FAQ

Our Gro Tower Rotary Hydroponic system is designed from the ground up with two very key important elements in mind ……

1) “KISS METHOD of OPERATIONS” (KISS)

  • For easy assembly and operation for the end user

2) “BIGGER YIELDS”

  • Bigger yields providing bigger profits for your business and your corporate investment partners. 

When using our 420 rotary hydroponic system over traditional growing systems, not only will your yields be bigger, sometimes 4 times the yield, you will also save in space building costs as well as electricity.

The 420 Model has been designed to stand up to the demands of large scale grow operations. From the ground up, each garden gro tower has been built with the kiss method in mind from the get go for both ease of assembly and installation and operation for the end user, including gro tower quality Canadian manufacturing and durability.

The future of rotary hydroponics is here!

Rotary Hydroponics in comparison to basic traditional flood and drain tables: 

Benefits are achieved by saving at least 2/3 of your required space to achieve the same yields, saving electricity, (with a 12′ table to equal the same light to plant ratio, you would need 6 HID Lamps, whereas with the 420 Model Rotary Hydroponic System you only need 4 HID Lamps. The garden is a complete plug in and grow system that includes sensors and feed system.

Designed for electricity, with adjustable diesel and solar facility operations availability.

Each Gro Tower uses in total about 2.9 kw per day.

Which includes pumps, fans, sensors, feeder system, and motor (240v- 20amp 50/60 HZ).

No need to build tables, wire ballasts, or acquire outside professional electrical help. Our garden towers are on wheels and can easily be moved into any room or location, at any time.

Both 420-R and 420-IT are Equipped with the following features:

  • 4 – 600 watt lamps and ballasts
  • 420 plant capacity
  • Pump and reservoir
  • Light, pump, timers & cooling fans
  • 240v – 48″w / 96″d / 64″h to 172″h
  • Model 420 is stackable x 3 (172″h)
  • Self Contained
  • Quick, Easy Assembly
  • Durable Assembly

420-IT additional features:

  • Inventory and cost controls
  • Budget Analysis
  • Product & Employee Monitoring
  • Packaging, Labeling & Tracking
  • Fully Automated and Self Contained

Electricity consumption is calculated by multiplying the Wattage x Hours x Days x $. Eg: The 420 unit is powered by 4-600 watt HPS bulbs, so equals 2400 watts, or 2.4 Kw by 12 hours hrs = 28.8 kw per day, by 30

days = 864 kw per month. Multiplying that by the local hydro rate.

Projected Monthly Operational Costs Per Gro Tower (Electrical)

COMMERCIAL GRO TOWER MODEL 420

(Approximate projections subject to change according to Facility, Growing Experience & Growth Environment)

29.9 kilowatts per 12 hours @ an average of 18.5 cents per KW

29.9 x 18.5 cents = $5.53

$5.53 per day per x 30 days per month per gro tower = $165.95 Costs per individual Tower per month

Electricity Costs $165.95 per month per Gro Tower

Nutrients Costs of $144.50 per month per Gro Tower

24 – Model 420 Rotary Hydroponic Grow Towers per Garden Grow Room

Total Approximate Monthly Operating Costs per Gro Tower including Electricity and Nutrients = $310.45

Daily Use – 12 hours

18.5 Cents per KW

29.9 Kilowatts per hour

Nutrients per Gro Tower per Month $144.50

Total Approximate Monthly Operating Costs = $310.45 per Gro Tower 

(Electrical & Nutrients)

First Nation Growers Environmental Friendly Power Generation

FNG is committed to supporting our Indigenous brothers and sisters, and their communities that most certainly includes putting the environment first. Our goal is to remain technologically advanced in the best interest of the environment for 7 Generations. Electrical power generation and consumption efficiencies is very important to every individual project.

When generating electricity it is immediately consumed as soon as it is produced. Because a generator needs to operate at variable output levels it will not always be able to run within its most efficient range. In remote commercial operations and living communities, where there is no access to the grid and the main source of electricity is a fuel based generator, the effects of immediate consumption are ever more prevalent.

Energy costs are directly proportional to the cost of delivering, storing, and burning fuels.

However, when critical infrastructure relies on generators, efficiency isn’t necessarily top of mind. Stored energy shifts the paradigm from immediate consumption to stored energy. By storing energy, a generator does not need to operate 24/7 at variable output levels and can instead operate for fewer hours at much higher efficiencies.

Similarly, with renewable sources like solar PV, a solar array can output maximum power where excess energy is stored during the day and consumed in the evenings. Stored energy shifts the paradigm from immediate consumption to stored energy, thus saving diesel fuel delivery, storing and burning costs, along with putting the environment first with every FNG project.

FNG 4seasons Community Garden Farms address the energy needs of each and every Indigenous Community across Canada regardless of location and or isolated remoteness. Our Containerized Universal Battery platform allows for the integration of energy storage into any remote grid, micro-grid, or behind the meter application, and allows for the control of multiple power flows, increasing overall efficiency and reducing community energy costs.

 

Q. The only limitation I can see is the strain height of the plants ……. as they get taller and move towards the light, if they were too large, would they not burn on the light?

A. Our lightening system is cool controlled internally, with proven no plant damaging heat concerns, none.

Q. What is maximum plant “height”?

A. 19” to glass tubes

 

 

Q. Do you have a layout with clearances that I can see?  

 

A. Yes, we can share video, send you specs and layouts as well bring you for a tour where I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised, and walk away with all your questions answered, and very excited about your own possible growing opportunities.

Q. Thinking of the space needed for working around the Model 420 Rotary Hydroponic Gro Tower ? 

A. You will need 3 to 4 feet on each side of grow tower to work with, trays are easily managed from both or the side of each Gro Tower.

Q. Do you have any ideas on labour costs i.e. how many hours per day would a typical community garden farming worker need to spend caring for the plants on a daily basis? If we had 24 units in a single grow room, how many employees would be necessary to tend to the room, tend plants, checking quality, etc. 

 

Our facility on Parry Island is fairly large with 4 grow rooms where we won’t have more than 2 plant caretakers on at one time, 24/7, our gro towers do not require a lot of attention, and have been designed by an experienced professional with tons of grow experience that believes in the kiss method. Labor costs of each facility will vary depending on current regulations and your own growing experience and preferences.

 

We have chosen a Perpetual Growing System, where fresh product is produced and available every 4 days on an on going basis. 

Q. As for the Gro Towers themselves, do they come pre-assembled or in a bunch of parts?

 

The 420 Rotary Hydroponic Gro Tower is not shipped pre-assembled, however, it is very easily assembled with our pre-assembly “kiss” method video. Our Canadian Manufacturer is first class, ships world wide now, and between FNG and our Canadian Manufacturer, we will never leave you hanging. Arrangements can be made for First Nation Growers to provide an FNG staff member on site to help ensure that your team assembles and places each unit properly and that you are comfortable moving forward. Individual Grow Rooms can be assembled one at a time to properly ensure set up and operational guidelines are met. We pride ourselves in customer service and believe ours is 2nd to none.

It will take a little time for the traditional “Master Grower” to wrap his mind around this new age, and innovative way to grow fresh produce, natural foods and medical marijauna as most “Master Growers” have typically grown in their own and often successful but very “traditional” manners over the years, primarily using their own established grow methods without stepping out into our “new age rotary hydroponic gro box”.

The key here is if you want your operation to be very successful and not just successful in terms of quality and quantity in a manner that routinely has a positive effect on your corporate and shareholders bottom line, the truth is our Canadian Manufactured Rotary Hydroponic Gro Towers have “quietly” become the industry leaders within indoor, hydroponic operations, worldwide.

Our state of the art, innovative, new age, Rotary Gro-Towers are proudly built by a Canadian Manufacturing Company that has quietly become the worldwide fresh foods indoor agricultural industry leader in rotary hydroponics, growing natural, fresh produce and other natural foods year round, in cold and or hot climate conditions. We have an allocated dedicated Corporate Support Division working along side First Nation Growers to advance Indigenous indoor Agriculture expertise, training, education, know-how, and experience to First Nation and Inuit communities though out North America.

The FNG Community Garden Farm is a “Rotary” flood and drain system.

Where growing plants in a rotary hydroponic garden results in uniform growth patterns thus helping make harvesting projections and scheduling easier for the grower.  The compression resulting from rotation results in plants with more internodes (flowering sites) and better flavor profiles.

Our system significantly reduces the costs associated with conventional hydroponics including facility construction, size and maintenance costs; utility costs; atmospheric, water and nutrient costs; and pest/disease control costs. Optional software modules enable monitoring of all facets of production while maintaining the highest standards of both quality and security.

Our automated control system monitors all aspects of the Garden Farming Gro System and automatically alerts when parameters are outside of configurable parameters.  Active monitoring of Room Temperature, Humidity and CO2 levels and garden parameters for Water Temperature, Water Level, PH and TDS level. Available on our Model 420 line only, providing a single view into your entire operation with auto-correct features to ensure optimal settings at all times.

Plants are inserted into Rock-wool type cubes, which are secured in the “Quick Drain Trays”. The trays are then placed inside a circular wheel, the garden is motorized and the trays are revolved 24 hours a day around 2 center-fixed HID  lamps.

It takes approximately one hour for the trays to complete one revolution. Two reservoirs are supplied, one top and bottom, a pump is placed in the bottom reservoir and when switched on, fills the top reservoir to desired  depth.

“Quick drain Trays” are then revolved through the nutrient/water mixture, feeding the plants. Once all plants have been fed, the pump is switched off, letting the nutrient/water mix drain back into the main reservoir. Most plants will need to be fed a minimum of once a day, usually when the lamps are first turned on. Depending on the type and size of the plants being grown, a second feeding might be required.

Plants are fed a nutrient/water mixture. We can help you and your team here.

Our rotary gro towers system can be stacked 2 and 3 high for optimum space use, ensuring maximum space usage as well as quality quantity yields to satisfy both facility partners and investors as well as future community customers.

In terms of trimming and general plant care, both are at a minimum using our Rotary Gro Tower system, as you know, Medicinal Operations are highly regulated, where waste is both managed and controlled, where our system exudes minimal trimming and or plant care. Again, the compression resulting from the rotation results in plants with more internodes (flowering sites) and better flavor profiles, with less trimming giving result patterns of routinely higher yields.

YIELDS

If you enlarge your rooms to 26 x 40 x 12, the units can be double stacked to a capacity of 24 per room. This will give a yield of 165 to 192 lbs., per grow room depending on your growers experience, per growth cycle which various with different strains. In comparison to a traditional growing table with 254 plants @ 85 grams per plant yielding 40 to 47 lbs. Yield variations will depend on your Mater Grower’s experience.

Our indoor rotary hydroponic system triples your yields, in the same growth period, of the same said strains, in comparison to traditional growing methods, using the same space, in the same said growth cycle time frame.

 

SPACE

The 420 Model Gro Tower unit is 48″ wide by 96″ long and 5’ 4” inches high. Approximately 32 sq. ft. The grow area is 6’ by 12’ = 72 sq ft. If the wheel were to be broken down, it would be equivalent to a 12′ long table. Calculated by width, you are saving an extra 1/3 in the space.

Q. Curious on pricing of the units including the full active monitoring package.

 

FNG COST / PRICING

Pricing varies with each order, with a number of variances that are taken into consideration for the specific needs of each operation and facility, that include the number of Gro Tower units required, installation of both Gro Tower and Historical & Growth Monitor units, ongoing monitoring, training and development as well as pre-care -after-care positioning. FNG has preferred Indigenous Distributor Pricing available.

Rotary Gro Towers need assembly upon delivery, which is made easily following our FNG “kiss” method assembly video. We can provide an FNG staff member to visit on site to help ensure that your team has assembled each unit properly and that you are comfortable, when requested. Once assembled, our Rotary Hydroponic 420 Gro units are ready to plug into immediately begin production. Prices are quoted in Canadian dollars and subject to USA exchange rates. Delivery costs, taxes and assembly set-up & costs are not included.

Our Manufacture Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for each Gro Tower unit retails between $12,500.00 and $14,500.00 depending on orders, installation, consistent growth monitoring, required training and development. Historical Growth Monitors can carrying an additional cost of $1,750.00, again, depending on facility needs for consistent operations monitoring.