How We Do It

We grow our produce 365 days a year.  Here's how.

At chrysp we use Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) in order to grow our leafy greens and herbs. There are many benefits to using an NFT system including its versatility and modular design which allows the system to be easily expanded if required.

Before we talk about the other benefits, maybe we should explain what an NFT system is.

In an NFT system, the crops, in our case leafy greens and herbs, sit in openings on top of an enclosed channel. Nutrient enriched water is pumped from a reservoir into the channels. From there, gravity feeds the water through the channel and back down to the reservoir. The reservoir itself is aerated. This aeration increases the amount of dissolved oxygen in the water which helps the plants absorb nutrients and also reduces the risk of root disease from pathogens. This is very important as the NFT system is a closed loop system in which the water is continuously used.

Here are some other benefits of using an NFT system:

  • Low water and nutrient consumption - very little water passes over the root system, because it is a closed system the water that isn’t used is recycled in the reservoir and used again
  • Uses fewer materials - because the roots lay in the trough they do not require a growing medium to support the root system
  • Less worry of salt build up - as the water is constantly flowing in an NFT system there are few places that salt build-up can accumulate over time
  • Ease of vertical farming - as there is little water flowing through the channels they remain relatively lightweight, this makes it easier to have them stacked on top of each other

Find chrysp at the Bountiful Farmers' Market every weekend!

photo of the chrysp booth at the Bountiful Farmers Market in South Edmonton, Spring 2021
chrysp is selling produce at Bountiful Farmers’ Market! We are located at booth B5. All produce is fresh, local and social! When you purchase from chrysp, you are supporting people with disabilities and improving their quality of life.

Bountiful Farmers' Market

3696 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5S8 
Visit us at Booth B5.
Friday and Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 5 pm

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