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Emerald Harvest Nutrients Are On The Shelves!

Emerald Harvest Nutrients

Emerald Harvest Nutrients

We are very excited to be the FIRST retail store in Kentucky to partner with Emerald Harvest Nutrients! We had the privilege to meet their president, David Pratt and their head of research and development, Dr. Dave, a few weeks ago. They shared their vision of simplifying application without sacrificing quality. The result is their easy-to-use, but very powerful, line of premium nutrients and supplements. The goal from the very beginning was to make the finest hydroponic fertilizer out there, and to combine the best that nature and science have to offer.

Emerald Harvest has base nutrients that are either three parts, Grow, Bloom, and Micro; or a two part Grow and a two part Bloom. The two part base nutrients are for those who want to keep it simple, the three part formula is for growers who want the freedom to fine tune. What sets these nutrients apart is the high degree of chelation and precise nutrient ratios that will minimize the risk of deficiencies. They also have a unique Cal-Mag product that contains kelp extract. Use as needed with any total nutrient, and also use to soak coco coir prior to planting.

One of Emerald Harvest’s flagship products is Emerald Goddess premium plant tonic. Emerald Goddess is a very concentrated supplement that can be used alone, but works best when used in combination with their professional base nutrients. Emerald Goddess is a rich, natural tea containing kelp and alfalfa extracts, which contribute additional macronutrients; vitamin B1, and humic acid. Alfalfa and other natural ingredients harness natural plant-hormone processes that aid in photosynthesis, root, leaf, and bud development. This also allows your plants to absorb more nutrients for larger yields and less nutrient waste!

King Kola is a power bloom booster for early, mid, and late flowering. While many other bloom KingKola_frontboosters use bovine based proteins, King Kola contains a vegetable source of protein–hemp seeds flour. This is actually more suitable for crops because it more closely matches the protein profile of your plants. With King Kola, you only need one bloom booster–not three–saving you money. Apply to root zone or use as a foliar spray.

Honey Chome is a resin and aroma enhancer which honeychomelbl-340x340increases flavor, botanical oils, and color of your plants. It’s combination of cane sugar, palm sugar, and agave nectar provides just the right amount of carbohydrates for a fully functioning rhizospere. sustaining a vibrant microbial innoculant population at root zone.

Finally, Root Wizard is a massive root builder containing multiple strains of growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Root Wizard equips plants to absorb nutrients more efficiently, by stimulating plants to expand their root system and and provide a diverse ecosystem right where you want it…at root zone. Use in hydro or soil, also may be used as a foliar spray.

Customers have rated Emerald Harvest 5 out of 5 stars. Testimonials of customers speak highly of the fertilizers and the company itself. One customer writes, “Emerald Harvest has covered all the points I value in a nutrient line. The quality and value my garden has now seen surpasses all other products I’ve used! I can’t Thank You enough Emerald Harvest for delivering Simple, Easy, Success through plant based ingredients, you are brilliant…and the HoneyChome rocks!!!” Another writes, “I Love this stuff my plants are super happy and they finish off beautifully it’s priced right the customer service is great”.

Give Emerald Harvest a try. We are offering 25% off on all Emerald Harvest purchases through July 31st. We think you will be as impressed with these products as we are!

NextLight: The Rest of the Story

nextlightMany of you met and had the opportunity to chat with the guys from NextLight, when they came to Louisville to hang out during our Customer Appreciation Day. They educated over 30 folk with a workshop on PAR and LED lighting, spoke with another 200 on their company specifics, and GAVE AWAY one of their incredible NextLight LED grow lights to a very fortunate customer. He was understandably thrilled, and reported just days later that, “I love the light!! I can already see a major difference.” We have had so many questions about NextLights since November 7th, we thought we would share the story behind the NextLight.

If you missed Rand’s NextLight workshop, you can catch him on this quick YouTube video sharing the highlights of the NextLight LED grow light system.

Now, on to the rest of the NextLight story (thanks to Nick and the NextLight team for providing us with this):

The germ of an idea

In 1997, Nick Brumm, the founder of NextLight was living in San Rafael, CA and happily working for Diamond Lights in sales and product development. One day, Nick visited a commercial tomato greenhouse in Sonoma, CA and everything changed. He saw his future in the commercial greenhouse industry and resolved to get an engineering degree to make it happen.

In 1999 Nick began his Mechanical Engineering degree at UC College of Engineering. Throughout this time he took on several co-op rotations at GE Aviation doing: Advanced Controls, Secondary Flows (turbine cooling airflow simulations), Product Support Engineering with M&I Aeroderivatives, and Controls Fuel Systems. He graduated in 2005 with 3.5 GPA and went to work for architectural and engineering firm doing HVAC design and controls for commercial food production facilities.  He also began taking all of his combined knowledge and using it to develop a business plan for a commercial greenhouse of his own. Nick quickly found investors and started work on the design.

By the end of 2006, however,  it was clear the economy was taking a turn and the greenhouse plan was shelved.  Nick knew first hand that the costs to run a greenhouse were too risky in this climate. However, every few weeks or so, his mind would drift back to his dream and he would challenge himself to find ways to reduce cost.


Product launch training

While the economy recovered, Nick went to work at Belcan as a contractor for GE Aviation. He held positions in Mechanical Systems, Controls Systems and finally Systems Engineering. The Systems Engineering position led to a direct hire at GE Aviation in Engine Systems as the Model Owner of the LEAP-1B Externals Integration.  The LEAP-1B program is part of the GE Aviation New Product Integration group which is the heart of future growth and revenue. Basically, it is the ideal group to work in when seeking to gain knowledge around: integration, production schedules, manufacturing & testing of new engines and design development.


The Light bulb goes on

In 2010 amidst this rapid career growth, Nick had a lightbulb moment. While looking at a Reef Tank forum, he noticed a few members building custom LED systems to light their coral reefs. They sought to reduce power consumption as well as heat, that were both issues with the metal halides that were typically run on large reef systems. Excited, Nick started doing research and ordered some LEDs to begin his own experiment. Nick discovered that he could in fact cut the cost of electricity. In fact, the power it would take to run the lights in his greenhouse could be cut in half. Labor and the cost of running lights were the two biggest expenses in the plan. With LEDs he could effectively reduce the overall cost of each plant by 25%.


Finding the right LED

Nick began looking for an LED grow light that could do exactly what he needed, but all he found were purple lights. It was then that he backtracked the development of the purple lights and found they were all making the same assumption about plant growth. They assume that you can target certain colors to power the photosynthetic response curve. Nick saw this as a poor assumption — the entire commercial greenhouse industry and every hobby grower alike have been using Metal Halide and High Pressure Sodium lights for 30+ years with fantastic results. These same white lights do not match the “ideal” curve claims of the purple LED makers.  Having worked in the grow light industry a decade ago, Nick had already seen the quest for the “perfect spectrum” and found it to be a gimmick rather than a scientific pursuit. With all of this in mind, Nick went in a completely different direction, seeking to make his lights as close to HPS as possible.

 NextLight turns on

Nick started the NextLight in 2011 and has compiled years of development — all the while being trained to launch a complex high tech new product by one of the largest corporations in America.

The light that Nick has created took design and development to the next level. And it was accomplished from a clean sheet of paper.