Top 15 Reasons Why You Should Grow Vegetables in a Hydroponic Garden

Before we get your appetite wet (pun intended) to start your own hydroponic garden, we need to first figure out what is hydroponics and quickly examine the main difference between traditional and hydroponic farming. So, let’s get started. What is hydroponics? Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants without soil and without the limitations of […]

Starting a Hydroponic Farm Part 3 – Belleque Family Farm

With the total population of about 2400 people, Dillingham a city in western Alaska is the regional hub of the Bristol Bay fishery, which supports the world’s largest runs of wild sockeye salmon and other species of the Pacific salmon. The city is not connected to the statewide road system and the only way to reach it is by plane or boat. So how in the world do you go about starting an indoor hydroponic farm in such a remote area?

Kyle Belleque figured out how. In 2017 Kyle purchased a 40-foot hydroponic container farm from us (a Containerized Grow System aka CGS) and has been growing ever since. We caught up with him in late 2017 and asked him a few questions to get a better idea of how the farm is going, what he is growing, the challenges he is having and how he got started. This Q and A specifically focuses on the first 6 months of growing to provide all aspiring farmers a realistic view of what happens in the early stages of operating a hydroponic farm. It’s a casual interview, but we believe it will give you some insight into the world of indoor farms and how to go about starting one yourself.

Starting an Indoor Farm Part 1

So you want to be a farmer. If you had wanted to start farming about 10 to 20 years ago, you would’ve met several tall order obstacles, mainly related to knowledge/skills and capital requirements. Here is a quick synopsis: Looking at larger commodity crop farms in the US, most are a generational product, i.e. family businesses. […]

The New Face Of Hydroponics

Evolution? Maybe. Behavior change – definitely. I have to say that there are lots of new faces in hydroponics these days and they are addressing an emerging and growing new demand – that is delicious and locally grown produce. The latest issue of Produce Business, an agricultural trade magazine, addresses the shifting behavior of consumers towards […]

Hydroponics in Alaska – Growing Over 30 Cultivars Of Leafy Greens and Herbs

Development of agriculture has allowed the human race to survive, thrive and build cities, and farming is still a profession that occupies a large part of the world. Since the earliest of civilizations, agriculture has undergone significant improvements. In comparison to cultivating our own food and livestock, modern agriculture has given us higher yields and […]

Establishing Food Security in Alaska – The Indoor Growing Chapter

Anchorage, Alaska 2015 has been a year of centennial celebration, which also brings the responsibility of hindsight reflection and steering into the future with prosperous goals to make our city and state a great place to live, work and play. VHH team recently attended a panel discussion at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel focusing on Alaska’s […]

Growing Red Leaf Lettuce Hydroponically

Red Leaf is here. Since our very first produce bounty in mid May, we’ve been harvesting lettuce every week.  It has been very exciting and gratifying to see the crops grow so well in the Gen. II CGS. While we’ve been mostly growing Butter Lettuce (bib lettuce), a few weeks back we planted a Red Leaf […]

How and where to find our lettuce

Just like a treasure hunt, find this label in stores and you’ll get rewarded with soft and juicy butter lettuce, hydroponically grown by your team at Vertical  Harvest.   Non-GMO and pesticide free, we take care to select the best varieties and produce the freshest leafy greens. When you eat this lettuce, you have a piece of mind knowing that it […]

Butterhead Lettuce – We are in stores!

As of this week, you can purchase our hydroponically grown butter (bib) lettuce at Carrs/Safeway on Huffman Road or at Bell’s Nursery – just in time to satisfy all those summer time cravings for fresh, local produce. Bib Lettuce Ideas   The giant leaves of butter lettuce are a perfect addition to your beef, chicken or […]