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We are proud to introduce King Tower Farm, the new Asian partners of Ibiza Farm!
It is located in Laguna in the Philippines about 4 hours outside Manila in the most idyllic countryside rural setup… this vertical aeroponic Tower Farm is nestled on the shores of a lake featuring guesthouses everywhere… the owner is a fantastic person, and so are all of her partners and staff… the Tower Farm is set up in the most beautiful surroundings ever. They want to expand, and they have the land to do so. These 140 towers are to test the technology. They are using the 9 pots/ 36 plants per tower model.
It is the most significant vertical farm in Asia, and we are so proud to collaborate with this fantastic crew and contribute to their project. Mathias and Iris from Ibiza Farm came on location to provide Tower Farm installation and staff training services: they took care of the final tower configurations, seedling and planting training, nutrient mixing instructions, testing each tower, etc.
It is not just the first real Tower Farm in Asia, but rather a jewel in the Tower Farm collection! They are going to grow flowers to feed their bee farm and all kind of veggies as well.
We are proud and honored to be involved in such an exciting and meaningful project.
A Tower Farm irrigation system entails the following:
– Container for nutrients A
– Container for nutrients B
– Gravity tank (size varies according to the amount of towers).
– Dosatron nutrition automatic dozing system (2 or 3 units depending on Tower Farm set up and the quality of the water).
– Manifolds (size varies according to Tower Farm configuration)
– Floaters for each tower
– Valves for each tower
– Modification of each tower (holes drilling to accommodate floaters and valves).
– Tubing to supply water and nutrients (size of tubing depends on the size of the Tower Farm and its configuration).
Example of an irrigation system set up outdoors:
We provide greenhouse turnkey solutions:
We can assist you in outsourcing the best quotes from reputable greenhouse manufacturers. From the US to the Netherlands, we are connected to the most experienced greenhouse manufacturers in our line of industry. We can consult with you from greenhouse conceptualization to supervising its implementation. Although we specialize in Tower Farms/vertical farming, if your greenhouse project is meant to host various hydroponic technologies, we can help you with setting up a Tower Farm in combination with NFT top-notch gutter systems from the Netherlands. In other terms, we can consult with you partially or provide you with a full turnkey solution.
We would like to thank our partner Mr. Troy Albright from True Garden for having taken the time to write the outline of what needs to be considered when setting up a greenhouse for a Tower Farm. Aside from being a scientist, Mr. Troy Albright is the most experienced Tower Farmer growing vegetables successfully 12 months out of year in a state-of-the-art greenhouse located in an extreme desert climate. Here is what he judiciously recommends (thank you Troy!!):
There are 3 climate types that require unique greenhouse designs: Tropical or Desert Climate, Mild Climate, and Winter Climate.
Key specifications and components for ALL greenhouse projects:
• Greenhouse structure to run north to south ALWAYS.
• Tower Garden rows to run north to south ALWAYS.
• Full sun exposure and/or supplemental lighting is required for year-round production.
• High-Pressure Sodium is the most cost effective for a greenhouse farm.
• Oversized Fan and Pad evaporative cooling system.
• Cooling pad w/motorized vents on the north end, and 2 stage exhaust fans on the south.
• Thrips screen covering entire north end to minimize insect intrusion.
• Seedling propagation always on the north end near cooling pad for pest prevention.
• Always submit a water sample for hydroponic analysis to MMI Labs to determine the suitability
Additional Specifications and Components for a Tropical or Desert Climate:
For a larger Tower Farm in a CEA greenhouse:
• Gutter connect greenhouse with min. 16’ sidewall height desired
– Single layer polycarbonate on end walls, sidewalls, and top
• GE Softlight is best in class for diffusing light and cooling
– Roof vent, for additional heat bleed off
• Gable fan and motorized louver is cheaper but less effective
– Length – Do not exceed 120’ in length between fan and pad
• OPTIONAL: Fogging system as stage 2 cooling (mainly for desert, can increase greenhouse length), requires RO water and can be expensive
• High-end controller – PC based w/alarms, weather station, climate sensors.
• Concrete floor:
– White epoxy coating if possible, easier cleaning and better light diffusion.
– Engineered drawings can be provided for electrical stub up locations.
– Floor slope to be specified at ½” per 12 feet for level Tower operation.
• Fan forced, vented gas heater required for tropical climates that experience seasonal cold events.
For a small Tower Farm (economy) greenhouse:
• Usually has a double poly film covering with single layer polycarbonate end walls:
– Minimum 10’ sidewall height.
– Clear, light diffusing poly film can help reduce heat.
– On some structure types, a single layer polycarbonate is an option on sidewalls and top.
• GE Softlight is best in class product for diffusing light horizontally and cooling the structure. Will increase cost significantly.
• Shade system – traditional shadecloth can cause growing challenges in vertical farms, so minimal use of 50% Aluminet is our only recommendation.
• Individual thermostats or simple digital controller.
• Groundcover floor over gravel type base. Concrete is best if budget allows.
Fan forced, vented gas heater for climates that experience seasonal cold events.
Other considerations for planning greenhouse space: Food processing area, walk-in cooler, etc.
For further information regarding setting up your greenhouse, we advise you to hire us (Agrotonomy Corp. a.k.a. Ibiza Farm) as your greenhouse development project consultants.
We specialize in greenhouses for tropical and desert climates.
We also provide consultation services for green energy off-the-grid solutions allowing to set up a CEA (controlled environment agriculture) greenhouse system in remote international locations & developing countries.
We only share the name of the vendors/manufacturers we work with to individuals/business entities having retained our services as consultants.
Tower Garden Strawberries | Strawberry Tower Farm
We highly recommend growing strawberries on a Tower Garden whether for personal use or for commercial purpose.
In fact, Tower Garden technology allows to grow up to 52 strawberry plants within 1 m²…. although we generally advise allocating 2 m² per tower including working space, when growing strawberries on the Tower Garden, only 1.5 m² of space allowance is required.
In our experience, growing strawberries off the ground on a Tower Garden has never required for us to spray any form of pesticide. We certainly cannot say the same for the strawberries which we grow in the soil within the scope of comparative testing.
Every kind of strawberry can be grown on a Tower Garden. The crop yield is generous and the fruits are juicy and extremely flavorful.
You can buy strawberry plugs and wash the soil off the roots before bracing them with a rubber band in a rockwool cube (before planting them into the towers)…. some leaves will turn yellow/brown in the process but new healthy leaves will start showing soon.
At Ibiza Farm, we prefer to start all our crops from seeds and produce our own seedlings. Strawberry seeds can take up to 4 to 8 weeks before starting to germinate. Strawberry seedlings for Tower Garden are usually ready to be planted into the tower within six weeks after planting the seeds on average.
Tower Garden is the only aeroponic technology which allows growing strawberries indoors or outdoors.
Aside from saving 95% water & space, growing strawberries on a Tower Garden reduces proportionally the amount of labor involved. One individual can care for 100+ commercial aeroponic towers.
Strawberries can be grown indoor 12 months out of the year using Tower Garden’s led light kit or even better, in a greenhouse.
Once again, whether you wish to grow strawberries on a Tower Garden for personal use or whether you are considering setting up a strawberry Tower Farm, due to the high yield + low maintenance + no spraying pesticides and due to the quality of the fruit itself, we encourage you to grow strawberries using Tower Garden aeroponic tower systems.
Whether involved in a commercial urban farm project or whether you only have access to a balcony or a rooftop, our aeroponic towers will produce results beyond your expectations.
Tower Garden is perfect for urban farms and urban gardens: saving 95% of water & space while producing highly nutritive crops without the use of pesticides! This is urban agriculture at its best!
Aside from growing hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruits, aromatic & medicinal herbs, Tower Garden aeroponic systems can be used to produce a wide range of flowers whether edible or decorative. An aeroponic tower loaded with flowers is not only spectacular, but it is also a bee magnet! We encourage every urban farmer and urban gardener using Tower Garden technology to plant flowers!
At Ibiza Farm, we mainly grow edible flowers (Nasturtium, Bluets, cosmos, etc.) but we also beneficial herbs and flowers. Of course, we love to see a tower full of flowers; however, our favorite planting approach is to mix-and-match flowers, vegetables, and fruits strategically.
Tower Garden is modular in size allowing to adapt to height constraints while delivering optimum results based on the space allocated. Urban farmers & urban gardeners can use their aeroponic towers indoors and outdoors! Tower Garden aeroponic systems are powered by the only aeroponic technology which can be used outdoors for a personal or commercial purpose.
The residential model of Tower Garden for personal use can also be used indoors with a state-of-the-art LED grow light kit (perfect for office environment/building lobbies/atriums etc.).
Promoting urban agriculture is a work contribution to reinventing the food supply chain granting businesses and individuals viable autonomous solutions.
Tower Garden technology embodies perfectly the spirit of urban farming and urban gardening!
Be part of the urban agriculture revolution: get yourself a Tower Garden or start a local Tower Farm in your neighborhood!!!
Cucumber is the perfect crop for novice growers to start with as it is very easy to grow on a Tower Garden.
Cucumber seedlings can be planted at the bottom of the tower to let the vine crawl on the ground. We advise against such a method as we prefer to grow our cucumbers vertically and off the ground. In fact, allowing your cucumber plants to crawl on the ground will increase the chances of diseases and pests (aphids, spider mites, cucumber beetles, powdery mildew, botrytis, bacterial wilt etc.).
Although easy to grow, cucumbers are prone to various diseases requiring continuous attention & maintenance. In fact, we recommend pruning your plants picking off leaves showing signs of infection. Ongoing pruning is also recommended to improve air circulation thus reducing the risks of mildew/fungal related diseases.
We advise to let cucumbers grow on an outside structure (grow cage/ trellis etc.) thus preventing the vines to overwhelm the rest of the tower. You can cut the vine when you deem that it has grown long enough…. it will allow the vine to branch out at the level of the nodes and increase the yield.
All varieties of cucumbers grow well on a Tower Garden but require growth + disease & pest control on an ongoing basis.
At Ibiza Farm, we grow all kind of cucumbers whether for salads, pickling or juicing. In fact, aside from being deliciously thirst quenching, we invite you to Google the benefits of juicing cucumbers… it’s absolutely amazing!
This year, we grew lemon cucumbers and cucamelons for fun! Once again, cucumbers come in many shapes, colors and tastes!
Growing cucumbers on a Tower Garden is easy and rewarding.
We recommend that you select cucumber varieties preferably adapted to your climate (speak to your seed provider).
Ibiza Farm is currently working on a UK Tower Farm project based on Tower Garden technology.
Although there is currently one little Tower Farm in existence in the UK (only 10 towers), our upcoming Tower Farm will be the largest in the UK.
Tower Garden technology is now available in the UK not only for commercial Tower Farms, but also for residential models for personal use.
The prices for Tower Garden in the UK (model for personal-use) are as follows:
Tower Garden England: £599 for the tower system ( plus £249 for the LED grow light kit)
Tower Garden Wales: £599 for the tower system ( plus £249 for the LED grow light kit)
Tower Garden Scotland: £599 for the tower system ( plus £249 for the LED grow light kit)
Tower Garden Ireland ( northern): £599 for the tower system ( plus £249 for the LED grow light kit)
Towers can be ordered by clicking on the following link:
Although the LED grow light kit is optional, we strongly advise our Tower Garden UK customers to buy this accessory. In fact, considering the weather in the UK, unless you own a greenhouse, we recommend indoor growing under lights during the cold season.
As certified international Tower Farm & Tower Garden resellers, Ibiza Farm a.k.a. Agrotonomy Corporation is fully committed to promoting Tower Garden technology in the UK. We are thrilled to be working on our first Tower Farm project in England… stay tuned for updates!
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Growing green beans, sugar snaps, snap peas, green peas, garbanzo beans etc. will require the use of a support cage attachment “pole structure” allowing the vines to grow properly.read more
When growing edible flowers using an aeroponic tower, we advise against buying an ‘edible flowers mix’.read more
When towers are located indoors, in a greenhouse or in a sheltered area, the lack of wind and/or the lack of bees mean that the pollen is not being carried to the ovule of the female flower. In this case, we advise you to hand pollinate your plants (cucumbers,...read more
Arugula which is also called rocket salad because of its rapid growth…. It is profitable for commercial farming applications due to its fast growth turnaround and generous crop yield and it is the perfect green for the family gardener as it guarantees lush green plants growing on your tower!read more
With a DWC system, roots are submerged in a water solution enriched with nutrients being actively oxygenated.read more
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Chard seeds sprout quickly and seedlings are usually ready to plant into the tower within 7 to 10 days. After running many different comparative tests, we advise to grow only 1 to 2 varieties maximum per tower: some types of chard grow bigger leaves which might...read more
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Like cauliflowers, aside from being heavy plants to grow vertically, cabbages products massive outer leaves which block the upper and lower planting sections from where the plant is located. We advise to plant on the second section of the tower from the bottom rather...read more
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Shanghai Dehuan Industry Co., Ltd. aka www.dehuan.cn is a SCAM. BEWARE!!! They are using Tower Garden’s name illegally. They also stole photos of existing Tower Farms and of Tower Garden’s website which they are publishing illegally on dehuan.cn pretending they have...read more
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Cannabis is by far one of the most intricate capricious crops to grow. Since we started to farm aeroponically, we have conducted numerous comparative tests between growing cannabis in the soil vs. using our towers. Both options feature pros and cons, however, growing...read more
Spinach grows well on aeroponic towers, giving a truly superior mouthwatering crop. When preparing the seedlings, it is important to do so in a pitch dark room (20°C/ 70°F maximum) in an effort to maximize the success ratio of your seedlings (spinach seedlings can be...read more
Years ago, as I was coming through the Netherlands on a business trip, I was starstruck by a gorgeous woman who owned the bed-and-breakfast where I was staying… It was love at first sight! Iris was 75% Asian, 25% European and 100% my style! Five months later, I traded...read more