Green living: HarvestGeek

Green Living: HarvestGeek takes the Guesswork out of Gardening

Ever wanted to grow your own veggies but know absolutely diddly squat about gardening? Does every plant that enters your home end up in a watery grave or a desert wasteland? A group of entrepreneurial young geeks is about to make your life a whole lot easier with HarvestGeek; a Star Trek-esc device that you simply put into your garden and it tells you exactly what to do and when to do it.

Here at Greenmoxie HQ we have been experimenting with indoor gardens and our indoor laundry farm has recently undergone an upgrade. From its rough and tumble windowsill beginnings:

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Green living: Greenmoxie laundry farm

To this much more sophisticated version thanks to Greenmoxie team member and enviro-Canadian, Ian Fotheringham:

Green living: Landry Farm 2.0

With just a couple of energy efficient lights and an old Ikea shelf we recycled, we are able to produce an astounding amount of produce. Overwhelmingly, the response from visitors is; “Looks great, but I have no idea how to garden.” No idea? No worries. HarvestGeek is a device that completely automates the growing process. Creator Mike Alt hopes HarvestGeek will allow those keen on green living to grow their own gardens with little or no experience.

Experienced gardeners can also benefit from HarvestGeek by streamlining their growing process to produce more efficiently. HarvestGeek allows you to monitor pH levels, temperature, moisture levels, light etc. HarvestGeek will then notify you when you need to water your plants via Twitter, Facebook, SMS or email or, if you don’t want to be interrupted by your plants, simply configure the AutomationStation to automatically control temperature, light and water.

From their Kickstarter Campaign:

We’ve built a sophisticated, yet easy to use device that will help remove the guesswork for new farmers and provide automation and optimization features for those more experienced. The device is deployed in your farm or garden to monitor the key environmental conditions for improving your yield. This information is relayed back to HarvestGeek where you are provided detailed analysis. This device has affectionately taken the name HarvestBot around the shop…

The HarvestGeek team is hoping to raise $25,000 to fund their project by the end of the month. You can help by pledging funds here.

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Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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