BOYNTON BEACH, Florida — Green Life Farms has selected Hydronov, a Pranger Company, to design, construct and provide technology for its hydroponic farm in Boynton Beach, Florida. This agreement marks an important milestone as Green Life Farms prepares to begin commercial operation in the first half of 2019, according to a press release. Green Life Farms will grow premium baby leafy greens year-round from its Boynton Beach facility.
Green Life Farms will use Hydronov’s deep-water floating raft technology (FRT) to grow baby leafy greens for supermarkets, restaurants, cruise ships and other customers from its state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouse in South Florida. Hydronov strives for a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly method of hydroponic growing.
“Partnering with Hydronov and leveraging the company’s leading technology will help us realize our vision for Green Life Farms — growing sustainable and delicious leafy greens for consumers in South Florida and beyond,” said Mike Ferree, vice president, Green Life Farms. “Green Life Farms will grow baby leafy greens that are good for your body, family, community, and planet. Creating a sustainable facility by using leading ag-tech methodology, along with green energy and other environmentally friendly practices, brings our mission to life.”
FRT helps to conserve water, allowing a buffer for fertilization and oxygen control, and provides an integrated Harvest Transportation System which uses the water in which the plants grow as a conveyer system, eliminating the costs and maintenance associated with mechanical conveyers. No water is lost through soil or growing media; there is no direct evaporation by the sun, no dumping of growing solution and no dripping gutters. The FRT system leads to higher productivity, according to the release, producing up to 18 crop harvests per year versus the five harvests per year with soil-based greenhouse growers.
Hydronov is an industry leader in the design and construction of hydroponic growing facilities, according to the release. With more than 30 years of experience in hydroponics and aquaponics, the company brings industry-leading expertise to the innovative project with Green Life Farms.
“We’re excited to partner with Green Life Farms on this state-of-the-art project,” said Gabe Pranger, owner of Hydronov. “Growing leafy greens in South Florida presents a number of unique challenges, but we’re confident that the combination of Hydronov’s technology and construction management expertise with Green Life Farms’ strategy will result in great success.”
Green Life Farms produce will set new standards for cleanliness, freshness and taste, according to the release. Grown locally, Green Life Farms uses sustainable farming practices combined with advanced ag-tech practices, kept free from pesticides and contaminants.