NIMBUS - Personal Farm System + BIOME - Window Greenhouse
NIMBUS - Personal Farm System + BIOME - Window Greenhouse
Growing your own food can be simple and beautiful. Cloud Farms is making it possible.
Growing your own food can be simple and beautiful. Cloud Farms is making it possible. Read more
About this project
Awards: Green Festival Brand Award
Read about Cloud Farms:
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Everyone can and should be growing some of their own food.
Cloud Farms is focused on increasing access to clean, fresh vegetables. We want to use design to make growing easy and enjoyable, even in conditions that you might not think it possible to grow anything.
Why we care about this so much.
Do you know where your food came from? How far it traveled? When it was picked? Do you know what kind of pesticides went on to it? Herbicides? Fungicides? Was it genetically modified? What will start happening to the cost of our food as water becomes more scarce and more expensive? Or if fuel prices rise? If your food traveled to get to you, the cost of fuel effects the cost of your food.
When you grow your own food, you know exactly what you are getting. You are the farmer and you have control.
This is for our health, for the environment, and for our future on this planet. We hope to be able to continue to design and develop new products to democratize agriculture and improve the standards for our food.
Cloud Farms introduces a personal farm system for everyone.
Nimbus — our personal farm system, together with Biome — our window-install greenhouse, will allow you to grow full size vegetables with automatic watering and natural light. In an elegantly designed product, you will experience the magic of growing while enjoying the cleanest, freshest vegetables possible.
NIMBUS - Personal Farm System
Nimbus is a soil-less (hydroponic) growing system. Every Nimbus system comes with two growing vessels, and will grow two full vegetable plants in as little as 6-8 weeks. You can combine two Nimbus systems with the new Biome greenhouse and grow four plants at a time!
Nimbus includes a detachable 3-liter glass reservoir for water and nutrients. The reservoir is designed to be easy to fill and clean in a sink, and still hold enough water so that you don't have to refill too often. When growing leafy green vegetables in the Nimbus system, you will typically refill once every two weeks. You could go on vacation and your veggies would be fine!
Nimbus works by constantly circulating water and nutrients to your plants. Nimbus pumps water up to the pots, and when the pots fill up to a certain level, water drains back down into the tank. This means that when the plants drink the water from the pot, it is reduced from the tank.
The clear glass tank allows users to see exactly how much water is remaining in the reservoir, so you can both gauge how fast a plant is consuming water, and know when you might be close to running out.
Nimbus also uses clear lines to feed water up to the growing vessels. With a glance, you can see that the system is running properly and water is reaching your plants.
Nimbus works by drawing water from the bottom of the tank and using air to send that water up the feed lines. By using an air pump instead of a typical water pump, Nimbus not only delivers fresh air to the roots of your plants, but also uses only 3.5 watts of power!
Remember that your plants will need light! The Biome greenhouse is a great way to grow plants with natural light, but if Biome doesn't work for you, you can always use artificial lighting, or place Droplet pots on a windowsill as long as they get some direct sun. You won't get the same growth as with Biome, but you will have your best ever windowsill garden; especially growing herbs!
Power: 3.5 watts
Grows: leafy greens in 6-8 weeks
BIOME - Window Greenhouse
Biome is a small greenhouse that installs into a hung window just like an air-conditioner. It dramatically improves the amount of natural light that a plant will receive while in a window so as to reduce, or more often eliminate, the need for artificial lighting for indoor growing.
Biome allows you get the most direct sunlight from your home window. How does it do that? Well typically, sunlight would only come through your window if you had a direct line of sight to the sun. If the sun was at too extreme of an angle to the window, the sun would hit the glass a little, but it wouldn't really come into the room. Now if you could just reach outside of that window a little bit, the sun would hit you, or better yet, could hit some plants! Why did you think the backyard garden always did better than your windowsill plants?
The clear body is constructed as a single piece of polycarbonate plastic, providing great optical clarity, longevity in outdoor exposure, incredible strength; all in a lightweight shell. Additionally, the rounded edges and seamless design make it extremely easy to clean.
Biome comes with adjustable wings for both sides, and they are not the typical accordion style panel you would find on most AC units. Biome instead implements an open adjustable frame-wing and comes with two white EVA foam panels for you to measure and cut down to size. Each panel is molded with cut lines on the back side to ensure a straight cut with either scissors or a knife. The installed panel is both visually clean and a great insulator.
At 20.75 inches tall, Biome greenhouse can fit a hung window anywhere from 23 inches to 35 inches wide.
Plants: Fits up to 4 Droplet pots
Window opening height: at least 19.5”
Window opening width: 23” – 35” Depth: 21.75”
Growing with NIMBUS + BIOME:
You can plant whatever you like in the Droplet pots, but Nimbus and Droplet were designed to perform best with leafy greens and herbs.
These are some of the easiest things you can grow:
Lettuce, Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Bok Choy, Tatsoi, Arugula, Cabbage, Celery, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro, Dill, Mint, Chives, and any other greens.
A big fruiting plant will test the limits of the Droplet pot and require more frequent watering of the Nimbus system, and possibly even pollinating. But don't let that stop you! We have had success growing green beans and red peppers, so have fun with it!
Please visit cloud-farms.com for more detail on all of our products!
We are ready for full production with your support.
What we have done so far:
- Built a great team in New York City
- Designed extensively for user experience and performance
- Designed and engineered for manufacturing
- Built and tested multiple prototypes over 2 years
- Found manufacturing and suppliers for all parts and components
- Built final production prototypes with our manufacturers
- Tested prototypes - growing a wide variety of vegetables over 2 years
We have taken Cloud Farms as far as we can and now we need your support to start making farm systems! Contributing to our campaign not only means that you will be one of the first people to own one of these amazing products, but you will be actively contributing to our vision of a more democratic and accountable food system. If we are successful in getting Cloud Farms up and running, then you can count on us to continue to improve these products and design a variety of others!
Video by Ecodeo (ecodeo.co)
Thanks to Ecodeo for putting in the hard work on our Kickstarter video.
Liz Ruben (Producer, DP), David Cohen (Producer, Editor), Maxime de la Rocheterie (Graphics, Animation)
The winner of our product giveaway is Nathalia from Miami Beach! Congratulations! We will send you a direct email shortly. Thank you to everyone who entered!
Risks and challenges
As with any Kickstarter project we have some challenges ahead of us.
Where we stand today:
2 years into this project and we have been grow testing the entire time - including extensive grow testing with our final production prototypes.
In addition to that, we are in a really unique position of having all of our design for manufacturing complete. In fact, our current prototypes have been assembled from parts made by our production manufacturers - so we know exactly what we are going to be getting and exactly what everything is going to cost.
After successful funding, we will proceed with final tooling on some of our product components, while others that do not require tooling will be ordered immediately. We will secure a commercial space in Brooklyn from which we will do all of our assembly, packing, and shipping. We will set up our space to handle product inventory and assembly line stations. Having already built production prototypes with sample parts from our suppliers, we know exactly what is going to be required in our assembly setup.
We will continue to grow our team for general assembly and packing operations in addition to adding experts in design, engineering, computer science, horticulture, hydroponics and entrepreneurship. For individuals interested in working with Cloud Farms, please reach out through the contact page on our website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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