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The professional choice for growers around the world, coconut coir stands alone as a quality substrate with unique properties. Organic in nature, sustainable and renewable, growing with coir is an eco-friendly choice that roots love.   At Fibredust, it’s all about the roots!  Healthy roots mean healthy plants, no matter what you’re growing.   Coir could be the perfect growth media, as it possesses the qualities that most plants demand:

  • Drainage
  • Moisture Retention
  • Aeration
  • Neutral pH

While coir is a staple in hydroponics,  the qualities that make it perfect for that application  translate to containers of all sizes, gardens, raised bed gardens, microgreens, floriculture and more. Soil manufacturers are using coir in their soil blends as an organic non-chemical method to offer moisture retention, aeration, and a longer lasting mix.

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Tremendous Demand Exists for College Graduates in Agriculture

Tremendous Demand Exists for College Graduates in Agriculture

  WASHINGTON, May 11, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report  showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. According to an employment outlook report released today by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Purdue University, there is an average of 35,400 new U.S. graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher in agriculture related fields, 22,500 short of the jobs available annually. “There is incredible opportunity for highly-skilled jobs in agriculture,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Those receiving degrees in agricultural fields can expect to have ample career opportunities. Not only will those who study agriculture be likely to get well-paying jobs upon graduation, they will also have the satisfaction of working in a field that addresses some of the world’s most pressing challenges. These jobs will only become more important as we continue to develop solutions to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050.” The report projects almost half of the job opportunities will be in management and business. Another 27 percent will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas. Jobs in food and biomaterials production will make up 15 percent, and 12 percent of the openings will be in education, communication, and governmental services. The report also shows that women make up more than half of the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment higher education graduates in the United States. Other highlights of the report include: While most employers prefer to... read more
Solution for Weeds?

Solution for Weeds?

Tom March admits it right out loud..” I hate weeds!” So instead of bathing his crop rows with with herbicides on his 150 acre March Farm in Bethlehem Ct, he’s beaten weeds by laying weed barrier and growing his crops in grow bags.   While it’s not uncommon to see grow bags used in a greenhouse setting, Tom likes the way he can control his growing environment both inside and out, with grow bags filled with coco coir peat growing media. Outside, Tom grows strawberries, green beans, broccoli, summer squash, collards and Swiss chard in grow bags. Inside  his 35,000 SF open-sided greenhouses, he grows tomatoes, English cucumbers, lettuce, herbs,  and plants mounds of sweet allysum  to attract good insects that will devour the bad.  With 5 years experience with grow bags on the March farm, Tom has found that his yields are better using grow bags because he has more control over the growing environment. Grow bags with coco coir peat help farmers control their crops  in several ways.  There is no need to till or mix soils.  The coir is sterile in the bag which means no soil viruses, no fungus, and no undesirable insects.  The crop is also elevated from the ground which reduces the encroachment of crawling insects.  March Farms learned that weeds and the undesirable insects they may attract are no longer a factor.  The overall operation is cleaner too. Drip irrigation is used to maximize water use. Grow bags are placed at intervals that are compatible with the irrigation drip lines.  Integrated Pest Management, an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management, is used throughout the... read more
Potential Bright For FibreDust’s New Cromwell Warehouse

Potential Bright For FibreDust’s New Cromwell Warehouse

Shopping for warehouse property can be a tedious chore involving hours of time traveling, inspecting and kicking tires on potential properties.  The Cromwell property however, stood out for FibreDust CEO Sam Ahilan and what made it stand out was it’s attached greenhouse.   The 55,000 SF  warehouse  provides plenty of space for warehousing and production.  But,  the existence of the greenhouse added a whole new dimension to how FibreDust’s new home could serve customers and the community. While remodeling is still underway in the main warehouse and office areas, the greenhouse at the Cromwell facility was the first completed task. Windows on the roof open and close on thermostat demand. Shade cloth automatically extends to shroud the growling area at the peak of sunlight, protecting crops from too much sun. It withdraws as the sun’s intensity wanes.   Fertigation is in place, feeding three nutrient solutions to hungry plants. The drip emitters are installed   Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and strawberries are already planted and growing in grow cubes placed on top of  FibreDust’s  hydroponic coir grow bags. and all climbing crops are growing up their strings right on schedule!   The only thing missing right now is the  hydroponic floating lettuce raft system that is currently under construction.  FibreDust intends the greenhouse to be used for research and development as well as training for prospective hydroponic farmers.  The crops will be donated and FibreDust is currently seeking  a local food bank,  shelter, or other program,  who can use the produce to feed hungry people. While not huge at 60 x 100 the greenhouse is presently planted with 60 tomatoes, 60 pepper plants and 30 cucumbers.  All of these are indeterminate... read more