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Please use the below categories to find frequently asked questions and our corresponding answers. You can always submit a request to us if you don't see the question on your mind.
What this means for you is that, while we are in beta mode, the platform will change frequently - but our users have a direct say in how these changes take shape.
As a paid user, you’ll be grandfathered in to the price/package you select - so if our prices increase but you’ve already paid, that price will be set for the full length of that package!
Your Farm Models, or “Projects”, will also be automatically saved, as long as you’ve selected one of our paid access options.
- Try choosing a crop that is similar in terms of growth cycle and ideal climate. You will have full control over the price you charge for that crop by completing the market research evaluation within the 'Crop Pricing' tab on the Project Results page.
- As a paid user, you can also tell us about a specific crop you want to see added, and we’ll research it for you! If we can find accurate data we will add it into our database. Either way, we’ll touch base with you shortly to give you more info.
A Vertical Farm is an indoor structure that grows crops in vertical racks while using artificial light to provide energy for photosynthesis. Vertical farms have a higher level of insulation than greenhouses and thus are capable of achieving a higher level of environmental control. By using multiple grow levels, a farmer may also be able to increase their yield per square foot (footprint) significantly versus a single layer farming setup which occurs in soil and greenhouse operations. Typically, only soilless cultivation methods are practiced in a VF. For the purposes of our feasibility tool, we have limited the range just to hydroponic systems - the most common method for growing in a VF.
The longer answer: While each situation is unique, generally a VF is going to be significantly more capital-intensive, with a longer project ROI and higher costs of production, but have higher total yields per square foot than a GH. Additionally, the level of environmental and crop control one can achieve is greater in a VF, which can result in higher-quality produce or produce with a specific outcome that may be in demand. Of course, there are considerations that will affect these assumptions. For example, if you already own a building, your capital costs will be lower than if you were to purchase that building - or your operating costs will be lower versus if you were to pay rent on that building. The level of automation technology used, as well as sales/distribution channels chosen, will also play important roles in your total cost of production. And, it’s important to remember that your cost is just one-half of the equation - if you are able to grow a more consistent product in a VF for instance, that may translate to higher revenues that will make up for the increase in production costs. Finally, VFs still tend to have a higher carbon footprint per biomass of output than GHs, which may be another important consideration for you.
Where can I watch a full tutorial of Designer?
Keep in mind we are continuously updating the platform with new elements, but you can watch our most recent tutorial here.