Thanks to Growkit, a farming kit for beginners developed by Portugal-based startup Noocity, city dwellers short on time and space can still take a stab at gardening and harvest their own organic food (h/t Gearminded). The kit includes an entire gardening system–a Growbag irrigated planter, a Growpack with seasonal plants, potting soil, fertilizer, and step-by-step audio instructions–all delivered right to your doorstep.
According to Noocity, understanding the origin of food is a central issue for the company. The potting soil, plug plants, and fertilizer are all organic and have no pesticides. Plus, the kit is packaged in recyclable or compostable material. To fund the product, they’ve created an Indiegogo campaign, where they’ve raised 57 percent of their $16,000 goal with 16 days left.
Urban agriculture–with the help of products like self-watering planters and countertop composters–has really taken off in New York. Earlier this month, 6sqft revisited an urban farm in Bed-Stuy that operates out of climate-controlled shipping containers. And with Growkit, you’ll be using 80 percent less water than a traditional vegetable patch thanks to a sub-irrigation system that provides water to plants through the root zone for up to three weeks.
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Images and video via Noocity