Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in sand, gravel, or liquid, without soil. We believe that healthy and organic soil is an integral part of the growing process and therefore do not carry hydroponic produce (except for watercress*).
You may not be able to see them, but microorganisms in the soil have a big impact on human nutrition and health.
There are billions of life forms in healthy soil. Through photosynthesis, plants create a sugary carbon fuel that supports their own growth. They don’t use all this fuel. 40 percent or more is streamed through their roots, delivering energy to microorganisms in the earth. In exchange, these microorganisms feed plants the mineral nutrients they extract from rock, sand, silt, and clay within the soil. Soils with lots of biodiversity have microbes that produce compounds that develop a robust set of defenses. Plants grown in this type of soil are able to fight off disease better than those grown hydroponically or in depleted soil and thereby offer a richer array of phytonutrients to the humans who eat them.
Soil not only provides nutrients that are essential to our well being but delivers taste. Hydroponic raised produce lacks the complex flavors of organically raised food grown in soil outdoors. Produce needs the soil and outdoor elements to taste as it was intended to and to nourish us.
We humans are complex biological systems. As we seek out food that nourishes us, we would do well to consider that our health is deeply connected to the biological systems that produce it. From the ground up.
* In order to grow, watercress must be kept permanently wet. It grows best submerged in water
For more information watch, Kiss The Ground (available on Netflix).