About this project
We'd like to introduce you to the NutriTower! We are so happy to finally be able to offer you this amazing indoor garden. If you have ever thought about how great it would be to grow fresh and nutritious food in your own home this is definitely for you.
At the NutriTower Company we make indoor gardening easy and accessible to the world through innovative and simple-to-use products.
A WORD FROM THE CREATOR
Hi, my name is Bryce Nagels. On behalf of the NutriTower team, I want to thank you for taking the time to check us out! It means a lot to have your support on this journey.
No one can deny we stand at a critical time in our history. The collective choices we make today will undoubtedly have an impact on the future of our world. For instance, a UN study has predicted that by 2050 seventy percent of our global population will live in urban areas. To prepare for the future, we need to embrace technologies that allow us to find more creative ways of feeding our communities and ourselves.
I am certain that the NutriTower is a step in the right direction. If enough of us produce even a small amount of our own food, it will significantly improve our lives and our environment.
I thank you all for sharing in our story!
SO, HOW DOES IT WORK?
The NutriTower is a vertical hydroponic system that is simple, elegant and efficient. The patent-pending vertical lighting design and the gravity fed nutrient delivery system make this the most effective way of growing food in your home year round.
Hydroponics is the term used when growing plants in water. This efficient technique allows you to grow your vegetables without the hassle of messy soil. It is generally much faster than soil based methods because it delivers nutrients in a form that is easier for a plant to absorb allowing it to spend all it's energy on generating biomass. A key advantage to hydroponics is that it uses up to 95% less water than conventional methods.
THE NUTRIBLEND HYDROPONIC NUTRIENT CYCLE
When using hydroponics, the secret is in the sauce. Our NutriBlend nutrient cycle is custom designed for the NutriTower. We’ve put years of knowledge in the indoor gardening sector into developing an eco friendly, natural product, that ensures safety for you and your family. The mixture is primarily plant based and is entirely derived from sustainable sources.
- Simple 2 step application
- All natural
- Advanced Proprietary Technology
WHAT CAN I GROW?
Let us eat lettuce! Did you know that leafy greens like lettuce start loosing their nutritional value immediately after harvesting? By growing these at home you’re ensuring that you and your family are getting the healthiest and most nutritious greens available.
- Lettuce (Boston Butter, Deer Tongue, Romain, Ruby Red, Oak Leaf)
- Swiss Chard
- Bok Choi
HERBS AND FLOWERS
Herbs, like this mint plant, grow very well in the NutriTower. Adding fresh herbs to your diet is a great way to cleanse your body of harmful toxins. For example: cilantro is well-known to help remove heavy metals from the bloodstream.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Many fruits and vegetables, like these tomatoes, grow well in a hydroponic system. Although these plants produce after a longer growing cycle, it’s immensely rewarding to harvest your very own straight from the NutriTower.
- Small melons
BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
We have put a lot of thought into the design of the NutriTower. We wanted to create a product that not only produced a significant amount of produce, but also needed to be compact, stylish and easy to use. In just under 2 square feet of floor space, with up to 48 pots, it's the most efficient method of growing food on the market.
Let use know what colour you would like your NutriTower shipped in:
- White Enamel
- Jet Black
HELPING YOU GROW LIKE A PRO
Incorporating food production into your everyday life will be a rewarding experience. As a commitment to our customers we will support you at every turn until you have mastered the art of indoor gardening!
We are in the process of filming a series of comprehensive videos that will teach you how to do everything from setting up, starting seeds, troubleshooting and harvesting.
Soon, you'll be growing lettuce like this:
ARE YOU A TEACHER?
Teaching children about food is one of the most valuable lessons one can give. If you are interested in using the NutriTower as part of your curriculum, we are here to help!
Check out our TEACHERS PET package. It contains everything you'll need to get your students growing in the classroom. We are putting together an easy to use course pack to assist you along the way and we will always be available for consultations.
The responses from the kids in our pilot projects have been amazing, and the harvest parties at the end of the growing cycle are always a huge hit!
The NutriTower has been under development for 3 years. It began with a few DYI projects using PVC pipes and a long rack system. Our biggest hurdle was creating a design that effectively delivered enough light to all the plants in a functional and appealing way.
Once we settled on a general layout, similar to the one we use now, we built our first prototype. We used simple materials found at the hardware store like wood, pond liner, and milkshake cups as planters. This first prototype proved that the concept could work as the plants grew when enough sunlight was available.
Once we had determined that the concept worked it was time to seek expert advice on how to proceed: Enter Spark Innovations.
At this point we knew what features we were looking for:
- easy to package and ship
- easy to assemble
- durable structure
- built in lighting
- large nutrient reservoir
After working with Spark for a few months, we had what we were looking for. We quickly lined up a manufacturer, built another Prototype, and the NutriTower was born!
Initially, we installed custom LED lighting. Wow... Those things are bright! We probably could of seen the tower from space:
With a few test runs under our belt, we concluded that despite the brightness and the plant specific light spectrum, we were unable to produce satisfactory results with LED technology.
After conducting more research, we integrated a T5 high output lighting system and saw instant results. We now had a fully functional system!
We have since made several final alterations that will be incorporated into the new model offered through kickstarter:
- Easily removable and adjustable pots
- integrated lighting into the central column
- Added a reflective backing to the lights
- Incorporated an optional light shield to lower glare
- Widened the base to increase reservoir size
- Expandability to include 8 additional extra large pots
- Streamlined water flow to reduce noise
We are very pleased with the look and with how well plants grow in the system. The NutriTower blends functionality and design into a product that fits both your lifestyle and your decor.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Growing some of your own food can have an immense impact on your life! There are a million reasons why home gardening makes sense, but here are just a few:
Eating freshly picked food is better for you. Upon harvesting, plants begin to break down, using their stored sugars and nutrients to stay alive. The nutritional value of fresh produce decrease exponentially from the moment its picked. Eating fresh produce ensures the highest concentration of nutrients.
Home grown food is good for the environment:
- Transporting produce for thousands of miles consumes a tremendous amount of energy. Here in Canada, the average food item has travel about 4,000 KM (2,500 miles).
- There is no plastic packaging or bags.
- No need for pesticides.
- No fertilizer run off from fields, creating problems in our streams and rivers.
Growing your own food is cheaper! If you are already buying organic produce the NutriTower will produce enough to pay for itself within a year. We designed the system to last so that you can enjoy it's bounty for many years to come.
Gardening is good for the soul.
On a personal note, I get great joy from gardening. There is something very relaxing about spending a few minutes a day tending to my plants. I've also found that the light emitted by the tower is soothing and brightens my mood during the long winters.
To ensure that we can deliver the NutriTower on time, we have set a realistic timeline leading up to delivery of the system.
Here is a list of the remaining objectives:
- Final CAD and CAM models with added features - 3 to 5 weeks
- Purchasing BOM (bill of materials) - 2 to 3 weeks
- Production of tooling and dies for the frame and pots - 2 weeks
- 1st Production Run - 4 to 6 weeks
- Shipping to our facility - 3 weeks
- assembly and final packaging - 2 to 4 weeks
- Shipping to pledgers - 2 to 3 weeks
The projected timeline is a conservative estimate. Our goal is to exceed our targets and deliver the NutriTower to our pledgers as expeditiously as possible.
The NutriTower comes with a comprehensive warranty to make sure that you are satisfied with your experience.
- 3 month satisfaction guaranty
- Lifetime warranty on structure
- Manufacturer's warranty on parts
If you have purchased the NutriTower and find it does not fit your lifestyle, you may return it within 3 months of receiving the product for a full refund (Shipping not included).
Risks and challenges
The system you see in our video is our latest prototype. We used this model to extensively test the functionality of the concept. After two years of testing, we have developed a product that delivers on it's promise of growing enough food for a family to enjoy every day.
We have a manufacturer that we have been working with for several years. As soon as the final design features are included and the tooling produced we will be ready to start shipping.
Our team is composed of a multi-disciplinary core group with over 50 years combined experience in start up ventures and emerging industries.
We want you to know that your pledge will be in good hands. We are grateful for the confidence you have shown us to deliver this amazing product to you in a timely fashion.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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