We just got our lighting unit and have started our internal testing. We have observed that microgreen growing can be done with relatively low levels of growing lights. We have also found that the red/blue LED's or high K whites can produce great results. We are using a 16hr light cycle in our application.
These inexpensive lights provide enough lighting to grow out nice crops microgreens in a normal amount of time. The color mix works to create healthy and vibrant products. Problem is the light bar providing a horizontal "point" source of lights so the plants will tend to bend to the middle of the trays. You can counteract this by rotating the trays themselves, but it should be enough to harden the crops by finishing under a more diffuse light or sunlight.
You can find these in our curated Amazon store where we have highlighted two inexpensive LED light units that work well. Each unit will provide enough light to grow at least 16 our our trays and 32 if you rotate them out. The trick is to manage the height of the light to allow for enough spread to cover your crops. Pictured is our 2ft test unit that fit our space better, but for actual production the 4ft units in our store are more optimal.
We have just posted our Farmers Market kits in the new Urbafresh Store which can now be found at urbafresh.biz. The complete kit contains enough supplies and accessories to grow 16 containers of our purple microgreen mix for sale. These trays are designed to be sold at $5 - $7.50 per container but you will need to check the viability of that pricing in your local markets.
Each kit contains 4 10"x10" trays, 16 grow containers with hydroponic grow pads, Non GMO seeds and a reusable seed spreader, a sprayer head to use on a recycled plastic bottle, and trace mineral nutrients to water your trays.
Also in the store you will find refill kits for 8 containers w supplies both with and without trays but including the mats, seed and nutrients.
Grow Your Own and know that you have a Non GMO food. Simple yes, check out our GYO kits to ensure what you eat is live and vital. Grow your own microgreens so you get enhanced nutrition while enjoying tending your farm right in your home or apartment.
There is no disputing that broccoli and kale are superfoods by any measure. These nutritional powerhouses have proven to be highly effective versus cancers and cardio vascular diseases. By adding nutrients to your diet through natural and live sources you provide these essentials nutrients the way nature intended.
Researchers have also shown that microgreens can provide anywhere from three to forty times the amount of these vital nutrients versus their mature forms you buy in the supermarket. Not only are microgreens far more potent, but by GYO, you ensure the absolute finest fresh and live food available anywhere!
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