A couple of local boys and girls are wowing the tech/hydroponics and home appliance industry all in one fowl swoop. Here's what you need to know about Homefarm.
An Auckland Park-based startup is developing a home appliance that will automatically grow greens in your kitchen. Homefarm's mission is to inspire and enable urban dwellers across the globe to start growing and consuming their own fresh and healthy produce, to be enjoyed daily and all year round. Currently, they are running a crowdfunding campaign through IndieGoGo. If successful, this will enable Homefarm to start achieving their mission en-route to the total and complete commercialisation of their product.
At the time of writing, Homefarm is 92% in completing their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo (the campaign has been extended to 07 July 2017) and aims to raise R510 000. There are a range of backer tiers that start from as little as R120. According to the guys behind the project, Homefarm will cost an average of R60 in electricity to run when looking at electricity tariffs for the first half of 2017.
This revolutionary piece of technology is hoped to become as common a household item as the microwave or toaster, and means an immediate supply from harvest to table. This eliminates the regular energy costs like transportation, refrigeration and packaging associated with store-bought herbs and greens. Not only is it a sustainable way of growing your own legumes, herbs and other greens, but you know that the produce has not been treated with harmful pesticides and growth hormones. This product can be used all year round, giving you the upper hand on that old fruit and veg shop.
By Shawn Greyling
Have you heard of Homefarm before? What are your thoughts on the interesting product? It's good to see local guys and girls take on the world like this. Sharing is caring so show this to a buddy on social media.