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Every Drop Counts.

All plants need water, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that almost all of our water needs are met by natural rain and snowfall.

Rain and Snow Reclamation

The average annual precipitation in Madison is about 47 inches. Since this is Maine, a good portion of this comes as snow. The inside of our greenhouse is 72 degrees in the winter, so snow melts pretty quickly.  We also heat the gutters on top of the greenhouse to melt the snow and make sure it doesn't pile up too high on our roof.  We capture the water from the snow that falls on the greenhouse by funneling it into our irrigation pond.  We then bring water from the pond into the greenhouse, where it is mixed with fertilizer and dripped into our plants.

Hydroponic Growing

Hydroponic systems are the most efficient growing technique for watering and feeding plants. Each plant gets its own individual dripper to ensure it gets the water it needs right at its roots. To make sure that we are making the most of our gifts from Mother Nature, water that the plants don’t absorb is recaptured through our growing gutters, sterilized by a UV sterilizer, and then reused.