P18419: Hydroponic Monitoring System


Project Summary Project Information

The Durgin Family Farm is located at 1175 Martin Road, West Henrietta and this is the second year of its operation. The farm is relatively close to population centers and the Durgin family intends to take advantage of that through selling U-Pick berries. Also, it is less than 7 miles from RIT.

The Farm has three primary long-term goals for the hydroponic system:

(1) grow the highest quality strawberry

(2) make each plant as productive as is reasonable

(3) optimize convenience to the customer.

Underlying these goals will be to make the system cost effective using existing components and have it monitored by a microelectronic control system. Deliverables include a modular design consisting of:

(1) a stand-alone unit consisting of pipes and support

(2) a modular design of how the units should be tied together with a reservoir, etc.

(3) a microelectronic control system.

There will be a “proof of concept” unit built at the Farm. This modular design could then be replicated by the Durgin Family Farm to whatever size was needed (e.g. ¼ acre, ½ acre etc.)

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Project Name
Electronic Control System for Hydroponic Strawberry Project
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Faculty Guide
Durfee, Dave
Primary Customer
Durgin Family Farms
Primary Sponsor
Durgin, Phil

Team Members

From Left to Right: Jerry Affricot, Raymond Zhang, Kevin McGraw, Ryan Asplen, Nathan Tiberio and Thierno Diallo

From Left to Right: Jerry Affricot, Raymond Zhang, Kevin McGraw, Ryan Asplen, Nathan Tiberio and Thierno Diallo

Member Role Contact
Kevin McGraw Lead Mechanical Engineer kdm1629@rit.edu
Ryan Asplen Communication Coordinator rxa7294@rit.edu
Jerry Affricot

Purchasing Coordinator / Edge Specialist

Raymond Zhang Lead Electrical Engineer rxz3496@rit.edu
Thierno Diallo Team Facilitator td3524@rit.edu
Nate Tiberio Project Manager nmt4781@rit.edu

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