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If you're planning on coming to our open house in May, you may want to sign up for one of the scheduled guided tours.  We limit the group size to 15 people and you get an hour of time to pick my brain!  Things can get a bit hectic during the regular open house as we had over 250 visitors last year!  http://www.bigelowbrook.com/tours/
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These are our "aquaponic" amaryllis and the only plant in our greenhouse that isn't eatable. They blossom in the house during the spring, are moved into the greenhouse for the summer and fall to gain their energy (and fed with AP water), then are stored in the basement during the winter and go dormant.
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Very Nice :-)
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GrowGrip News: Good and Bad

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks have gone by and I’ve been delaying my update a bit (it’s more of a procrastination hoping some good news would arrive).  I’ll start off with the bad news.  We’re having a horrific time with the extrusion molding process.  The overall shape of the GrowGrip is working fine, but we can’t get the center hole for a pelletized seed to be formed accurately enough for my specifications.  Currently we’re working on a secondary operation to carve this hole out.

What does this mean to you?  First is a possible slight delay with our KickStarter shipments or maybe a slight change to the design.  We’re currently considering making two variations of the GrowGrip, one with the hole and one without.  The seed hole’s primary purpose was to enable the commercial growers to bulk plant their seeds.  Not having the hole has little effect on the growers that will either transplant seedlings or manually place the seed into the GrowGrip.  We should have a decision on this possible change in the near future.

Now for the good news - We just received a notification that one of our commercial customers is going to get ORGANIC CERTIFICATION on their facility using the GrowGrips!  This news will ripple throughout the industry to farms that have been unable to get certified because of their growing media.  Unfortunately, we are unable to have a “certified organic” label on the product because it is classified as a device and not an “input” like a fertilizer or pesticide, which means that each farm will still need to get their own approval for use.  Oddly enough, the certification agency treats the GrowGrip no differently than using a shovel or a garden hose.  But, once we get this first farm certified, it will open the floodgates for other farms.

Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for their support (and patience) as we hash through some of these details to bring you the best product we can!

-Rob T.
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Keep it up Rob, I know the final product will be worth the setbacks. Also, congrats on the organic cert. !
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Bigelow Brook Farm invites you to come and see our geodesic dome greenhouse where we grow produce using aquaponics - a unique combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.
Bigelow Brook Farm Open House
Sat, May 17, 12:00 PM
335 Westford Road, Eastford CT 06242

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TrackMyPlants has a new feature!  Now you can enter various chemical readings and temperatures about your growing conditions!  http://www.TrackMyPlants.com
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The students at the King Science and Technology Magnet (Omaha Public School system) sent me this picture of the bell siphon with integrated breathing tube that they made with their 3D printer.  Not only are they learning about agriculture, but they're also doing mechanical engineering.  Their teacher told me that they have been printing several shapes and sizes to experiment with different types of flows.  Pretty awesome!  I'm not sure about the hot-pink color! ;-)
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Our open house is next month!  We had people from all over the country visit, plus visitors from Canada and even Europe!  I hope to see you soon!
http://www.bigelowbrook.com/tours/openhouse.aspx
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I had a great time showing the students around today and giving them some pointers about their aquaponic system.  They've created a new class this semester dedicated just for aquaponic growing.  Biology, chemistry, finance, engineering - it's all covered!  http://www.pomfretschool.org/Page/About-Us
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It's no joke today!  Here's a second video this week.  http://youtu.be/9K7HNLt6KeY
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Today we'll go over 5 million views on YouTube. That pales in comparison to some of the (stranger) channels on it, but I'm still happy with it. Thank you for watching, liking, and subscribing to our humble little channel. -Rob T.  http://www.YouTube.com/web4deb
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Congrats. It's always nice to see people actually put into practice what others just talk about.
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Expanded Shale, Timing Controllers, and Electronic Consulting
Introduction
Welcome to Bigelow Brook Farm. Don’t let our name fool you – we are an active farm, as well as a technology consulting and design company focusing on controls and automation in agricultural and light-industrial industries. Our goal is to assist you with your existing systems and help to refine and implement technology to simplify your processes and reduce cost.

Although it may seem like an odd product, we also sell expanded shale - a very lightweight growing media that is used in the hydroponic and aquaponic industries. Our farming operation has the capability to store and package large quantities of material, while our expertise in technology allows us to efficiently distribute the product.