Recent Bright Agrotech Articles

Welcome Amaryllis Garden Greens, New Upstart Farmer!

Welcome Amaryllis Garden Greens, New Upstart Farmer!

Anne Marie Blinco is a new Upstart Farmer who has big plans and big potential. Anne Marie is located in the heart of Milton, Ontario Canada. She’s excited by the prospect of growing fresh and welcoming greens regardless of temperatures, which range from -10... read more
The Evolution of the ZipGrow Farm Wall Design

The Evolution of the ZipGrow Farm Wall Design

In 2012 we started a journey to creating the best living wall of plants in the world. We’ve made a lot of progress. Here’s a slideshow of our progress!   In 2012, we had an idea.After seeing the beautiful but inefficient green walls gracing the walls... read more
This Small Town Pub is Transforming the Local Food Scene

This Small Town Pub is Transforming the Local Food Scene

The Alibi Pub is a small brick building that squats on a street corner near downtown Laramie. The multicolored light-up sign and a fleet of bicycles chained up outside speak to the quirky nature of the pub and the city it serves. Converted from a package liquor store... read more
The Great Tilapia Fry of 2015

The Great Tilapia Fry of 2015

With the deconstruction of our aquaponics system (making way for better things) comes many goodbyes. Some of those goodbyes are bittersweet. One that we said Wednesday night to ten old tilapia was neither bitter nor sweet. More… salty. With a hint of cayenne.... read more
Science Club Uses Vertical Garden To Spark Innovation

Science Club Uses Vertical Garden To Spark Innovation

If you didn’t know – vertical gardening is all the rage in schools right now. And it’s likely to stay that way. But as an educator pondering the idea, you may be wondering what exactly the experience might be like for young students and what type of... read more
The Immediate Future of Food?

The Immediate Future of Food?

Over the past several months, we’ve seen a significant spike in press coverage surrounding a wide range of Agriculture Technology, or AgTech. From vertical farms to “crop surveillance drones” aimed at increasing yields and feeding our increasingly... read more
Vertical Farming Investment a Burgeoning Opportunity

Vertical Farming Investment a Burgeoning Opportunity

Vertical farming is changing an entire industry. CNBC’s recent article proclaimed vertical farming to be a “hot new area for investors. “..an increasing number of sophisticated early-stage investors (venture and growth equity firms on one hand, and... read more
The Problems Behind the Water Crisis [Commentary]

The Problems Behind the Water Crisis [Commentary]

A writing team at Propublica recently outlined the problems causing the drought and how we can expect them to develop in the near future. Abrahm Lustgarten, Lauren Kirchner and Amanda Zamora establish one thing that we all know: that California’s drought is... read more
Top 10 Funding Opportunities & Grants for School Gardens

Top 10 Funding Opportunities & Grants for School Gardens

Finding Funding for Soil-Less Science Last week I attended the School Nutrition Association Conference in Casper, WY where I met tons of educators who were excited about the possibility of implementing soil-less science into their school. One educator already had a... read more
The Many Benefits of Living Walls

The Many Benefits of Living Walls

This discussion of green walls was written primarily by Lois Downing and reformatted for this post. Are green walls just a fad? Green walls are a growing attraction to farmers, businesses, cities, restaurants, grocery stores, and more. Since we entered the green wall... read more
Free Webinar: Get Farm Funding Through Kiva Zip

Free Webinar: Get Farm Funding Through Kiva Zip

Funding is one of the biggest constraints to small farmers Even though small businesses around the US create two thirds of the jobs in the country, getting capital is almost always reported as one of the top three constraints to growth. Can you believe it? We can.... read more
FFA and Hydroponics: An Interview with Jay Super

FFA and Hydroponics: An Interview with Jay Super

  The World of High School Hydroponics A few weeks ago we got a glimpse into the world of high school hydroponics and had the opportunity to examine the impacts that one hydroponic garden had on a high school in Maize, Kansas. During this post, we got to know... read more
Ag Tech is Moving Fast, Says the Wall Street Daily

Ag Tech is Moving Fast, Says the Wall Street Daily

Across the world, multiple industries gear up in unison to face the next several decades, an urgent motivation compelling them to advance both intentionally and rapidly. The source of this motivation is the predictions of impending population stress on Earth by the... read more
What Indoor CO2 Enrichment Can Do For You

What Indoor CO2 Enrichment Can Do For You

What does CO2 do? We’re  all familiar with CO2. To farmers, the most important role of CO2 occurs after the gas molecules have entered the photosynthesizing tissues of plants via passive diffusion through pores in the leaves. The passivity of this movement into... read more
What Happens When You Combine Hydroponics and STEM?

What Happens When You Combine Hydroponics and STEM?

Teaching STEM with Hydroponics STEM is a hot topic in the educational world these days. As we discussed in the last post Why Every Teacher Should Be On Pinterest, it can be difficult to come up with new ways to teach STEM concepts in the classroom. However,... read more
The Atlantic: Vertical Farming Is On the Rise

The Atlantic: Vertical Farming Is On the Rise

  “Farming in the Sky” The Atlantic recently published a great article that gives a survey of vertical farming during this awkward growth spurt it’s undergoing. It’s one of the most dynamic growth spurts in agricultural history, largely... read more
Why Every Teacher Should Be On Pinterest

Why Every Teacher Should Be On Pinterest

Education is a difficult task that is growing more complicated and less appreciated. Educators have a big challenge in front of them. They are becoming subject to an increasing number of standards that require change on two fronts: what is taught in the classroom... read more
How to Conduct Market Research for Upstart Farmers

How to Conduct Market Research for Upstart Farmers

Market Research Matters for Local Farmers The challenge of choosing markets can cause the most confident farmers to stagger. What if you choose the wrong one? A poorly made decision may result in loss of revenue, a stunted business, and inability to expand your... read more
How and When to Clone Plants for Your Vertical Farm

How and When to Clone Plants for Your Vertical Farm

The What, When and How of Cloning Plants Haydn Christensen has an interesting planting method for his many towers of mint.   If you were to walk through his greenhouse, you would notice that in the shallow gutters which run underneath the rows of towers, dozens of... read more
Dr. Nate Speaks At Entrepreneur Event

Dr. Nate Speaks At Entrepreneur Event

Investing in Entrepreneurship Starting a business is one of the most challenging things most people never experience. Since Bright Agrotech was founded in 2010, we’ve learned a lot about building a business, both through our successes and our failures. The fact... read more
Save Time and Money By Seeding a Wicking Tray

Save Time and Money By Seeding a Wicking Tray

The Vertical Food Blog welcomes some great tips from Rob Torcellini from Bigelow Brook Farms, whose innovation is apparent in his clever growing techniques.   As with most businesses, we to try to reduce waste as much as possible. This ranges from cutting costs in... read more
ArchDaily.com has the details on USA Pavilion

ArchDaily.com has the details on USA Pavilion

Impressive Technology ≠ Corporate Power The US Pavilion’s green wall is getting a lot of attention for different reasons, and with widely different responses. Just look through the comments on any post covering the topic. One common theme I’ve seen is that... read more
New York Times Spotlights the USA Pavilion

New York Times Spotlights the USA Pavilion

ZipGrow has been used for a colorful variety of applications. This summer, another is being added to the list as ZipGrow technology graces 7200 square feet of the US Pavilion green wall in Milan, Italy. The pavilion was designed to convey a message of innovation and... read more
8 Fun Ways to Use Hydroponic Produce in Your School

8 Fun Ways to Use Hydroponic Produce in Your School

Insight from Educators Recently, I followed up with educators all over Wyoming using ZipGrow towers for classroom gardening. During this time, I was able to gather a little insight into how schools are using their produce grown in the ZipGrow towers. In today’s post,... read more
Quick Tip: Growing Microgreens for Upstart Farmers

Quick Tip: Growing Microgreens for Upstart Farmers

What are microgreens? Microgreens are densely planted seedlings (bigger than a sprout, smaller than a mature plant) that are usually a leafy green or crops with dramatic flavors like radishes or peas. Typically grown in fodder systems, seeds are planted in an even... read more
USA Pavilion Green Wall Featured on Curbed

USA Pavilion Green Wall Featured on Curbed

This summer, Milan hosts the 2015 World Fair – and dozens of pavilions built to embody the messages of various countries. This year, the fair’s them is “Feed the Planet, Energy for Life“. Bright Agrotech is proud to represent America’s... read more
USA Pavilion on WPR (Wyoming Public Radio)

USA Pavilion on WPR (Wyoming Public Radio)

The team behind ZipGrow technology is grateful to have the opportunity to represent American innovation at the 2015 World Fair. Learn more about the USA Pavilion in WPR’s article, below. Wyoming Business Blossoms At Milan World Fair “Wyoming business Bright... read more
Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]

Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar]

Crowdfund Your Farm Successfully [Free Webinar] If you’ve heard of some of the crazy success stories of crowdfunding, you might be considering trying it out on your farm. (If you haven’t considered it, read this article on why it might be a good idea.) ... read more
How A Hydroponic Garden Transformed This Kansas School

How A Hydroponic Garden Transformed This Kansas School

Students enjoying themselves while getting ready to start some seeds in peat pellets. Students observing and participating in the planting process which involves sandwiching seedlings in a matrix media strip to be placed in a ZipGrow tower. A group of students work... read more
Women in Ag: Why aren’t there more?

Women in Ag: Why aren’t there more?

It’s time to shift women’s role in modern farming. If I say farmer, what do you think of? If you’ve been following Bright Agrotech for awhile, maybe it’s Farmer Joe. More likely, it’s an image of a similarly masculine figure, maybe... read more
11 Farms Worth Watching

11 Farms Worth Watching

    The Upstart Farmers: Expanding Food Frontiers The food system is changing texture on a global scale. For the past several decades, the world has been producing and distributing food with a “big distributor” approach. A small number of... read more
Quick Tip: How to Tell if a Market is Worth Attacking

Quick Tip: How to Tell if a Market is Worth Attacking

For beginning small farmers, choosing which markets to approach can be a daunting task. If you’re having difficulty knowing whether or not one of your market options is worth your efforts, check out this quick tip from Dr. Nate. Don’t know what your... read more
What to Expect From Your Classroom Garden

What to Expect From Your Classroom Garden

So you’ve planted your Spring System… Once seedlings have been transplanted into the Spring, many growers get anxious for the plants to grow big and strong like you see in the pictures. But like anything else, you have to give it time. Don’t panic if... read more
Is Monocropping Rewarding or Risky?

Is Monocropping Rewarding or Risky?

Single-crop cultivation is a common plan-of-attack Which crops are best to grow in commercial ZipGrow systems? If you have read through our crop list and production estimates resources you know that just about anything will grow in a ZipGrow tower, but the crop that... read more
How to Grow Seeds in a Greenhouse

How to Grow Seeds in a Greenhouse

Today Noah Newman walks you through the process to grow seeds in your greenhouse. Check out the video and the steps below to learn more! Steps to Grow Seeds in a Greenhouse 1) Decide what crops you will be growing and where you will be planting them.  2) Order seeds... read more
Insights from Indoor Ag Con 2015

Insights from Indoor Ag Con 2015

Indoor Agriculture is about to explode! Last week several of our team and a dozen Upstart Farmers attended the 3rd Annual Indoor Ag Con in Las Vegas. In addition to great time with the Upstart Farmers, we also got to hear from those active in the indoor ag industry. A... read more
Farm Tech, Indoor Ag Con, and Accelerated Innovation

Farm Tech, Indoor Ag Con, and Accelerated Innovation

A few photos from Indoor Ag Con 2015 The ZipGrow Green Wall made it's debut at Indoor Ag Con 2015. Cowboy Trail Farms, a local Las Vegas Upstart Farmer supplied some beautiful towers of lettuces, basils and other herbs for the main stage. Dr. Nate and Perry of Bright... read more
How and When to Plant Your Spring System

How and When to Plant Your Spring System

It’s planting time! So your seeds have made the glorious transition from seeds to seedlings thanks to your care and nourishment. Essentially, your preschoolers have become big kids, and are ready to leave the comfort of preschool and experience the new... read more
Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm

Why You Should Think About Crowdfunding Your Farm

What is Crowdfunding? How does it work? Crowdfunding is all the rage these days, and for good reason; it has helped bring forth some innovative and high-impact products and services. One that’s been on everyone’s mind lately is the Flow Hive from the Cedar... read more
Quick Tip: Foliar Sprays to Treat Deficiencies

Quick Tip: Foliar Sprays to Treat Deficiencies

If you’re dealing with potassium, calcium, magnesium, or iron deficiencies, it might be time for you to familiarize yourself with foliar sprays. Foliar sprays can be a great way to get a fast response to a nutrient deficiency. Most sprays are as simple as mixing... read more
We’d Love to See You at Indoor Ag Con 2015

We’d Love to See You at Indoor Ag Con 2015

March 31st is the first day of Indoor Ag Con, a conglomeration of “farmers, growers, chefs, produce buyers, tech geeks, entrepreneurs, industry suppliers, investors, and advocates” who come together to discuss the future of indoor agriculture, make... read more
Should I plant Multiple Crops in My Classroom Garden?

Should I plant Multiple Crops in My Classroom Garden?

I’ve had many educators ask me “What order should I use to grow my plants for my classroom garden?” But the real question should be, “Should I put multiple plant varieties in the same tower?” The answer to that one is pretty easy: in a perfect world, you shouldn’t.... read more
How To Grow Seeds For Your Classroom Garden

How To Grow Seeds For Your Classroom Garden

Growing seeds for your classroom is easy! You may be thinking,  “Whoa, whoa, whoa, seed starting?! I didn’t know I had to have a green-thumb to get my Spring up and running.” The good news is, you don’t. Seed starting is simple and easy, and can be done by just about... read more
Testing Hydroponic Nutrients

Testing Hydroponic Nutrients

Nutrients in Hydroponic Systems Hydroponic systems use a formulated nutrient mix to fertilize plants. Although nutrients are formulated in ratios that reflect the needs of the plant, transpiration and crop differences mean that nutrient levels can drift away from the... read more
Control of Basil Downy Mildew

Control of Basil Downy Mildew

The What and Why of Controlling Downy Mildew Peronospora is one family among five families of pathogens that cause downy mildews. Peronospora’s specialty is basil downy mildew, a destructive pathogen which, if uncontrolled, may cause complete crop loss. Basil is... read more
Spring System Maintenance

Spring System Maintenance

In this post we will cover the basics of how to manage your Spring System. The Spring System is designed to allow anyone to garden, regardless of experience or ability, by growing and watering itself with minimal maintenance. It does require some routine management to... read more
ZipGrow at the World’s Fair 2015 U.S. Pavilion

ZipGrow at the World’s Fair 2015 U.S. Pavilion

Vertical Farming at the 2015 World’s Fair The world is discovering vertical agriculture in it’s many forms, from the sci-fi-esque skyscraper farms to the Upstart Farmers. The potential of vertical ag is expanding rapidly in various degrees of rationality.... read more

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