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In the western-most bay is the hydroponic tomato production system, which fills a 36 x
140 ft area, providing over 5000 square feet of production area.
The plants will be grown in specially made containers filled with
perlite, a natural, inert growing media and the nutrient solution will be
delivered via drip irrigation. This
method was chosen because it accommodates these long-term crops in an
efficient and highly productive manner.
A plant support system will hold the weight of the tomato plants
which, after 10 months of growing, can have a stem over 30 feet in length.
Very specific culturing practices are used to allow the plant to
grow to this length and still be accessible to those handling the plant
and harvesting the fruit. From
the 1428 plants, between 40 – 50,000 pounds of tomatoes can be grown in
this system each year.