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Location

1025 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304

Phone

Direct: 920.515.0730
Toll-Free: 877.839.9326

Growing Guides

HARVESTING
WATER FLOW MAINTENANCE
LIGHT TOWER TIMER
NUTRIENT MAINTENANCE
BALANCING PH
ADDING NUTRIENTS
TRANSPLANTING SEEDLINGS
TIP FOR LEGGY SEEDLINGS
PLANTING & GERMINATION
UNBOXING

Frequently asked questions

What is hydroponic farming?

Hydroponics: The “hydro,” or “water,” is key to growing in this form. Hydroponic farms do not use soil but do have a growing medium, such as Rockwool. Hydroponic plants need nutrients and can be grown in vertical racks, towers, or vertical panels.

Who is the Flex Farm for?

Fork Farms believes that anyone can be a farmer. The Flex Farm is for anyone with a desire to grow highly nutritious, chemical-free, fresh food year-round, indoors. 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.

What can I grow in a Flex Farm?

The Flex Farm is optimized to grow all varieties of leafy greens such as lettuces and culinary herbs. Our partners have seen success growing cucumbers, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes and even pumpkins. Imagination and experimentation are the keys to unlocking the full potential. We’re still making discoveries ourselves!

How many pounds of food can I grow in a Flex Farm?

That all depends on what you plant! Some plant varieties weigh more than others. It also depends if you are growing leafy greens, herbs, or fruiting plants such as strawberries and tomatoes. Overall, we say a Flex Farm has the capacity to grow more than 20 pounds of leafy greens every 28 day grow cycle.

How much time does it take to maintain a Flex Farm?

On average, you can expect to spend about 1 – 3 hours per month maintaining your Flex Farm. This includes the time it takes to plant seeds, transplant your seedlings, and harvesting.

Where can I find other seed varieties?

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.

Do you provide fundraising for nonprofits?

Absolutely! We are experienced in helping organizations connect with funding opportunities. We offer a Philanthropy Tool Kit and fundraising assistance for qualifying organizations. Contact us at info@forkfarms.com or give us a call at 877.393.0226.

What is farmative and how can I get access?

farmative is a digital platform to access transformative and collaborative tools for your best Flex Farm growing experience. Through farmative, you can access growing resources and programming tools; purchase grow supplies easily online; and connect with the Fork Farms community. farmative is free for all Flex Farm users.

How much energy does it take to run a Flex Farm?

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.

How can I get a Flex Farm?

Flex Farms can be ordered directly through our website at https://forkfarms.com/flex-farm-generation-4/ or through one of our Partnership Development Team Members.

If you’d like to order a Flex Farm through one of our team members, please reach out through our chat function on the website, or by email at info@forkfarms.com

You can also reach a team member by phone at 877.839.9326,  Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm. We are more than happy to assist you!

How much does it cost to operate a Flex Farm?

At the national average of $0.13 per kWh, it costs approximately $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 budget about $300 per year.

What’s included in the Flex Farm?

Each Flex Farm comes with everything you need to start growing for your first few months. Plus, your purchase includes free access to farmative, our digital platform to access growing resources and connect with the Flex Farm community.

Each Flex Farm purchase includes:

  • Light tower
  • LED growing lights
  • Submersible pump
  • Grower kit
    • TDS meter
    • pH test kit
    • Measuring cup
    • Measuring spoons
    • Small bristle brush
  • Grow Supply Kit
    • Rockwool flats
    • Nursery tray
    • pH down
    • pH up
    • Nutrient A
    • Nutrient B
    • Pelleted seeds

Where can I get more supplies when I run out?

You can purchase growing supplies directly through our website. We offer two supply kit options.

The first kit is a Grow Supplies Box Subscription. The Flex Farm Grow Supplies Box Subscription program delivers all the supplies you need to grow every 3 months right to your door. With automatic quarterly payments, the subscription is a convenient and affordable way to stay stocked with the supplies you need to grow with the Flex Farm.

The second option is the Bulk Supply Box is designed for partners operating four or more Flex Farms. It includes all the consumable products necessary to run four Flex Farms for approximately 12 months.

Flex Farm users can also purchase individual growing supplies in a variety of flexible quantities through the farmative store.

What do you charge for shipping?

A standard flat rate shipping charge of $133 per Flex Farm is applied to contiguous continental United States orders.  Additional shipping charges apply to orders shipped to Alaska and Hawaii. Shipping charges are calculated and applied during checkout. Please contact Fork Farms directly for a shipping quote or to request expedited shipping.

Fork Farms currently only accepts online orders from the lower 48 United States, Alaska and Hawaii. Contact Fork Farms directly for international or United States territory orders.

Is Fork Farms on social media?

Yes! Stay connected with us and up to date on all the latest Fork Farms news! We also have a Flex Farm Growers Group on Facebook for our community of Fork Farmers to share their growing experiences.

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Why did Fork Farms stop shipping 35% concentrated hydrogen peroxide? How does this impact cleaning and growing instructions?

We recently found through testing that use of 35% hydrogen peroxide has minimal impact to keep your Flex Farm clean and reduce algae growth. We stopped shipping this product effective September 6th, 2021, to reduce our environmental impact through shipped plastic, and to provide a safer and cleaner growing experience.

Please follow the deep cleaning instructions in the Grow Guide using a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution available at most drug and grocery stores. There is no need to dilute the 3% solution; simply spray or wipe onto your Flex Farm to clean. For growing, we no longer recommend adding hydrogen peroxide to your water supply during the growing cycle.

If you have been using 35% hydrogen peroxide, please note that you can continue to use this safely by following previous recommendations. We suggest replacing it with a 3% hydrogen peroxide once you run out for cleaning purposes and discontinuing the addition of hydrogen peroxide in your water supply.

What Fork Farmers are saying

“As a former science teacher and current curriculum resource for our district, I want to compliment Fork Farms on the high quality of the Flex Farm. The ease of use of the components and well-thought-out design make it very usable in the classroom. Having the curriculum materials available allows teachers to incorporate this wonderful resource into their teaching as part of the core instruction and not just a stand-alone project.”

Dr. Georgia Kraus, District Curriculum Coordinator

“This was such an authentic project-based learning experience for the kids. For them to be able to grow produce and brainstorm what we could do with that produce to make a difference in our world was really powerful.”

Rachel Sebastian,  Innovation Teacher

“I love the idea of students being able to garden year-round and not be limited by the winter weather. As an educator, I knew students would see the Flex Farm and they would be automatically drawn to it. Having this system allows them to see their progress throughout a growing cycle. It’s amazing how chemistry is involved, checking the pH level and nutrient level on a daily basis. When kids notice something is going wrong or if there is an issue, I let them figure it out. It’s really fun to watch them see success and use their problem-solving skills.”

Emily Bennett, High School Teacher

“Our school is heavy into service-learning. We had the kids brainstorm about what they believed was an issue the community faces. They suggested hunger. We engaged with a local pantry and the kids grew fresh lettuce to be donated. It was an amazing opportunity because it encouraged students to think about how they could improve their community and gave them the ability to take action themselves.”

Cassandra Graff, Teacher

“We are very pleased with our Flex Farm and appreciate the support you have provided. We have nibbled on a few leaves and are looking forward to salads, herbs and greens with every meal. Friends and family are anxiously awaiting the first harvest! Our hope is to fulfill family and friend needs and reach out to local food pantries and homeless shelters.”

Katie and Mark, Home Users – Green Bay, WI

“The Flex Farm is revolutionary for education because it allows students and teachers to use it as a flexible, hands-on and interdisciplinary tool for teaching that goes beyond traditional ‘sit and get’ teaching methods.”

Wendell Willis, Former Chief Operations Officer

“The Fork Farm system is innovative because it simplifies the hydroponic approach, minimizes the footprint necessary, and has an integrated lighting system. Support for running the system is great, and the staff are always willing to answer questions and stop by to help. Now, we are able to teach everything from the nitrogen cycle to the life cycle of plants to the benefits of healthy eating with one system. Students are engaged with the system at every stage of the process, from seeding to harvesting, to packaging and selling. This is a great addition to any classroom and school.”

Jason Stellmacher, High School Science Teacher