The FarmPod is a revolutionary vertical aquaponic food production system that is both off grid and automated. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on May 15, 2014.
About this project
Do you believe that we should all have equal access to healthy food that’s organic, nutritious, and grown in a sustainable manner? We’ve developed a revolutionary growing system called FarmPod that we believe will revolutionize our relationship with food.
What is the Benefit of FarmPod?
Affordable - FarmPod allows you to grow an abundance of fresh organic produce year around.
Accessibility/Local - Your food is as local as it gets. You can grow your food right outside your doorstep.
Easy to Maintain - With FarmPod you don't need any expertise growing an abundance of food. It is a automated farm machine: It does the farming for you.
Organic / Fresh / Nutrient Rich - Harvest your food as you need it. Nutrients and flavor are the highest possible quality.
Water Conservative - FarmPod is 95-98% more efficient than soil farming.
- Grows twice as much food in a quarter the space! FarmPod uses an extremely small footprint, the size of a standard 20’ shipping container
- Only uses 5-10 gallons of water per week producing 100+ pounds of fresh produce a week
- Produces Mercury Free, Hormone Free, Antibiotic Free, Radiation Free, and GMO Free Fish
- No expertise required. Simply fill the fish feeder, choose your plants and harvest your food all within the self-contained FarmPod.
- The FarmPod takes care of itself with very little effort it’s a fully automated system that is self-feeding, self-adjusting, self-maintaining, with real time monitoring.
- The entire contents of the FarmPod are conveniently shipped to you in the 20’ shipping container that is the foundation of the pod.
- Rain catchment standard in every unit. Collects more water than it uses.
- Off grid pack available on every pod. (This means solar electric and solar radiant heat).
What are we trying to accomplish with Kickstarter?
We are utilizing proven aquaponics technology and established vertical grow products in additional to having thoroughly tested a 1/10th scale fully automated aquaponics unit. We are excited by the results. Now we are looking to raise $25,000 through Kickstarter to fund the first full size FarmPod. These funds will be allocated to the acquisition of the first batch of
- Grow Towers
- shipping containers
- solar panels
- automation equipment
All funds raised over our goal will go directly towards making FarmPods available to you the public. Our ultimate goal is to build a facility that can make Farmpods affordable and available to everyone who wants one.
What is the FarmPod?
FarmPod is a revolutionary vertical aquaponic food production system that is both off grid and automated. Our basic unit will produce 100+ pounds of fresh healthy organic produce a week utilizing an extremely small footprint (only 8’x20’ of land space!)
FarmPod is based on proven aquaponics techniques but with additional research and technology. Simply said, aquaponics creates a natural cycle between fish and plants; water is shared between the fish and plants. The fish create organic, nutrient dense fertilizer. The fertilizer is naturally broken down using healthy bacteria. Because the fertilizer originates from a cold blooded animal, there is no risk of ecoli. The nutrient rich water is then delivered to the plant roots, thus returning clean water to the fish.
Who is the FarmPod for?
FarmPod is for everyone who wants a healthy, organic, cost-effective method for growing and harvesting food. We have several models of FarmPod designed that will allow us to provide FarmPods to everyone from single-family households, schools and educational institutions, to restaurants and corporate entities.
FarmPod is for
- community food kitchens
- neighborhood markets
- family cooperatives
- communities or anyone who wants to join us in revolutionizing their relationship with food.
What foods maximize your FarmPods potential?
- collard greens
But it doesn’t stop there. FarmPods can grow a wide variety of food. Examples include tomatoes, zucchini, squash, melons, peas, beans, cucumbers, beets, carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, and asparagus.
The FarmPod has limitless potential to grow a vast variety of foods. The foods listed are chosen to maximize profitability and insure availability to highly perishable items.
Why is it important to revolutionize our relationship with food?
As our demands on the planet increase, it’s vital that we find alternative sustainable methods to provide everyone with healthy, organic, nutritious food. FarmPod is a self-contained, automated system that can completely revolutionize our relationship with food, by improving the quality of our food, lowering its costs, and simplifying the logistics of delivering it to your table.
How and where will you make the FarmPod project?
We will be building the first FarmPod in Santa Fe New Mexico on location. The purpose of this is to generate awareness of the FarmPod project and of the food movement that we are initiating through walkthrough publicity. The location is set to be in downtown Santa Fe at a restaurant location near the Farmers Market. We will officially announce the exact details of the location as the Kickstarter nears completion. The first FarmPod built on location will be built out of the shipping container starting June 1st, 2014. The goods will be shipped to the company office directly and then will be transported and installed in the shipping container. The project will then be built out of the container.
The general steps of operation are: 1) amassing the parts into the container, 2) starting the 400 plugs of seedling to be planted in the grow towers, 3) putting up the $1,000+ donor placards on the side of the FarmPod, 4) building out the fish tanks and water flow control systems and adding the fry fish, 5) building the greenhouse, 6) setting up the passive and active water heater system, 7) setting up the vertical grow towers and connecting the water system to create the continuous loop of water, 8) planting the plugs of greens into the grow towers, 9) setting up the automation system, 10) linking the automation system to the network with data pushed to the website and to a monitor inside the FarmPod. The completed proof of concept will be available on display June, 2014.
Risks and challenges
What we are attempting with Farmpod does not come without challenges and potential obstacles. The most prominent issues we face are:
Verifying our research and projections.
We have conducted a two and a half year aquaponics study with a scaled down system, and have analyzed our numbers and are confident in our projections. However, until we build a full scale FarmPod and run intensive tests and studies, we will not be able to verify our full scale data. That’s why we need Kickstarter to help us!
Scaling our production.
We already have quite a bit of interest and demand for FarmPod. We are committed to ensuring that FarmPod is as revolutionary as can be engineered. After confirming our projections with the initial FarmPod, we face a significant task in scaling up production of FarmPods for the market.
Supply chain issues.
We are working hand-in-hand with several vendors to make sure that once we scale up production of FarmPods we have a secure supply chain.
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