About On The Grow, LLC
Paving the way for Success and Health
On The Grow, LLC was created by CJ Vaughn & Mandi Warbington in 2019 by their passion for innovation within the urban agriculture industry. We have conducted several hundred experiments with growing various types of Microgreens using many different growing methods, mediums, nutrients, lights and etc. to figure out the best ways to get quick, consistent and abundant growth from Microgreens. Our fast growing social media presence has given us a platform to share our journey in a fun and educational manner, and through these platforms we have been able to help hundreds of people from around the world grow Microgreens successfully.
What supplies do you use?
Our Amazon Storefront is a place where we compile any products that we use in our YouTube videos that can be found on Amazon, so that you can easily find and use the same products that we use without the hassle of having to search. Everything is already organized in lists so that it is easy to find and purchase. The best part is it doesn't cost you anything extra, but it does help us continue our business of sharing!
(We earn a percentage of sales through these links)
What type of lights do you use, and what is your light schedule?
We primarily use LED lights that are 20 watts each and we use three of them per shelf. Each light puts out roughly 2,000 lumens which is a combined output of 6,000 lumens per shelf. We prefer to use only LED lights since they use less energy and create less heat than fluorescent bulbs… The color temperature we use for lighting is 6000-6500K. We keep our lights 8 inches above our Microgreen grow trays. As for our lighting schedule, we have had great results with 17 hours ON and 7hours OFF everyday.
Microgreen Growing Conditions
What climate do you keep for the growspace?
Our space stays between 75-80F degrees in the Summer (Best Germination Temps) and between 67-73F in Winter and our humidity around 50% or under. We also have one large fan that circulates the majority of the air and small computer fans on each shelf of each rack. All fans are running for 24 hours of the day. We do not pump carbon-dioxide in the space and the space only exchanges air when we open the door a few times throughout the day.
Airflow is really important along with making sure you don't over or under water your Microgreens. Pay attention to your plants, soil and their roots... You will begin to learn their needs based off the appearance of those three things... If you want to start growing, we suggest you start small, with only a few Microgreen trays. We think it is best to experiment first with what you are wanting to do as it is the best way to see if you like the process and results.
How much do you sell your microgreens for/what should I charge for mine?
Short Answer: we try to get a minimum of $20-25/tray for our Microgreens... Long answer: Our suggestion is to look around your local area to see what the prices are... Also, know that you can really sell the product for whatever you think is fair... We have local growers that sell their Microgreens for $5.00 for 4oz of product at nearby farmers markets. We sell ours generally for $10 for 4oz of product. We know that we use all organic ingredients and put a lot of care and time into our Microgreens and brand so we know they fetch a higher value.
Look to see if there are other people selling microgreens at grocery store, farmers markets, do you see them at restaurants, so on and so forth... What are they selling them for? Are they local? Are people buying them? If you see someone buying them, don’t feel afraid to ask them why they wanted to buy those Microgreens. There are free marketing lesson from people who are moving the product... How are they displaying their products? What are they saying to the customer? So on and so forth. Then figure out your product and value your time fairly to see what you feel is fair. There are a lot of ways you can sell microgreens so be creative...