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Sustainable Organic Agriculture

Sustainable Organic Farming

Our commitment to sustainable organic agriculture means that we only grow our plants in a sustainable manner using organic fertilizers as opposed to chemicals. This method provides less hazardous waste, is safer for the environment and produces a safer and higher quality product for patient ingestion.

Environmental Sustainability can be understood as an ecosystem approach to agriculture. One method of obtaining environmental sustainability is by utilizing hydroponic growing methods. Growing hydroponically has the potential to be both more efficient and more productive than traditional soil-based gardening while at the same time reducing any impact on the environment.

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Water is conserved and recycled. 

Despite being nourished by a nutrient-rich water, Hydroponic growing actually use less water than field growing, due to two factors:  The ability to recycle irrigation water and the ability to reduce evaporative water loss into the atmosphere. Hydroponic greenhouses allow for the precise control of atmospheric conditions and humidity levels and therefore water loss through evaporation.

State-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouses deliver water directly to the root of the plant. This water is sterilized, recirculated and delivered to plants four times before it leaves the greenhouse and is spread on neighboring environments. In field growing, water is used only once and has to go through the soil before reaching the plant root, resulting in water loss. 100% of the water used by hydroponic growing methods reaches the plants with no water waste.

Soil conservation.

When utilizing enclosed indoor gardens there is no depletion of soil nutrients because soil isn’t used in the growing process! This also means that soil erosion is impossible. Instead, plants are rooted in a reusable planting medium. One of such mediums is coconut fiber, a sustainable by-product of coconut production.

Land conservation. 

Hydroponic farming can yield up to 25 times more product per acre than conventional field production while utilizing far less water per pound. This high yield means fewer acres needed for growing and more open space is left to nature. Growing hydroponically also allows the same indoor growing area to be reused every growing season. No need to clear more acres to find rich soil or leave fields fallow to let the soil “recover.”

Aquaponics

Aquaponics is a sustainable food production system that combines conventional aquaculture, (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks), with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. In normal aquaculture, excretions from the animals being raised can accumulate in the water, increasing toxicity. In an aquaponic system, water from an aquaculture system is fed to a hydroponic system where the by-products are broken down by nitrogen-fixing bacteria into nitrates and nitrites, which are utilized by the plants as nutrients. The water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system.

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EDGE is committed to using the most environmentally friendly, and fully organic grow systems available today, such as Aquaponics. Additionally, alternative energy resources such as solar energy are used when possible to reduce energy consumed by grow lights and water pumps.    

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Many farms use cultivation methods that are based on hydroponics. Hydroponics is a relatively recent technology and as amazing and productive as this approach is, there is a built in problem with the technology. The traditional, non-organic, nutrient solutions used in the growing of the plants eventually has to be ‘changed out’ or it will become toxic to the plants, even if the system is being run organically.

The waste product or ‘liquor’ as it is sometimes called, is now designated by the EPA as toxic waste and must be disposed of properly by qualified personal using approved techniques.  Hydroponics has a much older and more benign sister, aquaponics, that has been around for over 4,500 years and is the exact same system that nature uses to break down waste to reuse the resulting byproducts to grow new plants.  The waste products are completely non-toxic and will not harm sewage systems. The waste from an aquaponics system is actually a valuable fertilizer for plants, shrubbery, trees, or grass.

 

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