LAB AND NURSERY DIVISION
Mission – The mission of the Agricultural Nursery and Lab Department is to research various organic processes applicable to plant, marine and animal life – that can be practiced to sustain healthy food consumption, ultimately feeding the world and reducing hunger.
Goal – In an attempt to improve quality of life, the Agricultural Lab and Nurseries Department relies on research and acquired scientific knowledge to help inform the organization on eliminating chemicals from farming practices, thereby easing long–term negative effects on health and food.
The Omega Garden TM Carousel is our answer to commercial-scale urban agriculture. Each carousel carries six, 8ft. long Omega Gardens TM; equaling as much as 1500 sq. ft. of greenhouse yet only using 150 sq. ft. of floor space, including access! This is a fully automated system. Each rotating garden is in turn rotated on the carousel down to the water/feeding tray at floor level, minimizing plumbing, while providing easy access. This unit can be operated in an insulated structure in any climate, with unprecedented efficiency. Create an Oxygen Rich Environment Ultimate and Immediate Stability. The Omega Garden carousel (OGC) is designed to make the most efficient use of light, energy, water, land, temperature, production cycle, transportation, fossil fuels and labor, to produce the safest, highest quality, healthiest plants in a fully controllable environment, ensuring ultimate food safety and trace-ability, while providing the means for a food production and consumption paradigm shift, to global environmental and ecological sustainability through vertical farming. In order to fully appreciate the quality of the OGC design and the potential impact on global food production, it’s important to understand the relationship a plant has to light and gravity. Light Source & Plant Growth Relationship Lumens are a measure of the light intensity striking a surface. As plants require light energy (lumens) to grow, the intensity of light energy available to the plant directly correlates with its health and size. Based on a typical Lumen Light chart, the optimal plant growth to light source relationship is within a distance of two feet of the light source: As the distance between the light source and the plant increases the growth relationship decreases until there is no effective growth from the light source and the relationship is reduced to photo period only. This relationship merely keeps the plants awake. Greenhouses, Plant Growth and Light Inefficiencies In general, greenhouses make inefficient use of supplemental light sources and therefore only have a photo period relationship with plants and no real growth relationship. Observe the distance between light sources and the plants in these photographs of typical greenhouse plant production, well beyond optimal plant and light source distance, as demonstrated by the Lumen light pyramid.
Enjoy fresh, locally produced high quality food all year round, anywhere you are, without leaving your residence, or picture yourself operating a successful commercial farm in the heart of the city!
The Omega Garden Team is dedicated in designing hydroponics systems to meet the demands of the world today. With dozens of international patents, Omega Garden growing units are changing the way we get our food.
The gardens from Omega Garden™ are revolutionary rotary hydroponic systems designed with convenience, simplicity, and maximum yield in mind. From the hobby gardener to the professional grower, all will find an Omega Garden™ to suit their needs.
The National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE) is a trans-disciplinary laboratory located on the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa. It is focused on integrating the fundamental principles of soil, water and air into animal cropping and watershed systems. This process leads to improved environmental quality, sustainability, and enhanced agricultural system efficiency. Through the website, www.contractlaboratory.com, the organization finds agricultural laboratories that are available to perform all agricultural testing, research, experiments, studies, and analysis.
Certified organic gardening nurseries are sprouting up all over the country. As consumers become more aware of the benefits of organic products, the demand for such foodstuffs continues to grow. Garden industry professionals see the value in providing customers with the products that they want to buy. Not only do their wallets benefit, but so does the entire earth.
Organic plants are grown organically without the use of any chemical pesticides, fertilizers and fungicides. To obtain the organic food label from the US Department of Agriculture, the food must have 95-percent organic ingredients. Non–organic foods are bred using conventional methods that employ growth hormones, pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Alternatively, organically grown food is not only beneficial for health, but is also good for the environment.
Nurseries grow and sell plants at various growth stages. A sustainable food plant nursery focuses on growing and selling organic annuals, bi-annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees, all producing food.
The results are nothing short of revolutionary. It empowers localities to produce their own food. When using an organic environment to produce plants, the need for harmful fertilizers and pesticides is not necessary. The product therefore is healthier for consumption and the growing process is better for the environment. The process also eliminates the amount of chemicals used in agriculture and reintroduces local plants, including heirloom varieties that ensure diversity of food supply.
If you are a little health conscious, then you might be aware of the health benefits of organic food. With the declining quality of food and people becoming more conscious about their health, organic food is gaining more attention and popularity. However, when some kind of organic foods are mainly beneficial for your health, there are numerous others that render many other benefits other than health benefits. If you still have any doubts about organic food, then just keep reading to know what you are missing from your diet – not eating organic food.
Apart from the fact that organic food consists of more nutrients and provides you with more energy and keeps you away from diseases, there are some other hidden benefits that you might not readily see on the surface. If you dig down into the benefits that organic foods provide, then you will become aware of many facts that are beneficial in their own unique way. If you consume organic food, then you will not only keep yourself away from being infected with effects of pesticides, and harsh chemicals, but you will also help in keeping the environment clean as well. In organic farming no chemicals are used for farming and farmers use natural fertilizers only.
Organic plants thrive well because they are stronger due to the use of organic fertilizers. Not only do plants gain from genuine organic practices, but animals also benefit a lot from such practices. Farm animals are fed with only organic feed, so you can be sure about the quality of the milk or meat that you get from animals reared as per organic standards. There will not be illnesses arising from dying sea, sick birds, or even infertile wildlife due to harmful chemical exposure.
Organic farming renders many benefits for the environment that include elimination of topsoil erosion, nutrient depletion, pollution, scarred landmark, etc. This is not all; organic farming brings organic food to your town which helps support your local economy. If you purchase more organic foods, then you help farmers and this growth industry to expand. Consuming organic food also keeps your family healthy, because traditional food practices have been associated with many birth defects such as childhood leukemia, learning disorder, nervous system disorder and autism, and even ADHD. Therefore, by switching to organic food you can keep your family healthy and happy.
Soil testing is provided by the University of Massachusetts Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Lab, located in the West Experiment Station, North Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA.
Why test the soil?
a.) To aid in the diagnostics in plant culture problems
b.) To improve soils nutritional balance
c.) To save money and conserve energy by applying the right nutrients needed
The most common soil test is a measure of the soil pH level or acidity. Soil pH is a primary factor in plant growth. When pH is maintained at the proper level for a given plant, nutrients are at maximum availability. Toxic elements are often at reduced availability as the beneficial soil organisms are most active. Most plants prefer a soil pH of 5.5 and 7.5 and the majority do best in mid-range. Some notable acid loving exceptions are blueberries and potatoes.
When to Sample Soil
Sampling can be done at any time, but if pH adjustments are necessary, test as early as possible prior to planting. Avoid sampling soils that have very recently been fertilized.
A Precedence from God’s Word.
In Ezekiel 47:12 NIV we read; “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” Revelation sums it up in Chapter 22:2b “And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”
The indisputable Word of God declares healing is found in plant life. Plants that grow in suitable, sustainably nourished soil, receive intrinsic properties that provide healing and prevent illnesses. As a natural panacea, the department continues to research new methods of growing numerous varieties of plants to be used as alternatives, consumed to maintain good health without synthetic inputs.
God has placed us here to unearth solutions to the nation’s grave health problems. He designed that mankind prosper and be in health even as his soul prospers. That we eat healthy, nutritious foods and not plagued with poor soil and consume bad foods.
Let’s restore THE NATIONS with this God given venture of ORGANIC FARMING!