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#15 Hydroponics

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Hydroponics in Cities

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants in water, without soil. Plants are typically grown in a solution of water and nutrients in containers such as buckets, tanks or tubes. Though systems vary in complexity, the solution is usually aerated using a pumping system.


Urban Hydroponics Facilities and Resources

  • Gotham Greens, with facilities in New York City and Chicago Illinois, grows pesticide free produce in climate-controlled rooftop greenhouses. There products are sold to restaurants, groceries and cooperative markets.
  • Bright Farms, with facilities in PA, MO, VA, and IL, was designed to conserve land, water, eliminate agricultural runoff and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing transport needs. Each facility grows a diversity of vegetables and greens using hydroponic systems.
  • Boswyck Farms, though no longer in production, has an array of resources on there website, (
  • How-To Hydroponics, 4th Edition, by Keith Roberto, Futuregarden, 2003
  • Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook for the Advanced Home Gardener and the Commercial Hydroponic Grower, 6th Edition, by Howard M. Resh, CRC Press, 2002
  • Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook of Soilless Food-Growing Methods, 6th edition, by Howard M. Resh, Woodbridge Publishing Company, 2001


New York Hydroponics Stores

  • Hydroponic Garden Centers, Inc. (
    146-47 Horace Harding Expwy, Flushing, NY, (718) 762-8880
  • Hydroponic Shops of America (
    2606 Erie Boulevard, East Syracuse, NY, (615) 251-2516
  • Indoor/Outdoor Gardener (
    8223 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 836-2402
  • Planted Earth Hydroponics (
    120 Vestal Avenue, Endicott, NY, (607) 239-6207
  • Triphammer Marketplace, 2255 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca, NY, (607) 319-0918
  • Upstate Hydroponics & Garden Supply (
    3092 Lake Road, Horseheads, NY, (607) 483-9199

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