Innovation In Sustainable Agriculture: Home Edition

Speaking of the wisdom of crowds, our most viewed post for the longest time was about volcano sand-boarding, which was something of a viral big bang in our early days setting up this site.  But this post from Tim about vacationers’ food choices and related carbon footprint, which had gone up about a week before Seth’s sand-boarding post, recently became our most viewed post ever (4,040 views for Tim’s treatment of sustainable diets as the new cool, versus 3,667 for Seth’s account of that hot adventure, as of this writing).

Seth’s received most of its views within one day of posting it, whereas Tim’s is the slow growth wonder story: nearly every day for the last year it has been viewed one or two dozen times.  Cool, indeed. So, in tribute to Tim, a post on a related topic, with gratitude to the designers at Vakant:

The Fogger is a highly efficient, vertical planting unit that is suitable for any indoor and outdoor applications. Just take some pre-germinated fruit or vegetable seedlings of your choice and insert them with the neoprene plugs into the pillar, fill up the tank with water and the included organic fertilizer, connect the cable to an external power supply and you are ready to start your own fully automatic cultivation!

Up to six weeks the plants are self-sufficiently supplied with water and nourishment via fogponic cultivation technique: Generated by an ultrasonic head the nutrient-rich fog flows around the roots that grow in the inside of the pillar. In this way, a maximum oxygen supply is provided and the plants full growth potential is released. The self-contained system of the fogger makes sure that excess water and nutrients will be fed back into the circulation and will not get lost through seepage or evaporation. The expected harvest is in an exceptionally good proportion to the cultivation base area: With taking only 0,3 m² ground space the foggers productivity is the same as of a 3 m² traditional garden area! Also the very low power consumption of less than 4 watts means a significant lower energy expenditure as packing and shipping of conventional vegetables do. From now on you will know about the origin and production conditions of your food which you grow with easy handling and minimal effort in your own home. As a high-quality piece of furniture the design of the green overgrown pillar blends elegantly into any interior and improves the air quality inside at the same time.

2 thoughts on “Innovation In Sustainable Agriculture: Home Edition

  1. Truly flattered 🙂
    A very interesting device for planting your own garden! Here’s another for our readers: you can grow green onions hydroponically at home in a cup. Just buy a bunch of green onion stalks at the grocery store, plop them into a cup of water, and watch them grow. Cut off whatever you need, change the water regularly, and they’ll continue to grow.

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