THE MODERN FARMER’S TOOLBOX

If you are working on your farm plan, you probably need a few quick answers. The resources provided here can save you some time and help get you up and running.

THE MODERN FARMER’S TOOLBOX

If you are working on your farm plan, you probably need a few quick answers. The resources provided here can save you some time and help get you up and running.

Should I grow indoors, in a greenhouse, or in a container?

Many growers will already have a preferred growing style. You may be managing a greenhouse operation or looking into a modern indoor farm with supplemental LED lighting. You might be considering a container farm like this one from Modular Farms.

There are always tradeoffs when designing your dream farm. If you haven’t made the decision yet, you can get more background information here.

  • Discussion on choosing a growing style
  • Pros and cons 
  • How much does it cost to get started?

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What crops will grow in ZipGrow?

Crop Recommendations for a Productive Vertical Farm

ZipGrow™ Towers are perfectly suited for a variety of leafy greens and herbs. These are known as “quick turn” crops that can be brought to harvest within 3 to 8 weeks, making them perfect for market production.

If you are narrowing down your crop list, click here to find out what crops are recommended for ZipGrow.

  • Best crops for ZipGrow
  • Crops we don’t recommend
  • Guidelines for crop management
  • Crop yield estimates

Learn more



Who are my customers?

Your success depends in large part on your ability to match demand with production.

Don’t forget about customers! If you are in the early planning stage, the single best thing you can do is identify the customers you will be selling to, and learn what crops they will be asking for.

While we can’t recommend a one-size-fits-all approach to your marketing and distribution, we can shed some light on the challenges you will face, and give you tools to help you make an informed decision.

  • Easy markets and hard markets
  • Distribution strategies
  • How a pilot system can boost your sales process
  • How to do market research
  • Crop pricing and sales tips

Learn more



How much will it cost to scale up?

We often recommend that you start with a smaller farm. This gives you the ability to learn your farm operation, inside and out. It can also keep costs down while you are building your customer base. But what happens when you need to scale up?

  • How do I add onto an existing ZipGrow farm?
  • How much will it cost to expand my farm?

Learn more



UPSTART UNIVERSITY

We were sick of seeing would-be farmers launch their operations only to fail a few months later because they didn’t know how to create a business plan, how to make sales,  or manage their commercial systems.

That’s when we created Upstart University – an online learning platform dedicated to teaching you everything you need to know about growing. 

With accessible courses, webinars, and resources, aspiring modern farmers like you can learn at your own pace. Our courses are taught by several educated professionals, including Nate Storey, PhD, Chris Higgins, and other controlled environment ag experts.

Enroll today for only $9.99

Upstart University

We were sick of seeing would-be farmers launch their operations only to fail a few months later because they didn’t know how to create a business plan, how to make sales,  or manage their commercial systems.

That’s when we created Upstart University – an online learning platform dedicated to teaching you everything you need to know about growing. 

With accessible courses, webinars, and resources, aspiring modern farmers like you can learn at your own pace. Our courses are taught by several educated professionals, including Nate Storey, PhD, Chris Higgins, and other controlled environment ag experts.

EBOOKS & RESOURCES

Ready to get serious?  Here are a few invaluable resources that every modern farmer should have in their toolbox. Whether you need a business planning guide, a crop key, or detailed info about crops and pests, we’ve got you covered. Browse more ebooks on our shop.

Best Crops for Hydroponics

Pest & Disease Management

Ebooks & Resources

Ready to get serious?  Here are a few invaluable resources that every modern farmer should have in their toolbox. Whether you need a business planning guide, a crop key, or detailed info about crops and pests, we’ve got you covered. Browse more ebooks on our shop.

Best Crops for Hydroponics

A complete guide to recommended crops, balancing your pH and eC levels,  & common problems.

 

Crop Yield Estimates

Find out how much you can grow in ZipGrow. Crop trials cover a variety of popular herbs and greens, and strawberries!

 

Business Planning Guide

We’ll walk you through how to write your business plan from start to finish.

 

Nutrient Deficiency Key

A guide to recognizing nutrient deficiencies in your plants and correcting them.

 

BLOG POSTS

Learn more about modern farming with these educational blog posts, how-to’s, and industry news.

Here are a few of our top posts:

BLOG POSTS for farmers

Learn more about modern farming with these educational blog posts, how-to’s, and industry news.

Here are a few of our top posts:

HELPFUL VIDEOS

We release two videos a week (Tuesday & Thursday) with tutorials, farmer tips, and answers to some of the toughest questions in all of hydroponic and aquaponic farming. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for helpful videos.

VIDEOS to give you an edge

We release two videos a week (Tuesday & Thursday) with tutorials, farmer tips, and answers to some of the toughest questions in all of hydroponic and aquaponic farming. Subscribe to our Youtube Channel for helpful videos.

WEBINARS

When it comes to learning from the experts, webinars are one of the best ways to give your farm edge it needs to crush the competition. We have several pre-recorded webinars that feature guest presenters and cover a variety of subjects related to being a better farmer. Visit our webinars page to view our full list as well as upcoming  events.

WEBINARS to help you crush it

When it comes to learning from the experts, webinars are one of the best ways to give your farm edge it needs to crush the competition. We have several pre-recorded webinars that feature guest presenters and cover a variety of subjects related to being a better farmer. Visit our webinars page to view our full list as well as upcoming  events.

Automated Dosing: Increase Profits & Decrease Labor

Thinking about an automated dosing system, but not sure where to start or how you will justify the cost?  Watch this webinar to find out. 

 

Selling to Grocery Stores

Grocery stores are an exciting, consistent, and potential large market for today’s modern farmer.  Just be aware of the complexities!  Watch this webinar to learn more. 

 

Selling to Restaurants

Not only are local chefs able to craft their signature dishes with the freshest ingredients, but local farmers are able to create profitable relationships by selling their prized produce closer to home. Learn how to sell to restaurants here. 

 

FOR TEACHERS

Are you a teacher growing and selling food?

Whether you want resources to educate students, or are looking to start a classroom garden, we have plenty of materials for you to take your education to the  next level.

For teachers and classroom farmers

The Teacher’s Lounge

Are you a teacher growing and selling food?

Whether you want resources to educate students, or are looking to start a classroom garden, we have plenty of materials for you to take your education to the  next level.

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