How This Non-Farmer Will Grow 8,000 Plants In a Pole Barn

How This Non-Farmer Will Grow 8,000 Plants Every 45 Days in a Pole Barn

When Mike Conk first learned about how our CEO grew 3,000 plants in a 10’x10′ room using our Aggressively Organic Micro Dendritic Pods™, he immediately saw his unused pole barn in the back of his property as an opportunity for he and his family to grow food all year-long as a side project.

Mike Conk’s 30’x30′ Pole Barn in Greensburg, Indiana

Oh yeah, and Conk isn’t a farmer; he’s a full-time insurance agent living in Greensburg, Indiana.

Conk has looked into hydroponics before, but says with traditional hydroponic systems, “there’s a lot of expenses involved: lights, filtration systems, pumps, and flow and this and that.

It’s too overwhelming for me… I have a family, and this is not taking over my full time job.

So, this is something we’re trying to build and scale. It’s really simple.”

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What does Conk mean by simple? 

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish I could just grow my own food but don’t know how,” we’ve got you covered.

Anyone, regardless of how green their thumb is, can grow their own food. Plant a seed in an Aggressively Organic Micro Dendritic Pods™ and watch it grow.

It only needs to be watered once every 3-4 months.

Actually, the less you intervene the healthier the plant.

In addition to our system’s simplicity, Conk says that he is most excited about “the minimal cost that goes with it” and that “you can start as small as 3-4 square feet and scale that operation to a 30’x30’ building” like his. 

So how many plants  will Conk be able to grow?

He is going to start with 8,000 plants at around 7 chambers per square foot.

However, he also also estimated that he can grow 12,600 plants with 7 chambers per square ft. for max capacity, as you can see in the sketch below.

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Conk’s sketch of the future “Conk Family Farms” using Aggressively Organic Micro Growth Chambers™.

That’s a lot of plants.

While there is some science involved with planning his AO Farm, Conk isn’t worried about that part: “I don’t have to know the science which is is great for me. I know I can call them and find out anything I need to know.

From an environment standpoint, I don’t know what the plants need or don’t need…. Everywhere I turn there is an answer.”

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By |2018-06-08T18:36:50+00:00August 15th, 2017|AO Farms|7 Comments

About the Author:

I'm the Marketing Director at Aggressively Organic. Prior to working for AO, I'd never grown my own food or known where to start... but now I'm addicted. I can't wait for everyone to be a farmer.


  1. Sarah Hogg August 15, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Wow Mike I will follow you in your very interesting journey !

  2. Christine O'Dell August 15, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    This is so neat. Can’t wit to see how things progress. My cousin. Has her own hydrophonic. strawberry and vegetable farm in Florida. 30,000 towers. These new and different ways to produce food is very interesting. I have to say the strawberries, tomatoes, kale and peppers I have eaten were better than traditional grown.

  3. Jonathan Partlow August 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    To be clear that grows 8,000 per every 45 days – 16,000 every 3 months – 64,000 annually in only part of the space available.

  4. Brandi August 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Awesome idea! Keep up the good work.

  5. Holly Mosby August 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Very exciting work you are doing. I look forward to following Mikes progress with the program . Best of luck to Mike and Agressively Organics!

  6. Kara Scheidler August 16, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    I am so excited to follow you in this journey, Mike! You’ve got your first volunteer produce tester right here 🙂

  7. Kelly Wingham August 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Excellent! And interested!
    Best Wishes

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