For this interview, we sat down with Hedi Baxter Lauffer, Founder of LED Habitats, a company that has developed an indoor growing product was inspired by "fast" plant research developed by NASA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We discussed basic LED lighting tips, the future of LED lighting, and some of its history as well!
Tinia Pina is the founder and CEO of Renuble, a company started in 2011 that develops hydroponic fertilizer 100% derived from organic food waste inputs.
Renuble helps hydroponic growers increase yields with a wide variety of urban farming crops grown hydroponically in large metropolitan areas like New York City, where Renuble is based.
We interviewed Tinia to discuss:
- the basics of organic hydroponic fertilizer for beginning urban farmers
- some brand names she hears often for lighting, growing medium, common urban farming products
- and more!
The idea that plants need exposure to daylight for perfect growing conditions has persisted during the sustained growth of urban farming in the past half-decade.
But, as numerous researchers (and an increasingly large amount of growers) are starting to realize, the concept of sunlight as a necessity is, in fact, a flat out myth.
Why Purple (a.k.a blue-red) LEDs?
The technical answer, in a nutshell, is related to the spectrum of color present in different types of light. While good 'ol sunlight contains a variety of color spectra (think rainbows), it turns out that plants only need specific color spectra to grow properly.
What colors work best?
If you are thinking about an urban farming project indoors, you will most likely need extra lighting.
In this article we discuss:
- history of grow lights
- best practices with grow lights for urban farming
- LED lighting
In 1868, Russian Botanist Andrei Famintsyn successfully grew produce in a way that no other person had ever done before, in thousands of years of human civilization.
So many people want to grow plants on their balconies or rooftops as urban farmers, but are looking for more information on how to do this.
In order to provide more details, we interviewed Pike Bartlett, founder of Mainegarden.com, Maine Garden has been manufacturing small rooftop greenhouses and other products useful for urban farmers since 2008, when Pike reluctantly started the company (story below).
Pike's greenhouse expertise goes even farther back in history than Maine Garden. His father was a commercial greenhouse designer and developed greenhouse designs in the 1950's, so Pike knows what he's talking about!