At a time when locally sourced, organic food is growing in popularity, it’s easy for voices to get lost in the chatter surrounding a topic that deserves this increasing attention. That being said, some ideas are so innovative that they cannot be ignored in the noisy milieu of modern food politics. The Grove Ecosystem is one such idea. Grove takes local, fresh produce to the next tier by bringing the garden right into your kitchen.
The Ecosystem combines a process called aquaponics—a natural cycle between fish, bacteria, and plant life that produces nutrients for plants and clean water for marine life—with sustainable building materials and advanced software. Built by engineers from MIT, the Grove Ecosystem allows you to grow organic herbs, fruits, and vegetables right in your kitchen. The Ecosystem is built from bamboo plywood, a durable and sustainably sourced product supplied by us at Eco Supply.
Through aquaponics, the fish provide nutrients for the plants, which use light from the system’s LEDs to photosynthesize, and in turn clean the water in the aquarium. This symbiotic cycle is all monitored and regulated through a smartphone app, which allows you to track the growth of your plants, and offers step by step instruction to optimize your yield. All of this occurs within a visually appealing piece of furniture the size of a large bookcase.
Grove is a new company that is still raising money for their ground breaking products, so feel free to hop over to their Kickstarter site and help them out, they will be funded on December 10th 2015. The simplicity and pragmatic application of the Grove Ecosystem makes it a green idea that rises above the rest, and we at Eco Supply are proud to be a part of their goal to bring locally sourced, organic produce into every home. You can even demo an ecosystem in person or book a live video demo.