Hydroponics, The Answer to Thriving During Drought?


| 3/11/2013 11:24:03 AM


Tags: Hydroponics, Water Conservation, profitable small scale farming, Chris Downs,

Hydroponics, is it the answer to thriving during drought?  Many farmers say yes. Here in Colorado, as well as Texas and other states we have gone through a long drought.  I had the opportunity to speak with Johnathon Wood from Majestic Hydrogardening this last weekend. 

Basic Hydroponic System

Meet Johnathon Wood

Johnathon has been involved with hydroponics since the 1970′s. He started his first garden when he was just 8 years old and has passion for growing food. He also enjoys growing other plants as well. He has seen the need for change in the United States.  More people are growing their own food. Concerns about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is becoming a major concern.  GMO foods put our health as risk.  Even Mother Earth News has  started sharing information on hydroponics.

Johnathan started with Hydroponics when the first Space Station was experimenting with growing food in space.  NASA chose hydroponics as the best solution.  So what better place to start than following the NEW space age technology?

Johnathon found that the US Government was doing a study on growing hemp using hydroponics. The study contained information on the products and health benefits of hemp. He shared with me that durability  is the reason Levi jeans were so popular with farmers.   By adding hemp fibers,  the clothing  lasted a lot longer. Hemp is refined into many products:

  • Hemp oil
  • Food
  • Fiber
  • Seeds
  • Clothing
  • Textiles
  • Resin
  • Wax
  • Rope
  • Pulp
  • Fuel

Hemp is still used today, and Virginia is looking to legalize it once again for the fibers and food value.

Government Experimentation

The US Government completed a study on how to make the other types of cannabis (what most people call marijuana) more potent.  They also studied its health effects.  That type of marijuana is now legal in Colorado and Washington States.

nebraska dave
3/12/2013 5:00:27 AM

Chris, hydroponics was always a little bit of a mystery to me. Being from a farming heritage it just didn't make too much sense to grow plants without dirt. I know it can be done and works quite well but seems to me more work than I really wanted. Water is not an issue here in Nebraska .... well most of the time it isn't. It really made me cringe when I found out some time ago that there were states that had laws about catching rain water for the garden. It seems kind of silly to say that rain that falls on the roof of your house isn't yours. What next? The air inside your house isn't yours. Good luck with your venture into hydroponics gardening. I'll be interested in following your progress. Have a great hydroponics garden day.





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