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Epcot’s Fresh from Florida Weekend 2010 – Verti-Gro, Inc.

June 14, 2010

For the past two years, I’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with FAPC members at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  This year’s Fresh from Florida Weekend was wonderful – we had 12 FAPC agribusinesses there!  I’ll be spotlighting those members throughout the year.

Verti-Gro, Inc. is a great company.  Owners Barbara and Tim Carpenter promote Florida agriculture through the use of their vertical growing systems.  These containers are quite impressive.  Check out this year’s display at Epcot’s Fresh from Florida Weekend.

Barbara and Tim stand in front of one of their vertical growing systems.

In addition to participating in the festival two years in a row, Verti-Gro partners with Epcot to provide vertical systems in the Land pavilion.  It is so fun to ride the boat in the Living with the Land exhibit and realize that Florida farmers are a part of the landscape there!

One of the cool things about vertical growing is that you can grow a variety of items in a smaller space than in-ground gardening.  By using hydroponic technology, these plants flourish in stackable pots.  Verti-Gro sells to commercial producers as well as individual growers and the systems can vary in size depending on the need of the grower.

Other Verti-Gro products include fertilizer, growing media and supplies like timers and pumps.  The company is located at 15000 S.E. U.S. Highway 441/27 in Summerfield, Florida.  For contact information, to order products, sign up for workshops or to learn more about vertical and hydroponic growing, go to the Verti-Gro website at www.vertigro.com.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 8:54 am

    Living with the Land is where I got the idea to do my upside down tomato plants. I really wanted to do hydroponics, but don’t the Epcot technology and personnel to man an operation like that.

  2. Melissa permalink
    June 17, 2010 2:39 pm

    Thanks for the comment! It would be nice to have a staff of gardeners, wouldn’t it? Some of the hydroponic systems out there are simple (like 3- and 4-pot towers) and don’t require a team of experts. Let us know if you decide to pursue it; we love to hear success stories.

  3. Robert permalink
    July 17, 2010 1:11 am

    I bought the Vertigro system and I have 40 pots on 8 towers. I am used to the in the ground method but after the short time I have had this system, my roto-tiller is for sale. I am amazed at plants popping through the media in as little as four days. I am totally sold and will be adding more pots in the future.

  4. Melissa permalink
    July 19, 2010 11:26 am

    Thank you for sharing your success story. It sounds like you have an amazing operation!

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