The Fundamentals Of Indoor Farming

The Fundamentals Of Indoor Farming

In this video, Dr. Nate answers some fundamental questions about indoor growing.

Indoor farming is a new farming approach that utilizes volume in unconventional spaces. It’s powered by new technology and benefits both farmers and consumers.

*Benefits of indoor farming to farmers*
High density production
Economic production
Controlled production
Consistent production
Unique branding

*Benefits to consumers*
Food that reaches the fringes
Food with higher quality
Food from farmers you know

Will indoor ag replace field agriculture?
Only for certain crops, and not all at once. The total market share will be eroded, but field agriculture will never be completely replaced.

What is unique about an indoor farm?
Indoor farmers think about production space as a volume rather than square footage. This changes the form of growing equipment from single plane to multiple plane, and then to vertical plane for maximum volume use. This means that more and more, indoor farming will equate to vertical farming.

Why is the world using indoor farming?
Different places are starting indoor farming from different motivations, most of which depend on the markets and the resources that they have. For example:
Japan has unique resources in the form of government subsidies, underutilized semiconductor and microchip facilities.
US indoor farmers are powered mostly by markets with high demands and value for local produce.
China is motivated by food safety concerns and demand for safe produce.

In addition to all this, indoor farming is a wild west industry- a small space that’s expanding quickly, with tons of opportunities… especially for people wanting to get in on the ground level.

What can you do for the indoor farming industry?
Buy local
Start a farm
Help an indoor farmer

Timestamps/What’s Covered:

00:18 What is indoor farming?
03:03 Goals for indoor farming
03:50 Benefitys of indoor farming
05:14 What role it plays in the industry
06:45 Current status of indoor farming
08:05 The future of indoor farming
09:08 Why does indoor farming matter?
13:35 Get involved

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Music by: Scott Gratton…


  1. K Rakesh patra on April 28, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    which type of plant we select for vottical farming … can you tell me …

  2. Midnight1211 on April 28, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Hey at 0:11 you show a clip of a sponge material as the growing media. Do you have any videos or explanations about what that is and using it in hydroponics? I’ve seen that aerofarms use a reusable cloth material and I’m looking to learn more about different growing medias. Thanks!

  3. Randomaited on April 28, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    If only we could get billions of dollars of subsidies into this sort of enterprise, rather than in arms or oil.

  4. Margaret Johnson on April 28, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    2D supplemental lighting is well known. For the 3D pyramid (like) structure you show, what techniques to folks you to make sure the leaves are getting a consistent DLI?

  5. Rajiv Chiplunkar on April 28, 2022 at 6:49 pm

    hi, wanted to know the weblink for " if you in the planning stage" you say check out "able.egg??" did i hear it wrong?? can you mention the name or the weblink correctly??

  6. Den Uil on April 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Could you explain how these multi layer shelves with plants work? More specifically the lighting, and the distance to the crop, does that distance get smaller if the plant grows or do the shelves move appart to maintain the distance so your crops will not burn? or are the lights dimmed?

  7. ollieone051 on April 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    This would be extremely economical underground.

  8. Chris J on April 28, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Can these systems be adapted to organic growing? What about year round earth ship style greenhouses? The biggest problem with systems like this is it is expensive. In Ontario Canada hydro rates are some of the highest in the world. Temperature control systems and humidity control systems, hvac systems are expensive. The initial investment to start a small scale profitable farm seems unlikely in this province to anyone with low income. How does one honestly escape this modern system of living working honestly? Sorry a single parent of a special needs child the odds seem stacked against them. Financial aid for businesses must exist. The problem starting grassroots is farmers markets are only open seasonally and to sell anywhere else you need a $10k commercial kitchen to package and process. $50k and I could start a profitable organic year round farm growing dozens of herbs and flowers along with some high demand vegetables. Also couple produce hundreds of pounds of gourmet mushrooms weekly. Once you get the land and the grow rooms set up the real kicker is the marketing. I would be happy with 60-70k a year profits. Dont need to be rich just need to be debt free and off the grid completely

  9. Sanje Fernando on April 28, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    from srilanka and need to connect

  10. Atom Baxter on April 28, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Please don’t stop making videos!!!

  11. roz who on April 28, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Really appreciate all the info. Question.. Should I consider doing vertical farm out of a shipping container?

  12. reza misbah on April 28, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Sir : how possible cultivate shallot with vertikal farming sistem… Are that plantn suitable with grow LED…. Iam interested to do that cause i my country that stuff have expensive price.

  13. manohar badri on April 28, 2022 at 7:00 pm


  14. J.D. Bird on April 28, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    So its going from 2D to 3D? Its going from square footage to volumentric? Its about maximzing efficiency? I didnt make it to the end of this video because I pulled my ears out.

  15. Blackberry Hill Farm on April 28, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Nate’s info is STILL as relevant as ever, even considering how much has changed in CEA. Solid then, solid now!

  16. Swami on April 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    He hit the nail right on the head during most of the video

  17. Fely Santor on April 28, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Hello Sir Im a small farmer Id like to learn moe about indoor farming, vertical farming. I woul like to know how much it cost.

  18. Christopher De Real on April 28, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    So growing as much possible physically possible

  19. chris shepherd on April 28, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    When setting up an urban commercial grow………how do you get around zoning laws in the city?

  20. David on April 28, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Not as caffeinated in this one huh? 😉

  21. jeybam on April 28, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Bright Agrotech, I am very interested in this project. I am from Puerto Rico, but living in Augusta, GA now. After Hurricane Maria PR is struggling in a lot of thing, one of it agriculture. I am thinking to move back to PR to start a indoor farming like the ones you are showing in your channel. The problem is that I don’t know much about agriculture/farming/indoor growing. I am going to need a lot of help: Advices, ideas, good equipment, etc. Could we do something together? Any suggestions? Thank you.

  22. Dave -in-NJ on April 28, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    it would seem that the best possible farm would be a glass greenhouse as the roof of a building. eliminate the heat that would require cooling with fossil fuels, and use the land as energy from the sun to feed plants and eliminate the massive thermal heat storage that modern living (roads, roofs, parking lots, etc) have created.

  23. Nabil Khoory on April 28, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    i am trying to get the website that you mentioned for planning. can you write the website for me?

  24. Guilhemar Caixeta Filho on April 28, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Oh my god, I feel like I just found gold!
    Thanks for the amazing content.

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  26. Amren Cortez on April 28, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    How do u deal with pests

  27. AwkwardYet on April 28, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    You guys provide so much vital information. It’s been a lot of help and hopefully by this time next year. I’ll have a full commercial indoor farm

  28. Shinn Lawls on April 28, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Dear Dr Nate, Found your video interesting and very infomational.
    The question comes to my mind that: For your model of the vertical plantation, how does water flow? or using water mist instead??

  29. Shubhendu Bhuta on April 28, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Is there an email address or contact number where you can be reached ?

  30. Piyush Sojitra on April 28, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Dear friend,
    I have a Hydroponics machine but some problems I need same help please give me your contact details.

  31. Piyush Patel on April 28, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    can you please mention website tool for planning indoor farming?

  32. MERRYL KEMP on April 28, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Can your systems be adapted from the Hydroponic model to  an Aquaponics model

  33. Flora Consult on April 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    We fully endorse vertical planes growing, ours is vertical grow system with a difference.

  34. Sandia Martin on April 28, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    I suspect you have never, yourself, grown indoor, but the horizontal "stacked-shelf" type of design is far superior to the vertical columns to mention for many reasons (that I don’t have time to go into). You might want to do a little more research and talk to some actual hydroponic growers who have gone through trial and error with these methods.

  35. CJ Friedman on April 28, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    How do you keep your systems clean?

  36. MadOcelotGod 81 on April 28, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Is this a co op?

  37. J.V Sastry on April 28, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    hi brother!
    do you have your supply in india…..?

  38. Rajiv Chiplunkar on April 28, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    also thanks a ton for this video its so important to have the correct fundamentals before we start modern farming..

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