Too often, the details of scalability lead indoor agriculturists to fall into one of two traps: they don’t expand because the proposition is complex and daunting, or they expand, but miss key issues that ultimately thwart their efforts.
But you can avoid these traps with ease.
VividGro GroAdvisorTM is a high-touch advisory service focused on facility optimization and planning. With a curated team of engineers and architects, we help growers optimize all aspects of indoor farms, greenhouses, hydroponic sites and more.
New Facility Design for Long-Term Scalability
Getting a new facility up and running can be overwhelming. While the space itself may be fantastic, missing details can create a headache. Considerations such as the number of outlets, the electrical draw the grid will support, or limitations to operating hours in zoning ordinances can cause unexpected delay and cost. When starting from scratch, start out right with decades of experience behind you. Remember that using LEDs, like the GroBarTM will cut your electricity costs by at least one third for lighting, and more when factoring in lower cooling costs.
Selecting a New Grow Space
Shopping for a new grow space can be more complicated than shopping for almost anything else. Beyond square footage, considerations must include zoning limitations, state and local regulatory compliance, infrastructure load and the potential for long-term growth. Don’t look for a site that will work for now – think long-term and find a place that will grow with you. Be sure to check out this article that explores the topic more fully.
It can be easy to miss solutions to your problems when you are mired in the details. Often times, growers know they can get more yield from their space, they just don’t know how. Bringing in an outside perspective, informed by deep experience, and \industry trends and developments, can be the best thing you will ever do.
For many agriculturists, existing success has been earned through a passion for all aspects of plant growth, lighting, and nutrition. Gaps in knowledge and experience that prevent continued momentum can lie in more business-centered areas. Feasibility analysis, schematic design, permitting and documentation, and regulatory compliance are important pieces of the puzzle. Wisdom is in knowing the limitations of one’s experience and interest level, and bringing in experts to augment and fuel growth.
When to Bring in Experts
How do you know when it’s time to call in a pro? When you are ready to expand, but find yourself overwhelmed and deterred by the details. If you seem to have hit a ceiling and need help pushing to the next level. When the success of your business has already taken a hit due to these issues. There isn’t a business out there that wouldn’t benefit from an outside perspective to consider new angles, uncover underlying issues, and offer cost-saving tips. Schedule a consultation. Why not? We’re here to help.
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Gina Kegel is a freelance copywriter in Southern California. Like a heat-seeking missile for human interest angles, underlying driving factors and the hidden gem that connects, Gina engages readers across a wide variety of businesses and industries, from startups through multinational corporations. Find her at LinkedIn.com/in/ginaiswrite.