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This podcast aims to combat the misleading information about controlled-environment agriculture (CEA) by providing listeners with facts and information about the subject. If you’re interested in learning more about topics like urban farming, greenhouse growing, etc., then this is the agriculture podcast for you!
 
Bootstrap Farmer Radio is a podcast discussing how to break into the modern business of agriculture on a bootstrap budget & education. The internet is making more connections and distributing knowledge in a way that makes it accessible for us all. Our focus isn't mega-greenhouses with million dollar machinery, instead, we talk about low-cost, versatile and adaptable green businesses that can sustain a family through the best and worst of times. We find the small farmers running profitable fa ...
 
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Entrepreneurial and innovative Operations Executive in the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry with documented excellence designing, building, and managing day-to-day operations for cannabis and agriculture centric companies. Advanced knowledge of all aspects of profitable operations in the cannabis and non-cannabis controlled environ…
 
Choosing the right one for your growing operation ensures the utmost success. In this episode, we’ll cover 3 greenhouse types and each one’s pros and cons so you can select the ideal one for your garden. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nic…
 
Do you live in a windy or snow prone area? There are extra supports and bracing available for hoop house builds. Julian and Nick from Bootstrap Farmer take us through the options and explain in detail how they work together to make a more rigid structure. Watch this video to learn more about how to add extra support to your hoop house. ************…
 
Protect your plants from harsh rays and help deliver more usable light with a shade cloth. We discuss the different percentages of fabric growers use and give us tips on how to install it. Are you curious about whether to use white or black shade cloth? Bootstrap Farmer has you covered. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlJ0sz6FJJE Timestamps: 00:12 …
 
Trying to decide whether a double-layer film is something you need for your hoop house? Nick and Julian discuss the benefits of double-layer systems and explain the most efficient way to install them. Video https://youtu.be/vDN3jMLUDu8 Timestamps: 00:20 Considerations with Inflation Fans 01:44 Low v. High Volume Fans 05:02 Mistakes to Avoid with In…
 
Don’t install a hand crank on your hoop house UNTIL you hear these tips! Julian and Nick from Bootstrap Farmer explain the simple mechanism behind the useful hand cranks used for greenhouse roll up sides. Bootstrap Farmer introduces their new very own hand crank system and Julian shows us how to correctly use them! Watch this video to learn more ab…
 
Bootstrap Farmer’s Tech Line specialist, Julian Sandoval explains the most common questions we receive on roll up side hand crank operation. 1- Rolling the hand crank to the inside of the hoop house to prevent catching water in the roll up side. 2- How to begin the roll up process at ground level. 3- How the gearbox works with the guide rod. https:…
 
Learn more about how to install greenhouse film and how to AVOID common mistakes. Nick and Julian discuss methods they have seen used to attach film to hoop houses and give tips on how to make the task easier. https://youtu.be/qxApDmKXYyo Timestamps: 00:10 What to Consider Before Installing Greenhouse Plastic 01:46 Unfolding and Laying out the Plas…
 
Join Bootstrap Farmer for a discussion about greenhouse film and why it is so important to get the RIGHT one. Want to protect your plants from the elements? Learn about how UV protection in greenhouse films work and the Best way to install it. Video https://youtu.be/H3A63Qlb5Gw Timestamps: 00:00 Intro 00:16 Greenhouse Plastic V. Big Box Store Plast…
 
Growers require ongoing education to stay aware of quick-moving developments in technology. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nickgreens)…
 
Want to know why insect netting is so VITAL for a hoop house? Bootstrap Farmer’s Nick and Julian talk about the latest insect netting technology and why the big box store netting might not cut it. Learn more about the uses of insect netting and when to use it. Timestamps: 00:10 Intro to Insect Netting 02:40 Agricultural Insect Netting V. Big Box St…
 
Watch this video BEFORE you design your end walls and doors! Join Bootstrap Farmer for a conversation about end wall designs and considerations you should have when designing your doors. Avoid making this construction project harder than it needs to be. Nick and Julian from Bootstrap Farmer guide you through the process and offer suggestions that w…
 
Join Bootstrap Farmer for a comprehensive look at the methods used in the industry. Learn why Nick and Julian prefer lock channel and spring wire to attach plastic and coverings. Timestamps: 00:17 What is Lock Channel? 01:41 Benefits of Spring Wire and Lock Channel 02:53 Installing Lock Channel 04:33 Board and Bat V. Lock Channel 05:33 Removing Pla…
 
Want to know why bracing is so necessary for a hoop house? We discuss just how the hip and brace boards contribute to the strength and durability of your hoop house. Learn about installation and troubleshooting hip and baseboards for a greenhouse. Watch this video to learn more about hoop house construction and side bracing at https://youtu.be/Ll9F…
 
Bootstrap Farmer explores how hoop houses are constructed and how the hoop structures are connected to become reliable, stable structures. Want to learn more about purlins and cross connectors? Learn how they can make a huge difference in the strength of the overall structure. See great examples of how this structure works and why purlins bring it …
 
The basics of hoops and how to properly install them onto ground posts and connect them with a ridge pole and hip and baseboards. Bootstrap Farmer recommends most hoops are spaced on four-foot centers and are connected throughout the entire structure. Timestamps: 00:08 Installing Hoops on Ground Posts 02:33 Covering Seams and Screws on Hoops 03:53 …
 
Learn about different ways to increase drainage and ways to mitigate flooding issues with your greenhouse floor. Bootstrap Farmer talks about the difference between the flooring options and what situations are the most suitable for each option. Watch this video for more information on hoop house flooring at: https://youtu.be/HC_rPAlRJ_4 Timestamps:…
 
Microgreens are growing in popularity because of their unbeatable health benefits and nutrition-packed capabilities. In this podcast, we’ll cover what you can expect when starting a microgreens business and how to be successful in your expenditure. More about Roberto Meza: Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: ht…
 
Learn all about ground posts and how to ensure they are properly installed. Hear from Bootstrap Farmer tips for squaring up a hoop house structure properly. Learn the importance of how having the right tools for the job and hear from industry experts what mistakes to avoid! Video: https://youtu.be/EoEenK1ksA0 Timestamps: 00:07 Installing Ground Pos…
 
Bootstrap Farmer guides you through some important reminders and things to consider while you are waiting for your kit to arrive. Video supplement: https://youtu.be/B7FMJJ8E8Ik Timestamps: 00:26 Reading and Understanding the Manual 03:40 Video 04:31 Tool Selection 07:06 Coordinating Help 08:47 Setting Goals and Pacing out the Build 10:03 Best time …
 
Looking into ordering a hoop house online? Bootstrap Farmer takes you through everything you need to know about freight and shipping hoop house greenhouses. Including troubleshooting tips directly from industry experts! Follow along with this video, and learn more about how the process of freight shipping a hoop house works. Video resource: https:/…
 
Join BootStrap Farmer for an overview of the different building materials and methods that are used to make backyard greenhouses and high tunnels. Learn about the different maintenance items required for hoop houses constructed from various materials. Interested in building a hoop house? Check this video out for ideas and a list of the common build…
 
Listen before you decide on the perfect location for your hoop house greenhouse. Bootstrap Farmer explains the different factors that affect cost when preparing a site for a hoop house build. Follow along with this video, and learn more about what to look for when choosing a building site for your high tunnel. Guide and How-To to Set Up a Hoop hous…
 
Shopping for a Hoop House Greenhouse? Join Bootstrap Farmer to learn about available add-ons and options to consider and how to avoid extra expenses on the backend. Don’t get surprised by hidden costs! We will show you what to look for when buying an outdoor greenhouse. Follow along with this video, and learn more about the right things to look at …
 
Dreaming of owning a hoop house? Watch this video to fall even more in love with the idea. Bootstrap Farmer shares their favorite things about high tunnel greenhouse structures. Learn more about All-metal hoop houses and the huge advantages they have over other temporary structures used for growing. View graphics and video examples at https://youtu…
 
Ready to own your very own hoop house? Bootstrap Farmer brings you this Brand New series on the whole process from purchase to harvest. Join Bootstrap Farmer for tips on comparative shopping, construction tips, and advice from industry insiders along the way. Watch this view to learn more about this upcoming Hoop House 101 series. *****************…
 
Christina M. Johnson is a plant biologist with her mind fixed in space. In April of 2010 she watched her plants blast into orbit on the Space Shuttle Discovery. She spent the next several years analyzing those samples for her PhD, where she learned about the impact of microgravity on the cellular structure and molecular functions in young plants. S…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick will cover the differences between hydroponics vs soil growing and the advantages of hydroponics growing. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Blog: https://www…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick give you examples of industry goals and helping you understand the design process. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.co…
 
Dr. Nadia Sabeh (A.K.A. “Dr. Greenhouse”) is President and Founder of Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., an agricultural and mechanical engineering firm located in Sacramento, CA that specializes in the design of HVAC systems for indoor plant environments. She is considered the subject matter expert in the field of controlled environment agriculture (CEA). More…
 
In this episode Nick interviews Roberto Meza and Donnie Greens about the microgreens business. More about Donnie Greens: Website: https://donnygreens.com/ More about Roberto Meza: Website: https://www.emeraldgardens.farm/ More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://ww…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Vijay Rapaka, experienced technical professional, passionate and motivated to deliver commercial value through research and innovation. Skilled in Research and New Product Development, Strategic Planning, and Research Management. Successfully developed and launched several ground breaking technologies. More ab…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick give updates on the hydroponic industry and talk about growing food indoors. More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/InfoGreens Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/nick…
 
Mark's background in operations and finance, mixed with his entrepreneurial spirit, makes him a dynamic leader. He always takes the time to get to know both his employees and customers, adding a personal touch to the company. More about Mark Thomas: Website: https://www.garfieldproduce.com More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitte…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick continue interviewing Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractabl…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Richard Vollebregt, President & CEO of Cravo Equipment Ltd, a company that develops retractable roof production systems to enhance berry, cherry, cannabis and vegetable production for growers worldwide. His background in economics combined with 30+ years of experience designing automated retractable roof green…
 
Jake attended Michigan State University where he earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in horticulture. He has nine years of experience across a variety of specialties including agriculture, agronomy, entomology, and viticulture. During his early career in Michigan he worked for Michigan State University, AgroLiquid, and the U.S. Departmen…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Alex McMeekin a grower in Canada. More about Alex McMeekin LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-mcmeekin-15bbb190/ More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/HydroConsultant More about Nick Greens: Website: https://www.nickgreens.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/Inf…
 
Gene Giacomelli is a Professor in Biosystems Engineering for interdisciplinary education, research and outreach program for greenhouse and other advanced technology systems. He received a Ph.D. in Horticultural Engineering from Rutgers University in 1983. He also has a Master's degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California-Da…
 
G&V Greenhouse Solutions has been meeting customer needs all over the world for 16 years. They are focused on providing greenhouse structures, greenhouse construction greenhouse project supervision, and all greenhouse installation services . They are proud of our knowledge and experience thru our Dutch heritage and American business style. They emp…
 
Murat Kacira is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and also a faculty member in Controlled Environment Agriculture Center program at The University of Arizona. He received his B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering in Cukurova University in Turkey and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Food, Agricultural and Biologi…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Stephen Ritz about urban farming and growing food in classrooms. Stephen Ritz is a South Bronx educator who believes that students shouldn’t have to leave their community to live, learn, and earn in a better one. Moving generations of students into spheres of personal and academic successes which they had neve…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Jenn Frymark from Gotham Greens. Green produce starts with green decisions. Gotham Greens indoor farming facilities are sun (and wind) powered, and climate controlled for a year-round growing season. This means they can provide clean, sustainable and quality food to the communities. Any time, anywhere. More ab…
 
Dan Ovadya stumbled into his career passion growing super sweet Chandler strawberries in low tech greenhouses on the Israel-Jordan border in 1991. That dusty summer was the start of his journey into agriculture and have since accumulated 30 years of experience with control environment crop production, research, and development. More about Dan Ovady…
 
In this episode Joe and Nick interview Grahame Dunling about his extensive career in vertical farming. Vertical farming allows us to grow healthy, accessible foods within a few acres of land, close to home. Grahame Dunling, together with son Matthew, has launched WorldWide Local Salads, bringing vertical farming to the city where the rich rural hin…
 
Grow Strong Industries’ mission is to help humanity thrive by enabling all people to grow indoors effortlessly. Since they founded in 2002, Grow Strong Industries has grown by leaps and bounds. From offering a single product, now offer multiple products - including grow tents, LED lighting, hydroponics systems, and nutrients - all suitable for indo…
 
Nicola Kerslake founded Contain Inc, a fintech platform for indoor agriculture, that aids indoor farmers in finding lease funding for their projects. They're backed by Techstars' Farm to Fork program, funded by Cargill and Ecolab. More about Nicola Kerslake: Website: https://contain.ag More about Joe Swartz: Website: https://amhydro.com/ Twitter: h…
 
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