What comes to mind when you think about how produce is grown and where it comes from? Perhaps you’ll think of a picturesque farm, vast fields, and plants growing under the sun. Although many farms still use this approach, you may be surprised to learn how modern, high-tech greenhouse farming has evolved the way we grow and consume fresh produce. Compared to traditional field-grown produce, there are MANY benefits to high-tech greenhouse farming that range from flavor, quality, yield, and sustainability.
#1. Year-Round Availability
One of the biggest benefits is the ability to supply fresh delicious produce, all year long! Red Sun Farms was able to achieve this by strategically placing farms throughout Mexico, Virginia USA, and Canada. This combination of locations means our produce is always in season!
Produce grown in a controlled high-tech environment is not as reliant on the climate outside like traditional growing methods. By not having to rely on the unpredictable mercy of mother nature, we can better protect our plants from unwanted pests and the outside elements.
In addition to growing in a controlled environment, we have also implemented new lighting technologies in some of our greenhouses. These technologies also allow us to extend our growing season of local produce.
#2. Consistent Flavor and Quality
Greenhouse-grown allows for greater consistency across crops, resulting in aesthetically beautiful and nutritionally rich produce. Our high-tech facilities provide an optimal growing environment for the plants to thrive. This results in very few abnormalities and ensures a more productive yield per acre– which helps to significantly reduce food waste overall. That’s some food for thought the next time you’re preparing a favorite meal.
#3. Crop Yield Per Acre
From 1 square yard, we can yield upwards of 150 lbs of tomatoes, while open field farms will produce between 8 and 10 lbs in the same area. Greenhouse farms occupy significantly less land than outdoor agricultural while yielding 10 to 15 times the amount of fruit. That’s a HUGE difference! This ensures that greenhouse farming has the most efficient utilization of land and reduces environmental impact overall.
#4. Sustainable Agriculture
Did you know that greenhouse farming uses 95% less water than open-field cultivation? We recycle 100% of the water and fertilizers not used by the plants’ root systems. Most of the water we consume at our farms is rainwater collected from the roof of our greenhouse and channeled through our duct system. Our tomato production uses up to five times less water than what is required for field production. Water that is not used by the plant is sterilized, reconditioned, and recycled back into the greenhouse. This is huge when you consider that each plant consumes 1L – 2L of water per day, and up to 3L of water in the heat of the summer.
We also use water to help regulate and control the temperature of the facility. Warm water is channeled through rales that run along each row of the greenhouse, ensuring the plants stay warm and hydrated. Not one drop goes to waste!
A better flavor profile, use of fewer resources, year-round availability, all seem like pretty incredible benefits of greenhouse-grown produce! Next time you need to pick up fresh veggies and you’re strolling down the produce aisle, make sure you look for the Red Sun Farms brand to ensure greenhouse-grown goodness