Ben and Benjamin DeGoede were eager to innovate further and switched to the Deep Flow Technique (DFT) in 2021. This technique is hydroponic growing of leafy vegetables and herbs on a pond in a greenhouse on Hydroponic Floating Rafts from Meteor Systems.
DeGoede Farms is an American family farm based in Sumner, Washington. Father and son started a trial in 2016 to grow leafy vegetables and herbs using Nutrient Film Technique (NFT). This involves using a shallow stream of water along the naked roots of plants in a watertight gutter or on a special growing table.
Ben and Benjamin DeGoede were eager to innovate further and switched to the Deep Flow Technique (DFT) in 2021. This technique is hydroponic growing of leafy vegetables and herbs on a pond in a greenhouse on Hydroponic Floating Rafts from Meteor Systems. The difference from conventional cultivation on soil or substrate is that with DFT, the plants grow on nutrient- and oxygen-rich water in a large water basin. The goal of DeGoede Farms is a faster harvest time due to a shorter cultivation period, labour savings through efficient movement of the floats in/out of the water and improving the quality of the crop.
Ben DeGoede: ''We like the material the Meteor Systems floats are made of better than the traditional Styrofoam. The floating rafts have a longer life span because they can be cleaned better and there is less chance of algae growth compared to similar boards. Meteor Systems' floating rafts are available in different sizes and the number of planting holes is also variable. This makes cultivation flexible and various crops can be produced on them. Moreover, the investment costs are relatively low, which makes it financially attractive.''
Meanwhile, the first leafy vegetables and herbs grown on floats have been successfully harvested. DeGoede Farms plans to expand from 2 to 6 ponds in the coming years. In cooperation with the experts of Meteor Systems, something beautiful can definitely grow from here.
Ben DeGoede about Meteor Systems: ''Until last year I did not know Meteor Systems very well. I heard from colleague horticulturists and came across the name Meteor Systems more often at horticultural fairs and online. The first cooperation went very well. Different ideas were discussed extensively and worked out together. The specialists of Meteor Systems are close to the growers and have thorough knowledge of the practice."
Meteor Systems has a branch in China since 2019. Juny Xu, our local colleague, helps customers in China to develop and build their own cultivation companies. One example is the Baiyi Group. Part of their range of enterprise is managing large retail and horticultural businesses in Western China. The company was established in 1992 in Linxia and has opted for the innovative cultivation solutions from Meteor Systems.