Historically, produce has been field grown with significant transport flows and long distances from the areas of production to the areas of consumption. For instance, most lettuce is field grown in California and Arizona and shipped to markets throughout North America. As a result of this, produce in the United States travels 1,500 miles on average from distant farms to local markets. As transportation costs rise in direct relation to fuel prices; resulting in increased food costs as well as an increased environmental footprint due to the long haul, local farming has the ability to yield better price points for local consumer and producers. That said, given BlueGreen Farms proximity to a population of 39.19 million consumers within 180 mile radius (approximately a three hour drive) of its proposed facility, BlueGreen Farms is poised to be the Northeast’s year round local farm.
BlueGreen Farms is organized into four distinct, yet related, lines of business. These businesses are 1) hydroponically grown produce, 2) seafood production, 3) energy and 4) branding/distribution. Each of these lines are self-reinforcing and designed to operate in a virtuous cycle. For instance, the electrical energy, waste heat and carbon dioxide generated in the energy business are required inputs for the other two business lines with any surpluses being sold back into the grid. Similarly, the nutrient rich water leaving the seafood business is processed usefully and naturally in the produce business where it encourages enhanced plant growth. It should be noted that to ensure commercial, financial and operational robustness, each business line has been designed to be capable of operating independently.
Utilizing its Synergistic Greenhouse Systems©, BlueGreen Farms will grow several varieties of lettuce at is Yaphank, New York facility. The decision was made after an international agricultural consulting firm undertook an exhaustive study of BlueGreen Farms'.
Lettuce will be grown using the deep flow system. The deep flow system is a hydroponic growing system that utilizes rectangular shaped tanks and floating trays for leafy vegetable production. The rectangular shaped tanks serve two primary purposes. The first is that they hold nutrient rich oxygenated water for uptake by the leafy greens. The second purpose is that the rectangular shaped tanks serve as near-frictionless conveyor belts for the floating trays and are used to effectively and efficiently facilitate planting and harvest. Leafy greens are “planted” on the rectangular shaped tanks via a floating tray that acts as both the planting medium as well as the conduit to move leafy greens through production and harvest. During this process, the floating trays act as the mechanism that enables the leafy greens roots to bask in the nutrient rich oxygenated water. Once production is started, it takes a period of +/- 40 to +/- 70 days (depending on season) from seed to harvesting. After the first harvest, the deep flow system, much like an industrial production line, will continue to produce a continuous, rolling harvest of leafy vegetables.
BlueGreen Farm seafood business line will grow primarily black bass and striped bass from fry and fingerlings it sources. All seafood production will occur in indoor heated tanks where the rate of growth for BlueGreen Farms' seafood utilizing its Synergistic Greenhouse Systems© will exceed that of its wild counterpart.
BlueGreen Farm's and its seasoned aquaculturist has proprietary methods and
procedures to produce mature fish that yield high quality proteins. In keeping with BlueGreen Farms’ sustainable practices, the fishmeal used will be sourced from responsible sournces.
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