Intriguing Conversations - Forward Look: Farming and Technology
8:00AM - 9:15AM
Combine state-of-the-art hybrid LED lights (with a custom mixed color spectrum that matches the wave lengths that plants need to flourish) with low tech biomass heat from local wood pellets made from lumber mill waste and you have a recipe for highly successful hydroponic farming.
Kris and Steve Van Haitsma run Mud Lake Farms
, located on 32 acres in Hudsonville. The farm features four biomass-heated hydroponic greenhouses which produce more than 50 varieties of lettuce, kale, spinach, and herbs. The greens are grown without any pesticides; their low tech solution is to work with naturally beneficial insects like Ladybugs to manage pests.
Their ultra-fresh produce is delivered to two dozen gourmet restaurants in West Michigan and more than 70 home customers through their “community supported agriculture” group.
Kris and Steve’s mashup of high and low tech have been a winning combination, and they’re continually considering how advances in technology may help them deliver an even tastier product to their customers, as well as what their customers will want in the future.
Join us for coffee & breakfast goodies and a conversation with Steve and Kris about the fascinating intersection of future looking technology and old school farming.
2017 Series sponsor Bill Underdown / Century 21 Affiliated