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Harvest microgreens at home, like a professional indoor farmer.
- Your room temperature (20°C | 70°F) is ideal for growing microgreens
- No dry-out, thanks to no direct sunlight
- Yield a controlled harvest, thanks to our full-spectrum grow light
- Double harvest weekly, thanks to the 2 included trays (250g | 9oz)
Full-Spectrum Light Recipe
MicroFarm's full-spectrum LED grow-light will help microgreens develop to their full colour and flavour potential. Every plant is happiest in the sunshine.
- Full-Spectrum, High Performance 95+ CRI (Color Rendering Index)
- 14W Light Module with replaceable print board
- 1250 Lumens
MicroFarm uses a full-spectrum LED grow-light, which has a CRI of 95+. This means that colours render 95% similar to natural sunlight; in other words, our grow-light mimics the sun. It is the light spectrum that defines how your plants will grow. It has been shown that when conventional blue/red grow-lights are used to grow plants, their colour and flavour profiles do not fully develop. We engineered our grow-lights to use the full-spectrum of light, to grow plants with complete colour and flavour profiles. By using our full-spectrum light technology, you can grow any type of plant, in any stage of growth.
Used by indoor farmers.
Below you will find a video of Tom, owner of PachaGreens, showing us how he uses our full-spectrum Bloom LED grow-light modules to grow microgreens at his indoor farm.
MicroFarm | A product for life.
When LEDs are cooled properly, as within our aluminum profile, they can last for up to 8 years before they start to drop in performance. Because of MicroFarm’s durable and open design, you can easily slide the old LED-board out of the aluminum body and exchange it for a new one, for an estimated price of €9; a fraction of the price of the module. MicroFarm is a product for life.
We anodise parts with the thickest anodisation layer possible for a maximum life span.
MicroFarm's durable and open design.
Microgreens, food of the future
If you have never tasted them, you probably won't believe us, but microgreens taste just like their full grown plant! Yet, they contain up to 40x more vital nutrients, and are super easy to grow.
Up to 50x cheaper than store-bought microgreens
We are committed to supply seeds at honest prices. One year of SeedSupply for €19. Always. Compared to €19 for a whole year's worth of SeedSupply, we are saving you an impressive amount of money.
With MicroFarm, each harvest yields 250grams, or ~9oz. The average grocery store price of 250grams of microgreens is €10 in the EU, and $18 in Canada and the USA.*
Per year, you can grow the equivalent of 12.5kg, or ~18lbs, of microgreens. If you purchased this amount in store-bought microgreens, your grocery bill would come to €520 in the EU, or $950 in Canada or the USA.
* For above calculations: prices for microgreens are averaged based on prices found in grocery stores in Canada and the USA, as well as several European grocers. Seed prices are averaged from various European garden supply stores. Calculations do not include transportation costs, both for grocery and garden stores, and also for SeedSupply.
Easily harvest microgreens, every 7-10 days.
Everyone can do it. Check out the 5 easy steps below to help convince your friends and family. Even your little brother or grandmother can grow microgreens!
MicroFarm can be configured multiple ways. Please note that the Standing Disc and Closet/Wall Mounts are currently only available with the MicroFarm Pro model. They will be available for purchase, separately, following our Kickstarter campaign (est. October 2019)
Grow on any medium
We choose to grow our microgreens on paper towel due to its global accessibility, cleanliness, and because it is compost-friendly (although not if it has printed graphics; please consider making a change!). In professional kitchens, chefs cannot have dirt or soil in their work area; it would be unhygienic. Paper towel is the cleanest way to grow microgreens.
However, using other types of grow mediums could provide different advantages. This is why our system design is open, so you are able to experiment with different types of media. The seeds we ship are tested using paper towel, yet can also be grown on hemp fiber or in potting soil.
Minimal Energy Consumption
During each day that they are growing, microgreens need 12-14 hours of light. MicroFarm delivers outstanding performance, while consuming a small amount of energy; resulting in a minimal impact on the environment, and your energy bill.
Our MicroFarm LED is a 14W light. Using 12 hours of light each day during the growing phase, and at 10 cents/kWh, MicroFarm’s energy consumption will end up costing you around only $6 - over the whole year!
Indoor farmers don't calculate light strength in Lumens. Lumens is a unit of measure for human beings that describes how much light a source emits. For example, a reading light emits around 450 lumens. For plants, indoor farmers like to use PPFD (photosynthetic photon flux density) or DLI (Daily Light Integral, how much light a plant receives in one day). For MicroFarm, the average DLI is 6 mol·m−2·d−1.
- LED Bloom grow-light: 38cm x 3,6cm
- Watering Tray: 38cm x 20cm x 2cm
- Standard Legs: 20cm x 25cm
- Standing Disc: 15cm diameter
- Closet/Wall Mounts: 3,6cm x 4cm x 4cm
Microgreens.The most healthy foods. Superfoods!
Microgreens are the seedlings of leafy greens, vegetables, and herbs. They grow approximately 2.5–7.5 cm (1-3 inches) tall, in only 7-10 days. In general, microgreens have a stronger, more intense flavour than that of their mature counterparts. With full-grown plants, you would usually only eat their leaves or fruits; with microgreens, you eat the stem and the leaves, taking in the maximum amount of nutrients that are contained within each seed.
The vitamin, mineral and antioxidant levels measured in microgreens, are up to 40 times higher than those recorded for mature, fully grown vegetables or herbs.
While their nutrient contents vary slightly, most varieties tend to be rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, and beta carotene.
The consumption of microgreens reduces the risk of many health conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, high blood pressure and Alzheimers. For years, doctors have been recommending an increase in the consumption of leafy greens into the diets of patients who suffer from these conditions.
Microgreens. A vital ingredient in any chef's kitchen.
No matter your experience level in the kitchen, microgreens will help to elevate even the most basic of dishes. With MicroFarm, everyone can feel like a top-chef!
What food can you eat that is fresher? What fresh food can you eat that has more nutrients? What could be more fresh than food that you can harvest directly from your countertop?
Boost any dish with microgreens.
Microgreens are endlessly versatile - they can be used to create supersalads; as main ingredients, toppings or garnish; in sauces, dressings, spreads and dips; and even in smoothies.
Images courtesy of Google Image Search Results
It is amazing how many varieties of microgreens exist. Use them to add flavour, colour and texture to your food; get creative! For any meal you would use full-sized leafy greens and herbs, replace them with microgreens, for an extra healthy boost. The more microgreens you eat, the more your body will benefit from their vitamin and nutrient-rich properties.
As you can see, microgreens are beautiful. With their delightfully charming size, they create a pleasing aesthetic, enhancing any dish. It would be easy to use a full harvest, weekly.
....and to be honest, we all know that sometimes those "baby" greens aren't as "baby" as we would like them to be; how many of you have had to cut your salad with a fork and knife to avoid ending up with greens messily sticking out of your mouth?! Using microgreens makes eating your favourite meals easier, and a little more dignified.
SeedSupply | 1 year of microgreen seeds for only €19.
Our seeds cost approximately one-tenth of the industry norm.
We wanted to disrupt this norm, and help to ignite the change we want to see within the urban farming community.
Harvest your own food in an easy way: one that's fresher, healthier, and cheaper.
What seeds will be delivered?
Everyone gets 10 types of seeds; they are organic and non-GMO | GMO-free.
SeedSupply is a 1kg kit that empowers you to harvest microgreens every week, all year long. With 10 different types of seeds, you can harvest different microgreens, 10 weeks in a row. You can even experiment with sowing different rows of seeds, in one harvest!
- Rocket/Arugula, Eruca sativa
- Parsley, Petroselinum crispum
- Red Beet, Beta vulgaris conditiva
- Daikon, Raphanus sativus (Radish)
- Mustard, Sinapis alba
- Broccoli, Brassica oleracea botrytis cimosa
- Alfalfa, Medicago sativa (Lucerne) (Stretch Goal Reached! at €20,000)
- Red Kohlrabi, Brassica oleracea gongyloides (Stretch Goal Reached! at €20,000)
- Dill, Anethum graveolens (Stretch Goal Reached! at €45,000)
- Mizuna, Brassica rapa nipposinica (Stretch Goal Reached! at €45,000)
Unlocked at €100,000:
- Carrot, Daucus Carota
- Onion, Allium Cepa
They taste amazing!
Each seed is unique. This is why we promise that prior to shipping them out to you, every type of seed will be thoroughly tested, using MicroFarm, under various conditions. Subject to this, we ask you to allow us the liberty to adjust the seed offerings delivered in the SeedSupply Kit, if we observe results that are not as expected.
Rewards | What's inside the box:
- 1 Bloom grow-light
- 2 durable plastic trays
- 2 anodised black aluminium legs
- 2 hex screws
- 1 hex key
- Adapter with interchangeable standardised plug compatible in your region: EU, USA, UK or AU plug available.
- On/Off Switch
- Est. packaging dimensions: 40 x 20 x 6 cm , 1.2 KG
- 1 MicroFarm
- (Standing Light Base plate & Finish plate) OR (Hanging Light 2x Closet/Wall Mounts)
- 3rd Party Timer with Internet Connectivity: Timer, Mobile Application, and HomeKit-Alexa-Google integration
- Est. packaging dimensions: 40 x 20 x 15 cm , 2.8 Kg
Rewards | Global Availability:
We really want to ship our products worldwide to everyone, at the same price, but logistics tend to make it quite a challenge to achieve our ideal scenario!
🌎 We ship MicroFarm to everyone across the world!
- 5x MicroFarm Deal
- 10x MicroFarm Super Deal
🇺🇸 We ship to the U.S.:
- Combo Deal!
- 5x MicroFarm Deal (+ SeedSupply)
- 10x MicroFarm Super Deal (+ SeedSupply)
The U.S. Government mandates that we include a Phytosanitary Certificate with every shipment of seeds. This certificate would raise the cost of each order that includes SeedSupply by €50. With the Super Combo Deal you can enjoy MicroFarm + SeedSupply at European price rates!
🇨🇦 We ship to Canada:
For small seeds packages weighing less than 500g, the Canadian Government does not require Phytosanitary Certificates. However, to avoid charging you a seed import fee, we will need to ship your SeedSupply Kit in two separate shipments. This is why your shipping costs are a little bit higher and why we can't sell more than 2 SeedSupply kits at a beneficial price to Canadians.
🇪🇺 We ship to Europe:
- MicroFarm Pro Deal
There are no seed shipping restrictions within Europe. With nicely polished and anodized mounts for exploring the use of MicroFarm in new ways + having the luxury of an automatic timer and long-distance control, MicroFarm Pro takes MicroFarm to the next level! After the campaign, we will reach out to ask which of the two mounting options you would prefer.
MicroFarm ships globally from China, to anywhere in the world. We guarantee fast and hassle-free delivery to the European Union, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. We match the adapter of your MicroFarm with the delivery address of your package. For other countries, shipping times may vary, and will depend on the availability of postal services in your area.
SeedSupply is packed in and shipped from Europe. Some countries are very strict when it comes to importing seeds. Therefore, we cannot guarantee global delivery for SeedSupply. We will refund backers in countries we cannot deliver to.
MicroFarm Pro mounts are manufactured and shipped from Belgium.
🚢What if we can't deliver seeds, for some reason?
Shipping seeds worldwide can be a tricky thing. Even if we have phytosanitary certificates, some shipments may get blocked by authorities. If we can not deliver your seeds, we will pay you back the SeedSupply difference. We will be in touch to figure it out with you, should this happen. ;)
Rewards | Timeline 2019
Rewards | Stretch goals
More backers = bigger revolution! Spread the word!
REACHED: €20,000 - All backers get 8 types of seeds in their SeedSupply Kit!
REACHED: €35,000 - All backers have access to an Online Recipe library with 50+ easy-to-make delicious recipes.
REACHED: €45,000 - All backers get 10 types of seeds in their SeedSupply Kit.
REACHED: €60,000 - All backers have access to an Online Microgreen Library; with information on 25+ microgreens: optimal growing conditions, nutrient levels and recipes.
€75,000 - All backers have access to a mobile Mother Application on iOS and Android: recipes, tutorials, microgreen library,... all in one app!
€100,000 - All backers get 12 types of seeds in their SeedSupply Kit.
€125,000 - Mother Smart Adapter: We will develop a smart adapter with a timer, plus HomeKit, Alexa and Google Home compatibility that works seamlessly with MicroFarm. This will be available to all backers for approximately €19, with shipping in 2020.
€250,000 - All backers get a dosing tool for sowing seeds with their SeedSupply Kit!
€500,000 - Mother Fund: With our Mother Fund, we will be able to offer our products at production cost to the communities who would most benefit from our self-sufficiency tools. We will work together with NGOs across the world to develop custom products for their needs. This includes new products for food production, water filtration and energy generation. All products are designed to last a lifetime.
€1,000,000 - All Backers in Brussels Airport! Next time you are in Brussels, check out your name on the massive Mother-Banner in Brussels Airport!
Mother | The Kickstarter Team
Mother is a network of entrepreneurs worldwide. For our Kickstarter campaign we assembled a young dynamic team with most of us being Belgians while Daria is from Canada! We have offices in Wetteren and production and test facilities in Asse (Belgium).
Pieter: Video & Photo + Digital Design & Development
Ashley: Digital Marketing + Digital Design & Development
Yasmine: Environmental & Product Research
Lander: New Product Design & Development
Daria: Marketing + Business Development North-America
Ann-Sofie: Marketing + Business Administration
Dries: New Product Design + Legal & Finance
Mother | Why MicroFarm and SeedSupply?
We are Mother, an international network of entrepreneurs and designers. Our mission is to develop products that give everyone access to the basic necessities. We strongly believe that everyone should be given the tools to provide for themselves, independent of the social system they live in. In order to fortify our mission, we design our products to last a lifetime.
Mother designs to empower. For the people, by the people.
With MicroFarm and SeedSupply, we take a microstep towards self-sufficiency, by helping you to grow your own super-healthy food. We want to help to reduce your grocery bill; and we also want to help to reduce the amount of waste produced by, and environmental harm associated with, the food production life-cycle, including packaging and transport.
Mother | We Need Your Support!
We need your support to start up mass production for MicroFarm, so that we can ship our product out at the lowest possible price, to anyone, anywhere, on our planet. Back us on Kickstarter. We need to invest in moulds, buy seeds in bulk, run pilot-tests, and set up a more professional laboratory... just to mention a few of the things on our list.
Mother | Who else would care about you this much?
Mother is a global network of entrepreneurs, an incubator and accelerator for all self-sufficiency ideas. We help design and develop these into the most sustainable possible products, mass-produce them and market them globally.
It is astonishing how dependent we have become, and how much we pay for basic necessities. We find it self-evident that we always have access to electricity, clean water and food. But what happens if suddenly, we do not?
To meet our demands in the future, governments like to sell us the concept of the Universal Basic Income, yet such concepts will make us even more dependent. We want to give everyone on the planet access to basic necessities. If these basic needs are met, we will have more time to focus on the self-exploration and development of our talents. Self-sufficient living should be on top of everyone’s agenda.
Mother | Our Story
In 2018, after 5 years of development, Mother launched its first product, Bloom, a full-spectrum LED grow-light system. Bloom was developed to help people grow their indoor gardens at home - whether those were plants in their living room, or herbs in their kitchen. Our technology has been optimized to consume very little energy; creating minimal impact on the environment, and your energy bill.
We manufactured a series of 1000 Blooms, which we assembled with our own hands. We delivered our products to the greatest plantshops in The Netherlands, Belgium, and Europe; we even sent some all the way down to Australia. We learned a lot throughout the process. We realised that, if we want to make an impact, we need to develop partnerships that enable us to better deliver high-quality mass-produced goods.
We really saw magic happen when Bloom was implemented in various greenhouse lighting projects in Europe, and one of our farmers had great success growing microgreens. Throughout our partnership, we have seen first-hand how easy it is to grow microgreens. The more we learned about the nutritional benefits of microgreens, the more we were in awe of this tiny superfood, and the more curious we became. Thus, came the inspiration for our next product design - MicroFarm, a modular countertop system that uses Bloom's full-spectrum light technology, to enable anyone to grow microgreens at home. The best part is your body reaps the rewards of the countless health benefits microgreens offer (pun intended)!
Mother | Our Future
MicroFarm is a micro step towards self-sufficiency. With six new products planned to go-to market globally over the upcoming two years, we are prepared to scale our impact at a fast rate. Products that will disrupt the way we buy food, water and electricity, and that will change the way we live.
We partner with experts and companies with a proven track record, across different industries. Together, we launch sustainable products for self-sufficient living. Today, we are comprised of an international team of 12 active entrepreneurs/experts. We are fortunate to work with global partners; VanHoecke is a proud partner of ours, a market leader in kitchen manufacturing in the BE/NL area in Europe.
Are you an entrepreneur/expert? Maybe you're a market leader in a specific region and want to help us get our products into every household? Join us in our mission for self-sufficiency.
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Risks and challenges
- After assembling a batch of 1000 Blooms (our first product) ourselves, we have sought out and partnered with reliable suppliers. We have full confidence in the production of our goods.
- We have learned from other Kickstarter-project owners that concerns with potential delivery delays, especially if product-demand is higher than expected, need to be addressed in advance. Having anticipated this potential risk, we have spoken to our manufacturers, who ensure they will work hard to provide timely delivery. We estimate the risk of delivery delays to be minimal.
- Each seed is unique. That's why we promise that prior to shipping them out to you, every type of seed will be thoroughly tested, using MicroFarm, under various conditions. Subject to this, we ask you to allow us the liberty to adjust the seed offerings delivered in the SeedSupply Kit, if we observe results that are not as expected.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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