Confession: I was on Team Kendra about this latest episode of Homesteady. I saw the title. Hydroponics. My first thought: Uggghhhh. Not. Again. While we haven’t done excessive content on hydroponics, its a recurrent theme in the homesteading community. One in which I have zero interest. All I can think of is dampness, messes, and spilling water.
But then, we met the team from Freight Farms. Instantly, I was intrigued. Repurposing shipping crates not only allows farmers and consumers to utilize already existing infrastructure to purchase and move their “field,” up cycling an existing product deeply appeals to both the artist and environmentalist I am. I learned, through this article, that, in fact, Freight Farms is part of a repurposing of freight containers trend in Boston. Not only is Freight Farms…gasp…a thumbs up for farmers from Accountant Mike, it is also an innovative architectural and urban development solution. And now they are ALSO a sponsor of the show!! Thanks Freight Farms!
Homesteaders? Impacting the city? My mind is now MILES away from the damp basement and creepy lights I was picturing at the beginning of the show.
Then we met Jonathan Russo of Fairfield County Hydroponics. Have you checked out his Homesteady YouTube interview? It’s truly inspiring. Jonathan is a suburban kid who was given the time, (power) tools, and encouragement to follow his interests, refine his techniques, and become an entrepreneur. He is ONLY 17.
One of the pieces we talk about over and over again is the focus of homesteading on family. At 17, Jonathan is able to contribute to his family in a meaningful way, by his own design. He will help you design a hydroponics system for your family, if you’d like. I’d consider it, as this also received a thumbs up from Accountant Mike.
ALSO: SPOILER ALERT: Do you want to see Accountant Mike plant a seedling? Fast forward to 6:48 in the YouTube Video.
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Special thanks to Hello Fresh for their ongoing sponsorship of the the podcast! My family STILL eats the lamb meatballs with lemon yogurt sauce recipe we got two years ago via HelloFresh. Use promocode Homesteady30 to get $30 off your first meal delivery.
I’m aware I’ve been silent here for awhile. In my growth as an entrepreneur, I’m learning new and better time management and prioritization skills as my schedule, professional opportunities, and family obligations evolve. Trust the process.