Natufia’s hydroponic garden embraces farm-to-table eating

April 14, 2020 by  
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Farm-to-table is a practice that includes collecting food as close to the source as possible, therefore ensuring the greatest amount of nutrients and best quality. With that in mind, one company, Natufia, has taken the idea a step further with its indoor hydroponic garden systems.  Natufia is a temperature-controlled garden that fits inside your kitchen, providing the freshest herbs and vegetables possible and the shortest distance from “farm” to table. This hydroponic garden easily grows plants, nurturing them from pod to maturity. Once the system is in place, simply order seed pods and place them into the nursery trays to germinate. You then move them into the two pull-out racks that hold up to 32 unique plants at once, so you can personalize the garden to suit your family’s needs. You can grow everything from kale and basil to chamomile and cornflowers. Related: This self-sustaining planter doesn’t require sunlight for plants to thrive From there, the system is automatically monitored, controlling temperature, hydration, humidity, nutrient distribution, water, pH, air circulation and even music that science suggests supports healthy growth. In addition to convenience, the plants are non-GMO and certified organic . That means they come without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or environmental pollutants. Natufia seeds are also Demeter-certified, which is the highest biodynamic certification available. When your plants are ready, the only thing left to do is pick the perfect amount for your meal as you pull ingredients together. Leaving the rest on the plant makes your food last longer and saves room in the refrigerator. Plus, the garden system allows for less trips to the market, zero packaging waste and limited transport emissions compared to other food options. The fully automated closed system that recycles water for up to 10 days to boost water savings is another eco-friendly benefit. Once you’ve harvested all you can from your plants, you can simply order more seed pods online. + Natufia Images via Natufia

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World’s Smallest Garden lets you recycle old bottles into adorable hydroponic gardens

June 7, 2017 by  
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You can always recycle an old wine bottle , but what if you could transform it into a tiny garden instead? Urban Leaf empowers people to grow food at home through the World’s Smallest Garden, and upcycle used bottles into planters. It takes minutes to put together one of the mini gardens, which can grow greens and herbs year-round – and you can snag one on the cheap right now on Kickstarter . The World’s Smallest Garden is comprised of a 3D-printed cylindrical device, or plug, that fits right into the neck of an old bottle. The plastic used in the product is biodegradable . Users fill the bottle with water, insert the device filled with soil and seeds, and sit back and let the plants grow. Plants can draw on that initial water source for a month, and then users can add water as needed. Related: Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks Dill, lettuce, bok choy, and basil are just a few of the plants that can be grown with the World’s Smallest Garden. Users will be able to start harvesting the plants after around four to six weeks. The team designed the garden with the idea that plants would grow just in the bottle, although co-founder Robert Elliott told Inhabitat it should work to move a plant into a planter since hydroponically grown plants typically transplant well. They’ve been able to grow herbs like mint and parsley for five months in bottles, and even grew dwarf tomatoes to fruit in a World’s Smallest Garden. Elliott and Nathan Littlewood started Urban Leaf to work towards a better food system. On their website they say they believe growing food in urban areas solves many of the issues with the modern food industry , allowing for less waste, less packaging, and shorter supply chains. But many people living in cities don’t have a lot of space to grow gardens, an obstacle Urban Leaf overcomes with the World’s Smallest Garden. Elliott told Inhabitat, “The design process for the World’s Smallest Garden was an effort to create the most minimal product that still effectively grew plants. We started with a ‘bells and whistles’ prototype and removed lights, pumps, multiple substrates, nutrient packets, and even the reservoir. Brown or green glass bottles are a natural fit for a reservoir (they block harmful red/blue light while allowing you to see in) and most people just throw them away! By selling just the essential component to turn existing waste into a hydroponic reservoir we save customers money and reduce our manufacturing and shipping environmental impact.” Urban Leaf is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter . You can get a single pack that comes with three plugs and seeds for $15. Check out the Kickstarter here . + Urban Leaf Images courtesy of Urban Leaf

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How to design the perfect vegetable garden for any space

April 12, 2016 by  
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With winter just a memory in the northern hemisphere, and spring in full swing, it’s time to think about your summer vegetable garden . Whether you’re planting your first-ever vegetable garden or you’re an old hand looking for some new design ideas to spruce up your landscape, you don’t have to be stuck with a basic rectangle of dirt in your yard. These design ideas will give you inspiration and help you create the perfect garden for any space – even if you don’t have a yard. Read the rest of How to design the perfect vegetable garden for any space

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Flatpack hydroponic garden delivers 538-square-feet of fresh food to cities

November 16, 2015 by  
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Urban farming is challenging. Limited space is one of the biggest barriers to growing fresh food as a city dweller – and it usually translates to limited yield. Yet, one Danish company is addressing the problem with their flatpack urban farm that houses vertical, hydroponically grown gardens. Human Habitat ’s Impact Farm is designed to bring communities together by fighting “food deserts” and offering fulfilling employment. Read the rest of Flatpack hydroponic garden delivers 538-square-feet of fresh food to cities

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NASA crowns the 3D-printed space igloo as the most livable habitat for Mars

September 30, 2015 by  
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Luxury Survival Condo Lets the Wealthy Escape From a Nuclear Apocalypse in Style

December 3, 2014 by  
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Green Sense Farms and Philips Unveil Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden in Indianapolis

May 9, 2014 by  
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One of the largest indoor commercial farms with LED lighting will be unveiled today at the AmeriPlex Industrial Park in Indianapolis. Philips has partnered with Green Sense Farms (GSF) , a Chicago-based commercial grower, to develop one of the most innovative indoor garden models. The new farms is expected to produce 20 to 25 times higher incrop yields a year thanks to LED-based lighting that uses 85 percent less energy than conventional sources. Read the rest of Green Sense Farms and Philips Unveil Vertical LED-lit Urban Garden in Indianapolis Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green lighting , Green Sense Farms (GSF) , hydroponic garden , hydroponic technology , indoor farm lighting , indoor farming , indoor garden , LED lights , LED technology , LED-lit indoor garden , light technology , organic food , philips led lights , sustainable food , urban farms , urban farms Indianapolis

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Beautiful Electree Mini is a Bonsai Tree-Shaped Solar Charger for Your Smartphone

May 9, 2014 by  
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Sheraton Vertical Garden Built for Mile High Gardening Conference in Denver

August 6, 2013 by  
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Vertical Harvest of Jackson Hole Will Grow Organic Produce Even in the Winter

June 6, 2012 by  
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