Self-Sustaining Mini Greenhouse Lives On The Kitchen Counter [Pics]

Self-Sustaining Mini Greenhouse Lives On The Kitchen Counter [Pics]

Origami indoor garden plants don't need to be watered.

Ross Brooks
  • 13 may 2014

Living in the city or not having your own garden is no longer an excuse for not growing your own food. A Berlin-based startup called INFARM has partnered with Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine to create a never-before-seen microgreen growing kit. Inspired by origami, the kit is made from a transparent waterproof material that can be folded into a mini-greenhouse. The startup aims to provide urban communities with the freedom to grow fresh, local, and organic produce, regardless of the time of year.

Apart from the fact it can be used indoors, INFARM uses a transparent seaweed based agar-agar gel that means not only is the mini-greenhouse self-contained, but the plants never need to be watered. The clear gel also allows you to see and experience the whole growing process, from when the seeds sprout to the point when you can harvest your microgreens.


“We wanted to change the way you grow greens in your own home. The Microgarden is next generation of home farming, were the end result is a mix between a serving bowl and a greenhouse” says Tomorrow Machine.

The kit consists of three parts; a foldable greenhouse, organic seeds and the agar-agar powder. To use the kit, start by folding the greenhouse. Then boil some water and mix in the agar-agar powder, followed by adding the mixture into the open greenhouse. Finally, sprinkle the seeds, close the Microgarden and wait. After 5-14 days your microgreens are ready to be enjoyed!


“Our vision is that the Microgarden makes indoor farming available and easy for everyone. Where you can have delicious greens without pesticides or long transportation, by growing it in your own home, it does not get more local and organic than that.”

In order to fund the conceptualization and production of the kits, INFARM is running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It’s already reached more than half of it’s €15,000 ($20,650) goal with four weeks to go. For a pledge of €35 ($48), you can get two of the INFARM kits and join the indoor farming revolution.


Photos by Merav Maroody.


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