A micro-garden for urban agriculture
Eating organic and local is emerging today as a new phenomenon. It is ensuring a diet full of freshness, flavor, and nutrients, free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Engineering students from the École de Technologie supérieure in Montreal have found that people are looking for better, more organic, more natural, more plant-based, and more local food. They, therefore, thought of concrete solutions that could respond to an economic and social trend in favor of urban agriculture. In 2019, they created Novagrow, a startup that offers automated indoor gardens for growing sprouts.
A simple and local production
Novagrow offers a module consisting of two floors in which plants are grown, such as radishes, herbs or vegetable proteins such as lentils. It consists of an irrigation system and a lighting system allowing plants to develop quickly and naturally.
No need to be an expert in gardening thanks to the automated system, without fertilizers and which requires only one watering per week.
The module is equipped with a compostable mat made of vegetable fibers. At the end of a growing cycle, just remove the carpet to compost it and replace it with a new carpet.
Respect the environment
To get a “mini-garden”, you still have to pay CAN 245 dollars, a large sum, but profitable over time. Consuming without artificial products and locally can have a real impact on the environment. Novagrow automated indoor gardens are clean technology, serving human health.
This system is one of the solutions to the reduction of artificial products as well as to the reduction of CO2 consumption, in particular thanks to its local aspect which avoids the use of machines for harvesting or transporting goods.
Sources: Novagrow, Novae
Image: Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
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