Indiana farmers make successful transition from soil to hydroponics

US: “More technical and a lot more expensive, but it really is the ultimate way of growing”

Growers Darin and Deb Kelly started to grow hydroponic vegetables at Good Life Farms, Martinsville, Ind. in 2006. The couple started initially with traditional soil culture, but nowadays the biggest part of their crop is grown on hydroponics. Today, the farm has three greenhouses and harvests 1,250 plants each week, all year round.

Good Life Farms grows lettuce, arugula and basil through hydroponics, and one acre of seasonal heirloom tomatoes in the soil, along with small quantities of other crops. The farm has always avoided using pesticides and herbicides, and uses mineral salt as a fertilizer. The use of minerals prevents Good Life Farms from receiving organic certification; however, the methods are still natural.

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