Sustainability at the Farm
Our Hyde Park Greenhouse was designed with sustainable, chemical-free growing practices in mind. Our glass walls, rainwater collection tanks, heated flood benches, insulated foundation, solar-powered roof vents and thermal curtains allow for us to maximize our energy use and grow our business with sustainability first. A 10' x 12' greenhouse at the back of our Hyde Park property runs completely off the grid.
Our glass greenhouse walls allow our plants to be grown entirely in natural sunlight.
Our Hyde Park Greenhouse features glass walls which allow for a higher level of light transmission than polycarbonate, the leading alternative. Our glass greenhouse allows for us to capitalize on natural sunlight, avoiding energy-intensive alternative light sources.
Rainwater Collection Tanks
Rainwater is used for the majority of our greenhouse watering.
Two 3,500 gallon rainwater collection tanks buried under our greenhouse collect excess rainwater from the greenhouse roof. These tanks provide the water for our flood bench watering system and hoses in the greenhouse.
Heated Flood Benches
Our heated flood benches reduce the amount of water and heat needed to grow.
We grow our microgreens and plants on a heated flood bench system. The benches flood with water on an interval timer, allowing plants to take up only as much water as they need. The heating system allows for the greenhouse to be kept 5 to 15°F cooler without sacrificing plants' health.
Our heat-trapping insulated foundation allows for more energy-efficient heating and cooling.
Insulating the soil below the greenhouse prevents heat loss through the ground, an area that generally accounts for 15% of an average home's total heat loss. In the winter months, the greenhouse's temperature is held stable by the trapped heat of the soil underground, reducing the need for heating.
Solar-Powered Roof Vents
Our greenhouse works with, not against, natural conditions in regulating temperature.
Our solar-powered roof vents open and close automatically based on the temperature, eliminating the need for ventilation exhaust fans. The roof vents are powered by sustainable solar energy.
Our retractable thermal curtains significantly reduce heat loss from the ceiling of the greenhouse.
Thermal curtains are a low-energy heating and cooling system. When closed at night, the curtains trap heat inside the greenhouse and reduce the volume of the greenhouse space that needs to be heated. On sunny days, the curtains provide cooling shade.
Soliculture Solar Panels
Our sixty-two transculent Soliculture solar panels allow red light to filter through to our plants.
Soliculture's LUMO technology uses narrow silicon photovoltaic strips to allow natural sunlight to penetrate the panels. A thin layer of luminescent material converts green light to red light, which has been scientifically proven to have the highest efficiency for photosynthesis in plants. We are the first company on the East Coast to install these panels.
A 10' x 12' greenhouse at the back of our property is completely net-zero and off the grid.
Our second greenhouse on our Hyde Park property, built by Maine Garden, features a solar panel that powers the roof vents, pumps and lights, and rain barrels to collect rainwater off of the roof. This greenhouse functioned as our main growing space on the property during the construction of what is now the main greenhouse.