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.
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.
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.
Here’s the system attached to a power supply:
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.
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.
Microgreens. It’s what’s for dinner.