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Microgreens are great because of their high value and fast growing times. They are perfect as a standalone business or addition to any small farm. Best of all, a crop of microgreens can be grown in 10 days inside under lights or in a greenhouse.
There is so much unknown to deal with, and it can often feel overwhelming just trying to figure out where to start.
The key to building a successful business is just getting started and showing up every single day. The real challenge comes from knowing what to do and when to do it. My goal is to give you confidence that growing and selling microgreens is something that you can do.
When I first started, I had no idea what I was doing. I barely even knew what microgreens were. The premise was that if he could teach me to start an urban farm, we could teach you.
I was the guinea pig. Curtis suggested I check out microgreens because you can grow them in a small amount of space. I had no idea what microgreens were.
That day, I found myself at the local garden nursery and bought the following: It still makes me laugh to remember how little I knew, and how excited I was to get started. The very first supplies I bought for Nightlight Farms. When I got home, I put the soil in the trays, distributed the seeds, and then watered them by, I kid you not, pouring water from a big jug through a spaghetti strainer.
Three days later, I was elated to see that the seeds had sprouted. Another three days later, I was disappointed to find that they grew tall, skinny, and looked terrible.
Certainly no one would be buying these sad looking greens. Notice how leggy they are as they reach for the light that is too far away.
The next day I sowed another crop, this time much more densely. This made all the difference in the world. They turned out perfectly! The next crop of microgreens. Notice how much denser they are planted, and how much thicker and healthier they look. I then placed a Nightlight Farms label on them, and headed out to try my hand at selling these to local restaurants.
I was absolutely terrified.
Luckily, I went for it anyways. I made a list of four restaurants that I wanted to meet with in Portland, and headed out.1 Executive Summary The Greenhouse Project is a Nevada non-profit corporation whose mission is to establish and sustainably operate a community-based greenhouse and garden in Carson City.
Growing under cover requires a bit of specialized gear, but don’t worry. At Planet Natural we know what you need. From nursery pots and seed starting supplies to grow lights and plant supports, we have what you’re looking for!.
Getting Started. The first thing to figure out when buying or building a greenhouse is how much growing space you will need. Greenhouses are perfect for those who have a green thumb, but don't have the luxury of gardening outdoors all year round.
If you're on the fence about purchasing one, continue reading for six reasons to grow in a greenhouse. Greenhouses are perfect for those who have a green thumb, but don't have the luxury of gardening outdoors all year round. If you're on the fence about purchasing one, continue reading for six reasons to grow in a greenhouse.
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Offering expert tips on choosing a growing site. Venturing into the business of microgreens production offers a grower the opportunity to expand existing markets and open new ones. Microgreens varieties can be marketed profitably as individual components or in signature blends, combining different flavors, colors, and textures.
1 Executive Summary The Greenhouse Project is a Nevada non-profit corporation whose mission is to establish and sustainably operate a community-based greenhouse and garden in Carson City. What are Publications? A numbered UGA Extension publication has been peer reviewed, has enough substance to stand on its own, and is written to be used and understood by the public. Bird’s Eye View of our Peaches. What exactly does 20 acres of peaches look like? Take a look in this video of our peach orchard growing last fall.