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garden inside abandoned warehouse

Community Center Grows Food In Abandoned Warehouse Garden

July 29, 2016

I recently visited a community center that was doing something really cool. They had taken an old abandoned warehouse and converted it into a large indoor community garden. They were already dealing with a lot of disadvantaged youth from the neighborhood and they gave each of them a small plot inside this garden warehouse. The children are completely responsible for the plants they planted, for taking care of them, for doing most of the landscaping and for harvesting whatever fruits or vegetables they may grow.

Just having this little bit of responsibility has made a huge different difference in their lives. But what also helped them was seeing food being grown in front of their eyes. These were inner-city children who had never witnessed something like this. What sounds completely mundane to a farmer or anyone who’s been out of the city, must have seemed like a complete miracle to these kids.

garden inside abandoned warehouse

A garden planted in an old warehouse. By Roland zh – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Now obviously growing a huge garden like this is not going to be cheap. The largest expense, of course, are the lights. Plants need light and they don’t get any of it inside a dark warehouse. Not much at least. That’s where the community really came together.

Donations poured in from all over the region that allowed the community center to buy grow lights and all the other equipment they needed. First they bought simple T5 fluorescent tubes, but they soon realized that these were not very efficient. They ended up switching to MH bulbs during vegging and HPS bulbs during flowering. This was much more efficient but it also created a lot of heat and ate a lot of power. But these lights were relatively inexpensive.

The donations kept pouring in, though, so they were eventually able to replace all of these lights with full-spectrum LED grow lights. These are much more expensive, but once you’ve made the initial purchase, they’re much cheaper to run. They also much easier to run and maintain, so the kids were able to run everything themselves. They learned about plant grow cycles and changing the length of daylight artificially. They also learned about watering needs, soil pH and various other technologies necessary when growing plants.

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Growing food on an abandoned lot. By Jonathan McIntosh – Own work, CC BY 2.5

Every morning before school, these kids go and tend to the garden for a bit. Their school also gives them a free period or two, which is not hard to do given all the time wasted at most public schools. The kids use that free period to head over to the warehouse and spend some more time with their garden. After school, most of them go back and do even more gardening. Basically they use all their free time to garden. They do this voluntarily and are having a great time. Tending to this community garden is keeping them off the streets and keeping them out of danger.

The organizers of this community center are to thank for this wonderful idea. They had it and they set it all up they got it all organized, hired the landscaping expert and they still run it. We thank them so much for this. We also get tons of fresh tomatoes out of it!

On top of these people, we must thank everyone in the community for supporting this idea and for their generous donations. You can see a list of donations on the community center website, but we will just thank them in general here. We don’t want to single anyone out on our site.

So again, thank you so much for your generous donations that have allowed the community to provide these children and their plants with the best indoor LED grow lights available. The kind LED K5 XL 1000 units that are each lighting an individual child’s plot are a true miracle of technology. They have grown some wonderful vegetables and fruits and the children have taken those and have sold them at the local farmers market. They are allowed to keep the profits, which makes this whole endeavor even more exciting to them. They are basically able to run their own little business.

I don’t imagine that many of them will go on to become farmers later in their life, but this isn’t just an experience in farming and gardening. It is also an experience in running a business and that will help them throughout the rest of their lives, whether they stay in their little town or whether they move elsewhere in the US or the world. What a wonderful community centered idea and a wonderful way to make use of an old abandoned warehouse space!

home grown vegetable basket

Growing Your Own Food For Your Family’s Health

May 28, 2016

Meet John. John used to eat processed foods and other unhealthy things. He drank soda pop also. He was gigantic. He was one of those people you always hear about, those obese Americans. But not today. He turned his life around and today he weighs what a normal person should. He eats healthy, but he doesn’t spend the money you usually associate with healthy produce. How does he do it?

organic vegetable garden

A home vegetable garden. By Srl – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

He grows his own vegetables, that’s how. Now I know what you’re thinking. You think I can’t grow my own vegetables because I don’t have a garden. And I don’t have space for a garden. Well, neither does John.

What John does have is a little bit of extra space in his house, as many of us do. He converted that space into a little garden. It’s his own indoor gardening area. He outfitted it with some buckets and put some soil in them. Then he got himself some florescent grow lights to supplement the sunlight. He started the planting herbs and vegetables that are easy to grow and while it didn’t go as planned at first, he eventually got some pretty good yields.

And that’s the key. Many people who try gardening indoors don’t succeed right away. Actually, make that most people. It’s not easy and gardening takes a bit of practice, just like anything else. This is true whether gardening outdoors or indoors. You will make some mistakes and you will kill some plants. And even if your plants survive, that doesn’t mean they’re going to yield you the kind of fruits you want. You need to learn by doing.

And that’s what John did. He read articles you can find for free online and taught himself how to garden. He made those mistakes during the first few grow cycles, but once those were ironed out, he started seeing the fruits of his labor. Literally. His plans fruited and gave him the vegetables he wanted. He still supplemented them with food he bought at the store, but eventually he was growing enough that he could live off them entirely.

organic home grown tomatoes

Tomatoes grown indoors under grow lights

He even got to the point where he would sell some of his extra produce to his neighbors. Today, he has actually made back all of the money he put into his little garden, in terms of equipment costs and electricity costs to keep the lights running.

So what’s my point? My point is, be like John. If you find yourself eating crappy food, because you think you can’t afford to buy vegetables, just start buying those vegetables and save money elsewhere. Cut back on that coffee or the cigarettes or something. There’s always something you can cut out of your life to make room for something better.

home grown vegetable basket

Basket of vegetables grown in John’s indoor garden

Then put a little bit of money into setting up your garden. It doesn’t have to cost much to start. All the equipment can be had fairly cheaply and you quickly make your costs back in terms of savings from not having to buy anything from the store and you may make even more money by selling your excess produce. Everyone one loves home-grown tomatoes!

And you can make your own drinks too. Use your fruits and vegetables to make smoothies or brew tea leaves you have grown yourself in your own garden and brew them in your ceramic mug with infuser for the road. You can grow your own coffee as well.

More importantly, you and your family will be much healthier. Not only will you be healthier, you also save money and, maybe more importantly, you will enjoy fruits and herbs like you’ve never tasted before. Seriously, when you grow them yourself and eat them fresh from the vine, they taste so much better than they do when you buy them in the store.

Plus, you know exactly what’s on them. You know there are no pesticides or other harmful chemicals. You’ll be healthier and feel better all around. You will save money. You will even be the envy of your friends. And if you’re like John, you can earn even more money by teaching others to do what you’ve just done. You lost a few grows because you had to learn what to do, but now you can teach others so they don’t have to lose those first few grow cycles. And they pay you for your expertise. You make even more money. What you have to lose? Get started!

community gardening two gardeners and a plant

Community Gardening Is The Food Source of the Future

April 21, 2016

Here at growing food, growing community, we advocate making your own food. Not only do you save a lot of money over buying your groceries in a store, you also know exactly what you put on them. You know there are no pesticides, unless you use them of course, or any other chemicals on your food. You can rest assured that you and your family are not being poisoned.

community gardening two gardeners and a plant

Gardening together as a community

Also, most people will agree that the vegetables, fruits and herbs you raise yourself simply taste much better than the ones you buy in a store.Not jst the vegetables. The tea too. I always take my ceramic lidded travel mug with me wherever I go and these days, it is filled with tea leaves that I have grown myself.

That takes care of the growing food part of the equation, but what about the growing community part? Well, not only do we advocate growing your own food, we advocate growing food for the whole community. There is even an association dedicated to this.

Perhaps your family grows potatoes and corn. Another family will grow apples and something else. A third family will grow yet other things. This way, everybody gets everything they need.

It would be impossible for each family to grow all the fruits, vegetables and herbs they consume. But if everyone grows a few things only, and grows them well, and then shares amongst each other, it works. You could even exchange the foods for money, in which case you would basically have a community-wide farmers garden.

Easier though, is putting all the food together and rationing it out amongst the families, at least the ones who want each individual item of food. Learn much more about community gardens if you’re interested.

community garden outdoors in small town

A small town community garden

One of the biggest participants in this would be the local schools. Not only can they grow a huge portion of the town’s food supply, since they have a lot of students to use as labor, the process of planting their own food is also a great educational tool for the students. Knowing where food comes from is important, especially in today’s convenience- based society.

It is also important for students to see the benefits of growing their own food, and more than that, growing it organically. They need to see that there are alternatives to supermarket food. More importantly, they need to see that there are alternatives to the overly processed food sold so heavily in our supermarkets today.

What does your community currently do? Does it have any kind of growing programs like this? Do the local schools teach students about organic gardening? A lot of schools say they don’t have the land to do this and they might be right. I say use some of the land appropriated for the various sports as a garden. Sports are completely unimportant, but learning how to sustain ourselves on this overpopulated planet is vital.

Even if there is no space outdoors, there are always going to be unused rooms at schools. And if not at schools, somewhere in the community there will be plenty of unused indoor space. Why not grow your food indoors in an indoor garden? You can use a hydroponic system or a regular soil system, but growing food indoors saves a lot of space and it means you can grow year-round.

Yes, you’ll need to spend money on grow lights and, if you choose to go with the modern LED grow lights, this can be a bit expensive. But you do save money in the long run over HPS grow lights, since the LED ones use far less electricity. Fluorescent lights are another option but only if you have a small garden and if you’re growing for the whole community you probably don’t.

And this is not just for schools. Even for individual families, we also recommend growing indoors. You can grow larger plants outdoors and then move the small plants indoors. Grow your herbs in your indoor garden and maybe some smaller vegetables as well.

If few want to get a program this this started in your community, but don’t know how to begin, get in touch with us. Or get in touch with your local gardening group. Either they or we will be very happy to help you set up a program like this. We also found this helpful checklist for getting a gardening program going in your local community.

We know how important it is to the survival of the human race and each community that does their own gardening like this gets us one step closer to saving our planet. Grow your own food, grow it indoors, grow it outdoors, grow it wherever, just grow it. Stop buying it.

90 Watt LED Grow Light

90 Watt LED Grow Light – The Efficient Choice

March 15, 2016

Looking for a full spectrum LED grow lights? Having the appropriate grow lights inside your set up can be essentially the most crucial things you make certain of. Plants can expand just fine for those who have all of the best nutrients going in their eyes, have all of the most up to time frame hydroponic technology providing them. The airflow system that produces sure they usually are always cool and stuffed with oxygen, but without light none of these matters too very much, or at all in reality.read my latest blog posted at http://www.growingfoodgrowingcommunity.org/2016/03/led-grow-lights-what-you-need-to-know/

That is exactly why LED grow lighting are so crucial.

However, finding the very best full spectrum LED grow lights are not that simple, that is why we’ve assembled this resource — an excellent all-inclusive guide that will help you find the grow light that could fit your requirements.

Grow lights for indoor plants

Many indoor growing plants enthusiasts have commenced to embrace the concept of hydroponic gardens. One way for an individual to get the most out of their high upon a garden is usually to install ninety days 1000 watt grow light for sales expand light. A grow light can be a vital component involving any indoor yard since plants simply will never grow to their particular full potential if they cannot get an adequate amount of light. Of training course, not just about any light will do about indoor gardening.

For the plants to thrive, they must receive the right amount of light from your right spectrums. This is one reason a 90 unit of this type is an excellent purchase.

Hydroponic lighting – 90 Watt LED grow light

It is not only hydroponic gardens that will benefit from a new 90 Watt BROUGHT grow light, however. Whether a particular person is preparing plants to get planted in a new spring garden or is considering growing some spectacular flowers indoors, virtually any type of plan or garden can make use of a unit of this size and form. One of the biggest benefits of having a 90 Watt BROUGHT grow light instead of many of the other lighting solutions is that the particular light itself is usually placed quite close to the plants.checkout more reviews for this topic.

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When an individual uses an ordinary incandescent light instead of a 90 Watt BROUGHT become light, they should take care to set the right number of the distance the light plus the plant. This is because incandescent bulbs put out much heat. Although heat is usually beneficial to plants in most situations, having a bright light too close can, in fact, scorch or burn up the plants or even dry them away altogether.

90 Watt LED Grow Light

Because there is virtually no heat at a 90 Watt unit (hydroponic lighting) of this size and form, this is not something the average gardener will have to be concerned about.go to http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2763185 for additional information about gardening.

Another benefit of having a 90 Watt BROUGHT grow light would be the incredible energy efficiency that emanates from using LEDs or even light emitting diodes. A unit of this size and type uses only a small percentage of electricity required by way of a similar incandescent light. They are all the more efficient than many of the top fluorescent lights out there. In fact, there is not any alternative to a new 90-watt energy source of this finding a light-weight that uses microscopic energy as feasible while still offering bright, healthy light-weight. Hence find full spectrum LED grow lights.

LED Grow Lights- what you need to know

LED Grow Lights- what you need to know?

March 15, 2016

LED stands for Light Emitting Diodes. These diodes are small in proportions and used in high numbers to emit light- grow lights for indoor plants. They are used intended for multiple purposes like the illumination of lamps, bulbs, a digital watches, remote controls, digital appliances, growing plants as well as flowers, and so in. The small size of such bulbs enables them to adjust to easily into a digital circuit.

They have a real life and are highly efficient types of light. They are suitable for personal and commercial requirements for full spectrum LED grow lights, like this 90w beauty.

LED plant lights

Within homes, these lights may be used for growing plants. The full spectrum LED grow lights equipment accelerates the growth of plants indoors. In areas where there is certainly a lack of sunlight, these lights could be a boon for growing plants, since they assist along the way of photosynthesis. They have a wide application and may be used for automotive lighting, pedal bike lighting, billboard lighting, display lighting, domestic purposes, thumb light, railway signals,

They are also used as BROUGHT ABOUT night lights, Christmas equipment and lighting, strip lights, tail equipment and lighting, decorative lighting, car equipment and lighting, stage lighting, traffic equipment and lighting, and train lights.

The multi-utilitarian quality of such lights has made them global. Not to mention additional advantages like preserving the surroundings and saving money.

Here are the benefits of LED grow lights.

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• Efficiency – LED sends out PAR light, i. e., photo synthetically active rays, which offer greater productivity and better results.

• These lights are widely used for growing plants; they accelerate the growth considering that the wavelength of light that is emitted from them is strictly what the plants will need.

• Plants have an explicit dependence on wavelengths for conducting the method of photosynthesis.

Why CHOOSE on full spectrum LED!

The traditional white light bulbs will never provide such wavelengths and thus hamper the growth. Not only this, the incandescent lamps, as well as fluorescent lights, will affect the growth of crops.check their latest news at http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2781712

Full spectrum LED grows lights equipment, and lighting will produce light at the right frequency and wavelength. Additionally, the range of red, as well as blue light, may be balanced for optimal outcomes.

For the best plant light penetration, you will need light from multiple sources plus reflective surfaces. The leads do not have any lenses so that they emit at a large angle. The light that doesn’t travel straight down to the plant gets reflected off reflective Mylar plastic sheeting about the growing area. My light panel is running at 30C plus produces absolutely no unwanted noise.

LED Grow Lights- what you need to know

Lastly, I do believe light “penetration” (or light diffusion), and power are crucial. I take these into account when I grow the tea I use in my ceramic travel mug. A quick market research on it, I read that people recommend 25-50 watts electrical (LEDs) per of growing area, for intensive growing like full sun. When LED grow-light merchandise cost around $4 / Watt electrical, this means a significant investment of $100-200/ of growing location. At least reference this thermal operating characteristic chart/graph within the LED device datasheet. Check more on 1000 watt grow light for sale.

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Advantages of Hydroponic Cultivation

March 15, 2016

Hydroponics has several positive aspects, and it is used globally, especially for the production of food, but also for different elaborate crops: it is, for all intents and purposes, a recognized part of agronomy. It is even used for the tea I use to fill my ceramic mug. The advantages of  aquaculture are detailed in the following statements.

  1. It is not required to use soil. Hydroponic cultivation can be implemented even in areas unfavorable in terms of climate or soil conditions.
  2. Administration of vitamins occurs in a controlled environment, so you cannot experience the waste associated with the actual spreading of fertilizers on the soil, where some can be washed aside by rain or made unavailable simply by chemical reactions. This results even in the absence of pollution for the environment and to the flaps. Similarly, you do not go through the deficiencies sometimes associated with crops in the ground, where some nutrients may be seen in limited amounts.
  3. Since the water could be reused within the system, water requirements for the crops are greatly reduced. In some instances, you could save up to 70-80% in terms of water usage. This allows you to build in areas that are particularly dried out, and save on the costs of irrigation.
  4. Attacks by parasites, viruses, and pathogens that normally have a home in the soil are minimized; in the case of disease, it is easier to intervene with all the treatments for plant protection.
  5. The presence involving herbs and weed is virtually zero, and this eliminates the need for using herbicides.
  6. The yields are high and stable, and can be from 2 to 8 times greater than the regular growth on your lawn.
  7. Cultivation can be carried out throughout every season because you grow under controlled conditions, and thus get rid of the seasonal specifications of the plant species. You can also grow completely inside a grow tent.

Among the downsides of hydroponics, we first mention the fragility of the program. Since plants do not have their roots in the soil but are completely dependent on artificial sustenance, any difficulty to the technical system can cause rapid death of the crops. The high level of moisture associated with hydroponics, moreover, favors the development associated with fungal diseases such as wilt.


The techniques of hydroponic cultivation

The particular nutrients used in hydroponics cultivation techniques (also known as hydroponics ) are dissolved in water, and is represented by ions (positively charged) and cations (negative) as

  • calcium (Ca ++ )
  • magnesium (Mg ++ )
  • potassium (K + )
  • nitrate (NO 3 – )
  • sulfate (SO 2 – )
  • dihydrogen phosphate (H 2 PO 4 – )


Typically, the solution is added in addition several essential micronutrients such as

  • cast-iron
  • manganese
  • copper
  • zinc
  • chlorine
  • nickel
  • boron

Very useful are the chelating brokers, which maintain the iron in the remedy, making it available to plants, and nutrients such as amino acids and vitamins that can be directly consumed by the plant roots, stimulating emergence and fruit enlargement.get more facts at http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35098045

As plants digest nutrients dissolved in the water might result in changes in the pH of the solution, which can then become more acid (low pH) or alkaline (high pH). It is, therefore, advisable to check constantly the values of pH and the concentration involving nutrients to avoid way too sharp fluctuations compared to optimal levels.

In addition to these parameters, the conductivity and particular electrical parameters related to the move (flow and timing) must be kept under control. It is recommended to measure the pH at least once a day, and especially right after giving nutrients that may alter the idea.

organic hydroponic vegetable farming

Organic hydroponic vegetable cultivation farm.

The hydroponic solutions can be bought ready-made from the manufacturers and most gardening stores: it is formulated concentrates that are dissolved in the water following the instructions on the recording label

A a good DIY solution is for you to resort to the use of some software for free (see link at the bottom of page). Even without owning large chemical knowledge, hydroponics enthusiasts may make use of these programs, created by professional chemists to prepare in their home hydroponic alternatives best suited to their plants.