Beyond Organic; Optimizing Plant Growth with Bioponics
The unique systems and methods developed by Bioponica eliminate variables to organic plant research and growth optimization.
We have merged the science of soil based agriculture and stabilized many of the the ideal plant needs, with respect to microbes, aeration, hydration and nutrition, into one closed loop system of optimal growth.
To eliminate challenges of soil quality variability our media is blended and maintained in a way that allows the perpetual balance of an ecosystem of organisms to consume and be comsumed constantly, releasing, enzymes, nutrients and growth factors for plant uptake, also with the aid of plant beneficial organisms.
With the Bioponica approach we get around the challenges of in-ground farming by promoting a form of soilless agriculture that derives nutrients organically from the livlihood of a nutrient rich environment of organic particulates and the organisms that constantly feed upon it. With the organic leachings from extracted green biomass comes additional bacteria, enzymes and growth factors that improve the growth performance of plants.
Questions and Answers
What's so good about wheatgrass and microgreens?
Wheatgrass and microgreens contain a very high percentage of nutrients, vitamins and functional compounds that improve health of consumers who juice them to extract the liquid or use in smoothies and as salads. Wheatgrass is juiced because it has an indigestible fiber. Microgreens are consumed whole. The flavor of microgreens is popular among culinary chefs who like the fresh punch that is similar to the flavor of the seeds they are derived from. And also there's the revenue matter. They both earn a lot of income to the grower.
What types of seeds are used to raise microgreens?
Just about every herb and leafy vegetable that is eaten can also be used as a microgreen when harvested at a stage where the plant is very small.
What are examples of health benefits from eating microgreens?
Broccoli is a plant that contains an anti cancer compound called sulforophane. At 3-7 days post germination, the microgreen is highly concentrated in sulforophane. Sulforophane is particularly good for treating stomach inflammation caused by the familiar bacteria helicobacter pylori or H pylori. There are many health promoting compounds microgreens including vitamins, hormones, growth factors, enzymes, minerals, protein and fats. Often these are concentrated in the young plant.
Why are wheatgrass and microgreens considered to be a "cash crop"?
This is because they earn a high income per pound and a high number of pounds per year. A 1.5' sq ft tray of wheatgrass or other microgreens will go for $5-12 each. When you do the math, it comes out to approximately $100 earned per square foot growing area per year.
What is different with growing microgreens and wheatgrass in soil vs soil-less trays.
Most soilless systems growing microgreens are using hydroponic solutions. This means they are not organic and the plants are fed petrochemicals and mined minerals. Not so good for the environment, even if they are good for the health. The quality of organic is reason enough not to go with soilless hydroponics.
In-dirt microgreens allow for many of the beneficial effects of growing plants in soil including organisms, biota storage onf nutrients and so on. But the labor and good soil required diminishes the sustainability aspect of organic. It may be profitable, but not as much as bioponics.
Bioponics raises microgreens and wheatgrass in two ways (learn more "Techniques FAQ"). Either by allows water to fill bottoms of tray with a burlap substrate in the tray, or allowing the roots to penetrate through an open bottom tray directly into the grow media.