Sprouter on the countertop.
GROW | Home Sprouts Farming
GROW | Home Sprouts Farming
Opening sprouter with
Section view of the sprouter.
System supporting app - user's guideline.
Exploring 'seed blister' idea.
Was es macht
Grow is a home sprouts farming system that connects sprouter with dedicated “Seed Blisters”, changing the way of using seeds during sprouting process. It allows people who lack knowledge and gardening skills to cultivate their own sprouts at home.
Nowadays we produce a lot of food, often loosing nourishing value and quality. It is popular to take dietary supplements choosing the chemicals instead of the natural ingredients. One of the most efficient ways to nourish organism is eating superfoods. Those miracle products contain vitamins and minerals accumulated in small “healthy bites” – part of them are sprouts. They grow fast and can be cultivated all year round. However, growing sprouts requires knowledge, time and attention. There is a large group of healthy-lifestyle-oriented people who are afraid of growing greens on their own and don't feel confident regarding gardening.
So funktioniert es
Seed blister is a textured, nutrients-enriched fiber mass with vegetable seeds enclosed in it. Blister allows the user to prepare a portion of sprouts, serve them and store in a fridge. To start sprouting process blisters need to be soaked for 4-5 hours. Sprouter needs to be filled with 1 glass of water and assembled. Then seed blisters should be placed in a sprouter where cultivation takes place. Sprouter has a built-in simple irrigation system which allows saving time while watering greens during the day. By pushing glass dome down user applies pressure on the elastic water container in the base. That pressure sprays water on the seeds through small nozzles in the blister tray. Waste water is collected in the container below. Sprouts are ready to eat after approximately 3-5 days. Sprouter is also equipped with a temperature-humidity sensor and Bluetooth transceiver. When connected with an app, Grow gives feedback on sprouts irrigation and current water demand.
I discovered that making sprouts at home requires a lot of preparations. I started with the question ‘how to use less accessories, make less steps and keep process tidy’. My first idea was to place seeds on a stick, on a cheesecloth with potato scratch glue to grow ‘sprouts snacks’. Then I started ‘seed blister’ project to keep seeds together and make process initiation and harvest easier. I made prototypes on different meshes using arugula seeds gel as ‘glue’. In the next step I experimented with fiber mass joining it with seeds and creating paper-looking pieces which can sprout. This solution was successful, I tested different blister thicknesses, various seeds types. Today I have a blister prototype which needs to be soaked for 5 hours, after that sprouting can start. By keeping seeds on a blister I could change way of thinking of a sprouter as a horizontal box. With plastic jar and laser-cut plexiglas elements I built a vertical sprouter. It is a small greenhouse which keeps warm temperature and a constant humidity. The irrigation system is located below the growing chamber. I sprayed small amounts of water into chamber regularly. In ready product irrigating would take place by pressing the chamber with a hand. Inside, I placed a temperature and humidity sensor.
Wo ist der Unterschied?
Currently there are many different sprouters available on the market. However, all of them require using loose vegetable seeds and lots of user’s effort. In my solution a portion of seeds is placed on a fiber blister that needs to be placed in special appliance to sprout. I can compare this system to a coffee machine which works with coffee capsules - it is cleaner, faster and much easier than using loose powder. I want to reach a new target group, users that are healthy-lifestyle oriented but lack gardening knowledge. On the other hand, there already exist solutions for home hydroponic gardens. I decided not to focus on whole vegetables but on sprouts. They are ready in a few days and deliver vitamins, minerals and proteins (e.g. broccoli – 35%). I would like to encourage people to supplement their diets with small portions of these superfoods regularly and motivate them to do it by showing immediate results their ‘home farming experience’ brings.
I need to finalize the selection of the material for blisters. I would like to test more bio-waste fibers like coconut or corn fibers to improve performance and deliver more nutrients to the seeds. I want to test all available materials and find the best solution for our needs, with a bigger scale production in mind. Also, I want to develop further business model around the product and get more consumer feedback on it. Seed Blisters can be sold in packages (like coffee capsules) or in form of subscription - bringing continuous income. Trusted group of customers could propose new products within the system to try and form a community.