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Last updated May 24, 2016

InnoGro AquaGarden - Fresh Food Grown Right at Home

The AquaGarden turns your aquarium into a beautiful, intelligent garden. Fresh, organic food grown in your own home year-round.

InnoGro AquaGarden - Fresh Food Grown Right at Home

The AquaGarden turns your aquarium into a beautiful, intelligent garden. Fresh, organic food grown in your own home year-round.

$10,267
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
35
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, May 24 2016 2:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated May 24, 2016

About

At InnoGro, we believe food should be healthy, sustainable, and accessible. We believe it should be healthy not only for you, but also for the environment. We envision a world where food isn’t grown with toxic pesticides and herbicides, then carried on boat and truck for days or weeks before getting to you. A world where you know what’s in your food, because you sourced it locally or grew it yourself.

The AquaGarden embodies that vision, turning beautiful yet impractical decorations into sustainable food production tools. Our platform empowers everyone (yes, even you “Black Thumbs”) to easily take control of your food and simplify your aquarium maintenance.

We have a booth at this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire, the nation’s largest gathering of an estimated 150,000 makers and supporters. Come see us! 

The AquaGarden is an intelligent, self-sustaining ecosystem that lets you grow fresh, organic food right at home from your aquarium.

With an efficient footprint, the AquaGarden can turn any area into a productive garden, adding a beautiful living system to your living space. It’s easily managed from your smartphone with the InnoGro App, which guides you through the entire process, ensuring a bountiful harvest! 

The AquaGarden benefits from the power of aquaponics, an efficient agriculture method that utilizes a symbiotic relationship between plants, bacteria, and fish to organically grow flavorful produce with high nutrient density.     

Aquaponics is for everyone!
Aquaponics is for everyone!

The AquaGarden uses a number of sensors and actuators to create the perfect environment for your fish and plants. Lights, pumps, irrigation, heaters, and more are available at the touch of a button.

The brain of the system harnesses decades of aquaponic farming knowledge, providing guidance and presets for even the greenest of gardeners. And for those veteran farmers, in-depth analysis and tight environmental controls give you the edge to keep pushing towards better results.

The tools and knowledge of a modern farmer are available to you at the touch of a button. Our app turns the aquaponic process into an easy, fun, and interactive experience. Choose whether you want to simplify your AquaGarden with default presets based on decades of farming experience, or fine-tune every detail to your liking.

No matter where you are, or what you’re doing, your AquaGarden is always right at your fingertips. Check equipment status and environmental conditions to ensure everything is running smoothly, and easily take control whenever you want.

The InnoGro App has thousands of plants and fish to choose from, all with environmental presets to get your AquaGarden thriving. From water temperature and irrigation frequency, to light schedule and nutrient levels, the InnoGro App is your “farmer in a phone”. You can even create your own plant files and customized presets for future use.

Whether you just want to check current conditions, or delve into past results to learn and improve, the InnoGro App has you covered. In-depth analytics and visualizations let you know exactly what you’re doing right and where you can improve, leading to ever-improving harvests.

Use our journaling feature to track the progress of your fish and plants. Create journals for your entire AquaGarden, or each individual fish and plant. Add entries with pictures, test parameters, notes, and more so you never forget what you’ve done.

Find peace of mind, trusting that your AquaGarden is running smoothly. Real-time sensor readings combined with our farming database let you know exactly what your system needs at just the right time.  

Planning and managing a garden is no easy task! But with our task management and organism guidelines, you can easily schedule the work to be done and view all upcoming tasks on your calendar. We’ll even let you know when each task is due, so you’re sure to never forget!

Share updates and progress with friends to let them know how you’re growing!

We’ll be open-sourcing our platform to foster a collaborative and innovative AquaGardening experience. You’ll be able to hack your own custom programs, expand on other AquaGardeners’ solutions, and keep improving your system. Email tech@getinnogro.com to be an early contributor or tester.  

Connect with your AquaGarden from any iOS or Android device. You can even connect multiple AquaGardens to a single device.

The AquaGarden has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and even some fruits, regardless of your gardening experience.

While you can choose from literally thousands of plants with aquaponics and we heartily encourage experimentation, some plants will be easier than others to grow. Here are a few of the more common crops we’ve had success with and recommend for getting started: 

Simply choose your desired plants from our database and the InnoGro App will provide all the guidance and automation you need to get growing. From irrigation and nutrient requirements to lighting schedules and harvest planning, we’ve got you covered!

Who doesn't love the smell of fresh herbs?
Who doesn't love the smell of fresh herbs?

The AquaGarden is powered by the Photon microcontroller and Particle platform. For more than a year we’ve been working with the talented team at Particle to develop a high quality product. Their platform provides easy setup and connection for the AquaGarden, simple OTA firmware updates, high reliability, and rapid scalability.

The AquaGarden you see today is the result of more than a year of design, prototyping, and development. Our functional prototypes have been undergoing trials for over six months, providing lots of fresh herbs and veggies for the InnoGro team as well as teaching us valuable lessons about the features and functionality required for a fun, easy experience. 

Since creating those first prototypes, we’ve continued iterating, improving designs, and gathering feedback to keep driving innovation. We’ve improved our electronics, built out our software, rigorously tested sensors and other key components, enhanced the AquaGarden’s reliability, added functionality, and continued working to reduce costs. The result is a beautiful, intelligent garden which incorporates the knowledge and technology of commercial farming operations to let you easily grow your own fresh, healthy food. 

Take a look at some of the process that’s gone into creating the perfect AquaGarden: 

Conceptualizing the AquaGarden
Conceptualizing the AquaGarden
Early breadboard prototyping and test code
Early breadboard prototyping and test code
Bench testing one of our PCBs
Bench testing one of our PCBs
Testing sensors for accuracy and drift
Testing sensors for accuracy and drift
3D printing a section of our grow bed for form and fit testing
3D printing a section of our grow bed for form and fit testing
Functional prototype growing plenty of lettuce and teaching valuable lessons
Functional prototype growing plenty of lettuce and teaching valuable lessons

With our electronics fully built out, firmware undergoing testing, software back-end completed, front-end being developed, and supply chain in place, we’re excited to be so close to getting an AquaGarden into your hands!   

It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we’re just getting started. Take a look at the production timeline below to see our monthly plan through delivery in April 2017. Clearly, we have a few exciting and challenging months ahead of us, and we need your help to make these next steps possible!

So, where do your funds go?

We’re nearly finished with prototyping and development, and we’re ready to start scaling production. This comes with a few large expenses, primarily: 

  • Custom tooling for mass production
  • Sourcing the first production batch
  • Testing & certification costs
  • Finishing development & testing of iOS & Android app

Your support through these steps is crucial in making the InnoGro vision a reality!

We’re a passionate team with a goal of pushing humanity forward through innovation. Collectively, we bring decades of combined experience in modern farming, software development, industrial design, supply chain management, marketing, and more. 

And as a veteran-owned startup, we’re no strangers to pressure and problem-solving! 

Connect with us and follow our journey! 

                              
                               

Risks and challenges

We’ve spent more than a year working on this project, building a talented team and partnering with incredible companies to minimize the risk to our Backers before launching. Still, all projects have inherent risks and challenges to overcome. We’ve determined these to be the primary risk factors:

Final Engineering

Product development is an involved process, requiring a great deal of problem-solving to create an incredible user experience as well as ensure manufacturability of the product. Throughout the entire design and prototyping stages we’ve worked closely with our manufacturers to make sure the AquaGarden progresses smoothly from prototype to mass production.

Manufacturing

As with any product, shifting from a small batch to commercial volume comes with unique challenges. Tooling, materials, lead times, and more must all come together in order for us to deliver as intended. Having partnered with one of the world’s most reputable manufacturing groups (joining the likes of Mercedes, Ford, Boeing, and others), we’re excited about a productive relationship that increases our likelihood of success.

Suppliers

Because our project includes components utilizing a worldwide supply chain, there is always the possibility of an issue with individual suppliers. Our team’s experience with supply chain management has allowed us to address this risk by building a reliable and efficient supply chain, and we are confident in our suppliers’ ability to continue delivering as expected.

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    We appreciate your support! Your name will be included on our Gracious Gardeners webpage.

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    As a thank you for being amongst the first few backers to support us, the first 25 backers will get their AquaGarden kits at a very special price.

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    AquaGarden kit PLUS a year's worth of fish food and seeds.

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    Includes five (5) AquaGarden kits, ready for retail!

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