Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine partnered up with the Berlin-based indoor farming start up INFARM to develop a never-before-seen indoor growing kit – so anyone can grow their own microgreens at home. The Microgarden kit contains a reusable and renewable sheet of plastic which folds into a self-contained greenhouse.
The Microgarden uses transparent seaweed based agar-agar gel as a growing medium, and it has many benefits. It allows the Microgarden to remain self-contained – which means you will never have to water the microgreens. Their roots absorb moisture from the gel. The clear gel also allows the home-farmer to see and experience the whole growing process, from when the seeds sprout to the roots growth.
The greenhouses’ walls cut the agar-agar gel in to six slices of still living greens. So you can choose to have only one slice or to put the whole greenhouse directly on the table to serve from.
The kit comes as a flat pack that consists of three items, a foldable greenhouse, organic seeds and agar-agar powder. To use the kit, start by folding the greenhouse. Boil water and mix in the agar-agar powder, then pour the mix into the open greenhouse. Sprinkle the seeds, close the Microgarden and wait. After 5-14 days your microgreens are ready to be enjoyed!
In order to fund the conceptualization and production of the kits, INFARM is running a crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo. The campaign runs from May 3 – June 13, 2014. Each donor will have an opportunity to own a kit before they are released on the market. More details can be found on the campaign page: www.igg.me/at/infarm