The 7-foot tall NutriTower is specifically designed to fit in small spaces and can hydroponically grow a variety of edible plants.
If something were to happen today, tomorrow, six months down the road, or even three years into the future, would you be able to sustain yourself and your family?
A large percent of Americans do not have any resources – financial or otherwise – saved up in a case of an impending disaster, which would make them incredibly dependent on the government if hard times hit (that is if the government was still functioning).
For this reason and many more, this gorgeous vertical farm is a God-send for many urban-dwellers who may want to reduce their food costs or just live more sustainably while in the city.
Designed by Byrce Nagels of Montreal, the NutriTower fits in small spaces and allows plants to thrive inside by delivering water and nutrients to the bottom of the plant pots.
Nagels (below) relies heavily on his own NutriTower and uses it to grow a continuous supply of lettuce, swiss chard, spinach and an abundance of herbs such as mint, parsley, basil and oregano. He can even grow melons and tomatoes.
How does it work?
The NutriTower is a hydroponic system, which means no messy soil is required. Water and nutrients are pumped up from the base to each of the pots, and the plants are supplied a ‘nutritonic’ that is custom designed for the tower. The mixture is predominantly plant-based and is derived from all sustainable sources.
Because the tower comes with its own lighting system, it can be suitably set up in any location. And – wonderfully, it only takes up one tenth of the space that a horizontal planting bed needs.
The cost of one of these towers is $1,099 – quite expensive for most families, but likely worth the investment if you consider the long-term benefits of growing your own food.
(If $1,099 is too expensive for your taste, check out our Self-Reliance Garden Tower holiday special at only $399.)
Above all, the company hopes the invention will be used as a learning component. In fact, they’re even offering a special curriculum to anyone who would like to have the NutriTower play a part in the classroom. From the germination of seeds to the actual harvesting of fruits and vegetables, the curriculum serves to ensure kids not only know how to play a part in growing their own food but enjoy the process of doing so.
First due to be released on December 1, 2015, the release has now been postponed until January 25, 2016. You can pre-order the incredibly unique and innovative invention here. And, for every 50 NutriTowers sold, the company will give one to a school for free.
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