MAKING SURE YOUR CROPS REACH MAXIMUM POTENTIAL
In working closely with our clients, we will ensure your crops will have the perfect recipe for success – minimized disease pressure, optimal growth, and yield. This is accomplished through our pre-planning interview process during which we come to understand the specific needs of your crop including: seasonal variability, technical conditions of the growing environment, desired plant architecture, and required end product(s) including added-value. These parameters are then used as a platform to design highly regulated, interdependent systems such as: environmental controls, irrigation, CO2, energy screens, ventilation, pest and disease management, harvesting/pick/pack/logistics, and greenhouse efficiencies. Further, we advise on energy saving systems such as city heating, combined heat and power/CoGeneration or even solar installations.
Despite our long consulting history, we view every project with fresh eyes while drawing from experience to eliminate surprise, delay, and cost overruns.
Whether the topic is multi-zone irrigation system design, mobile benching, screens, ebb/flood, soil, or hydroponics in general, our consulting services span the full scope of what succeeds in commercial applications. Finally, our consultants provide full training for your lead growers and support staff, including support in talent identification and recruiting.
Producers require quality and yield together with excellent margins. Today’s consumers desire clean produce, low-to-no pesticides, and quality at an affordable price point in addition to local production for local consumption. Our experience in these areas accommodates the needs and expectations of both producers and consumers, ensuring that suppliers meet or exceed market expectations through the implementation of leading technologies which provide for a strong focus on climate and efficient businesses processes.
Optimum environments mean optimal plants. Precision growing, with perfect light, climate, and mobilizing plant movement throughout all stages of production results in lower costs, higher yields, and the ability to produce for multiple markets. We understand client-driven demand production and incorporate design principles which permit long-term, strategic success as markets change.
Lettuce and Herbs
We understand the requirements of germination and propagation, along with the final steps of maturation in order to maximize yield per energy input for this rapid crop. For leafy greens and herbs, we understand production all the way from growth to harvesting and packaging equipment.
We design proprietary reactor systems that maximize the combination of natural and artificial light, including optimization of the greenhouse design itself to support and sustain heavy production. Automatic reactor inoculation + intelligent continuous-harvest automation systems through slurry management form the core of successful algae operations.
Installations for propagation of a variety of soft berries plus final production of strawberries by way of leading the movement of indoor production of soft berries, including reduced need for fungicides and pesticides.
Vertical farms often have a unique, compelling origin story derived from passion for quality and regionality – typically with the goal of providing the highest yielding, highly-automated quality crops for local consumers; all in a special feeling environment that benefits both owners and employees. Our experience with vertical farms proves that large scale production techniques can be brought into smaller spaces.
Our design fundamentals for mushroom farms focus on a perfected growing environment including growing systems in the production rooms themselves. Work flow is optimized through efficient movement of materials, along with an emphasis on clean movement throughout the facility, thus minimizing disease pressure at every step. We have a significant focus on choice of construction materials to ensure longevity and avoid issues of corrosion.
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Our approach always begins with a precise understanding of the R&D scope along with intended outcome(s) of the trials to be performed. We go through a very detailed process of translating the client’s specific requirements into optimized, purpose-built climate zones in addition to carefully designed HVAC systems which prevent disease transmission or the spread of pollen. There is no request that is too detailed – if it can be imagined and described, it can be designed and built.