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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. 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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May 29, 2022

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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.  
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.                    
              VI. Aeroponics  
                 
           
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  
Crops 
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. 
Pros 
i. High aeration for roots  ii. Faster growth in limited space 
iii. Can be installed vertically, hence  space-efficient  
i. Relatively cheaper  than other systems 
ii. Easy switch from  automatic to  manual in case of a  power cut 
Cons 
i. Relatively expensive system  ii. Not suitable for bigger or 
fruiting plants  iii. High dependency on 
power-supply 
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 -    General -   
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. ft. 
  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 farm-    
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