Farmers have stuck to traditional farming methods for hundreds of years, and these farming practices have been great for providing people with delicious crops. Even as seeds become genetically engineered, irrigation becomes more advanced, and farming equipment becomes more efficient, the core practices have remained unchanged. But now, there is a new farming practice, and it shows a lot of promise. That farming practice is hydroponics.
Hydroponics works differently from traditional farming, and we want to go over the advantages this new farming practice brings.
Hydroponics Requires Less Space
Hydroponics doesn’t need nearly as much space as traditional farming to grow produce. This means more crops can be grown in a given area, which can raise efficiency. As a bonus, no soil is needed to grow crops, allowing farmers to grow produce pretty much wherever they would like. This gives hydroponic farming more flexibility. There are so many more possibilities when farmers use hydroponic growing practices.
Traditional farming can cause soil to degrade over time. Fertile land is on the decline, and it’s falling at a drastic rate. This is where hydroponics can be very helpful. Farmers are able to regrow crops many times and without any concerns regarding crop rotation either. Because hydroponic systems don’t use any soil, they keep these problems from happening.
What’s more, is that there are many hydroponic systems that use solar power. This means there is less dependency on fossil fuels to power these systems. This makes hydroponics a greener way to grow crops.
Hydroponics is Climate Proof
With the weather becoming less predictable in recent years, farmers using traditional farming practices are having a tougher time. Many crops get destroyed because of intense weather conditions like high heat, extreme cold, and floods.
Hydroponics doesn’t have this same concern. Crops can be grown in microclimates, meaning produce is protected against these aforementioned weather conditions. As a result, not only can you grow crops wherever you want, but also during any time of year.
Hydroponic Farming Practices are Seasonally Agnostic
Hydroponics allows farmers to grow around a dozen more harvests annually than farmers who use traditional farming practices. It’s no longer just a dream to have this many harvests at one time. Farmers monitor and control their hydroponic farms cautiously to ensure that crops can be grown successfully, regardless of the outdoor weather conditions.
Baywater Farms Has The Right Produce For You
Baywater Farms is a family-owned and operated farm servicing Baltimore, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware beaches, and the Eastern Shore. We are capable of meeting the demands of your produce distributor, restaurant produce supplier, CSA produce supplier, or wholesale produce supplier while maintaining the integrity and character of a small farm. When you work with Baywater Farms, you work with an experienced, ethical, and local farm dedicated to providing the highest-quality heirloom produce.