Hydroponic farming: Growing lettuce in a closed system

Vegetables that have a determinate growth pattern are ideal for hydroponic production. Here we look at how to grow lettuce in a recirculating system. Leafy and other determinate vegetables are usually small plants with small root systems. If they are grown hydroponically, production generally takes place in systems such as…

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Forty hectares of vegetable success on open land and in hydroponic systems

This family’s vegetable farming enterprise in the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has expanded over the past nine years from a quarter hectare to nearly 40 hectares of vegetable production. They attribute their success to their willingness to exceed their customers’ demands and expectations. As…

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Recruitment pioneer Miyanda Maimbo Katiwa taking farming by storm

When you meet Miyanda Maimbo Katiwa, you understand why this veritable pioneer of Zambia’s job recruitment industry is making waves in farming. She charges around her farm with unrestrained enthusiasm, showing off her prized products with obvious pride. One minute she is explaining the market realities of farming, the next…

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