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Company Launch and Presentation

It thrills me to no end to officially launch our company tomorrow at First Flight Venture Center. Many thanks to Jim McLean with Learning Machines for inviting us to his First Flight “Itineraries” Company Presentation and luncheon. If you are in town, and you would like to attend, then let me know by the end of the day. I will try to make room if possible. We only have a few people attending, and are meeting in a small conference room.

For those that want to attend virtually, well, your wish is my command. Here’s the 90 second version in the form of a video.

Best regards,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, CTO
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC
Teachey, NC 28464
office: 919-297-2926 cell: 984-459-0458
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce year round weekly crops of greens and sprouts. Micro greens and sprouts as well as the indoor agriculture systems are for sale to both retail and wholesale customers, restaurants, and commercial farmers. Indoor agriculture systems connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) with addressable components for lighting and climate control allow us to remotely manage crops, to maximize energy efficiency, and to conserve natural resources.
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Web Site Shopping Cart with No Monthly Fees

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YES!!! Our shopping cart for our online ordering system has been tested. We created our web site with WordPress, and use Woocommerce for our shopping cart. It is way cool because we have absolutely no monthly fees, and total control over the site. Except for a test transaction, we are not *quiet* yet open for online business. We are very much one step closer. More importantly, we are able to help others set up their own shopping carts, and to avoid unnecessary monthly fees.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, CTO
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC
Teachey, NC 28464
Jim@LeafyGreensFarms.com
office: 919-297-2926 cell: 984-459-0458
www.LeafyGreensFarms.com
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.
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Raspberry Pi at MIT and Fluorescence Detection

Here’s a great article I read this morning from MIT. One more piece to the puzzle. Enjoy.

http://news.mit.edu/2016/nanobionic-spinach-plants-detect-explosives-1031

“These sensors give real-time information from the plant. It is almost like having the plant talk to us about the environment they are in,” Wong says. “In the case of precision agriculture, having such information can directly affect yield and margins.”

I don’t do land mines and explosives yet surely do like the fluorescence detection technology with the Raspberry Pi for use in monitoring our agriculture.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray, CTO
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC
Teachey, NC 28464
Jim@LeafyGreensFarms.com
office: 919-297-2926 cell: 984-459-0458
Jim Ray
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.
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Don’t Bend Over to Pick Your Strawberries – Optimizing Plant Performance

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I had opportunity to watch the following video “Optimizing Plant Performance – Plants Spliced, LED Lights Glow, & Strawberries Bloom” from  Dr. Chieri Kubota, plant scientist of Controlled Environment Agriculture Center at The University of Arizona that  looks to optimize plant performance with grafting systems, temperature and lighting evaluations, and creative solutions for growing delicious and abundant strawberries.

She references growing strawberries in a greenhouse where workers are happy to pick strawberries without bending their backs. It makes good sense to me. Enjoy.

Regards,

Farmer Jim

Jim Ray

Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.

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Inspiration Move Me Brightly with Photons from LED Lighting Systems and Photosynthesis

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I had opportunity to divert my attention last week from the mechanical design for our indoor horticulture stack-able systems and to consider our LED lighting systems. I stumbled upon three videos on YouTube that I wanted to share. Director of Horticulture Research and Development Dr. Rebecca Knight presented “LED Lighting for Controlled Environment Agriculture” at the 2016 Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course at the University of Arizona. The inspiration from those videos moved me brightly, and I called her to say thanks.

The videos include the following key points that are near and dear to our systems and business plan:

  • photosynthesis
  • photons – particles of electromagnetic radiation
  • rate-limiting steps in photosynthesis
  • saving energy when plants can’t utilize photons
  • Daily Light Integral (DLI)
  • Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density (PPFD)

Below are the links to the 3 YouTube videos. May they move you brightly as well.

Regards,

Farmer Jim

Jim Ray

Jim Ray, CTO
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC
Teachey, NC 28464
office: 919-297-2926 direct: 919-297-2927  cell: 984-459-0458
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.

Videos

Director of Horticulture Research and Development Dr. Rebecca Knight presented “LED Lighting for Controlled Environment Agriculture” at the 2016 Greenhouse Crop Production and Engineering Design Short Course at the University of Arizona
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
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Microgreens Business Model

planar LED lighting systems

Hortidaily published a link to an article on microgreens today in their newsletter that I read daily:

How to Grow Microgreens: The Beginner’s Guide

It is a great article on microgreens and the business plan. Our business plan is similar. We add the manufacturing of hydroponic vertical agriculture systems with Raspberry Pi networked LED lighting and environmental controls.

Here’s a little preview of our third prototype completed this week of the planar LED lighting system that scales out vertically and horizontally from a small supply closet in the back room of a restaurant or home to stacked 40′ steel cargo containers. Our system may operate on 12 VDC completely off the grid, or with a standard ATX computer power supply that is a $30 replaceable commodity. Installation is low voltage, and requires no permits or licensed electricians.

planar LED lighting system for microgreens

Here’s the system attached to a power supply:

power supply for microgreens system

It is exciting to see other sources validate the microgreens business plan, and to dovetail traditional agriculture techniques with technology to control the process. We will be our own case study and will validate our business plan. Shortly thereafter, we will have systems, processes, and supplies available so others may have fresh food to eat that they are able to grow indoors year round.

Regards,

Jim

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Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.

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Hortidaily Article on Leafy Greens Farms

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Hortidaily is a global greenhouse news source that I use regularly to keep up with our industry, and our new company was published in their news for the first time today:

http://www.hortidaily.com/article/28217/What-is-happening-at-Leafy-Greens-Farms

Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.

Regards,

Jim

jim

Jim Ray, CTO
Leafy Greens Farms, LLC
986 Wells Town Road
Teachey, NC 28464
jim@LeafyGreensFarms.com
office: 919-297-2926 direct: 919-297-2927 cell: 984-459-0458

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Left Coast Comrades and Leafy Greens Poster

Many thanks to the State of Washington for their nice poster on leafy greens. There are photos, descriptions, and even recipes for different cultivars. Enjoy!

Leafy Greens Poster

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Leafy Greens Farms, LLC is a collaborative endeavor operated by Jim Ray, an electrical engineer and owner of Neuse Networks, and, Steve Douglass, owner of Turner Family Farms. Together, we are developing innovative LED lighting and environmental control systems combined with old-school floating tray methods to produce micro greens for sale to both retail and wholesale customers.