Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants without soil. Instead, you add nutrients directly into the water supply. Liquid nutrients enable the plants to spend less time extracting food from the soil and more time growing great big delicious leaves and fruit. This growing method allows you to grow plants indoors all year round, minimizing plant exposure to environmental damage, disease and insects.
The Flex Farm is for anyone with a desire to grow healthy, pesticide-free plants any time of the year. Its compact size and high yield capacity make it the perfect fit for educational institutions, culinary operations, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, families and more. Indoor farming is revolutionizing the way we bring fresh and healthy food to our communities.
Flex Farms need about 10 square feet of floor space and can be placed in just about any temperature-controlled room with a standard ceiling and access to water and electricity. To date, Flex Farms have been placed in all sorts of locations like classrooms, food pantries, cafeterias, libraries, corporate lobbies and more.
Each Flex Farm can grow more than 20 pounds of leafy greens every 28 day plant cycle. That means you can harvest approximately 3,400 plants every year!
The Flex Farm is optimized to grow leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach and arugula. It also excels at growing herbs like basil, cilantro and tarragon. Our partners have seen success growing strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and even pumpkins. Imagination and experimentation are the keys to unlocking the full potential, we’re still making discoveries ourselves!
On average, you can expect to spend about 2 – 3 hours per month maintaining your Flex Farm. That’s less than 5 minutes per day!
Each Flex Farm requires a 40W pump which runs continuously and six LED lights which each draw 40W for an average of 16 hours daily. Therefore, at any given time, you’re only ever drawing 280W per Flex Farm.
At the national average of $0.13 per kWh, it costs $16.85 per month in electricity to operate a Flex Farm for the recommended 16 hours per daylight cycle. Other costs include, growing supplies such as seeds, nutrients and rockwool (grow medium). On average, most people spend about $300 – $500 per year in utilities and growing supplies.
Each Flex Farm comes with everything you need to start growing except the water. Each Flex Farm includes:
- Light Tower
- LED Growing Lights
- Submersible Pump
- Grower Kit
- TDS meter
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoons
- Bristle Brush (for cleaning)
- Supply Kit
- Rockwool Flats (4)
- Nursery Tray (1)
- pH Test Kit
- pH Down (1 qt)
- pH Up (1 qt)
- Nutrient A (1 lb)
- Nutrient B (1 lb)
- Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (1 qt)
- Seeds (1000)
- Assembly guides, growing resources and videos
- All of our outstanding customer support. We’ll be with you every step of your agricultural journey!
Fork Farms currently provides green leaf lettuce seeds in Supply Kits. If you are interested in purchasing additional seeds, Johnny’s Selected Seeds is a reliable source for a wide variety of high-quality seeds. We highly recommend using pelleted seed whenever possible. Pelleted seeds are easier to handle and the clay coating provides extra moisture to the seed so it doesn’t dry out. They are definitely worth the additional expense!
A standard flat rate shipping charge of $150 per Flex Farm is applied to contiguous continental United States orders. Additional shipping charges apply to orders shipped to Alaska, Hawaii, United States territories and international orders. Please contact Fork Farms directly for a shipping quote or to request expedited shipping.