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US: Texas family dives into hydroponic greenhouse adventure

Texas family run hydroponic greenhouse venture called Rainwater Farms. Kenda Eckols and her family built the greenhouse in Kosse in January with one goal in mind - growing tomatoes that taste great naturally and are grown hydroponically. The Eckols were recently featured in an article by Alexandra Cannon on The Groesbeck Journal. 

By Alexandra Cannon, Staff Writer, Groesbeck Journal
 
The whole operation is run by four people- Kenda Eckols, her husband, Mitch, her son, Janzen, and her daughter in law, Kiera. With nearly 3,000 tomato plants, the Eckols stay busy, putting in long hours to maintain the plants, with help from some of nature’s finest.

In the local newspaper you can read that their adventure began three years ago, when Kenda Eckols quit her job and built a small greenhouse behind her home to see how it would work and if there was a market for it. The tomatoes did well at farmer’s markets in Waco, and Eckols felt confident about stepping up production. As it turns out, the dream of owning and operating a large-scale greenhouse has been long in the making for the Eckols.

“We’ve actually been thinking about it for 20 years. We lived in Houston for a long time and our first greenhouse was my husband set up one in our backyard in a subdivision,” Eckols remembers. “It was a real small one, and we had people from our subdivision coming to buy our tomatoes. We thought well one day, we will do this. And that one day never came. We both had jobs, they were good jobs, we were raising our kids, you know, you don’t really want to take a leap of faith or chance when you’re raising babies. So finally we got to the point where I had quit my job and our kids are adults now, taking care of themselves, so we decided, you know, we either need to do it big or not do it at all. We were going to do it or forget about it. So we decided, we prayed about it, and God just opened doors and we took a leap of faith.”



Publication date: 8/10/2017

 


 

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