Growing plants without soil may sound like a futuristic gardening concept, but hydroponic gardening dates as far back as the 7th century BC. However, the popularity and mass integration of hydroponics is new. In fact, it’s becoming so popular, even high profile companies like IKEA and Amazon are offering hydroponic systems to consumers. Many proponents even consider the mass utilization of hydroponics to be the future of farming.
One of the strongest reasons hydroponics has become so popular is that recent studies on hydroponic farming have shown it to have so many benefits. Plants grown hydroponically are of exceedingly high quality, cultivation occupies less space, and consume fewer resources than traditional growing methods. Additionally, hydroponic growing methods, in combination with vertical gardening, have aided in expanding the possibilities of back yard gardening, urban gardening and indoor gardening.
Although the amount of hydroponically grown produce has not yet overtaken the amount of field-grown produce, it is quickly gaining a foothold. This is especially true as more and more consumers are becoming aware of where their food comes from and how it’s grown, as evidenced by the local growing movement.
Over 96% of lettuce grown in the United States comes from California, or Arizona. How fresh can it be, by the time it gets here to Florida. Why not check out Ecotone Farm for your fresh lettuce. The grow lettuce hydroponically, and deliver it fresh from right here in Fellsmere, FL.