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H2Gro Greenhouses
H2Gro Greenhouses LLC consists of 12.5 acres of Hydroponic greenhouse. (Seven under glass, 1/2 acre under plastic)
In our 7th growing season. We are in production 10-11 months out of the year and we produced over 3.3 million pounds of tomatoes last year.
Hydroponic Growing entails no soil, but a neutral growing medium. We use crushed coconut husk in a bag into which the young plants are placed and fed their nutrients.

The Greenhouse is Eco-Friendly & Bio-Friendly
  • The heat for the Greenhouse is produced using special heat recovery equipment surrounding 7 electrical generators at neighboring Innovative Energy. These generators are powered by methane gas collected from Modern Landfill. By using waste heat from the landfill gas to energy plants, carbon emissions are significantly reduced (as compared to traditional fossil fuel boilers that are often used to heat greenhouses).
  • H2Gro also recycles it's irrigation water using a special UV sterilizer before delivering it back to the plants.
  • We use NO pesticides or herbicides in our greenhouse. Instead we use special biological predatory insects to control pests.
  • Our entire greenhouse environment is computer controlled. From temperature, the Co2 in the air, the nutrients each plant receives, and the ph level in the irrigation water.
  • All of our fruit is hand picked, hand sorted and ripened on the vine. We do not use any artificial ripening methods on our produce thus making a better tasting, better quality product.
  • We employ 23 crop workers and 5 supervisor/managerial staff.

Did you know?
  • Modern is currently recovering LFG at a rate of about 4,000 cubic feet per minute
    • Equivalent environmental benefit of planting 130,000 acres of forest (reduced emissions)

  • Energy plants have the capacity to generate 12 Megawatts of electricity:
    • enough to power about 10,000 households
    • equivalent environmental benefit of removing the emissions of about 100,000 vehicles
    • 1 Mwh = 1,000 kilowatt hour (kWh), 1 kWh is the electricity needed to run a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours

  • Energy plants have the capacity to generate 128 million Btu/hr for greenhouses or other heating needs

The H2Gro project won a SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) 2005 Gold Landfill Gas Utilization Excellence Award and 2005 New York State Environmental Excellence Award.

"They're the best-looking, best-tasting, top of the line tomatoes," said Marc Greco, produce manager for Dimino's Tops Market in Lewiston. "They look perfect. It looks like the Perkins commercial, with the water dripping off them."
Greco said customers especially go for them in this time of year, when other fresh, locally grown tomatoes are unavailable. "They're real popular out here," he said.

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5 acre expansion

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