A Beginners Guide To Growing In Substrate​

June 16, 2021 12:00 pm
Cassandra Toves


Better yields with less labor, pesticides, water, and fertilizer are just a few of the reasons growers today are considering substrate farming. As the AgTech world considers additional ways to grow more food with fewer inputs, substrate farming has moved up on the list. Especially for soft fruit producers and backyard growers, the way forward is growing in a substrate.

Please join Cassandra Toves from Irrigation Design and Construction Wednesday, June 16, to learn the unique opportunities and challenges growing in substrate offers. During this webinar, you will learn:

  1. What is substrate farming
  2. What are the popular items growers are using for substrate?
  3. How to know how much to water
  4. How much to fertilize
  5. The additional benefits of growing in substrate.
Cassandra Toves


Cassandra graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural System Management focused in irrigation. While attending school she worked for an agricultural irrigation company assisting with irrigation design and managing installation projects. After graduation she ran all store operations for multiple locations along the central coast as well as doing irrigation designs for larger projects. Cassandra has always been most interested in substrate growing and automation. Coming from a younger generation, she sees the need for agriculture to become more automated and is eager to help growers attain those goals. Her experience has allowed her to pursue her passion for design and installation of automated irrigation systems, focusing mainly on substrate and greenhouse applications.

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