ARCATA COMPANY SPREADING HUMBOLDT PHILOSOPHY, ONE GREEN HOUSE AT A TIME
ARCATA, CA- Sustainable living is becoming an integral part of culture in Humboldt County, and now a local business is spreading this philosophy nationwide. ‘American Hydroponics’ is setting up modern green houses in Japan, New York City, and the Philippines.
Located off the beaten path on South G Street in Arcata, is a small warehouse with a big mission. President and CEO of ‘American Hydroponics’, Michael Christian is building these hydroponic green houses all over the world. For example his company designed a system on a rooftop in New York City. Christian added, "It produces 100,000 pounds of produce a year. Out of less than half an acre on a roof top."
Christian said hydroponics systems are not in demand here on the north coast, because there is already an abundance of organic produce. Christian added, "We live in like a little bubble. The food here is excellent. The people really care about the food."
Where most cities get food shipped to them from other parts of the world, here in Humboldt County if you want fresh produce, you can just drive to the store.
‘American Hydroponics’ system is designed to re-circulate water. They say it takes about 30 gallons of water to grow one head of lettuce, but with hydroponics it only takes 4 to 5 gallons.