At Marck Hydroponics, in a greenhouse measuring approx. 1 ha, every year around 2 million lettuce and pak choi plants are grown in a hydroponic floating raft system. Since mid-2019, Arthur Marck and his brother Theo have been cultivating these crops in this growing system. After a search with different growing media, they are currently using Grodan stonewool plugs.
Three years ago, Marck from Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel, was introduced by an acquaintance to hydroponic lettuce cultivation. This method appealed to him and he set to work.
The IT specialist with a horticultural background who at that time was still employed fulltime at Lely in Maassluis, took the plunge and he and his brother founded the company Marck Hydroponics. They used 1 hectare of their parents’ garden to start up the company. He now works as a grower four days a week and continues to work one day a week as an IT specialist at Lely.