Ján Šlinský talking about his revolutionary technology: "In my circular system of vegetables production we address several serious problems of standard agriculture not only in Slovakia, but in the world in general. For example, with my technology there is no soil compaction - this eliminates both air and water erosion, we also avoid monocultural production, restore water, support the soil microbiome and promote biodiversity. In the end we just revitalize soil and bring back life to countryside."
On a minumum area if 2 hectares we can grow up to 24 tons of seasonal vegetables per year. We are capable to grow all the commonly available varieties - tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pumpkins, root vegetables and herbs. 52 species in total, all without the application of any artificial feritlizers and biocides.
"As a professional vegetable farmer, I know how strenuous it is to work in the field. I graduated from the Faculty of Horticulture at Mendel University in Brno and have been growing vegetables since 1984, even as a cooperative farmer. Today, nobody wants to toil on the land anymore. Neither do I. That's why I invented and built this gantry cultivation technology that can cultivate 2 hectares of land with a two-man workforce. Up to 80% of the work is done by the technology, leaving me time for other activities. This doesn't mean that I don't have to be physically at the farm, but I could be coding in the fields, for example, alongside my work. If I knew how." (laughs)
Benefits of using Agrocrooh technology
Restoring the soil micro- and macrobiome
Reduction of manual workload by 70%
Low water and electricity consumption compared to standard cultivation methods
Automation of routine work
Tasty and healthy veggies
An important and essential part of the agrocrooh technology. The gantry consists of a frame/arm - a swivel bridge deck which is pivotally anchored on one side to a fixed support set in the soil, and on the other end there is a drive unit mounted that rotates the arm around this support.
On the arm there is a movable tool sling on which tools developed especially for this purpose can be hung. Simply, imagine a large-sized rotating arm with interchangeable special tools adapted to the requirements of organic vegetable growing. And with these tools the machine can sow, plant seedlings or potatoes, mulch and loosen the soil and do many other tasks. Quite simply, it can already do 70% of the manual work for you.
"We eliminate both air and water soil erosion, avoid monocultural production, restore water, support the soil microbial life and biodiversity. So basically we revitalize soil and bring back life to rural life." J.Šlinský
The arm is 18m long and manages 3 circle-shaped fields - you can move the arm between the circles as needed. The basic unit is a Small Family Farm with 5 arms, which together cultivate 15 circular plots on an area of 2hectares.
- a complex system for pre-growing seedlings
- special delivery box
- cellar for storing vegetables
... More about all of them soon on our blog.
This year's growing season is coming to end and we are looking forward for the next to come.