Congratulations on taking your first step towards healthy food and healthy Earth. Woolly Farms is a social enterprise with a vision to make fresh nutritious food available to all and reduce the impact of harmful agricultural practices on the environment. We are trying to achieve our goal by bringing farming inside the city and enable the new generation to grow their own food. To do so, we settled on hydroponics. Hydroponics is the way of cultivating plants without using soil. In hydroponics, plants are grown in nutrition enriched water with or without a supporting inert medium like coco peat or perlite. Among the many advantages, being space and labour efficient are some of the principle points that make hydroponics most suitable for urban farming. Here is your guide to start your hydroponics grow unit.
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Congratulations on taking your first step towards healthy
food and healthy Earth. Woolly Farms is a social
enterprise with a vision to make fresh nutritious food
available to all and reduce the impact of harmful agricultural
practices on the environment. We are trying to achieve our
goal by bringing farming inside the city and enable the new
generation to grow their own food. To do so, we settled on
Hydroponics is the way of cultivating plants without using soil. In
hydroponics, plants are grown in nutrition enriched water
with or without a supporting inert medium like coco peat or
perlite. Among the many advantages, being space and labour
efficient are some of the principle points that make hydroponics
most suitable for urban farming.
Here is your guide to start your hydroponics grow unit.
I. Wick system In this system, a plant is placed in a
pot or tray with grow substrate and is attached to a wick
made from an absorbing fabric. The wick is immersed
into a tank full of nutrition solution which absorbs
the water gradually upwards to the root.
III. Nutrition Film technique (NFT) The plants are placed in
channels and a thin film of nutrition solution
constantly runs through the roots. The channels are
slightly tilted to maintain the flow of water. The water is
collected back in a reservoir and is pumped back to create
a continuous cycle.
IV. Ebb and flow (flood and drain)
V. Drip system This is the most widely used system
in hydroponic farms. Plants are placed in the suitable
media and a drip line supplies nutrition solution to the
plants as per the requirement. The media can be chosen
based on the crop and availability. One can choose the
fast-drying media like clay pebbles or a media with a higher
moisture holding capacity like cocopeat.
We at Woolly farms mainly use NFT and the drip system. The
information below will provide an essential overlay
for you to choose
amongst these two systems.
Pros & Cons
Suitable for small plants with short crop-cycles.
e.g. all the green leafy vegetables like lettuce,
spinach, bok choy, coriander, etc
Suitable to grow all kinds of plants. e.g. green
leafy, fruiting plants like cucumber or tomatoes or
root vegetables like radish or carrot.
i. High aeration for roots ii. Faster growth in limited
iii. Can be installed vertically, hence
i. Relatively cheaper than other systems
ii. Easy switch from automatic to manual in case of
a power cut
i. Relatively expensive system ii. Not suitable for bigger
fruiting plants iii. High dependency on
i. Might have nutrition solution run-off
Commercial Farms Woolly Farms is
proposing a set of Grow-systems for those who want to venture
into the commercial aspect of farming and are interested in
selling their produce. We at Woolly farms categorize anything
above 1000 sqft as a commercial farm. We will extend
expert service for - Support in -
Designing the grow unit Providing help with the
infrastructure Fabrication, wherever required, for
setting up the farm structure Providing guidance for the
complete growing process (considering the level
of involvement our partner seeks) Training
- Woolly Farms will help the partner by facilitation of
training to any individual that the partner desires to hire
for day-to-day maintenance and operations at the partner
farm. Investment - All the investment
will be from the partner’s side. Woolly farms will extend
investment in terms of providing years of experience and excellence
in growing techniques. Buy-back
Policy- Our partnership program also offers a buyback policy,
details of which will be discussed once we settle on the size
of the grow unit and the crop that you would choose to grow.
The prices of the buy-back will be revised every two months to
keep up with the market.
Prices Here is a breakup of prices for
all products that constitute the growing systems -
Grow bags with irrigation drip lines- Rs. 60 per sq. ft. NFT
system- Rs. 92 per sq. ft. or Rs. 300/m Shade net- Rs. 150
per sq. ft. Polyhouse with Rain shelter- Rs. 200 per sq.
1 Acre or Above -
The Process After the initial communication, the
partner is advised to visit our Community Farm. Our
Community farm is located in the midst of the busy HSR hive. It
brings a very clear perspective and provides a real-life
experience of how a hydroponics farm looks like. If you are
unfamiliar with the idea of hydroponics, this is especially
suggested for you. Another prospect
associated with a farm visit is to showcase our setup and
grow techniques. The suggested timings to visit our community
Monday-Friday - 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Weekend Visits - Has to be
scheduled at least 2-3 days prior to the visit.
Site assessment - If you require our
team to visit your proposed farm site prior to officially
partnering with us, we will be happy to assist you with it.
However, this visit will incur a fee (refundable if the
partnership is sealed). The team will visit the site and take
necessary information to design a proposal for the partner.
Proposal After gathering all the
necessary information, we will provide you with a customized
proposal entirely modelled according to the partner’s requirements.
This proposal covers these point -
Proposed design of the grow unit Expected Pricing of setting
up the unit Monthly operational costs Woolly Farms
consultation fee Details of the suggested or Desired
crop Expected revenue - based on an assessment of grow area,
crop, and present
market value ROI