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- A hydroponic system is one that grows plants without the use of soil. Instead, plants grow out of a nutrient-rich water solution.
- Everything in a hydroponic system is grown indoors where the temperature, moisture and light can be controlled.
- Hydroponics can’t be certified organic because they lack organic matter (dirt).
Until the locally grown kale, asparagus and other spring produce arrive in stores, it’s nice to be able to buy local! Lakewinds offers produce grown on local hydroponic farms – and they don’t use any contaminants or pesticides.
From the Latin, the word hydroponics means “working water.” Hydroponics simply means we grow our produce directly in water without soil. How is the possible? We add nutrient-rich ingredients needed for plant growth into the water. This allows the plants to have exactly what they need readily available without having to search the soil for these fundamental elements, which include nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. By growing hydroponically, we are able to regulate all of the nutrients our plants receive including other micro-nutrients necessary for healthy growth. Hydroponics further allows us to easily test and control a healthy pH balance. Through hydroponic gardening, our growth-rate is twice that of soil-based growth.
Hydroponics is a technology for growing terrestrial plants with their roots in nutrient solutions (water with dissolved fertilizers) rather than soil. Hydroponic production is not mentioned in the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990; however, in 2010 the National Organic Standards Board formally recommended that hydroponic systems be prohibited from obtaining organic certification.
In direct contradiction to the Board’s recommendations, the USDA’s National Organic Program has sided with industry lobbyists pronouncing that hydroponics is allowed. And, despite the objections of many organic stakeholders, some accredited certifying agents are certifying hydroponic operations.
In a hydroponic system, terrestrial plants have their roots not in soil but rather in air, water, or an inert medium, such as peat, vermiculite, or coconut coir to which polystyrene beads or perlite may be added. The roots are immersed in water or periodically bathed with a nutrient solution (often containing synthetics)