Courtesy of Roxanne C., Philadelphia PA
There’s a lot about farming that can’t be reduced to a system, but SPIN identifies what can be. With its
emphasis on standard-size growing spaces, quantifying results and achieving income benchmarks, SPIN brings a
new rigor to the business of small-scale farming.
Controlled climate hydroponic growing systems like a Freight Farm are using technology to bring the same
rigor to growing crops. With these systems, the farm’s production process is nearly completely automated –
and predictable. A farmer can monitor crops by phone with a farmhand app that tracks lighting times,
nutrient dosing, pH management, and climate control. It updates the farmer wherever they go, and enables
them to make changes remotely to keep growing conditions optimal.
These types of systems can push SPIN’s concepts and practices to impressively high levels of productivity
and revenue, and can broaden the market to customers who want to tout all the same selling points SPIN
farmers use – Clean. Nutritious. Delicious. Pesticide-free, but who need assembly line-type consistency,
dependability, and superb quality. All the time. Every time.
And crops aren’t partial. Whether grown in soil or in a hydroponic system, plant nutrients are
the same. In soil, plant roots take up an aqueous solution of mineral ions (NPK plus micro nutrients) to
nourish growing tissues. They hold onto some of the water and transpire what they don’t need. In hydroponic
systems, the plants use the same mineral nutrients, and the roots suck them up the same way.
Hydroponics is different from organic farming since a farmer does not have to bring in organic matter to
amend the soil and add minerals. They use specially formulated nutrient mixes. And they don’t use light from
the sun. They use LED’s. And in some ways, they need to bond much closer with plants because when you
eliminate soil and sun, you need to provide the exact conditions your crops need to thrive. No more blaming
crop failures on Mother Nature. There are trade-off’s to weigh and measure when you give up slugs and
weeding for chemistry, and the categories of operating expenses are different. But whether using high tech
or low tech SPIN concepts come into play regardless of whether you are using soil or non-soil based systems,
and it is up to every SPIN farmer to build their business case based on maximum/efficient use of space, and
cost benefits. For one growing system to be right, another does not have to be wrong.
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