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Future Growing® LLC

The World Leader In Urban And Commercial Aeroponic Food Farms

Commercial Farms

On this page, you will have a chance to view some popular hydroponic growing systems used around the world today. You can also view some of the very best greenhouse designs, popular and unique crops, safe and natural pest control—and most importantly—state-of-the-art concepts and technologies for successful growing. Our mission is to educate people about the limitless growing opportunities in both hydroponic and organic food production.

Future Growing® is dedicated to turning each client into a successful grower by providing you the very best in new technologies, training, and the safest way to grow food today.

After viewing this page, please  contact us  and let us know what type of growing and crops interest you. From there, our Commercial Team will work with you to custom design a greenhouse to fit your budget, provide training for the systems and crops you select, and turn your growing dreams into a profitable reality.
 

  • Greenhouses
  • Aeroponics
  • Pest Control
  • Project Photos
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Greenhouses

Hydroponic or aeroponic growing, combined with modern greenhouse technology, is referred to as “controlled environment agriculture.” Greenhouse structures that incorporate this technology create an environment in which premium crops can grow year round. Modern greenhouses can protect our plants from outdoor pollutants, as well as contamination from birds, rodents, harmful insects, and plant diseases.

Most importantly, controlled environment agriculture protects our environment by reducing or eliminating harmful pesticides, and saves our natural resources by recycling water and minerals required for plants to grow.

Future Growing®’s protected growing systems can utilize both hydroponic and organic techniques to provide a healthy and nutritious alternative to conventional, pesticide-laden produce.

Quonset style greenhouse

Pictured at top right is a series of progressive images showing the construction of an aeroponic tower farm greenhouse, from beginning through completion.

Dutch style glass greenhouse

Choosing a greenhouse is an important and complex decision; each modern greenhouse design has its advantages as well as disadvantages, and varying costs. Future Growing® has access to over 50 different reputable greenhouse builders in North America and around the world. We help you select the best greenhouse for your budget, climate, and crops.

Vent in Dutch style greenhouse

Greenhouse styles range from the economical, single bay, plastic-covered Quonset style (pictured at upper right) to the tall, Dutch style glass greenhouses (pictured at left).

Modern greenhouses are much taller than traditional styles, allowing natural ventilation to work more effectively, thus reducing energy costs. The Dutch style glass house, for example, can have 20-foot sidewalls and be gutter connected over a several acre area. These greenhouses are environmentally friendly, because they use glass, a lifetime material. Glass also provides the most sunlight transmission into the greenhouse.

Some growers choose plastic because of the high initial cost of glass, its poor insulation qualities during cold months, and the fact that it can be prone to hail damage in areas that receive large hail.

Dutch style greenhouses have vents on either side of the peaked roof (as illustrated in photo, above right). This design gives the greenhouse the ability to work with the wind from either direction, providing maximum air movement in the greenhouse.

Sawtooth roof greenhouse
Sawtooth roof greenhouse

Several other modern greenhouse structures have tall sidewalls and natural roof ventilation. But, instead of glass, they have two layers of inflated plastic on the roof and sidewalls. Inflated plastic is very economical, resistant to hail, and insulates well, but must be replaced about every four years.

Gothic Roof Quonset / Bow Roof / Sawtooth Roof

Many plastic covered structures have roof designs that are hinged on the truss, and the entire roof opens at the gutter. As temperature increases, roof vents open all the way and some side walls partially open as well. These structures require very little energy to ventilate the greenhouses.

Other structures, such as the Israeli sawtooth (pictured above, left) and the Israeli top-vent greenhouse (pictured above, right), utilize a horizontal curtain on the roof for natural ventilation. These structures also require very little energy to ventilate the greenhouses.

Greenhouses with exhaust fans

Lower, gutter connected greenhouses require large exhaust fans (illustrated in photo at left) to pull air through the greenhouses to keep them cool. In hot growing areas, greenhouses also have evaporative cooling pads to assist the fans in cooling the greenhouses.

Retractable roof greenhouse

Fan and pad type greenhouses eliminate the openings for insects which are present in natural ventilation systems, but require higher energy costs and increased maintenance to operate.

Future Growing® has experience with some of the latest and most innovative greenhouses on the market today.

Retractable roof greenhouses (pictured in photo at right) can provide the best of both worlds by growing outside and inside all in the same day. The greenhouse roof and sidewalls open automatically in just a few minutes, while insect screens below the trusses can be closed to protect the plants from large insects and birds (See photo at lower right).

Insect screen below retractable roof
Plastic Quonset-style greenhouse

Smaller growers in colder climates may choose to build economical, single bay Quonset style greenhouses, as pictured in photo at left. These well-insulated greenhouses have two layers of inflated plastic from the ground to roof peak and shed snow very easily.

Whatever greenhouse design you choose, we will help you every step of the way. We will ensure that you have a well-built structure that serves you for many years to come!

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Aeroponics

Aeroponics is cutting edge in the world of hydroponics. Aeroponics is a hydroponic system in which plant roots are suspended in air and intermittently soaked with a nutrient-rich, mineral based solution.

Aeroponic plants are generally planted on the outside of an enclosed chamber where they receive maximum sunlight.The nutrient solution flows or drips through the inside of the chamber.

The nutrient solution flows onto the roots of the plants and then drips down into a reservoir or collection pipe, where it is used again. Research suggests that aeroponic systems maximize oxygen availability at the root zone, thus helping to maximize plant growth.

Aeroponic systems allow for clean root harvesting.

Future Growing® LLC has developed a unique vertical aeroponic tower growing system. This economical growing system is suitable for home growers and commercial growers alike, and can produce a wide variety of crops in a relatively small growing space.

You can view many photos of tower-based aeroponic systems by clicking on the “Project Photos” tab above.

Aeroponic systems are an excellent choice for crops such as medicinal herbs, where clean soil-free root material is needed.

Aeroponic systems provide consistent phytochemistry from the herb roots because growers are able to precisely control the inputs into the plant. High quality medicinal roots can fetch a premium price in certain markets. This is an exciting technological breakthrough in the world of herbal root production, because medicinal herb plants are typically damaged when roots are harvested using conventional growing techniques.

Tower Gardens® in a commercial growing operation.

Aeroponics is also commonly used in the agro-tourism industry. Educational facilities, theme parks, and restaurants have all utilized Future Growing® technology to display plant production in an amazing way. We can create many variations of aeroponic systems, including displays featuring plants that live and move among guests dining in fine restaurants.

Aeroponics is considered a closed hydroponic system. Therefore, nutrients and water are continually recycled, preserving our natural resources and the environment.

Tower Gardens® in a commercial growing operation.
Tower Gardens® in a commercial growing operation

Closed aeroponic systems do run a higher risk of spreading plant disease throughout the entire crop. However, Future Growing® technologies can virtually eliminate root diseases. Some of these technologies include high efficiency water chillers, beneficial microorganisms, and our ultraviolet or ozone sterilization systems.

Insect screening

Pest Control

Natural or environmentally friendly forms of pest control are becoming very popular in agriculture throughout the world. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) utilizes mechanical, chemical, biological, and good management practices for pest control.

Pests affecting crops range from animals such as rodents or birds, to insects such as caterpillars and spider mites to plant diseases caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria. In the past, farmers would simply spray a pesticide or fungicide on a crop to control harmful insects or diseases. In recent years, however, scientists have found that many of these chemicals were harmful to people and indiscriminately destroyed beneficial insects.

Loupe magnifier

Pest identification tools

Good management practices
for pest control

38X magnifier

Government regulations of pesticides, as well as the consumer demand for pesticide-free or organic produce, have forced the chemical industry to develop “soft” or safe chemicals. These safe chemicals include products like soaps, oils, and natural insect growth regulators.

The team at Future Growing® trains growers individually on IPM practices, and develops written procedures specifically for each client’s operation.

Sterilizing tools

First, we look at mechanical pest control which deals with physical insect barriers such as greenhouse structure and screening (such as the insect screen pictured at upper right), as well as the mechanical training and maintenance of your crop. An example of good maintenance is sterilizing tools and equipment, as illustrated in the photo at lower right.

Second, we provide pictures and written material that covers the type of insects and diseases your particular crop will be susceptible to. We show you how to look for these pests and what part of the plant they develop on. Locating your pests at an early stage allows you to effectively utilize beneficial insects and microorganisms. Several examples of harmful pests and their natural enemies are illustrated at the bottom of this page.

We source our beneficial insects from several providers, and have found that some companies are better at rearing certain beneficial insects than others. There can be a half dozen or so beneficial insects for your problem pest, so we show you how to choose the right beneficial insect by looking at your crop, day length, temperature, humidity, and other greenhouse factors. A customized plan is then developed for your crop throughout the entire growing season.

Third, we show you the types of “soft” or biological friendly chemicals that you can also use in an IPM program. There are also many OMRI-listed pesticides and fungicides approved for hydro-organic operations.

An example is MilStop (pictured at left), a broad spectrum foliar fungicide which contains potassium bicarbonate.

Finally, we work with you and your staff to develop and implement good management practices for producing successful crops. Disease resistant crop selection, sterilization of equipment and tools, and proper crop handling are essential steps in the battle against pests. Quality employee training is your best defense against pests in the greenhouse. Without the proper training, your employees can easily spread insects and diseases — consuming all your profits.

Please contact us to learn more about the amazing products, microorganisms, and beneficial insects available to growers today. The IPM approach for each species of a harmful insect may be different. Our team will work closely with you to produce a bountiful crop by selecting the right beneficial insects and microorganisms as well as economically viable products and training for your IPM program.

 

Examples of Common Insect Pests and their Natural Enemies

Harmful Insect Pests

Spider Mites

Spider Mites

 

Thrips

Thrips

Beneficial Insects


Predator mites used to control spider mites

Predator Mites

 

Time-release sachet filled with predator mites

Sachet filled with predator mites

 

Pirate Bug

Pirate Bug

Aphids

Aphids

Aphids

Aphids

Beneficial insects used to control aphids

Below: Parasitoid wasp

Parasitoid Wasp

Aphids are a favorite food of lacewing larvae.

Lacewing larva

Below: Aphid midge

Midge

Vegetable Leafminer

Leafminer

Parasitoid wasp used to control leafminer

Parasitoid Wasp

Whiteflies

Below: Greenhouse whitefly

Greenhouse Whitefly

Below: Silverleaf whitefly

Silverleaf Whitefly

Parasitoid wasps used to control whiteflies

 

Below: Encarsia formosa (Nile Delta Strain)

Parasitoid Wasp


Below: Eretmocerus eremicus

Parasitoid Wasp

Bumblebees are very efficient crop pollinators and work well in an IPM program.
Bees

Bees


Beneficial Microorganisms and Safe Sprays

Field Guardian nematodes include Guardian Nematodes and Lawn Patrol. These nematodes actively search for insects, insect pupae, and insect larvae in places that are constantly moist. These beneficial nematodes can be used in growing media, greenhouse floors, or outside in the soil to help prevent insect intrusion into the greenhouse.

Nematodes

MilStop - Disease Control

OMRI Listed broad spectrum foliar fungicide

Contains Potassium Bicarbonate

MilStop

PlantShield HC - Disease Control

OMRI Listed

Contains the beneficial fungus Trichoderma

PlantShield HC

BotaniGard® ES - Insect Control

For the control of adult and larval stages of whitefly, aphids, thrips, psyllids, weevils and mealybugs

Contains beneficial microorganism Beauveria bassiana

BotaniGard ES

NemaShield - Insect Control

Contains beneficial nematodes used to control fungus gnats

NemaShield

DiPel

(Bacillus thuringiensis)

Controls Lepidopterous caterpillars

DiPel

Commercial Farms: Project Photos

We encourage you to browse the photo gallery below, which shows Future Growing® commercial farm installations.
We believe they will give you ideas on how you can utilize Future Growing® technology on a commercial scale!

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