HARVEST NATION’S USE OF CLEAN FARMING METHODS
AEROPONICS is a soilless growing method that’s super-efficient and is a step ahead of its technological competitors.
In aeroponics, plants are suspended so that roots are free hanging and exposed to air. Roots are misted at certain intervals with a specific nutrient-water mix optimal for that crop type.
Its technological competitor is hydroponics, where roots are submerged in the nutrient mix. This process is less efficient than aeroponics and has a greater risk of contamination.
Aeroponics is the future of crop production. This idea is evidenced by NASA studying the technology to one day feed a space mission crew all the way to Mars. Far out, man.
AEROPONICS USES 90% LESS WATER, SPACE, AND NUTRIENTS THAN REGULAR SOIL FARMING AND HAS 50-75% FASTER YIELDS.
The benefits of aeroponics are increasingly significant with climate change, social justice, and environmental concerns growing in awareness and demand for more responsible farming & food system practices.
ADVANTAGES of indoor, soilless growing equals safer, more abundant quantities of fresh food with year-round availability.
CONTROLLED GROWING ENVIRONMENT
24/7 365 Production
Fast & Larger Yields
No Salmonella or
HARVEST NATION has integrated optimal grow specifications with environment-control software to automate a clean, safe, controlled environment for its crops.
This integration guarantees the most efficient use of water, nutrients, and light for its multilevel production of fruits and vegetables. A diagram of one of Harvest Nation’s production platforms is shown below.
FULL SPECTRUM LED GROW LIGHTS conserve energy and are cost-efficient for indoor farming.
The technological advancement of a full spectrum LED grow light has made indoor plant production financially viable and environmentally sustainable for its major reduction in energy inputs needed to grow indoors.
GOING NET ZERO WITH SOLAR POWER
Harvest Nation is looking to partner with BoxPower (CA) in the near future for a solar energy microgrid system to pair with our first farm.
Are you wondering how Harvest Nation is using this technology to bring fresh produce to market?
FOR FUNSIES, A BRIEF HISTORY OF AEROPONICS
The development of aeroponics is relatively recent compared to the world’s long history of agricultural adaptations for food production.
Botanists used aeroponic grow systems for plant experimentation in the 1920s (Barak, et al., “Measurement of short-term nutrient uptake rates in cranberry by aeroponics,” Plant, Cell & Environment, Vol. 19, Issue 2, February 1996). It wasn’t until the 1980s when research for commercial aeroponics started.
Aeroponics received media attention when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) afforded growing studies in the 1990s (“Progressive Plant Growing has Business Booming,” Spinoff 2006, Innovative Partnership Program, NASA, p. 64). NASA is still testing aeroponic performance in space.