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We just finished our NEW 7000 sq ft expansion!

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Our New Expansion

 
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Its a thing!

The new greenhouse is 7 times larger than our prototype greenhouse. We learned a great deal by building a smaller prototype system and have applied all of the knowledge and experience to our new super energy efficient greenhouse.

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Koi Pond

Most aquaponic operations can look very industrial, with plumbing pipes everywhere and fish being grown in small tanks (much like our first greenhouse). At Rafferty Farms we decided to make the environment in the greenhouse much more appealing with our 60,000 L koi pond being the heart of our growing system. This provides a beautiful place for our employees to relax and our fish to grow and thrive.

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Packaging Area

A food-safe and clean place to package all of our produce is a must! Thanks to our partnership with Galimax Trading, and our built in loading dock our customers receive their orders the day after it was harvested and packaged.

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Beautiful Rows Of Basil And Mint

We are now growing our Mint, Genovese and Thai Basil year round in our super energy efficient new greenhouse. Using a combination of insulation, geothermal, water capture and ultra high efficiency furnaces our system allows us to grow year round in the most sustainable way in our climate!

Vertical Growing

Growing vertically in long rows allows us to maximize our growing space. We are able to fit 38,400 plants in only 5000 sq ft of floor space, that’s equivalent to almost 8 plants per square foot!

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Our Produce

Please see our Produce page to see more. You can buy our products from our distribution partner Galimax Trading. Otherwise, fee free to Contact Us.

Herbs

Heirloom Genovese Basil, Thai Basil (NEW), and Spearmint.

Microgreens

Red Radish, Ruby Stem Radish, Kale, Red Cabbage, Purple Kohlrabi, Arugula, Red Mizuna Mustard, Beet, Sunflower, and Pea Shoots.

Wheatgrass

Hard Red Spring Wheatgrass

Being Sustainable

Rafferty Farms is a small, but growing, company with important goals. If humanity is going to feed itself adequately in the future, traditional farming is going to need a helping hand. That’s why we are working hard to create commercially viable aquaponics greenhouses because we believe that is the way of the near future.

We are also constantly improving our system design, which is capable of producing fresh produce year round in the cold northern climate. With our proof of concept in operation since 2015, and a 7,000 square foot expansion completed in 2019, we are on track to increasing our production capacity by nearly tenfold. 

Sustainability is also important in how we design our systems and what technologies we incorporate into our system. At Rafferty Farms, we use solar panels and wind turbines to harness the power of the sun & wind to offset electricity costs. This energy is then stored in batteries, which allows us to supplement our energy needs. We also incorporate rainwater capture systems to reduce freshwater usage, and geothermal systems to reduce heating and cooling costs.

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Solar electric

Starting with a small array of solar voltaic panels, we are able to generate enough electricity to power a number of our water pumps, fans and LED grow lights year round. Our system consists of an 800 watt solar voltaic system. The energy generated by this system is used during the day while the excess energy is stored in batteries capable of powering our water circulation pumps for up to 4 days with no sun.  

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Wind Turbines

Rafferty Farm is located on the crest of a hill where we receive plenty of wind all year round. Our small wind turbine can produce lots of supplemental electricity, which helps run our fans, pumps, and other systems. As battery technology costs come down, or we are able to tie into the grid, this technology can produce plenty of power for our greenhouses.

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The key to a year round greenhouse will always be heat management. To address this, in the summer we are constantly circulating hot air, from the peak of the greenhouse, 8 feet underground to use the earth as a heat battery allowing us to extract the heat at night to better regulate the temperature inside the greenhouse. We also have a solar water heating system that allows us to collect the sun's energy during the day and store it in a 400L hot water tank, we can then extract this heat during the night to warm the water flowing through the aquaponics system and in turn keeping the greenhouse temperature stable.

Solar Thermal

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Geothermal

In our greenhouses, we dig channels into the ground to harness the stable temperatures of the earth. We circulate air beneath the ground to warm the cold winter air, so we don’t have to heat it as much. We also use the cooler dryer ground temperatures to condense the moisture in the air to further capture freshwater, and add it back into the circulating system. All this air circulation underneath the greenhouse also stores heat in the ground beneath year round, and acts as a battery for heat when we need it later.

Water capture & conservation

Water is the key to all life, and freshwater scarcity is an impending global crisis. Aquaponics is a growing concept that uses very little freshwater compared to conventional farming (90% less). Not only do we save water by growing aquaponically, we also incorporate other ways to conserve freshwater. Through rainwater capture or re-condensing the humid air in the greenhouse, this adds up to saving more freshwater, and using less precious groundwater.

Recyclable Materials & Packaging

At Earthis, all business cards are printed on 100% recycled paper. We grow and ship all of our products in fully recyclable packing materials, often made from 100% post consumer materials. After you have enjoyed our products please recycle the packaging. Remember, Earth Is Limited!

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Pest Control

We believe food should never be exposed to any potentially harmful herbicides or pesticides, so in our greenhouse we provide the perfect growing environment for our various plants. Unfortunately this also provides a wonderful home for many damaging insects we call pests. Since aquaponics is a delicately balanced living ecosystem, we are severely restricted in the kinds of pest control methods that can use. We believe that nature can provide the answer to our pest problems and this is why we release beneficial insects on a regular basis that pray on the insects that we deem as pests. 

When you purchase produce from Rafferty Farms you can be sure it is always herbicide & pesticide free, and grown in harmony with Nature!