What is a pilot farm?
A pilot vertical farm is a small-scale version of your future farm that enables you to apply your research, make mistakes, and play around without the higher risk of jumping straight into a full commercial business.
In this blog, we’ll talk about why you should start a test system, what you’ll learn in the process, and the best way to get started today.
Ready, set…go slow!
If you’re reading this blog, then you’ve likely been toying with the idea of starting a controlled environment agriculture (CEA) business or non-profit for food security. Scrolling through the media, you will see success stories and many documenting failures and closures.
Despite the passion and best efforts to make change for good, we have seen many entrepreneurs and founders fail in this sector for these three main reasons.
- They didn’t assess their market
- They tried to finance too large of a project before they had any hydroponic growing experience.
- And they didn’t understand how to optimize crop growth within their indoor space.
A pilot system is a low-cost way to help you to address these challenges before launching your business.
At the core of all of our systems is the ZipGrow Tower; only the housing and the scale change. So think of this as learning with “training wheels’, and then scale up when you are ready to get serious about growing fresh food fast and in full production.
Five reasons you need a test vertical farm
Gathering knowledge is only half the battle. You learn the most valuable lessons by applying that knowledge in tangible, practical ways.
Workshops, courses, blog posts, ebooks, and videos provide a wealth of information. They are crucial for future farmers to use, but at the end of the day, it’s the practical application of what you learn that counts.
This is why farmers choose to start growing with a test system; our most successful ZipGrow farmers began with one. It’s one of the best things you could do for the success of your farm.
How to start a pilot farm using ZipGrow™ hydroponic Towers
Starting a pilot vertical farm system is simple, affordable, and only requires a small footprint.
ZipGrow Inc. now has three solutions at various price points that are turnkey hydroponic systems using the same space-smart technology as commercial vertical farms. You can set these up in a home, garage, or existing workspace.
With 2, 4, and 8-Tower options, the wall-mounted Farm Wall™ gives you the flexibility to get your feet wet with vertical farming no matter how much space you have available.
We designed the ZipGarden™ for homes and offices; however, its smaller footprint and free-standing structure make it an ideal pilot system that can be placed anywhere.
Mobile and highly productive
The Education Rack is mounted to its own modular rolling frame that fits through a standard door frame. You can plant up to 16 Towers; it’s our largest and most productive test system.