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FAPC Member Spotlight – Hydro Harvest Farms

July 2, 2009

Imagine growing 100 tomato plants using just 4 gallons of water a day.  This is one of the many cool things that farmers John and Terrie Lawson do at Hydro Harvest Farms south of Tampa in Ruskin, Florida.

I had the opportunity to meet Terrie and John during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and what fun they were!  They had an elaborate set up – it included their 4-tiered vertical growing systems.  The rosemary and strawberries smelled amazing, and the flowers they brought were so pretty.

Terrie & John Lawson stand in front of their display at the Epcot Florida Farmers Market

Terrie & John Lawson stand in front of their display at the Epcot Florida Farmers Market

At Hydro Harvest Farms, they are dedicated to using hydroponic growing methods.  You can go there and pick your own fresh produce, or if you don’t have the time, they have items already picked for sale. 

In addition to selling the fresh products, John & Terrie sell the vertical growing systems.  These are interesting contraptions that allow you to grow a variety of products in a minimal amount of space (building up rather than out).

The Lawsons are active in their community and love holidays when people come out to the farm to celebrate.  By creating a new blog, they hope to recount some of the experiences they have and they would love input from other hydroponic growers. 

Hydro Harvest loves FAPC and the materials we create to assist their promotional efforts!

Hydro Harvest loves FAPC and the materials we create to assist their promotional efforts!

If you’re in the Tampa area and are able to stop by the farm for some fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, then I’m jealous!  However, since it is in central Florida, why not plan a day trip to the farm to check out how they grow their delicious, fresh from Florida items.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2010 1:54 pm

    looks good!!! i now have 33 fruit trees on my property. if you need fruit trees very cheap,go to arborfoundation.com

  2. April 7, 2010 1:55 pm

    see ya

  3. Mrs Huber permalink
    July 12, 2010 3:07 pm

    Need some ideas and information on growing spinach on a vertical growing system We are in South Africa

    Thanks

  4. Melissa permalink
    July 14, 2010 11:13 am

    Mrs. Huber, thanks for reading our blog and for writing! I hope things have calmed down a bit after the World Cup.

    If spinach can grow in your part of the country, you should be able to grow it in a vertical system. You can either use soil or another medium (like coconut fiber). We have a great system of university cooperative extension offices around the state and they assist growers with questions. Do you have a similar program? If you do, I would contact them to find out the growing season, when to plant, et cetera.

    I’ll see if I can find out more information and check back with you when I do. Thanks again for writing!

  5. Carla Curry permalink
    May 16, 2011 8:54 am

    Hello John and Terri,
    I became interested in this type of gardening for a couple different reasons. I teach healing and health through nutrition as a certified health minister, and have been on the vegan diet for the last 13 years. This brought a lot of healing to my body. I am also a missionary and travel every couple of years to Africa and would like to learn more about how to incorporate this kind of growing in the third world countries, as there are many orphans there who are dying everyday from lack of food. I am in the process of starting a small hydroponic farm with a couple of my Christian friends here in Florida in order to learn more about the methods of growing, and we would like to come to your farm sometime around the end of May to talk with you and see your operation. There would be about 6 of us coming. Would this be possible?
    I look forward to your reply.
    Thank you so much for the information I found on your website.
    Carla Curry

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