FAPC Member Spotlight – Hydro Harvest Farms
|July 2, 2009||Posted by admin under Agriculture, Farms, Produce|
Imagine growing 100 tomato plants using just 4 gallons of water a day. This is one of the many cool things that farmers John and Terrie Lawson do at Hydro Harvest Farms south of Tampa in Ruskin, Florida.
I had the opportunity to meet Terrie and John during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and what fun they were! They had an elaborate set up – it included their 4-tiered vertical growing systems. The rosemary and strawberries smelled amazing, and the flowers they brought were so pretty.
At Hydro Harvest Farms, they are dedicated to using hydroponic growing methods. You can go there and pick your own fresh produce, or if you don’t have the time, they have items already picked for sale.
In addition to selling the fresh products, John & Terrie sell the vertical growing systems. These are interesting contraptions that allow you to grow a variety of products in a minimal amount of space (building up rather than out).
The Lawsons are active in their community and love holidays when people come out to the farm to celebrate. By creating a new blog, they hope to recount some of the experiences they have and they would love input from other hydroponic growers.