CHICAGO, Oct. 4, 2018 — In the search for the ideal lighting solution for the sprouting process, Traders Hill Farm™ conducted multi-month, head-to-head testing of three lighting options, measuring GroBar™ performance against two leading competitors. Before the trial period was over, the results were clear and measurable: GroBar produced greater output with higher energy efficiency, cooler bulb temperatures, easy installation, a longer warranty period and superior customer service at a lower price point. Without a single drawback, Traders Hill Farm chose VividGro to support their rapid farm expansion. “We decreased our crop failures significantly in our germination and propagation phases with the GroBar,” said Tracy Nazzaro, President at Traders Hill.
On a mission to provide high-value, locally grown produce, Traders Hill Farm created an innovative, symbiotic indoor agriculture system, resulting in a five-fold growth in production in two years. Now the largest controlled environment agriculture operator in Northeast Florida, Traders Hill harvests their lettuce in the morning so it can be served at local restaurants by evening. Their closed loop aquaponics system begins in tanks of sustainably grown tilapia. The fish waste is converted via nitrification into nitrogen-rich nutrient-dense fertilizer water that flows though large grow beds and then gets recycled back to the fish tanks as pH-neutral water. Bright, high-quality lighting completes the design for nutrient-dense, optimal growth.
VividGro is a pioneer in the AgTech space. Tailored to support the automation and efficiency needs of the indoor agriculture and horticultural markets, VividGro implements solutions that help growers maximize yields and reduce costs. Our state-of-the-art, customized lighting product line delivers optimized PAR to maximize plant growth and PAR efficacy. Our control automation systems and data collection strategies are able to measure and modify growing to help growers learn how to use their resources more efficiently. It is not the lights you use; it is how you use them. Learn more about VividGro at www.VividGro.com and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Traders Hill Farm
Founded in late 2013, Traders Hill Farm was born of the ambition to create a truly sustainable food production enterprise utilizing aquaponics, the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics, which generates leafy greens that grow faster, taste better, last longer and waste nothing. It produces high quality lettuces and tilapia year-round in a greenhouse complex in Hilliard, Florida.