Farm Update: 4-21-2015

1. Plumbing completed on one outdoor NFT system. Planted with kale and arugula.



2. Light fixture mounted and plumbing completed on indoor coco drip system.



3. Possible evidence of bottom rot was discovered inside a tomato harvested from the indoor deep water system. This problem was discovered in March and was attributed to a calcium deficiency. A supplement was added to its standard nutrient regimen and the visible exterior discoloration of bottom rot did not appear in new tomatoes.



Farm Update: 4-18-2015

1. Manifolds for outdoor NFT painted.

2. Additional tower stands constructed and painted.

3. Outdoor trellis finished and painted.

4. Indoor coco drip system light mount constructed.

Farm Update: 4-16-2015

1. The NFT Beautification Initiative is well underway. All outdoor NFT racks have been primed and painted.


2. The swiss chard seedlings were too leggy to withstand the windy conditions on our rooftop. These failed seedlings, however, made a very successful micro green salad.


3. Kale seedlings are looking phenomenal!


Farm Update: 4-15-2015

1. The four outdoor towers have been planted with overflow from the germinator (lettuce, kale, bok choy, broccoli, swiss chard). Let’s see if they survive.

2. Tomato clones are showing significant root growth after 6 days in aeroponics.

3. The outdoor NFT support racks are being primed and painted.

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Adding automation with Doris the Doser

We’ve been adding some new automation features for ourselves and our clients. This post will detail Lee’s experiences using the GroHaus system. We noticed that the system we used didn’t actually have a name, so we called ours Doris. Doris the Doser.

Meet Doris!


Doris is by far the simplest and most straightforward automation system that we’ve found so far. To set her up, we built our own custom cart, which was probably the most time consuming part of the process.

Custom cart by Boswyck Farms.

Custom cart by Boswyck Farms.

From there, it was just a question of running plumbing, calibrating the system, and setting our target EC and pH levels.

Setting up Doris' electronic insides.

Setting up Doris’ electronic insides.

Plumbing was run between the nutrient pumps and our stock tanks of General Hydroponics nutrients (Flora Duo parts A and B, along with pH Down), between nutrient pumps and the reservoir, and between the reservoir and the sample pot for testing.

Doris' new home at Project FIND!

Doris’ new home at Project FIND!

We installed Doris at our client Project FIND. Their systems are on a rooftop, so we needed to build a weatherproof enclosure to keep everything safe. We used a case that was originally designed to house outdoor computer systems, which has temperature sensors and cooling fans to keep the system at the right temperature in case of warm weather.

All in all, this was a great experience: learning new automation technologies, building custom houses for them, and using existing materials to amplify what we can do in different environments. If you have questions about automation, we’re always happy to help! Just email us.

Five Gallon Bucket Workshop: Monday, October 13th

We’re really excited for the return of our Five Gallon Bucket Workshop on Monday, October 13th. The workshop will run from 7 – 9 PM at our new space in Astoria. Come learn about the basics of hydroponics, and then get hands-on instruction to build your own drip system to take home!

We heard that some people have had an issue with the registration form. You can register by clicking this link. Drop ins also accepted — but remember, the cost of the class is $100 for people who pre-register, and $115 for drop ins. So registration makes sense!

See you on Monday.

Grand Re-Opening Party!

Open House Fall 2014

You’re invited to our Grand Re-Opening event! September 29th, from 6 – 9 PM, join us on our rooftop to celebrate our new Astoria space. We can’t wait to see you. Share the invitation far and wide! All are welcome.

Press inquiries can be directed here.


Daniel’s Visit to Sunsetview Aquaponics

Produce packaged up and ready to go.

Produce packaged up and ready to go.

Last week I (Daniel) took a trip out to Gap, PA to visit the nice folks at Sunsetview Aquaponics and tour their innovative greenhouse. Sunsetview is run by a second generation Amish plumber with the help of his family and a pair of beautiful bovines. Despite its name, it produces all of its produce using Aeroponic systems. With a capacity for 4000 plants from floor to ceiling, strolling through the lettuce orchard is a magnificent and futuristic experience.

Sam, the owner and head grower has been working on designing their own aeroponic systems that were under development, so I couldn’t snap any photos, but what I can say is that they have some truly impressive and innovative systems that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Who doesn't love chickens?

Who doesn’t love chickens?

A large part of the philosophy at Sunsetview is to include the local community and schools with enriching opportunities to participate throughout the growing process. Once a week a group, of handicapped students from the local school district comes in to help with everything from seeding to harvesting. Engineering students from Messiah College helped to develop the water dispersion cap that delivers nutrient solution to the roots in their growing towers. The greenhouse also serves as a community hub for sustainable and green-focused workshops.

When lettuce monsters attack.

When lettuce monsters attack.

My good friend Dr. T.H. Culhane from Mercy College took the trip down with me to give a presentation for local community members on biodigester technology to create natural gas, compost, and liquid fertilizer all from organic waste.

Sam’s greenhouse is truly beautiful – vertical, focused on simplicity and easy maintenance. Sunsetview does tours throughout the year so if you’re interested in touring their greenhouse for yourself give ’em a call! (717) 768-3597