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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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Don’t Bend Over to Pick Your Strawberries – Optimizing Plant Performance

photons from LED lighting systems

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