Benjamin Franklin once said that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The old adage holds true in many facets of life, and is also applicable in the maintenance of your greenhouse or CEA facility. ERI’s senior engineer, Gretchen Schimelpfenig, PE recently published a well thought out article on how to develop a successful and effective operations and maintenance strategy for greenhouses and CEA facilities alike. Gretchen outlines effective recommendations to not only keep facilities up and running but also how to make them flourish.
Gretchen worked with the only aquaponic greenhouse in the state of Vermont to outline how successful a simple yet effective O&M plan can keep a facility like Finn & Roots up and running, especially in a location that has wild temperature swings such as Vermont. Fear not, most of the recommended strategies do not come at an exorbitant cost. Simple action items like daily walks through your facility to consciously confirm information coming in from data systems or combining preventative maintenance with simple cleaning tasks all add up over time to keep your facility operating in tip top shape.
Read the entire article!