Category Archives: hydroponics

hydroponics

3 Organizations Sprouting the Urban Food Revolution

The face of agriculture is rapidly changing around the world as urban spaces are being transformed to grow greens. It’s true that there are economic benefits associated with urban farming as dollars circulate through the local community, but the true value in urban farming centers on food quality and health. The existence of farms in urban spaces will mean greater access to fresh and local foods as produce will not have to travel far distances to get from farm to plate. Let’s take a look at organizations in 3 cities across the world that are transforming urban spaces and bringing on the food revolution.

 

Zero Carbon Food in London, United Kingdom

The tunnels under London that served as safe havens during World War II are now being repurposed into underground farms. Zero Carbon Food has descended 100ft underground to develop an expansive system for growing salad leaves and herbs. The two founders, Steven Dring and Richard Ballard, have opted for a hydroponic growing system in their underground farm and keep a keen eye on the temperature, light, and nutrition – all equally important parts of growing healthy and delicious hydroponic greens. Dring and Ballard are set on creating a hi-tech farm that cuts down on the food miles bringing food from harvest to plate and improve freshness. Chefs are taking notice as restaurants are eagerly waiting for fresh local produce to populate their menus. They’re currently serving up eight different microgreens including celery, mustard, radish, and coriander. 

Zero Carbon Food is growing leafy greens, herbs and microgreens in a World War II bomb shelter in London.

Tokyo Salad in Tokyo, Japan

You will find more under Tokyo than an intricate conglomeration of subway lines. Tokyo Salad is the underground farm operated by Tokyo Metro after an employee suggested underground farming as a way to repurpose the space underneath the train tracks. This subterranean urban garden currently grows six kinds of lettuce and four kinds of baby leaf. Without the traditional methods of growing that uses soil or sunlight, these greens are grown with artificial sunlight and employ hydroponic technology by having plants float in nutrient-rich water. These plants are pesticide-free and Tokyo Metro even reports that “You can eat the vegetables without rinsing them, and they will keep for an extended period.”

Tokyo Salad

Edenworks in New York, United States

Edenworks brings hi-tech to urban growing in their rooftop farm in Brooklyn. Located on top of a metalworking shop, the team works tirelessly to bring fresh and locally grown greens to restaurants in the area. The entire ecosystem uses the concept of vertical farming so plants are stacked high on inclined surfaces throughout the space. By using an aquaponic system for greens and herbs, Edenworks remains soil-free and plants take their nutrients from fish manure. Wastewater from the fish travels through a system where bacteria are allowed to convert it into plant food for the farm. Along with their aquaponic system, the rooftop garden uses sensors to capture environmental conditions and water chemistry and uploads it to a large database of information about gardening. The “Farm Management System”, as they like to call it, learns from human farming data and runs algorithms to present the farmer with a daily task list in order to predict and suggest the best growing practices.

Edenworks

Be a part of this food revolution by attending the next community garden event in your area or learning more about one of the many indoor gardens to grow your own fresh greens.

Share Button
hydroponics

What are hydroponics?

Growing with hydroponic technology means that the roots of your plants are suspended in water instead of soil. In truth, growing your plants with hydroponics is actually one of the easiest ways to have your own garden. This is because plants grow strong and healthy when provided with an adequate amount of water, nutrients, and sunlight and the hydroponic system is designed to do just that – provide the optimal amount of all three growth ingredients. With hydroponic technology, growers can rejoice since they are no longer limited by climate or by season to grow beautiful plants. All this without the headache that comes with the mess of soil or dirt.

 

Growing with hydroponics vs. soil

Growing the hydroponic way is actually more efficient than growing with soil for various reasons. When greens are planted in soil, they must expend a lot of energy to sift through the soil to find the nutrients they are looking for. However, growing plants with hydroponic technology means that roots have direct access to nutrients that are added to the water. In this way, your plants can easily uptake its vital nutrients with ease. This actually means that when growing side-by-side, plants grown with hydroponic technology will tend to grow faster and produce larger yields than plants grown in soil because nutrients are delivered directly to their roots. Since their roots are submerged directly into nutrient-rich water, plants grown hydroponically will tend to produce greater yields because they can divert more energy into leaf and stem growth.

ESCENA 4 - FINAL

Growing the hydroponic way with Droponic

Do you want to have a go at hydroponics but don’t know where to start? Definitely take a look at Droponic to obtain all your growing needs. Droponic has designed a simple and beautiful way to grow your greens indoors. Unlike traditional hydroponic systems, which require careful observation and tending to maintain optimal levels of nutrients, water, and sunlight, Droponic will automatically send you notifications once your plant needs a little TLC. We put a great amount of effort in forging the best design for Droponic that is both simple and practical so with Droponic, users can grow anything from kale to basil with ease and take their cooking game to a whole new level. The smart garden is compact and portable so users can bring fresh herbs straight to the dinner table.

Droponic_Basil

With Droponic, the entire growing process becomes incredibly simple. As a grower, you simply buy carefully-crafted seed pods and nutrient packets, assemble your product, and watch your plants grow and flourish!

Head on over to Droponic to see how you can start growing your own smart hydroponic kitchen garden today.

Share Button