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CEA School: Molding the Minds of Aspiring Growers…and Employees

Technology Center East Lettuce Growing Controlled EnvironmentOur most recent CEA school provided a great opportunity for our attendees, and myself, to learn the ins and outs of controlled environment agriculture. I am new to FarmTek and have been working here for just about a month, and while I moved here from a small town in New Hampshire, I truthfully have very limited agricultural and farming knowledge. The most I could tell you about farming prior to this is that cows have dry tongues, and catching loose chickens is a tougher task than you originally think. However, after being given the opportunity to sit in on the majority of lectures at our most recent CEA school here at Technology Center East, I, like all of our attendees, have gained a lot of knowledge and interest in the previously mysterious topic of controlled environment agriculture. Read more

Photo Blog: FarmTek’s First-Ever CEA School at Technology Center East

Technology Center East CEA SchoolWith the grand opening of FarmTek’s Technology Center East this month came our first-ever CEA School in South Windsor, CT. We had 58 people attend the school from not just across the county, but across the world. People came from down the street to as far away as Burnley, England! We had presenters from local businesses, non-profits, academia, vendors and our own experts on controlled environment agriculture, including several of our frequent blog contributors.

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Abigail’s Fodder for Thought – Three guys, a girl and a fodder trailer – 2013 WI Farm Technology Days

Fodder Trailer

My most recent venture out of the office was a first for me. How is that possible you ask? Well, this trade show, I got to take a back seat and see how it all works.

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Gone Fishin’ – FarmTek Dives into Aquaponics

aquaponics greenhouse

At FarmTek, we are always looking to try out new things. We stay up to date on the latest innovations and try to delve into new markets as often as we can. That’s why we are so excited to announce that not only do we have a great new aquaponic system at our Iowa location, but we have developed a line of aquaponic systems that will make its debut in our August catalog!

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Photos are worth 1,000 words—or $500!

Feed Buckets

Do you love taking pictures as much as you love your FarmTek products? Well, it’s time to get inspired and take some great photos of your favorite FarmTek items in action because our 2013 Photo Contest starts June 18th! Since we love our loyal readers so much, we wanted to give you a couple days head start to find (or take) the perfect photo!

Get ready for your ten seconds of fame, because if you win, you’ll be featured on our website and this very blog. Anyone can enter and we’re looking for photos showcasing how you use our products, so get snapping.

The grand prize winner will receive a $500 FarmTek gift certificate and five lucky runners-up will each receive a $200 FarmTek gift certificate. How’s that for motivation?

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My Journey into the Land of Plenty- Literally!

Land of plantyToday’s blog post comes from our guest blogger, Nichole Kemp. Nichole is the marketing and event specialist for FarmTek’s parent company ESAPCO where she manages and organizes all our trade shows, open houses and workshops. She is also the brand manager for our building division, ClearSpan Fabric Structures, and the self titled “ClearSpan Brand Evangelist”. Last month Nichole had the opportunity to visit our Dyersville, IA manufacturing facility where she observed one of our fodder workshops. This is the tale of her travels and, as she likes to put it, her journey into the land of plenty! Read more

Review: FarmTek’s First-Ever CEA School

CEA School 1 Presentation

Last month, we hosted our very first three-day CEA School. This event combined hydroponics, fodder production and aquaponics into a hands-on learning experience for growers of all experience levels. The CEA School was held at our Technology Center in Dyersville, IA, and hosted by our greenhouse team, Sam Shroyer and Brittany Orris. Participants traveled from 13 states, making it a great networking event and learning experience.

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Take a Lesson from FarmTek U

Since FarmTek was founded, it’s been our goal to help make your life easier. We provide the products you need and we also have the expertise to go along with them. Over the past year, we’ve been adding to the educational resources available to you, our customers. These resources include hands-on training at our Technology Center, virtual webinars, a video library and more. If you aren’t already aware of what we have to offer, let me tell you more.

Technology Center hydroponics setupTechnology Center: In the past year, we’ve built two greenhouse facilities to serve as demonstration areas to teach the public more about sustainability and locally grown produce. In our 35′ by 48′ greenhouse, we are modeling year-round, in-ground high tunnel production, as well as three different hydroponic systems. Our 80′ by 50′ greenhouse is devoted solely to hydroponic production. Attendees at our hydroponic and fodder workshops gain hands-on experience in these greenhouses.
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Review: Hydroponic Fodder Workshop

Peeking at the Fodder-Pro Feed SystemOn Wednesday April 4th we hosted our first fodder workshop. Just like our hydroponics workshop in February, this day-long seminar was a great success. We had students from all over the country attend. We were very pleased to have two separate groups fly in from TX and we had groups from OH, IN, MN, MI, WI, NE, KS, MO and even CA! The gentleman from CA flew in specifically for the sprout and microgreen portion of the seminar. He wanted to learn an easy way to expand his business and our customized fodder growing systems were the answer.
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