Imagine a closed-loop ecosystem that can fit anywhere… offering the freedom to grow food year round. Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 23, 2013.
About this project
If you missed our Kickstarter, you can pre-order the Aqualibrium Garden here. Thank you!
UPDATE #1: Clarifications
We've had a few questions about our project that we wanted to make sure we answered!
The Aqualibrium Garden can be used as an aquaponic or a hydroponic system. An aquaponic system is one where fish supply the nutrients that fertilize the grow bed. In a hydroponic system, fish are not required and all that is needed is the placement of nutrients into the water tank.
Additionally, the Aqualibrium Garden will come with four snap doors that attach to the bay openings on the bottom of the system to keep out curious pets or kids!
Finally, the final product will be clear (the product in the video is the prototype and is not representative of the final product's color).
GROW FRESH ORGANIC FOOD ANYWHERE
The fish in the self-cleaning aquarium in the bottom chamber of the Aqualibrium Garden provide the nutrients that feed the plants in the self-watering grow space in the upper chamber. This cycle… like nature herself… is automatic, providing the potential to grow an abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs and flowering plants all year.
THE VALUE TO HUMANITY
As our food supply becomes even more threatened by toxic chemicals and GMOs, it becomes critically important for people to take charge of their own food security. With the Aqualibrium Garden (and the included grow lights), you can now have the freedom to grow anything you want, any time of year… knowing that your food is fresh, natural and organic.
In addition, watching the fish swim and seeing how plants grow can be a great hobby, a wonderful educational tool for children and a smart way to save on the high cost of food. Best of all... the aquarium is self-cleaning and the grow space garden is self-watering!
SUSTAINABILITY AND QUALITY
Our vision at Aqualibrium is to help reduce human impact on the planet by working with the cycles of nature to create a renewable, self-sustaining, locally sourced and abundant supply of food. We believe we’ve found part of the solution with aquaponics, an ancient technology with tremendous potential for today’s world.
With our Aqualibrium Garden, anyone anywhere can grow anything they want… free of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and genetic manipulation. You’ll be amazed by the amount of fresh produce and herbs that it is possible to grow in the two square feet of upper chamber grow space. Tomatoes, eggplants, basil, mint… wheatgrass for juicing. Virtually anything that can be grown in a standard outdoor garden can now be grown in an Aqualibrium Garden.
FREEDOM TO GROW A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE
Inspired by the designs of futurist Jacque Fresco, the Aqualibrium Garden is modular, sturdy and very stylish. You will have the option of leaving the lower chamber fish tank open (as shown in the above drawing)... or closed by using the four removable clear doors included with each garden. This is a great option for homes with pets and small children.
Although our prototype (as featured in our Kickstarter video) is white, the Aqualibrium production model will be manufactured using clear, UV protected, scratch resistant plastic and will be shipped fully assembled… ready to fill with water, fish, grow medium and plants… perfect for either aquaponics or hydroponics growing.
One Aqualibrium Garden can supply a steady stream of fresh greens for one’s own needs or enough fresh basil or other herbs to generously share with friends and neighbors. Multiple gardens have the potential to meet all the fresh produce needs of any family… meaning that the Aqualibrium Garden can pay for itself with food cost savings alone.
The Aqualibrium Garden is a great gift, a great educational tool… and a great way to help move the world to a better, fresher, sustainable source of food.
THE AQUALIBRIUM GARDEN - DETAILS and SPECIFICATIONS
The Aqualibrium Garden is beautifully designed and sized to fit in any room. While the prototype is white, the final product will made of sturdy, UV protected, scratch resistant clear polycarbonate… this is truly the Garden of the Future... a wonderful conversation piece, an exceptional educational tool for children… and a great way to have an unending, locally sourced supply of fresh food.
Your new Aqualibrium Garden will be shipped fully assembled... all you do is add water and fish to the self-cleaning aquarium (the bottom chamber)... and grow medium and plants in the grow space (the top chamber).
- Dimensions - 4' high x 2.2' wide
- LED Grow Lights Included (9W Waterproof)
- Water for Self-Cleaning Aquarium - 13 gallons
- Pet friendly with four snap doors covering the aquarium included in every set
- Weight (without water or plants) - 40 lbs
- Materials - UV Protected Clear Plastic
- Sturdy and Scratch Resistant
- Self-Watering Grow Space - 2 square feet
- Grow Medium - We recommend hydroton or a similar medium
- Minimal Energy Use (53.5 Total Watts - Similar to a Lamp)
- Placement - Anywhere, Indoors or Outdoors
- Fish - Choose Your Favorites
- Plants - Anything You Want
- Growing Season - Year Round
- Includes complete setup instructions
- Function - Aquaponic or Hydroponic Growing
OUR FUNDING NEEDS and HOW YOU CAN HELP
We’ve built and extensively tested our first prototype (which you can see in the attached Kickstarter video). The system is sturdy, durable and has already provided our team with an amazing abundance of fresh vegetables, herbs and flowering plants. But now, we need your help to be able to fund the cost of the industrial molds that will allow us to go into full production.
Once we have those industrial molds in place, we can manufacture the Aqualibrium Garden at a price point that will make this unit affordable for most families (especially considering that each unit will virtually pay for itself in food cost savings alone). Our challenge now is that our unique, futuristic modular design requires the creation of molds that have never been built before… and this is your chance to help bring this amazing, sustainable technology to people worldwide.
The Future is Now. Get Ready to Grow.
Risks and challenges
In any human endeavor there will always be risks and challenges… but a good team will plan well, bring the right people on board and put in place procedures to deal with any and all contingencies. With our team, we have worked with top business professionals, designers and industrial engineers. We have built and thoroughly tested our prototype. We have identified manufactures who can meet our product manufacturing requirements. We have sourced the raw materials necessary for manufacturing and we have put in place the shipping and warehousing logistics necessary to deliver the pre-orders within the time frame specified. The only variable that is potentially outside of our control would be delays in shipping caused by disruption in world energy supplies or labor disputes with the contracted shipper… none of which we consider likely to impact our progress within the next six months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The Aqualibrium Garden will come with four snap door coverings that will seal the openings of the fish tank to keep unwanted visitors out of your aquarium!
Pledge $5 or more
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABILITY -
For $5 get the official Aqualibrium coffee mug!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $10 or more
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABILITY -
For $10 get the official Aqualibrium hat with our logo on it!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR SUSTAINABILITY - At Aqualibrium, we are avid supporters of sustainable design, living, and most importantly food! We believe that sustainability isn't just smart. It's beautiful. For $15, you will receive the official Aqualibrium "Sustainability IQ" T-Shirt so that you can show your support for creating a sustainable planet.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $30 or more
A MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD - Our mission statement at Aqualibrium includes a pledge to help teach people around the world about aquaponics… and to show them how we can all lower our carbon footprint and move towards a more environmentally friendly approach to sustainable food production. Our Aqualibrium Garden is just the start… with a vision for even more products in the future. As we grown our company and product line, we want to acknowledge those who were the first to step up and help with financial support. Everyone who donates to this Kickstarter campaign will have their name included on our “Founders Page” for the life of the company. We’ll also send you a thank you certificate signed personally by Josh Rittenberg, Ben-Yam Barshi and Jared Kasner, the three founders of Aqualibrium. In addition, we’ll send you our custom designed Aqualibrium tote bag, which is great for bringing fresh produce home from the market… no wasted resources with thrown away paper or plastic bags!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
TEACH OTHERS AQUAPONICS - Ben-Yam Barshi, one of the Aqualibrium founders, has built self-sustaining aquaponics systems for villages in Haiti. Not only does the local community now have an abundance of fresh produce, the villagers can also harvest fresh fish to supplement their local diet. Those who donate at this level will receive all of the above level rewards… plus, we’ll include your name on our “Mentors Page” that is designed to outline our food production educational efforts in Haiti. You’ll also receive the official Aqualibrium T-Shirt and an autographed copy of “Aquaponic Gardening: A Step by Step Guide to Growing Fish and Vegetables Together” by Sylvia Bernstein, one of the world’s best-known aquaponics experts.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
CREATE FOOD SUSTAINABILITY - Our team at Aqualibrium is committed to helping the world re-discover the ancient aquaponics system of growing food. Your gift donation at this level helps us move that important work forward faster, by helping us build the industrial molds needed to mass produce the first Aqualibrium Gardens. As we move forward, part of our goal is to share the gift of sustainable food production with people in arid regions around the world. As we expand our educational efforts from the Caribbean to Africa and beyond… we’ll track those efforts with our Aqualibrium Photo Book, which you’ll receive after our first three international educational projects.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
OWN AN AQUALIBRIUM GARDEN - With your gift donation at this level, you’ll receive your own Aqualibrium Garden… shipped to you from the first manufacturing run. (Complete set up instructions included). With your gift donation at this level you’ll not only have the freedom to grow your own unending supply of fresh vegetables, herbs and flowering plants… you’ll also always know that you helped take this food sustainability technology to the world. (Would you like us to include grow medium - as pictured? Just add $30 to your gift donation).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $450 or more
HYDROPONIC STARTER KIT - In addition to growing one’s own food using aquaponics, the Aqualibrium Garden can easily be converted to hydroponics growing. At this gift level, we’ll include an Aqualibrium Garden, complete instructions and a three month supply of all the hydroponic nutrients and supplements you'll need to have the freedom to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, flowering plants... anything you can imagine!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $900 or more
ORGANIC RESTAURANT PACKAGE - One of the hottest trends in the “foodie” movement in New York is with restaurants that are growing some of their own food ingredients on site. Not all restaurants have the luxury of space out back or on the roof… but for restaurant owners who would like to get in on this trend, this gift level includes an Aqualibrium Garden, grow medium, fish and heirloom seeds. This would offer a wonderful marketing edge, a great conversation piece and the ability to grow a restaurant’s entire inventory of fresh herbs (virtually guaranteeing that this package would pay for itself in as little as three months). Our Aqualibrium Team will also include access to our PR department to help your restaurant gain regional and/or national attention… which could prove to be especially valuable.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $4,500 or more
MEET THE AQUALIBRIUM TEAM - Your gift donation at this level (or above) would mean more than you might realize, as we set out on our mission to help the world rediscover this ancient, lost technology. In the process, we’ll be educating a younger generation about energy and water conservation and how to grow their own food. As we take this message around the world, we’d be honored to have you join us… here in New York, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Europe, Israel, Australia or Africa. We’ll cover round trip air and hotel… plus you’ll be our honored guest as we share this important message in the local market of your choice.Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)