Greenhouse production

One set of photos is of Sun Valley Hydronics in Fabens, Texas. The operation was a five acre greenhouse complex growing plants by the hydroponic sand culture method. The photos of flowers was the El Cid Greenhouses in Tome, New Mexico, a flower, bedding plant and foliage plant grower. The two facilities used hydroponic solutions to fertilize plants. Jim Shaffner was the Horticulturist / Grower for both facilities.
img249 img272  Gremin Gardens Tucumcari, NM. A hydroponic tomato greenhouse growing operation. 1974-1976. The plants were grown in pure sand and fed a hydroponic solution every day. This photos was taken after a disastrous wind storm ripped the plastic from the greenhouse. After the wind storm the tomato crop was exposed to the elements which resulted in a crop failure and ultimate permanent shut down of the facility. The greenhouse was disassembled and sold to El Cid Greenhouse in Tome, NM. Dick Carmichael the original owner of Gremlin Gardens moved to Colorado. Jim Shaffner his partner in the operation was employed a couple years later at El Cid Greenhouse. img273  Gremin Gardens Tucumcari, NM. A hydroponic tomato greenhouse growing operation 1974-1976. The operation failed because of two serious design flaws. One problem was the  design  of the attachment point for the plastic roof covering would  come loose during a severe wind storm. The plastic blew off more than once which exposed the plants to the elements. The other problem was the equipment that was used to inject fertilizer into the water system to feed plants was of the wrong design which caused the sand to form large chunks of insolsoluable mineral deposits. The fertilizer injection system that was used was 180:1 which was far to concentrated and caused fertilizer compounds to percipitate out solution in the mixing tanks. The absolute maximum concentration should have been 100:1 not 180:1. greenhouse3  Sun Valley Hydroponics Fabens, Texas. Cucumber plants in a sand media being feed a hydroponic solution of fertilizer. 1976-1978
greenhouse1  Sun Valley Hydroponics Fabens, Texas. Cucumber plants in a sand media being feed a hydroponic solution of fertilizer img228  Cucumber plant in full bloom img225 img227
greenhouse5  Sun Valley Hydroponics Fabens, Texas. Cucumber plants in a sand media being feed a hydroponic solution of fertilizer. These plants would grow at least two inches a day and required constant attention to prune suckers and wrap a single stem around  a string that was suspended from the top of the greenhouse.. Each plant was maintained as a single stem. img219 img238  Employee pruning cucumber plants to a single stem and wrapping the plant around string that was suspended from the top of the green greenhouse. img222
img233 img239 greenhouse6  Tomatoe cluster nearing time to pick greenhouse8  Young tomato plants in pure sand being fed a hydroponic solution of fertilizer
greenhouse2  Tomato plants in sand culture nearing maturity. greenhouse10  Cucumbers packed and ready for shipment to market img230  Hydroponic tomatoes packed and ready for shipment. img234
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img224  A 3/4 acre greenhousr cleaned and ready for the next crop.  Strings are used to tie tomato and cucumber plants to overhead wires. img244  Two 500 gallon mixing tanks for hydroponic fertilizer solutions.  Brass, Smith proportioner injects fertilizer into the water line at a 100:1 rate. img245  50,000 gallon water tank for treated water for the Sun Valley Hydroponic Greenhouse operation. The desalanization ( reverse osmosis) equipment was inside the building next to the water tank. img247  The desalanization ( reverse osmosis) equipment. The control system for removing mineral from the very hard water.
img246  The desalanization (reverse osmosis) equipment. The control system for removing mineral from the very hard water. The tubular devices were pressurized to 700 psi to remove minerals from the water. The water had to be acidified for the reverse osmosis to work correctly. img243 img242 img254  Jimmy Shaffner in the background  El Cid Greenhouse 191978-1981
greenhouse13  El Cid Greenhouse in Tome, new Mexico.  Mum crop ready for shipment. 1978-1981 img259  Mum Crop ready for shipment Ec Cid Greenhouse.. img258 img257
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