How do you aquire something that retails for thousands of dollars if you are as broke as a joke? When I started looking at this little silly be a hydroponic farmer idea, my head started spinning. I almost just wrote the entire idea off as economically not feasible. Then I saw a you tube video of a guy who was building a small basic system using rat poison containers..
I’m not making it up, he was going to grow lettuce in a container that held rat poison. HE WAS GOING TO SERVE HIS FAMILY LETTUCE OUT OF A POISON CONTAINER!Then I thought I’m smarter than that. Then I thought what’s the actual science behind the systems.
It got tricky, there is a lot of different hydroponic systems and they all have advantages and disadvantages. I settled on growing lettuce and herbs in a Nutrient film technique system and had it all drawn up on paper. Visited a high end hydroponics shop and bugged a real nice guy for about an hour as he showed me a lot of systems they were currently using as demonstration units. He told me something that I had already figured out on the internet.. there is a lot of bullshit on the internet. He told me in the context of buying a system from someone who has done the research, the parts design and knows the science behind it all..alot of fake science and bad ideas are rampant.
Then I asked a question that led me down this path, “how many of these hydroponics systems were designed for growing weed in a closet?” He said about 25% of his business was people growing weed in a closet. We talked, laughed and I mentioned the hemp program and he was familiar with it. He had a customer who was growing organically and had secured a permit for a few acres..
Let’s stop here for a second… If you plan on following me and my adventures there’s something we should cover. Full disclosure.. I sometimes have to tell you three stories to tell you the original story. Also, I tend to get a little nuts when I start researching something. It’s how I plan to go to bed at 10 and it becomes three in the morning and I am reading about quantum physics or Winston Churchill and can’t even figure out how I got here.. Damn you Wikipedia!
So I research industrial hemp, and alot of weed science since it’s pretty much the same plant except one is designed to maximize the amount of THC (what gets you high)and one is genetically modified to have almost no THC. Sort of like a wolf and Jamie Lee’s Yorkshire terrier’s are both technically canines. Wolves are designed to survive at all costs , out in the wild and are predators, the Yorkies shake alot and eat their own tails if you leave them alone or there is thunder.
Weeks later, I know what I want. I read a lot about Steve Jobs and before he was Steve Jobs and mostly a dirty smelly hippie at Atari, he was really good at getting things on the cheap. His father flipped junk cars and knew where to find parts.. he was good at asking for stuff, finding junkyard stuff, knowing what things cost and repurposing. I don’t think I’m building Apple here, but here we go back to the title of this post and the main point.. I know junk. Shit, I’m really good at junk. Dumpster diving 2004 NY State champion good. I once dragged home 40 mountain bikes and built 14 good ones, I drug home gas grills from the dump and used them for years. I brought home a cement mixer and never used it (ok maybe a bad example there) if you drag it to the end of the Street , I may stop and pick it up. I call it recycling, my buddy Bill says I’m a cheap fuck.
Here is what I want to build. See those sleek black light proof containers. Man o man, I can see me in the local newspaper with a goofy look posing next to them in a sleek state of the art grow room. See the Price.?
What’s a poor farmer to do? Down here in the south there is a chicken and pickles every block or so. That’s what I call chic Fillet. Chicken and pickles makes a good sandwich even if I think pickles on a chicken sandwich is weird. Its also good that they use so many pickles because some employees will tell you to go away, some will cock their heads and ask why you want them and some kind people will give you
Pickle Buckets! If it’s for free it’s for me. I got a local store that agreed to let me have all the buckets. All of them! They tell me to stop by every few days and take all the buckets. Nate may be a dirt poor farmer but he is now rich in buckets. Or as I call them hydroponic growth modules.
Stay tuned for more dumpster diving, high flying , building on a low budget, adventure into the world of hydroponic hemp farming..