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Our farm utilizes a 231 kW solar array to provide electrical power to all of our facilities. This system captures solar energy during the bright Alabama days to be used immediately all around our facility.
During the night our power is drawn from 8 battery banks that have been charged via the solar energy during the day. If these power sources are depleted our system is backed up by the local utility. Everything from our geothermal HVAC system to grow lighting, onsite living quarters, climate controlled storage and even the supercritical CO2 extraction equipment used to make our products uses clean renewable energy.
This allows us to vastly reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy sources such as coal and natural gas.
We utilize a rainwater reservoir as the sole source of irrigation for our plants. This water is pumped at 180 gallons per minute through a set of stainless steel media filters to ensure its cleanliness. Attached to the irrigation system we utilize two, 100 gpm Dosatron fertilizer injectors which allow us to precisely add our organic fertilizer recipes, microbial inoculants and compost teas to our plants. All of our in-ground houses utilize drip tape to input water directly to the root system.
Each of our containerized plants receive water via a spray stake placed at the base of the plant. This delivery system drastically reduces the amount of water that would be wasted in an overhead irrigation system and helps us reduce pesticide usage by not wetting the plant foliage.
All of our hemp varieties were carefully selected to provide the healthiest end product to our customers. Varieties were selected for their high cannabinoid (excluding THC) and terpene content, disease resistance, growth habit and suitability for our climate. We are growing two varieties for the 2020 season which include Lifter and Suver Haze.
Our turmeric varietiel selection was based on 7 years of research trials conducted by Auburn University. The university team chose 5 varieties from a stock of over 50 based on high curcumin content and adaptability to our climate. Our farm currently maintains the largest stock of this selection of turmeric varieties.
Our ginger is sourced from a certified organic supplier in Hawaii. These varieties include Khing Yai, Bubba Babba and Yellow Hawaiian.
Our soil is carefully mixed to bolster healthy plant growth for both in-ground and container grown hemp, turmeric and ginger production.
We use natural products such as locally sourced compost, biochar and worm castings to increase the diversity inside our living soil. The soil and microbial life that flourish within, provide nutrition and protection for our crops. This creates a thriving environment for our plants and sustains a thriving environment for our ecosystem, for ourselves and for future generations.
Growing in Hoop Houses allows us to carefully control the plant's growing environment which leads to a reduction in plant disease, insect pressures, pesticide usage and overall leads to a healthier crop. One of the biggest benefits of growing in these structures is that we can carefully control the amount of water contacting the soil and plant surfaces which leads to a decrease in disease incidence. It also allows us to effectively use biological controls, such as beneficial insects to control pest populations. Combined this leads to a vast reduction in pesticide use as compared to field production and corresponding higher quality and yield.
Our farm has an advanced and energy efficient 77.5 ton geothermal heating/cooling system to control the temperatures inside structures.
The system works by using the thermal gradient present in our water reservoir to efficiently cool or heat the air inside hoop house structures. This allows for a vast reduction in our energy usage and need for alternate heat sources, such as propane, to create an optimal seasonal environment inside the growing structure.
The geothermal system is powered by the on-site solar array.