Category Archives: Farm Update

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.


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




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.




4. Our new picnic table is painted and assembled.


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


Farm Update: 5-1-2015

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


2. Tomato clones look massive at 22 days.


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


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


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.


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.



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!



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



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





Farm Update: 4-23-2015

1. Trellis net hung outside for wall-mounted coco system.

2. Indoor coco drip system is nearly operational.


3. Tomato clones are flourishing in the aeroponic demo system. (Day 14)


4. Despite the cold weather, the tower lettuce is shaping up nicely.