Horticultural Lighting: Growing Seasonal Produce All Year Long

Horticultural, Horticultural Lighting: Growing Seasonal Produce All Year Long

Plant on the left did not get to enjoy LED horticultural lighting and did not do well. Plants on the right enjoyed horticultural lighting and thrived.

What is Horticultural Lighting Used For?

Horticultural Lighting is becoming more and more common. Actually, we are blown away by the explosive growth and demand. However, what exactly is Horticultural lighting?

Farmers are not only using this lighting to expand their produce season in rural settings, they are also using new light technology in urban areas. Therefore, helping to provide fresh produce for residents all year long.

Greenhouses use Horticultural Lighting to grow different types of produce. Furthermore, these greenhouses include special LED lighting. This special lighting gives off the ideal amount of light to grow the desired vegetation. These greenhouses help farmers to continue their production all year and in any landscape.

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Why Rural Communities Need Greenhouses?

When most people think of rural living they think of rolling fields of vegetation and livestock. However, during the winter months, those same rolling fields are white with snow. Farmers still need to make a living during those months. Also, not all farms raise livestock. Greenhouses could supplement these farmers’ income during the winter months. It is during these winter months that greenhouses become more necessary.

With the use of greenhouses with LED lighting, farmers can grow local produce all year long. These greenhouses can bring new opportunities for different crops. LED lighting is easily adjustable. Therefore, these greenhouses would allow for a new opportunity to grow produce that is not native to specific areas.

Why Cities Need Greenhouses?

Urban areas are not well known for having much farmland. This is due to the lack of available land. However, with horticultural greenhouses, there is no need for farmland. Larger cities will be able to supply fresh produce to their residences.

Along with the LED technology, there have been other advances. These advances are a part of the transition to more local fresh produce in urban settings. Container-Based Vertical Farming is one example of these advances.

Container-Based Vertical Farming

What is Container-Based Vertical Farming? This is when agriculturalists grow crops in repurposed shipping containers or buildings. These structures take the place of traditional fields. This type of farming is becoming more popular in urban areas. This is due to the lack of farmland. Also, this advancement in farming can create new opportunities for fresh produce in other areas.

Grocery Store Uses

Grocery stores will also see benefits from this type of farming. They will be able to provide fresh produce all year long. This also means that there is no wait time for deliveries. Often produce can go bad before arriving at their destination. Therefore, there is less waste of products.

Another benefit is the growing time of products. In some cases, it is only a week or two. Once these onsite growing containers are implemented the more efficient and cost-effective they will be in keeping up with demands.

Helping the Less Fortunate

Another benefit of container growing is for shelters and food banks. Often times there is difficulty in receiving donations. Instead of being fully dependent on donations shelters and food banks can have their own growing containers. Onsite farming means that places would have a continuous supply of fresh produce year-round. These onsite containers will change the way that these facilities operate.

This addition can also become an opportunity for education. Therefore, more people can be taught about farming and these new technologies. Also, providing more job opportunities. These opportunities for education will change lives. Changing the need for these organizations.

More Information

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To learn more about Container-Based Vertical farming follow read this article LEDs Magazine.

For more information on LED Lighting check out our blogs Lighting with LEDs vs. Incandescent, The History of LEDs, and LED 101.

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