The Nanofarm is taking farm-to-table to a whole new level. You can now effortlessly grow and harvest the freshest produce, from lettuce to basil to bok choy, right in your very own kitchen. All you need to do is place a plant pad containing seeds in the Nanofarm tray, add water, place it in the Nanofarm incubator-like machine, press a button, and wait for your produce to grow! This system is so easy to use, that people with absolutely no experience in growing plants can easily become a Nanofarm user.
The Nanofarm was created by a company called Replantable. The founders, Alex Weiss and Ruwan Subasinghe, came up with this idea because they wanted to “shake up industrialized agriculture” and find an accessible way for everyone, especially those without access to yards or gardens, to grow fresh produce in their own house.
The plant pads used to grow the produce consists of only organic, non-GMO seeds; many of the seeds are also heirloom. Each plant pad has distinct nutrients depending on the plant type, and unlike soil, does not run the risk of harboring E.Coli or insect eggs. So far, the Nanofarm can grow 16 different types of leafy greens, herbs, microgreens, or bulb plants like radishes or beets. Although it may seem like you can’t grow a large about of produce in a small, mini-fridge sized farm, beta testers have successfully harvested 12 ounces of lettuce and 4 ounces of basil.
The Nanofarm retails for $350, and each plant pad costs $8 (or take advantage of the deal and get 5 plant pads for $25). According to Replantable’s Kickstarter timeline, they have just started production, and plan to ship the first models out to backers by the end of August. Want to grow fresh and flavorful vegetables in your kitchen? Pre-order your Nanofarm here.