High Efficiency Growing
PROFILE: John Urbanowicz, Owner/Operator, Urban Growers LLC, Burton, Ohio
MARKET MIX: 80% Wholesale, 20% Retail Bedding plants
GROWING AREA: Total 95,000 sq. ft (indoor and outdoor)
DELTA T HEATING PROFILE:
Urban Growers sells to wholesale and retail customers generally within a 45-mile radius of its operation in northeastern Ohio, the home to long, cold winters that can cause significant heating challenges.
“I first started to upgrade my heating system about 10 years ago, when I realized that the forced air overhead heaters were not as efficient as I liked,” he notes. “I had seen a lot of greenhouse operations and I knew what I wanted. I worked with Delta T, which helped me figure out what we needed to fit our size and growing zones.”
“We added thin pipe under benches, then heat retention curtains, then in-floor heating,” Urbanowicz recalls. “The natural gas boiler controls four different zones covering 30,000 sq. ft. As we learned to adjust each zone, we found that it took less growing time because we had the heat where the plants need it.
“Our plants were healthier and we could speed up our crop times by as much as three weeks,” he notes.
“Compared to the costs of forced air, we’re now saving between 40% and 50% on our heating costs,” Urbanowicz says.
ADVICE FOR GROWERS:
For more information about Urban Growers, visit www.urban-growers.com.
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