Fresh Is Best Naturally Just Ask Anantara’s Own Hydroponic Farmer Chanuphan (Tong) Horsuwan
An ancient agricultural tradition has risen to a pioneering new space in urban ‘farm to table’ vitality, with chefs at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort crafting nutritious dishes from the daily harvest of its rooftop Hydroponic Farm.
Throughout high school in New Delhi, Tong spent his spare time studying the pipes and water systems that his father employed on the farm at Bangsai Agricultural Centre. Returning to Bangkok to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, Tong added to his expertise with a degree from a leading hospitality management school in France, and also worked as a chef. Furthering his credentials, he completed a Masters in Financial Management in Bangkok, and for the past two years has been dedicated to developing the technology and business potential of hydroponic farming.
Eager to raise awareness about urban farming by helping businesses use more sustainable and eco-friendly methods, Tong’s advanced expertise is a soaring success at Anantara Riverside’s rooftop farm, which proudly showcases the latest hydroponic know-how, rooted in ancient agricultural practices. Reliable, predictable and repeatable, hydroponic farming grows plants using nutrients and water, without soil. In weather controlled greenhouses, water and nutrients are delivered to the root system. Seeds are planted in a soil-like substance, which has excellent water holding capacity to encourage plant growth. Such ideal growing conditions enable plants to grow robustly, rapidly and year round, regardless of the season.
Tong and his team of young farmers at Anantara grow melons, tomatoes, green zucchini, cucumbers, mixed greens, rocket salads and micro greens at an incredible daily production rate of 12 – 50 kg each. The fresh harvests are handed over to Anantara chefs to work their magic. Taste distinction alone sets the culinary creations apart, made even more impressive by the exceptional health and environmental benefits. The produce contains the highest possible nutrition per calorie, with up to seven times richer nutrients compared to local supermarket produce, while using no soil, 90% less water, 70% less land and 50% less fertiliser.
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