginning as a small family business, Boomaroo was built on the passion of the three Jacometti brothers. Now with over 100 permanent employees, Boomaroo is one of Australia’s largest seedling suppliers and is recognised for its state-of-the-art technology and processes.

For more information on Boomaroo, visit website: http://www.boomaroo.com

Thoang’s farm

Thoang’s farm was established in 1985 by his parents who grew Asian vegetables such as khang kong, mint and bak choi, which were supplied to the Asian grocery shops around Melbourne.

Thoang took over the farming business in 2000. He started to grow tomatoes in a short crop. Along with the tomatoes, he thought he would try growing other crops also, including Chinese broccoli.

In 2012, Thoang decided to try a long crop with grafted plants from Trandos in his low-tech hothouses. The one crop rotation per year has saved him a lot of crop costings and down time.

Thoang's farm Thoang’s farm

This year because of poor tomato pricing, Thoang has invested in growing strawberries in his shade houses and Lebanese cucumbers in his hothouses. This was done because he wanted to diversify his business, in other words, “not to put all your eggs into one basket.” Still, it has been a learning curve for him, but the pricing has been rewarding and he looks forward to the challenge.

For further information and registration, email: eg@asnevents.net.au or visit website: https://members.asnevents.com.au/event/1423   O

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Solar Powered Hydroponics – Hackaday

[Dan Bowen] describes the construction of a backyard hydroponics set-up in an angry third person tirade. While his friends assume more nefarious, breaking, and bad purposes behind [Dan]’s interest in hydroponics; he’d just like some herbs to mix into the occasional pasta sauce.

Feel particularly inspired one day after work, he stopped by the local hardware store and hydroponics supply. He purchases some PVC piping, hoses, fittings, pumps, accessories, and most importantly, a deck box to hide all the ugly stuff from his wife.

The design is pretty neat. He has an open vertical spot that gets a lot of light on his fence. So he placed three lengths of PVC on a slant. This way the water flows quickly and aerates as it goes. The top of the pipes have holes cut in them to accept net baskets.

The deck box contains a practically industrial array of sensors and equipment. The standard procedure for small-scale hydroponics is just to throw the water out on your garden and replace the nutrient solution every week or so. The hacker’s solution is to make a rubbermaid tote bristle with more sensors than the ISS.

We hope his hydroponics set-up approaches Hanging Gardens of Babylon soon.

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Arctic Greens sets example for northern hydroponics – The Arctic Sounder

It’s been a month since the first locally-grown leafy greens hit the shelves at Kotzebue’s Alaska Commercial store.

When the heads of lettuce appeared, local residents had high hopes for the certified Alaska Grown produce and the stakeholders behind the hydroponics pilot project had their sights set on building the foundation for a long-term endeavor.

“It’s a sustainable operation,” said Jeffrey Hicks, chief operating officer of Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp., which spearheaded the project. “We want to expand. This cycle is meant for production.”

Planting the seed

The story of how a hydroponics operation came to Kotzebue began last fall at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage.

Hicks was there representing the corporation and he happened upon a series of presentations by a relatively new Anchorage-based company called Vertical Harvest Hydroponics.

The presenters extolled the virtues of hydroponics, or a method of growing plants in a liquid, gravel, or sand environment, without soil.

Vertical Harvest manufactures large shipping containers designed specifically to contain hydroponic grow operations that Hicks thought his corporation might be interested in.

Back in Kotzebue last October, corporation representatives set up meetings with the local AC store to investigate the potential for selling locally-grown produce. By March of this year, the corporation’s board of directors had approved the acquisition of a growing unit, though Hicks declined to specify the cost.

After a few months of construction, it arrived on a C-130 on May 21. The first planting happened a week later and the first crop was ready for harvest at the end of June.

“I just saw, last night, an example of romaine lettuce you would just not even believe,” said Hicks. “We’re using one-gallon Ziplock bags to put them in. This thing would be lucky to fit in a two-and-a-half-gallon bag. The plants are coming along very well.”

So far, the dozens of varieties of leafy greens, from kale to mustard to chives, lettuce, and basil, have been warmly welcomed into the community.

With a roughly six-week seed-to-harvest turnaround, more than one crop has already made its way out of the store and into local residents’ kitchens.

The process of growing the greens is fairly direct:

“We take a seed and we put it in a product called rockwool,” which is a mixture of basalt and chalk and is a medium for the seed to soak up nutrient-rich water, explained Hicks. “You put [the seeds] in the nursery and they germinate. They stay in that system for two to three weeks depending on how long the germination cycle is.”

Lettuces take about two weeks while many herbs take up to three weeks.

“They’ll be about two to three inches tall at that point,” he said. “Every Wednesday we take plants out of the nursery and transplant them into the growing room and that’s where they’ll be until they are harvested,” which is typically about a month later.

Now that the cycle has run its course a few times, it’s found its rhythm. On Tuesdays, employees harvest the plants, bag them, and drive them around the corner to the AC store.

By Wednesday morning they are on the shelves, said Hicks, a mere 12 hours after they are harvested.

“It’s a safe and secure method. We are not in soil. We are in a contained environment. We control that environment. There are no bugs. There are no pesticides,” he said. “If it’s in the middle of the winter and it’s icy and the wind’s blowing, we don’t have to depend on the airplane landing for us to get vegetables. In that way, it’s a more safe and secure source of nourishment.”

Seeds of change

Finding a way to bring good fruits and veggies to remote northern villages was the impetus behind the creation of Vertical Harvest two years ago.

Dan Perpich, one of the company’s three co-founders, used to be in the military. He first came to Alaska in 2008 and by 2011 had become a training officer. That year, he traveled to Canada as an advisor for their Arctic training program.

“I went up to a small village in northern Canada called Resolute,” said Perpich. “About 130 people live there. I went into the supermarket and saw a head of lettuce that was about the size of my fist and dark brown and cost about $18. [I talked] to people and said, ‘Do you actually buy that?’ And they said, ‘That’s just what it looks like up here.’ It’s really shocking to see it like that.”

He returned to Alaska and found similar produce situations in villages throughout the Interior.

At a party two years ago, he met up with a horticulturist and the two decided to pair up and devise a way to help alleviate the fresh greens problem in rural Alaska. They teamed up with a third partner who has a background in sales and marketing and Vertical Harvest was born.

“You kind of need a mix like that to grow a business because you can’t just have a good technology and you can’t just have numbers, you have to bring it all together,” Perpich said. “I can safely say that no one person can do this alone — it’s got to be a team effort.”

They began designing growing boxes like the one being used in Kotzebue. So far, they’ve developed a box specifically for leafy greens and they’re working on making one that can handle plants like strawberries and cherry tomatoes, though that design isn’t finished yet.

There are many variables that have to be considered when constructing a hydroponic growth chamber from a complex electrical system to an air circulation and ventilation system.

“We’re trying to maximize plants per cubic foot but at the same time, we have to account for the end marketing of the product,” Perpich explained. “For example, if we’re going to put produce into the supermarket, we need more growing space for the plants with fewer plants per cubic foot because the plants need to be larger.”

People buying produce in a store will gravitate toward the larger, heavier vegetables whereas restaurants buying produce will focus on color and overall quality, not size.

“So, that right there is a huge difference — something seemingly small but massively important,” he said.

The design process is constantly being evaluated and tested and improved, he said, and the company is always looking for ways to add value to the final product and reduce overhead.

“Because in the end, what the customer cares about is how much money they’re making and how much it’s costing them,” he said.

The root of the problem

Bringing fresh produce to the Arctic has posed a challenge since markets first made an appearance here.

That’s why, when the corporation approached the AC store proposing locally-sourced veggies, the company’s interest was piqued.

“For us as a corporation and looking at our business model, there’s a lot of positives regarding the dependability and the quality [of local produce],” said Walter Pickett, general manager of the Alaska Commercial Company. “It’s very difficult at times to get fresh product into a market as isolated and remote as Kotzebue. You’re basically taking a lot of the risk out by buying locally.”

The risk comes from the often long and arduous trek from farm to store the food must make.

“For example, if we’re selling stone fruit, peaches or nectarines, we’re getting that product primarily from South America. That product is being shipped from South America to Seattle and then from Seattle it gets put on a ship to Anchorage and then from Anchorage to the market it gets flown,” explained Pickett.

“Then, the piece that is outside our control is the time it takes in the air. If there’s ice fog in Kotzebue, it might have to stay a day or two in Anchorage before it flies. If there are challenges with rough weather on the ocean or if there are mechanical problems, you have to wait. We have our best case from time of order to time of delivery but we really don’t have any control over when it was picked in the field or which field it was picked in or any delays associated with getting it into the market on either the water leg or the air leg,” he said. “All of that, of course, goes away when we’re able to gather it locally.”

The risk of damage to the produce increases the longer it’s in transit. If it’s arriving in winter, just a brief encounter with 40 below temperatures are enough to ruin a batch of lettuce. Likewise, on warm summer days, a delay on a hot tarmac could mean greens arrive wilted and rusted.

“A lot of times we end up throwing product away and, of course, we incur that cost when it happens,” he said. “We let down our customers because they come in to buy a head of lettuce or fresh spinach greens and we don’t have any because it didn’t arrive at the store in sellable condition.”

Homegrown solutions

This is the first time AC has partnered with a locally-run hydroponics operation to provide produce year-round. In Bethel, AC contracts with Meyers Farm for root veggies like potatoes and carrots, but as that is a seasonally-dependent farm, it can’t provide leafy greens in the winter months.

Pickett hopes this partnership in Kotzebue will open the doors for similar relationships around the state in the future.

“We’re paying close attention to the model,” he said. “Hopefully this will set a precedent for other communities and other remote markets like Barrow or Nome, or smaller markets like Unalakleet or Hooper Bay. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the community of Kotzebue and the business leaders there with the determination to see this through.”

Likewise, Kikiktagruk Inupiat Corp. plans to expand its distribution into the surrounding villages, if this pilot project continues successfully.

“That’s why we did the pilot the way we did it,” said KIC’s Jeff Hicks. “We felt very comfortable knowing that we can expand in a very meaningful way in a relatively short period of time to different villages both with AC stores and without. That’s the whole purpose for how we went about approaching this project.”

As for the people behind the technical side of hydroponics, Vertical Harvest’s Dan Perpich said his company’s vision is to see these modular growing systems go into every community in the north.

“We think there’s a huge impact to be had here to food security and we want to be a part of it,” he said. “I think what excites us most with the deal up in Kotzebue is that’s a direct channel to recognize the vision. I think it’s so cool what we’re doing up there. They’re doing a phenomenal job and they’ve been putting food into the stores and on the shelves and that’s saying to me, hey, we can do this.”

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Discovering soil-less farming – Harvard Gazette

As the world’s population continues to climb, the climate continues to change, and issues of water and food scarcity arise, interest in alternative farming mechanisms is growing. Jiyoo Jye, M.Des. ’16, a recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, is attracted to the social and cultural narratives within this agricultural revolution, as captured in her living, open research archive Rooted in Air.

Hydroponic, aeroponic, fogponic, aquaponic, and related systems for growing food require fewer natural resources and can be constructed for as little as $30. A do-it-yourself culture is in full bloom, with more of these methods becoming available to the masses and to the novice farmer. “Rooted in Air” is Jye’s contribution to this blossoming community, an online platform for case studies, idea-sharing, and discussion.

With help from a student sustainability grant from the Office for Sustainability, Jye was able to expand her thesis research into a full-fledged investigation of soil-less farming modules and the urban stewardship that these methods can promote.

Of her research, Jye said, “It’s about growing produce in the absence of soil and investigating ways in which soil-less farming informs plausible solutions for urban food production. In doing so, it reflects upon how the revolution of alternative urban farming practices are engineering new feedbacks within the synthetic ecology of agriculture and considerably influencing the social actors of its domain. The survey of soil-less farming systems offers a framework for comparing how agricultural practices are being aligned with economic viability across scales.”

Jye presented her work at the April 2016 Office for Sustainability showcase. (Photo by Katie Hammer) Jiyoo Jye presented her work at the April 2016 Office for Sustainability showcase. Photo by Katie Hammer

To begin her exploration, Jye turned to research to look at environmental and societal extremes, such as droughts, floods, and food crises, that can move people to these alternative farming mechanisms while also examining the increasingly popular desire to connect more with our food: to know how it’s grown, where it comes from, and often to grow it ourselves.

As part of this “witnessing” phase, Jye gathered case studies on alternative farming, including the MIT OpenAg Initiative, the O’Hare International Airport Aeroponic Garden, Japan’s Granpa Dome, and the underwater Nemo’s Garden in Italy, all of which are archived on her site. From these examples, Jye began to weigh the pros and cons of soil-less agriculture.

She found that these systems save water, often eliminate the need for harmful pesticides (due to their required sterile environments), and offer a higher yield per square foot, thus encouraging the DIY movement of scaling and customizing personal farms.  Additionally, soil-less farming methods are continuously forming new kinds of environments, or rather sealed containers, of synthetic naturalism. However, she also found that most of the systems are still new and rely completely on electricity, and thus are not yet able to be the primary means of urban food production.

Jye’s next step was to “situate.” She immersed herself in the trial-and-error process of creating a personal aeroponic module, which she dubbed “Aeropond.” Before she went too deep into renderings, Jye, who has no farming experience, set out to see if she could grow a seed into a pea. Through this discovery process, she also spent time thinking about containers, moving from growing plants in natural and tradition-steeped terra cotta planters to sterile, synthetic plastic vessels.

Photo rendering by Jiyoo Jye Graphic rendering by Jiyoo Jye

“I’m at a point now where I’m starting to understand their temperaments — how vulnerable plants are, but also how strong they can become,” said Jye, noting also that she has developed a newfound agricultural vernacular.

Ultimately, after successes and failures (she was able to grow the pea), Jye decided that what seemed to be missing was the middle ground. She’s now most interested in bridging the gap between personal experience and communal action, and in urging others to think about their places as social actors in the food system.

Through her research archive, Jye also hopes that the growing number of projects and case studies will not only help build community, but, through dialogue, encourage those who may have felt intimidated to plant some starting seeds.

A thinner, flatter lens By Leah Burrows, SEAS Communications | June 2, 2016

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Growing Soil-Less With Hydroponics: An Introduction to Innovative Farming at Home – The Better India (blog)

Hydroponics can play a vital role in changing the way we think about plant growth and may well be the future of gardening and farming.

Have you ever wanted to grow your own vegetables or herbs at home but were unable to do so for lack of space? If so, hydroponic gardening could be the answer you’ve been looking for.


The science of soil-less gardening is called hydroponics. It basically involves growing healthy plants without the use of a traditional soil medium by using a nutrient like a mineral rich water solution instead. A plant just needs select nutrients, some water, and sunlight to grow. Not only do plants grow without soil, they often grow a lot better with their roots in water instead.


Hydroponic gardening is fast becoming a popular choice for many growers around the world due to its more sustainable approach to resource usage than the usual growing methods. Here are a few of its many benefits:

By providing constant and readily available nutrition, hydroponics allows plants to grow up to 50% faster than they would in soil. Also, fresh produce can be harvested from a hydroponic garden throughout the year.Great for both the environment and the grown product, hydroponic gardening virtually eliminates the need for herbicides and pesticides compared to traditional soil gardening.Any water that is used in hydroponic gardening stays in the system and can be reused, reducing the constant need for a fresh water supply!Arable land is often in short supply and gardening space continues to decrease. A great option when you lack yard space or have a tiny balcony, hydroponics also lends itself really well to indoor gardening.

Also Read : 7 Great Techniques by Which You Can Easily Harvest Rainwater at Your Home This Monsoon

Ready-to-use store bought solutions can be used for hydroponics nutrient systems or one can make one’s own special solutions for different types of crops based on the chemical elements the plants need most.


The right nutrient mix combines primary nutrients (nitrogen, potassium, magnesium), secondary nutrients (calcium, sulphur, phosphorus) and micronutrients ( iron, copper, manganese, zinc, molybdenum, boron). Here is a recipe for a basic nutrient solution that you can make yourself by diluting the nutrients in 20 litres of filtered water.

25 ml of CaNO3 (calcium nitrate)1.7 ml of K2SO4 (potassium sulfate)8.3 ml of KNO3 (potassium nitrate)6.25 ml of KH2PO4 (monopotassium phosphate)17.5 ml of MgSO4 (magnesium sulfate)2 ml of trace elements

Store your solution in a food-grade container at room temperature and away from light. Make sure to shake it well before using. Also, your plants will inform you if they are receiving too few or too many nutrients – not enough and the leaves will turn yellow; too much and they will look brown, burnt or curled.

While you can grow almost anything hydroponically, some vegetables thrive more in hydroponic systems than others. Choose plants that don’t mind moisture and that don’t get too big for their set up, such as cucumber, tomato, capsicum, strawberry, lettuce and leafy greens.

Also, when setting up a hydroponic garden, depending on the size, sturdiness and root development of the plants to be grown and the structure of the system, one needs to decide whether to use only a solution culture or some sort of a growth medium.


Plants with shallow roots, like leafy greens, do fine in solution cultures. On the other hand, plants with deep roots, such as beets, and heavy vegetables, such as cucumbers, do better with growth mediums such as foam, coconut husk, sponges, and peat moss.

Also, flowering and fruiting plants need exposure to sunlight while leafy greens grow well even under inexpensive fluorescent lights that are placed above them.

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For beginners, a simple raft system is ideal. It’s easy to make, doesn’t cost much to get going and will give you vegetables much more quickly than conventional gardening methods. Here’s how you can make one.


Vertical hydroponic systems provide an excellent option for gardeners lacking space. Try and remember to use recycled materials to put the system together and make your hydroponic system as green as they can be.

Here’s how you can build a hydroponic system using PVC pipes.


A small yard, a corner in a community garden or an unused space in your home can easily be turned into a thriving aquaponic farm for vegetables and fish. An aquaponic system combines elements of aquaculture and hydroponics in a symbiotic environment by putting fish waste to work as fertiliser for crops. The system is mostly enclosed, with little to no waste and no need for fertiliser or pesticides.

A typical household-sized vertical aquaponic system can fit into a 3ft by 5ft (1m x 2m) area. A small pump draws nutrient-rich water from the fish tank to the tops of the vertical columns. The water trickles down through the roots of the plants, gathering oxygen from the air as it falls back into the tank.

Simply put, hydroponics can grow the healthiest food possible, in large quantities, in the smallest space and in a sustainable way. Not only does hydroponics accomplish all the goals set by organic farming, but it takes a step further by offering people the ability to grow food in places where traditional agriculture simply isn’t possible.

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US supports hydroponics to revitalize Mideast food, water and security – Green Prophet

Visit to an hydroponic bell pepper farm

Growing crops without soil, otherwise known as hydroponic agriculture, is not a recent innovation. In fact, it can be traced back to ancient times and kingdoms like Babylonia, whose Hanging Gardens were said to have been created and nurtured by use of hydroponics.

The modern day Middle East, especially water-deprived countries like Jordan and Syria, has had on-going problems in that local agriculture cannot provide sufficient amounts of local food due to lack of sufficient water and arable land to grow crops. Other resource-rich countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates see hydroponics as the only solution for providing hyper local, fresh, nutritious food.


As a result of this water scarcity problem, Jordan sees potential in hydroponic agricultural projects, which are said to use as much as 90 percent less water over conventional soil-based agriculture.

The Kingdom of Jordan is seeing commercial opportunities for local hydroponic farming and is getting some help from the USAID Hydroponic Green Farming Initiative (HGFI). Hydroponic agricultural projects growing vegetables by both hydroponic and organic methods were the subject of an event held in May 2015, where US Ambassador to Jordan Alice Wells featured these vegetables in an event with Jordanian governmental officials and local producers.

The event was aimed at showing how use of hydroponic growing techniques not only saves water resources but produces high quality yields as well. Ambassador Wells told the participants:

“The future of hydroponic farming techniques is bright in Jordan. Hydroponic farming techniques are well-suited toward maximizing Jordan’s scarce supply of water. From my visits to hydroponic farms in the Jordan Valley, I’ve seen that the potential to grow more produce through hydroponic techniques is significant, given the minimal additional investment required to implement them.”


She added that hydroponic agriculture maximizes Jordan’s scarce water supplies. Her visits to hydroponic projects in the Jordan Valley indicate a good potential for this type of agriculture, with just a minimal additional investment required.

Chefs who attended the event were able to see the quality of the hydroponically-grown produce, which often uses no pesticides. Um Ali, who heads a woman’s agricultural cooperative in the north of Jordan, told the gathering that production of herbs like thyme is much better using hydroponic agriculture than by traditional soil methods:

“Our thyme production from hydroponic farming is far better than traditional soil farming. It uses much less water, which is scarce in Jordan. Our production is clean from soil diseases,” she said.

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Building reliable markets for hydroponically-grown produce is equally important. The USAID program is designed to build greater awareness of the advantages of hydroponically-grown produce, and the chefs in attendance at the reception were able to experience first-hand the quality of produce from hydroponic fields. Developing strong domestic markets for produce will assist farmers in balancing the cyclical nature of produce grown for export.

Developing tools and an industry for hydroponics in the Middle East is just as important. Consider this super cool American company flux from New York powering up the entire industry by providing powerful monitors and controls for hydroponic farms, in the same way that Mobileye enables self-driving Tesla cars. The global market flux is tapping into will grow from about $19 billion today to $27 billion in 4 years. It’s a massive opportunity since there are few global players with no dominant, affordable solution for new businesses.

Jordan can and should be a part of that.

More about hydroponic agriculture in the Middle East:
Hydroponics in Qatar
Saudi Arabia’s OAXIS hydroponic food belt
Khalifa hydroponic farms paying off
Grow fresh food in the middle of Manhattan?
Hanging gardens of Babylon inspire water farming called hydroponics

Maurice Picow grew up in Oklahoma City, U.S.A., where he received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. Following graduation, Maurice embarked on a career as a real estate broker before making the decision to make Aliyah to Israel. After arriving in Israel, he came involved in the insurance agency business and later in the moving and international relocation fields. Maurice became interested in writing news and commentary articles in the late 1990’s, and now writes feature articles for the The Jerusalem Post as well as being a regular contributor to Green Prophet. He has also written a non-fiction study on Islam, a two volume adventure novel, and is completing a romance novel about a forbidden love affair. Writing topics of particular interest for Green Prophet are those dealing with global warming and climate change, as well as clean technology – particularly electric cars. Maurice can be reached at maurice (at) greenprophet (dot) com.

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Hydroponics Unlimited – A Pioneer In Indoor Gardening Since 2005 – KHTS Radio

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Americas Best Garden CenterThough hydroponics is a relatively new growing method, its history is rooted in water-based horticulture.

For example, the mythical Hanging Gardens of Babylon supposedly irrigated its trees and shrubs with water channels.

And in 1100 AD, Mesoamericans created artificial islands called “chinampas” near modern-day Mexico City that are still in use today.

Modern hydroponics was developed in the late 1920s and tested as a source of fresh food for the U.S. Air Force during World War II.  A few decades of technology improvement later, a fasmily can now grow their own hydroponic vegetables and herbs at home.

Paul, the owner and founder of Hydroponics Unlimited, started gardening outdoors in high school.  His journey in indoor gardening began several years later in 1988.

“The first hydroponics store to open in the entire country wasn’t far from my home,” Paul said. “It was there I received my first lessons in hydroponics and bought everything I needed to start my own hydroponics system.”

Paul’s interest in hydroponics persisted for the next 18 years. With his friends’ encouragement, he opened Palmdale Hydroponics in 2006.

Paul was the sole employee of Palmdale Hydroponics until 2007, when his wife, Victoria, joined the company. In 2009, Paul and Victoria launched HydroponicsUnlimited.com. The online store allows them to reach out to customers all over the United States.

In 2010, the store moved to a larger location and changed its name to America’s Best Hydroponics and Garden Center.

Since then, America’s Best Hydroponics has provided thousands of products and the latest education to the local hydroponics community. Paul and his knowledgeable crew are ready to help beginner and veteran growers yield a successful crop.

America’s Best Hydroponics and Garden Center is located at 641 West Palmdale Blvd., Unit D in Palmdale.

Visit America’s Best Hydroponics and Garden Center’s online store at http://hydroponicsunlimited.com. Learn more about the company at http://palmdalehydroponics.com and http://americasbesthydroponics.com.  Or call them at (661) 266-3906.

Hydroponics Unlimited has been serving the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Kern County since 2006 as one of the leading hydroponics and gardening stores in Southern California. One of the Hydroponics Unlimited family of companies serving residents of Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley, Lancaster, Palmdale and Kern County since 2006, America’s Best Hydroponics and Garden Center has the latest tools, products, literature and everything else needed to build and take care of an indoor or outdoor garden. Their owners are hands on experts, sharing their years of knowledge and expertise. Visit them in their Palmdale location at 641West Palmdale Blvd., Unit D, Palmdale, CA. 93551, or call Hydroponics Unlimited at (661) 266-3906. You may also visit their on-line store at http://www.hydroponicsunlimited.com

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