Organic Living > Shushan Valley Hydro Farm
Discover the Shushan Valley Hydro Farm! This vegetable farm in the Shushan Hamlet of Salem NY uses innovative, green technology and fresh Mountain water from a well to grow their delicious red tomatoes, fresh basil and other fresh produce.
So what makes Shushan Valley Hydro Farm's red tomatoes so... green? They are hydroponically grown. Hydroponics is a technique used to grow plants without using soil as a growing medium. Instead, the farm uses its watering system to deliver micro-nutrients to the growing vines. This nutrient solution ensures the plants receive exactly what they need, when they need it and in the amount they need... the perfect combination for growing the healthiest produce!
There are also no insecticides or other harmful chemicals used to keep pests away at this hydroponic farm. Instead, the Shushan Valley Hydro Farm uses beneficial insects to control crop damage by keeping pesky bugs away. This means the final product is safer and more environmentally friendly.
Owners Wayne and Phyllis Underwood sold their dairy herd in 1986 and built a large greenhouse, covering a quarter acre, on their Washington County farm. Before long, their reputation grew for providing New York with the tastiest tomatoes and freshest spices year round. They now raise their famous Shushan tomatoes and greens in 3 hydroponic greenhouses, and continue to grow their offerings each year.
Shushan Valley Hydro Farm is most well known for its incredible tomatoes (beefsteak and vine varieties), but the Underwood's also raise other fresh produce selections, including lettuce, beans, arugula, spinach, herbs, watercress and ramps (wild leeks).
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