Grow a Tiny Farm Right in Your Kitchen
Technology| | By Robin Milling
For a healthier alternative, more and more people are turning to growing their own veggies. But if you don’t have the luxury of a backyard or a rooftop, what do you do?
Enter the nanofarm by Replantable. Think of it as a tiny farm right in your kitchen with no muss or fuss, no pesticides, and most importantly no dirt.
It’s like having a Chia Pet inside small cubicles which are stackable and sealed so tightly, even your dog can’t get to it. The geniuses at Replantable have developed this system of “nanofarming” which begins with a plant pad – that they are currently patenting – that you receive in the mail. Unlike soil, plant pads don’t harbor insects or nasty things such as E. coli, which outdoor farms have a tendency to attract.
After you fill the tray with water, place the plant pad already loaded with organic seeds slipped into it on top; then place into the nanofarm like an easy-bake oven for harvesting. After you press start your grow cycle begins. It’s all done for you until your mini crops are ready to harvest.
They have an array of vegetables to choose from such as beets, bean sprouts, radishes and loose leaf lettuce.
You can watch them grow through the smoked glass door designed to keep the light inside the nanofarm. According to their website, “the nanofarm is equipped with daylight spectrum LEDs that provide as much light as a California summer day, yet consume less than a dollar of electricity per month. A whisper-quiet ventilation system provides your plants with the carbon dioxide they need and pushes oxygen-rich air into your living space.”
If you live in an apartment with a tiny kitchen, the good news is the nanofarm can be placed anywhere in your home that stays between 60° F and 85° F which includes your living room, closets, and even some basements or garages. But the design is so pretty that you would want to display it.
Here’s the catch: growing your own ain’t cheap. Each nanofarm sells for $350; not to mention the cost for seeds. However, the nanofarm isn’t just for homes. It’s already made it’s way to Georgia public schools and possibly on the next moon mission with NASA Kennedy Space Center.