Added by on 2016-06-19

Mary Ellen Taylor grows the lettuce and other salad greens on her family farm in Loudon County, Virginia, about 80 kilometers from Washington. She grows the food plants in a greenhouse, without any soil, on a diet of nutrient-rich water. VOA’s June Soh reports. Related PostsHydroponic Tomato Greenhouse, a year-round successGrow Indoors Year-Round with the Black Magic© Hydroponic System of ProductsThe Farmer – Hydroponic Fodder and the Future of FarmingUnderground Farm Produces 2 Tons Of Food A MonthWorld’s largest indoor vertical farm uses 95 percent less water and produces more foodLargest indoor vertical farm uses less water and produces more

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  • Farmer Doug 4 years ago

    Great produce, lots of good information

  • Lam Him 4 years ago

    The issue with hydroponics is that you must pay for "plant food" or nutrition and supplements that are high-priced.

  • The Pi Critic 4 years ago

    Love your idea for seeds. Where do you get your seed holders? What are they made of?

  • Sara Hu 4 years ago


  • draconic33 4 years ago

    Why isn't this done more often?

    Is it cost-effective issues? Too much maintenance?
    I mean you could stack those rows and quite literally double productivity.

  • georgem 4 years ago

    Thank you for this valuable information.

  • Eric Christian 4 years ago

    We provide the micro nutrients and she provides the macro nutrients. More cost effective.

  • Eric Christian 4 years ago

    I'm with American Hydroponics. We manufacture the nutrients for this farm. If you buy liquid nutrient than yes, very expensive. All large growers buy powders and mix their own. Cool stuff.

  • mankindhoov 4 years ago

    where do you get the nutrients? do you have to buy in bulk for those prices?

  • Eric Christian 4 years ago

    @georgemargaris Nutrients are inexpensive. Cost comes out to roughly 4¢ per plant. A batch of plant (20 kgs) food costs $100 per batch and makes 3,155 gallons of plant food at 20CF. Very cost efective.

  • georgem 4 years ago

    its great, but what is this nutrient-rich water?
    Most of the time hydroponics have to use expensive fertilizer …

    … so if she creates her own fertilizer this is great stuf…
    but if not…. wonder how much money the fertilizer costs.