Tour of SOLO Farms with BrownGuy420
Paul Rosas, also known as BrownGuy420, runs SOLO Farms. He gave us a quick tour and some details on the plan for building SOLO Farms!
Get Your Fill of No-Till
Welcome to SOLO Farms. Here we are on the farm giving you guys a walk-around. We got our first greenhouse that we finally put together right now. It’s a 30×96 greenhouse, full bloom, light dep. It’s 1 of 4 that we’re building. Things are gradually coming along as the weather gets better. I think we’re getting them up a lot quicker. When it comes to our greenhouses and everything, we’re doing 30x96s. They’re full light dep greenhouses and we have 3 of them. Our plan is to turn over a crop every 6 weeks or so. So, we’ll veg one for a month and then turn it over into flower. Veg another one for a month, then turn it over into flower and eventually run a sea of green through our 3 greenhouses. We’ll have a constant veg house that supplies those with everything that we need. We have our boys from Bigfoot Clones that are professional cloners. They will be taking care of all of the mother plants and all of our clones, making sure that we have all the stock that we need to fill up our greenhouses and all that.
With top genetics, we have Humboldt Seed Organization coming to the farm. They will be doing breeding, seed breeding, we’ll be growing elite mothers, their mother stock on the farm. So, we’ll be able to have elite strains within SOLO Farms. We’re looking pretty good. We got everything coming along. We see another one that’ll start next week or so, another full 30×96. We’ll have another flowering one over here, and then we’ll have a vegitative tent that’s going to go over here on the left and we’ll be ready to grow. And over on this side, we’ve got an army of Grassroots Fabric Pots. 119 400 gallon pots. We got our guy watering in all our crimson clover seeds. We’re growing a nice cover crop on all of these pots, get the mycorrhizal foundation blooming. Same thing with all the nitrogen producing cover crop. It took us about 3 weeks to fill all of these, half of them by hand, half of them by excavators and machine equipment. Takes a long time to fill these pots up, as you can see. This guy’s been doing if for 2 hours.
The tan pots are going to keep the pot from getting too hot, the root base from getting too hot and everything. We’ve got them on 12 foot centers. They’re 80 feet wide by 200 ft long, so we have approximately 16,000 square feet outdoor that we’re going to be growing out here, and then 6,000 square feet when it comes to greenhouses. We have 119 400 gallon Grassroots Fabric Pots that we’re going to pull full no-till cover crop. All of our bio-dynamic inputs, worms, the whole nine yards, composting right on top of the pot… That goes down here soon. May 25th. Over on the right hand side we’ve got some grow boxes we’re setting up. Conex boxes. We’re going to fill them up with some HIDs. We have our conex boxes that we made into grow boxes and those are pushing about 8,000 watts of light inside of them. Full environmentally controlled with mini split units, air if needed, they’re insulated and roofing compounds to help deflect heat. We might put some roofing on top of them to deter some of that heat also. We’re just now starting.
We do have a lot more extra soil over here which will end up becoming bio-dynamic mounds which we’ll talk about here soon. Other than than, we’re trying to make a full mycelia web across the entire farm. We’re going to be utilizing hay, wood chips, a lot of cover cropping across the entire farm so the whole farm is within the same mycelia web which will allow nutrients to transport across this web from one plant to another a lot easier. When there’s a plant that’s feeding really good on one side of the farm and there’s a plant on the other side that needs it, that transportation highway of nutrients, the mycelia web will bring nutrients to the plant that needs it.
This year is a get up and go year, where not everything is in the ground. By next year, hopefully it will be. We will be growing all of our bio-dynamic inputs upon the farm here, growing our own worms. So within the next 3 to 5 years, we should be self sustainable and not have to leave the farm for any kind of nutrient that we need to feed our plants with. It’ll all be self sustained here. We have bees on the property to help pollinate flowers, help bring in beneficial insects that’ll ward off mites and things like that. And the farms coming along pretty good. We’re just trying to fine tune it. It’s going to take a couple years, but we’ll get there. This year’s been kind of a rough year, excavating the property, building the property, developing it all. Hopefully we have a successful season.