It is estimated that the impact of hydroponic-related jobs will be in the trillions of dollars over the next 10 years. Major universities are adding hydroponic-related studies to their agriculture curriculum and even have certificate and technical degree programs specific to growing hydroponically.

The face of agriculture is changing and we at Coast Hydro are at the head of that change by interacting directly with children in the classrooms of South Mississippi. Our program consists of a classroom demonstration of various hydroponic/aquaponic technologies. Soon, we hope to completely redefine our interaction with kids utilizing a mobile greenhouse that we can drive to the schools and do the presentation with a full greenhouse on wheels.

Hydroponic (or Aquaponic) growing can grow crops 30-50% faster than traditional farming, using 70-90% less water, and with no need to rotate crops, you can generally turn your “fields” more often resulting in substantially more return over the course of a year.

The vegetables grown hydroponically are more nutritious (2:1 or more, 2000 study, Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses), taste better because they are generally allowed to ripen on the vine giving more time to develop flavor and avoiding the use of chemicals to artificially ripen vegetables after they are shipped to their destination.

We train Mississippi farmers that want to learn how to convert their existing farms, or portions thereof, as well as training others from across the country that visit the MS Coast for advanced training in systems design and operations. Business planning and implementation is also covered through an all-inclusive course that guides interested people with no knowledge to have the knowledge and confidence to go and start their own commercial operation.

We also provide support to our students as they return to their farms to implement.