Yearly Archives: 2015

MMJ Comes to NY State!

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Etain’s 1,500 page MMJ application being officially filed!

We mentioned in our last post that our LED research for MMJ growing was leading to an exciting announcement. Now it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. As many of you may already know, New York State is approved for medical marijuana growing as of July 1st, 2015 (yesterday!). We’re thrilled to say that we’ve partnered with Etain, and are in the running for one of the state’s few MMJ growing licenses.

Etain is a family-run company based in upstate New York. Amy, Hilary, and Keeley Peckham, who founded Etain, hope to use the company revitalize the economically struggling area in Warren County. The Peckhams worked incredibly hard to put together the 1,500 page application with our support. If the project goes forward, we will be serving as the hydroponics consultants for their company, designing systems, and teaching Etain the best practices for growing. We hope to develop custom trainings on this subject — just as soon as we’re granted the approval to do so!

The state will be announcing the recipients of the licenses next week. To say that this represents a major development for us, both as a company and as a state, doesn’t even begin to express our excitement. We’re hoping to get back to you with excellent news very soon.

Exciting updates from California: our first tests of medical marijuana!

Recently, Boswyck Farms has been based between our research and development facility in Astoria, Queens, and California. We’ve been working with a collaborator on some experiments with medical marijuana growth and the use of LED lighting.

If you’ve been following along with our lighting experiments here in Astoria, you know that we love Transcend LEDs. With Transcend starting to design lights specifically for medical marijuana (MMJ) growth, we thought there was no better opportunity to do a little testing. We decided to put Transcend’s D200 LED head to head with a 600 Watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) light — a standard in the MMJ arena.

After a 7 week testing period, the results of the experiment are now in! Within a 3’x3′ growing area,  we found that the Transcend D200 LED performed on par with the HPS. Additional redesign of the LED, including the availability to hit a bigger throw area (4’x4′ is an ideal goal), would improve the LED’s performance even further. Plus, as we all know, compared to the running cost of an HPS light, running a D200 LED is both more cost-efficient, and more effective in heat management. The LED puts out much less heat, which is an important consideration when running an indoor grow room of any kind.

This is exciting not only for MMJ growers looking to use a more energy-efficient light, but also for an upcoming project that we ourselves are in the running for . . . but more on that next time. Stay tuned!

Ladybugs to the rescue!

Aphids got you down? Try ladybugs! We released thousands of ladybugs both indoors and out to help combat the pests that were colonizing our crops. This method proved to be extremely effective — and colorful.

We’ve been hard at work preparing our outdoor space for the summer growing season and already we are seeing the fruits (read: vegetables) of our labor. The aeroponic towers and NFT systems have produced incredible bok choy, kale, and lettuce.

Under Construction, Again

1. This week we began construction on a new outdoor seating unit with incorporated deep water and waterfall systems. Construction, sanding, and painting will occur in phases.

2. Volunteers helped us make progress on preparing our outdoor space for the summer growing season. Reservoirs for tower, NFT, and coco systems have been outfitted with high-pressure water top-off lines and float valves. This plumbing ensures a constant water level in the reservoirs, even during intense summer heat.

3. Our new weather station has been installed and is now online, contributing data to the Weather Underground network. How cool is that?!

Tomatoes planted! (Farm Update: 5-6-2015)

1. Lettuce is finally flourishing in the outdoor towers.

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2. Plumbing for the outdoor coco log systems has been completed.

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3. Tomatoes have been planted outside in the coco log systems. So far Turkish Striped Monastery, Purple Bumblebee, Basrawya, and Minibel varieties have been planted.

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4. Our new picnic table is painted and assembled.

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5. An automated light mover and track was installed for the large indoor coco drip system.

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Farm Update: 5-1-2015

1. Student volunteers helped us sand, prime, and paint components for an outdoor picnic table.

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2. Tomato clones look massive at 22 days.

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3. Tomatoes in the germinator are ready to be transplanted.

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4. Flashy trout back lettuce looks very happy in the indoor coco drip system.

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Farm Update: 4-30-2015

Today we wished farewell to Alex, our intern-turned-employee-turned-volunteer whose expertise is responsible for our well-organized storage areas, diligent planting schedule, and precisely dosed reservoirs. She is moving on to pursue a career in mechanical engineering.

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Thank you for all your help, Alex!

Farm Update: 4-29-2015

1. The rooftop NFT systems at Project FIND have been resurrected from winter slumber. Rails were cleaned, plumbing lines were flushed, and the water top off line was reconnected.

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2. Our new indoor drip system using a combination of coconut husk and glass stone has been planted with artichoke, broccoli, cauliflower, and quinoa. We are comparing the seed germination rates from direct sowing in the coco drip system and in rock wool grow cubes in the germinator. DATA!

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3. The aluminum frame was assembled for a new indoor NFT system. Hopper loves her shiny new scratching post.

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4. New vinyl captain’s chair deemed highly awesome.

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