how we grow
At NatureFresh™ Farms all our plants begin as non-GMO seeds.
We grow our plants in recycled coco fibre made from coconut husks. Coconut fibres provide our plants with more stability and allow us to monitor nutritional values through bi-weekly testing. We then collect all rain water and snow melt to be used in combination with municipal water to feed our crops.
Fertilizer and water are pumped through the irrigation system directly into the plants roots. Excess water is then collected, fertilized, sterilized and recycled back into our system (making it a 100% closed-loop system)!
In order to heat our greenhouses, we boil water in our large bio-mass hot water boilers and pump the hot water though heating rails that are located between the rows along the greenhouse floor.
We ensure all our plants receive optimal growing conditions by having state-of-the-art climate control systems that are programmed and managed by our growers to the plant’s specific needs through all stages of its growth. This system also controls the temperature, humidity, watering, air flow, and carbon dioxide (CO2) within the greenhouse.
Additionally, we have vents located in the roof and the side walls of the greenhouse that open & close to help adjust or maintain temperatures.
Every acre of the greenhouse can have up to 12,000 plants, depending on the crop.
Open field crops are pollinated by the wind, but in the greenhouse there is no wind, therefore we bring in bumble bees to do the job (1 bumble bee can do the work of up to 100 honeybees)! We also utilize ‘good bugs’ to fight off our ‘bad bugs’, also known as an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system.
As the fruit matures the weight of the fruit can bend the stem – like a kink in a hose, therefore it is vital we add crop supports to protect our plants. The fruit all begins as green, however, will ripen to the full color of the variety as it matures.