Sweetgrass Farms is family owned and operated by longtime Sarasota residents and is staffed by experienced, professional growers. We have retained as advisors, consultants and suppliers, worldwide experts in hydroponic vertical farming.
Our produce is sold to the public with U-pick at our farm and through select grocery stores and restaurants.
We currently focus mainly on strawberries grown above ground with innovative technology. Vegetables will be available only on a limited basis.
We are in the process of becoming a major nursery for the propagation and production of bamboo seedlings and plants for Only Moso USA.
Bamboo has become a major, sustainable, eco friendly cash crop world wide. We are one of only two nurseries in the US growing bamboo for plantations using fertilizer chosen by NASA.
The word “hydroponics” originated from two Latin words, hydro and ponics, meaning, “water labor”. Oxygenated water is used to carry the nutrients to the roots of the plants without the use of soil, creating clean, highly nutritional and overall healthier produce.
Hydroponics requires an intricate knowledge of chemistry, botany, biotechnology and farming. Plants grown in this manner have been proven to produce fruits and vegetables of a higher vitamin, mineral and anti-oxidant content with enhanced nutrition, flavor and health.
Sweetgrass Farms uses exclusively a space-age fertilizer system invented by Sarasota resident and NASA collaborator Ed Rosenthal and distributed by his company Florikan. This system simplifies our growing operation and allows us to continue our commitment to using no animal waste, pesticides or herbicides.Our fertilizer is highly evolved and has been chosen by NASA to provide fresh vegetables to our astronaut/explorers in the International Space Station and beyond. It is a system designed to grow the safest, most nutrient rich produce possible, very high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidents. The taste and quality are unsurpassed and exceeds the quality and safety of most organically grown produce. Join us as we take this giant step toward the future of healthy sustainable growing.
Advantages of growing hydroponically:
Our hydroponic growing system uses ground coconut shell fiber instead of traditional soil, which eliminates the need for dangerous herbicides (no weeds) and pesticides (fewer soil pathogens). Additionally, it eliminates unwanted micro-organisms that can be present in soil.
Our controlled release frertilizer is composed of highly refined ionic earth minerals in their purest form with all necessary macro and micro nutrients needed for strong healthy growth.
We have pioneered the use of Florikan's controlled release fertilizer as aplied to verticle hydroponics. This fertilizer system is already changing the way farmers worldwide are growing crops while virtually eliminating ground and groundwater nutrient contamination.
Not using manure or animal waste fertilizers means less human risk from pathogenic bacteria.
The amount of water used is only 10% of that needed for ground based soil farming. We only use clean water from a deep well.