At its core, farming has always been a scientific endeavor.

 

Farmers must be knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific disciplines. At any given moment they take on the role of meteorologist, engineer, chemist, mechanic, economist, electrician, botanist, geologist, and conservationist.

 

Modern farming still invokes the same science that it always has. Few discoveries have changed this. What has changed, however, are the applications and methods used to grow our fruits and vegetables. Thus, the way we view the same scientific principles is dependent on how we produce our food.

 

Indoor Farms and the Emerging Science

 

Shortage of food supplies and growing populations in urban areas have precipitated the shift from traditional outdoor farms to indoor and vertical farms. The emerging paradigm in the agricultural industry ushers in radical changes in the science of farming. How?

 

LED Lighting

Although some detractors still question the validity of LED lighting in agricultural, numerous studies have revealed that flowers, cannabis, fruits, and vegetables all thrive when exposed to a targeted light spectrum.

 

GrowFilm light sheets and panels provide targeted lighting that stimulates plant growth. In most cases, plants can be exposed to LED lights for 12 to 18 hours at a time. LED lighting systems are efficient, low-cost, and long-lasting.

 

Hydroponics

Cannabis users have been utilizing hydroponic systems, amongst others, for more than two decades. The same scientific approach is now being adopted across the board in horticulture and floriculture. The process behind hydroponics is surprisingly simple. Farmers grow plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, with added nutrients. The only thing missing is the soil content.

 

Hydroponics is an asset to agriculture due to its versatility. There are countless methods and variations of hydroponic gardening. The method a farmer utilizes depends on the types of plants in the garden.

 

A Controlled Environment

For food to develop indoors, growers must create a controlled environment. They’re essentially engineering a world within a world where they monitor and adjust every element: light, temperature, moisture, etc. Since vegetation is climate-controlled, farmers must fine-tune the environment per plant.

 

For instance, for the average tomato to provide an optimal level of nutrients, farmers must create an environment that gives the tomato the right spectrum LED lighting, the right amount of moisture, and the ideal temperature range. When done correctly, flavorful and nutritious tomatoes can be grown year round.

 

Why is Growing Food Indoors a Better Option?

 

The answer: because growers can produce the perfect growing environment with more consistency than the natural climate. Outdoor climates are unpredictable and can destroy an entire crop for any number of reasons:

 

●        Too much or not enough rain

●        Severe weather

●        Soil conditions

●        Extreme heat or cold

●        Synthetic products and chemicals

●        Insects

 

All of these detriments disappear in a controlled environment.

 

LED Lighting Systems for Growing Food Indoors

 

As farmers improve indoor farming methods, they will require a sustainable, efficient lighting system. GrowFilm offers White Lightning and Patriot LED sheets for horticulture, floriculture, and cannabis. To discover how our LED lights can work for you, contact us at 952-944-9863, or you can message us at partender@growfilm.ag.