Hydroponic farm close to home — Urban Oasis in Carrollwood

Plus, because the plants are constantly maintained by the hydro system, the growing season is drastically extended. You could be picking some fine produce in the middle of June.

Dave and Cathy Hume of Urban Oasis will also sell seedlings and hydro systems so you can set up a little plot inyour own backyard, along with classes to help you through the process. Check them out and let us know what you think.

TBO has a story about an organic hydroponic farm that's close enough to encourage frequent visits. Urban Oasis (5416 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, 813-293-3276) is on Linebaugh, right in the path of many folks regular commutes.

I've visited many hydroponic farms, but most are a good drive away from central Tampa, making it difficult to justify for weekly produce. No matter what you think about the concept of hydro farming, it's almost uniquely suited for urban environments since a farmer can get a much greater density of growth out of a limited amount of space.

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