“We get calls everyday now, from people looking for greenhouses to grow their own food or to form cooperations with neighbours,” says Erick Recors with Fullbloom Greenhouse. Horticulture is a blooming market in the US at the moment.
The country tries to source food as locally as possible, especially since the COVID-19 crisis. Fullbloom used to be active mostly in the medical cannabis business, but is now expanding in the ‘regular’ food horticulture.
Especially states in the North of the US like Michigan or Minnesota, greenhouses need to be able to withstand great snow loads and winds. So growers don’t just need a greenhouse, they need it engineered. “That is our specialty.” The company has an engineering service, so they can visit the growers.
“The automation factor is our specialty.” Fullbloom wants to make affordable greenhouses, giving customers the option to automatically control temperature, humidity and watering, and doing that from their phone. The light deprivation system that the company offers is on the outside of the greenhouse. “You trick your plants into thinking it’s fall, and in spring or summer you can harvest before anyone else.”
“People sometimes call in, just looking for a greenhouse, but they don’t know about light deprivation.” That is mostly the case for greenhouses for food cultivation, and that is one of the reasons that the company is looking to diversify into this industry.
More information on light deprivation will be posted soon.