Architect plants seed of a homegrown food revolution
December 9 2020
An architect has hit upon a novel solution for flat dwellers without access to a garden or allotment who wish to grow food with a novel hydroponic planter which requires no soil or electricity.
The bamboo fibre and corn starch composite GrowPod serves as a low-tech all-in-one solution for growing fruit and veg within the home, enabling anyone to become an urban farmer while also addressing access to affordable healthy food and climate change.
Developed by Conor Gallagher, 30, a Glasgow School of Art-trained architect from Belfast now living in London, the design is claimed to employ 90% less water than traditional hydroponics and there is no requirement for artificial lighting.
Described as more sustainable than vertical farming of stacked hydroponic planters the small-scale solution does away with soil entirely to utilise a simple body of water as the growth medium. Leaving the hard work to nature the GrowPod only requires access to a sunny windowsill to perform its magic.
Gallagher said: "By making it as easy as possible for every consumer to grow for themselves we can create a behaviour change which has the potential to save the planet.
“After I moved to London from Glasgow, I saw how people wanted to eat healthily and ethically, but it wasn’t affordable to do so. Most people I knew had no garden and hardly any indoor space. By using hydroponics, the technology of vertical farms, there’s no need for soil which makes the plant far more space-efficient.
“By growing even a small bunch of salad herbs at home, every household can have a direct relationship with the food they eat and where it comes from."
Gallagher is also the founder of AllotMe, a digital platform pairing city residents with available land and gardens in their area for cultivation.
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