Plan and launch a productive, profitable farm

Plan and launch a productive, profitable farm

PROFESSIONAL VERTICAL FARM ADVISING

Accelerated Farm Launch

$200 / month (recommended)

Hands-on professional farm advising for farmers who understand the importance of speed to market.

  • All toolBox resources
  • Personal 1-on-1 farm advising
  • Able™ Farm Management Software
  • Upstart University™
  • Financial & Feasibility Workshop
  • Access to premium resources

Able™ Farm ToolBox

$14.99 / month

Modern farm planning checklists and education.

  • All DIY resources
  • Able™ Farm Planning Software
  • Upstart University™

Do it yourself

Free

Self-paced.

  • Blog posts
  • YouTube training videos
  • Tutorials & how-to’s
  • Free & paid downloads

Professional Vertical Farm Advising

Do It Yourself
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Farm planning tools to fit your timeline and budget

Farm planning tools to fit your timeline and budget.

Accelerated Farm Launch

 3-6 months

Able™ Farm Toolbox

6-12 months

Do it yourself

1-2 years

Are you…

  …actively researching greenhouse or indoor farms, but are stuck with farm design, budgeting, and planning?
  …new to hydroponic farming in general?
  …looking to change careers or start a side business as a modern farmer?

Are you…

…actively researching greenhouse or indoor farms, but are stuck with farm design, budgeting, and planning?

…new to hydroponic farming in general?

…looking to change careers or start a side business as a modern farmer?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you may need farm advising…

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you may need farm advising...

 BUT WHY DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE A PATH?

You might be thinking: “I’m planning on purchasing ZipGrow™ equipment. Why do I have to pay for support?”

The short answer: Because your equipment choice is only one variable in the vertical farming equation.

Remember, regardless of your future farm size, you’re starting a business! That means you have months of market research, business planning, and system design work ahead of you. 

The fact is, launching a modern farm can be incredibly confusing if you don’t have a clear path towards success. 

That’s where our team of Commercial Farm Advisors can help. 

Using our experience working on hundreds of vertical farming projects, we’ve created a roadmap for you to use on your own modern ag journey.

If you’re serious about starting your own vertical farm, you will get there much faster (and make fewer mistakes!) with an experienced advisor by your side.  

Ready to start farming tomorrow?

If you have [been actively working to find] funding and already have a farm location in mind, you will want to choose the Accelerated Farm Launch package.

This option is recommended if you are planning to launch within the next 6 months.

“But, why do I have to choose a path?”

You might be thinking: “I’m planning on purchasing ZipGrow™ equipment. Why do I have to pay for support?”

The short answer: Because your equipment choice is only one variable in the vertical farming equation.

Remember, regardless of your future farm size, you’re starting a business! That means you have months of market research, business planning, and system design work ahead of you. 

The fact is, launching a modern farm can be incredibly confusing if you don’t have a clear path towards success. 

That’s where our team of Commercial Farm Advisors can help. 

Using our experience working on hundreds of vertical farming projects, we’ve created a roadmap for you to use on your own modern ag journey.

If you’re serious about starting your own vertical farm, you will get there much faster (and make fewer mistakes!) with an experienced advisor by your side.  

 

Ready to start farming tomorrow?

If you have [been actively working to find] funding and already have a farm location in mind, you will want to choose the Accelerated Farm Launch package.

This option is recommended if you are planning to launch within the next 6 months.

How does it work?

Choose which of our three paths matches your farming goals!

Accelerated Farm Launch

$200 / month (recommended)

Ready to start farming in the next 6 months?

Let our professional Farm Advisors guide you towards a successful farm launch and avoid costly mistakes!

Our Accelerated Farm Launch advising path is focused on getting you to market quickly with minimal mistakes. As part of this accelerated advising path, you’ll be paired with a dedicated farm advisor who will help you achieve your unique goals.  If you need to make a pitch to a spouse, lender, partner, or stakeholder, this is the option we recommend.

So how does it work?

Using a lean startup approach, our team will help you identify your market, evaluate your project costs, and understand the financial feasibility of your project. We will help you prepare professional pro forma financial projections, with valuable insights into crop pricing and distribution strategies.

The resources are provided through video based training sessions, farm design using SketchUp, and a detailed financial planning spreadsheet (MS Excel). Throughout the process, we will work 1-on-1 with you using your preferred method of communication (email, phone, or video conferencing). 

Register now to get:

  • 1-on-1 professional farm advising
  • Professional feasibility and projected planning workshop
  • Membership to Upstart University™
  • Access to Able™
  • Access toother premium resources ($)

For only $200 per month, you’ll be paired with a professional Farm Advisor who will work with you to get your farm launched on time and avoid costly mistakes. If you understand the value of speed and experience, this path is for you!

Remember: post-sale customer support is ALWAYS free. The $200/mo covers professional vertical farm business advising. 

Able™ Management Toolbox

$14.99 / month 

Not ready for advising? Start your farm in 6+ months with these tools!

The Able™ Farm Management ToolBox combines accessible, online farm education with robust farm planning checklists.

This path gives you access to both Able and Upstart University so you can take a self-guided approach to starting your modern farm.  The Able Farm Management ToolBox will help you identify your market, choose your production strategy, and build a productive indoor farm. The resources are provided through video-based training sessions on Upstart University™. 

Register now to get:

  • Membership to Upstart University™
  • Access to Able™
  • 1-on-1 professional farm advising
  • Professional feasibility and projected planning workshop
  • Membership to Upstart University™

With over 45 hours of detailed, professional coursework, Upstart University™ is the most comprehensive on-demand hydroponic farm training resources available today.  

Pairing powerful farm planning checklists with high-quality education,  you will be designing, budgeting, and operating your modern farm in no time.

This is a great option for those not quite ready for Farm Advising, but who want to follow a clear path to starting a vertical farm.  Once enrolled, you’ll have access to purchasing other premium educational resources like our Recommended Crop Guide or even upgrading to the Accelerated Farm Launch path when you’re ready to take the next step towards your farm.

The Able™ Farm Toolbox starts at $5/month. Register now to get up and running.

Remember: post-sale customer support is ALWAYS free. The $14.99/mo covers a subscription to Upstart University and Able.

Do it yourself

Free

If you are new to controlled environment agriculture, you can take advantage of Bright Agrotech’s resource hub. We offer a growing library of mostly free (and some paid resources), a weekly email series, and access to a vibrant online community.

Whether you are growing in ZipGrow™ or Bato Buckets, indoors or in a greenhouse, we have hundreds of resources to help you get up and running. The only thing you need is your own motivation! 

This path is free, but we’ll provide you with opportunities to dive deeper into our library of paid resources on occasion. 

  • Membership to Upstart University™
  • Access to Able™
  • 1-on-1 professional farm advising
  • Professional feasibility and projected planning workshop
  • Membership to Upstart University™

Accelerated farm LAUNCH ($200/month)

Ready to start farming in the next 6 months? 

Let our professional Farm Advisors guide you towards a successful farm launch and avoid costly mistakes!

Our Accelerated Farm Launch advising path is focused on getting you to market quickly with minimal mistakes. As part of this accelerated advising path, you’ll be paired with a dedicated farm advisor who will help you achieve your unique goals.  If you need to make a pitch to a spouse, lender, partner, or stakeholder, this is the option we recommend.

So how does it work?

Using a lean startup approach, our team will help you identify your market, evaluate your project costs, and understand the financial feasibility of your project. We will help you prepare professional pro forma financial projections, with valuable insights into crop pricing and distribution strategies.

The resources are provided through video based training sessions, farm design using SketchUp, and a detailed financial planning spreadsheet (MS Excel). Throughout the process, we will work 1-on-1 with you using your preferred method of communication (email, phone, or video conferencing). 

Register now to get:

    ✔     1-on-1 professional farm advising
    ✔     Professional feasibility and project planning workshop
    ✔     Membership to Upstart University™
    ✔     Access to Able™
    ✔    Access to other premium resources ($)

For only $200 per month, you’ll be paired with a professional Farm Advisor who will work with you to get your farm launched on time and avoid costly mistakes. If you understand the value of speed and experience, this path is for you!

Remember: post-sale customer support is ALWAYS free. The $200/mo covers professional vertical farm business advising. 

Able Farm Management toolbox ($14.99/month)

Not ready for advising? Start your farm in 6+ months with these tools! 

The Able™ Farm Management ToolBox follows a proven approach to help you (a) identify your market (b) choose your production strategy (c) design and price your farm, and (d) get up and running.

The ToolBox gives you a simple, guided checklist with easy to follow steps designed to make the process easier. The ToolBox is presented in a logical steps, using the same approach we have seen in dozens of successful farm projects.

Once you are in the ToolBox, the resources will be provided in a checklist format with links to video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, and case studies from working farms. 

Register now to get:

    ✔     Access to Able™
    ✔     Membership to Upstart University™
    X     1-on-1 professional farm advising
    X     Professional feasibility and project planning workshop

With over 45 hours of detailed, professional coursework, Upstart University™ is home to the most comprehensive on-demand hydroponic farm training resources available today.  

The Able™ Farm Toolbox starts at $14.99/month. Register now to get up and running.

Remember: post-sale customer support is ALWAYS free. The $14.99/mo covers a subscription to Upstart University and Able.

Do it yourself (FREE)

Just looking for [free] helpful resources? 

Select this DIY path to get access to hundreds of videos, blog posts, and useful ebooks.

If you are new to controlled environment agriculture, you can take advantage of Bright Agrotech’s resource hub. We offer a growing library of mostly free (and some paid resources), a weekly email series, and access to a vibrant online community.

Whether you are growing in ZipGrow™ or Bato Buckets, indoors or in a greenhouse, we have hundreds of resources to help you get up and running. The only thing you need is your own motivation! 

This path is free, but we’ll provide you with opportunities to dive deeper into our library of paid resources on occasion. 

    X     1-on-1 professional farm advising
    X     Professional feasibility and project planning workshop
    X     Membership to Upstart University™
    X     Access to Able™

Learn about our advising services:

Learn about our advising services

ONE-ON-ONE -ADVISING

The most valuable resource we have to share is our experience. Our team has worked on dozens of successful projects, and we love helping new farmers get up and running.

When you register for the Accelerated Farm Launch package, you will be able to work directly with a farm empowerment specialist.

We take the time to listen to your goals and identify the challenges you are facing. We can provide insights into common challenges, and we recommend specific training resources to help you understand your decisions.

Advising takes place over the phone, by email, or through video conferencing. Choose this option if you need dedicated support and you plan to launch your farm within 6 months.

FEASIBILITY WORKSHOP

A feasibility analysis is designed to evaluate the financial health for your farm project, to test your market, and to decide if your project is financially feasible. The feasibility workshop is a video based workshop that follows best practices in financial planning.

The sessions are provided using video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, and a detailed financial planning spreadsheet (MS Excel).

The workshop is included as a part of the Accelerated Farm Advising package.

Your feasibility analysis will include:

Market insights: The market research workshop will help you identify the markets that are most appropriate for meeting your business goals.

The marketing mix: Learn what to grow, how to package it it, how to choose a distribution strategy, and how to avoid commodity pricing.

System design & budget: Indoor farming can provide a unique opportunity for farmers in difficult or hostile environments. Learn about lighting techniques and strategies, and estimate production capacity and potential revenues.

Capital expense budgeting: Your budget will include equipment, installation costs, facility upgrades, among other expenses.

Operating expense budgeting: If you have never operated a farm, it can be hard to estimate daily energy costs, labor costs, consumables and packaging, and the regular costs of doing business.

Financial pro forma projections: The goal of a feasibility analysis is to understand, as carefully as possible, your project costs and potential profitability.

UPSTART UNIVERSITY™

With over 45 hours of detailed, professional coursework, Upstart University will give you a healthy foundation in Controlled Environment Agriculture.

Course topics cover a variety of topics:

  • Choosing a production method
  • Hydroponic and Aquaponic Crop Production
  • Hydroponic Nutrients and Fertilizers
  • Insect and Pest Management
  • and many more

A few of our most popular courses:

Humidity management: tools & tech: Humidity is a big concern for indoor growers! This course is going to first help you understand the issue of humidity by explaining what humidity is and how it affects your plants. This will provide you with the basis you need to make informed humidity management decisions based on your environment.

The 4 markets: Upstart Farmers primarily serve four markets: farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and grocery stores. In this course, learn the benefits and challenges of each, how to approach each of them, and how to ensure maximum success selling at them.

Lighting for farmers: Lighting choice is an extremely important decision for modern farmers. Learn the fundamentals of lighting in this course, including how to choose your lights, how to manipulate your crops with light, and even the electricity and installation considerations for lighting your farm.

Over 30+ Farming Courses!

ABLE AG™

Able is a fully featured farm management tool. Able is primarily designed for working farms, although farmers in the planning stage will also find valuable resources.

Resources include:

Plan your farm and financials: Generate financial plans and yield estimates with a few clicks. Enter your farm information and set the outcomes you want – then view projected revenue and production on a clean dashboard. Refine your numbers as you learn more about your clients and markets.

Know exactly when to plant and harvest: Upstart Farmers primarily serve four markets: farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and grocery stores. In this course, learn the benefits and challenges of each, how to approach each of them, and how to ensure maximum success selling at them.

One-on-one advising

The most valuable resource we have to share is our experience. Our team has worked on dozens of successful projects, and we love helping new farmers get up and running.

When you register for the Accelerated Farm Launch package, you will be able to work directly with a farm empowerment specialist.

We take the time to listen to your goals and identify the challenges you are facing. We can provide insights into common challenges, and we recommend specific training resources to help you understand your decisions.

Advising takes place over the phone, by email, or through video conferencing. Choose this option if you need dedicated support and you plan to launch your farm within 6 months.

Feasibility workshop

A feasibility analysis is designed to evaluate the financial health for your farm project, to test your market, and to decide if your project is financially feasible. The feasibility workshop is a video based workshop that follows best practices in financial planning.

The sessions are provided using video tutorials, downloadable worksheets, and a detailed financial planning spreadsheet (MS Excel).

The workshop is included as a part of the Accelerated Farm Advising package.

Your feasibility analysis will include:

MARKET INSIGHTS

The market research workshop will help you identify the markets that are most appropriate for meeting your business goals. We provide an introduction to easier markets such as restaurants and CSAs, and we discuss how to expand into retail sales and food distribution. The goal is to identify your market and to strengthen your farm plan with demonstrated demand for your products.

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THE MARKETING MIX

Learn what to grow, how to package it it, how to choose a distribution strategy, and how to avoid commodity pricing. These are important decisions that will you build your business on a strong foundation. *

SYSTEM DESIGN & BUDGET

Indoor farming can provide a unique opportunity for farmers in difficult or hostile environments. Learn how to supplemental lighting techniques can be used to strengthen your product lines, and how to manage your LED lighting strategy.

When combined with verified crop yields from Bright Agrotech, you will have a strong understanding of your production capacity and your potential revenues.

CAPITAL EXPENSE BUDGETING

Your budget will include equipment, installation costs, facility upgrades, among other expenses.

You can get a headstart with a detailed financial planning spreadsheet, outlining all the major costs for your farm startup.

OPERATING EXPENSE BUDGETING

If you have never operated a farm, it can be hard to estimate daily energy costs, labor costs, consumables and packaging, and the regular costs of doing business.

We can shed light on these difficult topics, and help you plan for a financially healthy farm.

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FINANCIAL PRO FORMA PROJECTIONS

The goal of a feasibility analysis is to understand, as carefully as possible, your project costs and potential profitability.

We take a conservative approach to financial planning, and we give you the tools to adjust your assumptions based on different scenarios.

Use the feasibility analysis to demonstrate the financial health of your project and make a presentation to a lender, partner, or spouse.

UPSTART UNIVERSITY

With over 45 hours of detailed, professional coursework, Upstart University will give you a healthy foundation in Controlled Environment Agriculture.

Course topics cover a variety of topics:

  • Choosing a production method
  • Hydroponic and Aquaponic Crop Production
  • Hydroponic Nutrients and Fertilizers
  • Insect and Pest Management
  • and many more

A few of our most popular courses:

Upstart Farmers primarily serve four markets: farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and grocery stores. In this course, learn the benefits and challenges of each, how to approach each of them, and how to ensure maximum success selling at them.

Humidity is a big concern for indoor growers! This course is going to first help you understand the issue of humidity by explaining what humidity is and how it affects your plants. This will provide you with the basis you need to make informed humidity management decisions based on your environment. Then, we’ll dive into the solutions – humidity management tools and technology that will help you save on energy and avoid crop loss.

Lighting choice is an extremely important decision for modern farmers. Learn the fundamentals of lighting in this course, including how to choose your lights, how to manipulate your crops with light, and even the electricity and installation considerations for lighting your farm.

Over 30+ Farming Courses!

Able ag

Able is a fully featured farm management tool. Able is primarily designed for working farms, although farmers in the planning stage will also find valuable resources. These include:

Plan your farm and your financials

Generate financial plans and yield estimates with a few clicks. Enter your farm information and set the outcomes you want – then view projected revenue and production on a clean dashboard. Refine your numbers as you learn more about your clients and markets.

Know exactly when to plant and harvest

Save time with automatic planting and harvesting schedules for your farm. Able builds schedules that account for germination rates and quick turn harvests of multiple crops, then approve those tasks on your calendar so you never miss a production goal.

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