As the world struggles to find space to grow food, an expanding market has emerged in the most unlikely places. One of the most popular practices is known as hydroponics, or growing without soil. The technique has enabled people to grow plants where traditional methods would never work. While the method of growing plants without soil is not a new concept, the technology and innovations to perfect the practice is, and getting better all the time.
In our quest to meet some of the most innovative hydroponic entrepreneurs for this episode, our first stop was a restaurant parking lot in downtown Atlanta. Matt Liotta, founder and CEO of Podponics has developed a hydroponic growing system that uses shipping containers to grow edibles.
Restaurants are particularly well-suited for such systems. With many embedded within urban environments, few have access or enough space for traditional garden plots. Podponics containers can be placed anywhere on the property. In such cases, farm to table is then only a matter of a few steps away.
Check out the website link below for more information about their story and additional coverage.
On another stop in the making of this episode, we meet Britta Riley, founder of Windowfarms™. Her quest to grow something fresh, green and edible in her one-window Brooklyn, NY apartment led to something much bigger than she ever imagined.
Britta’s successful endeavor to enjoy her own apartment grown salad greens in winter, blossomed into the start of a thriving business that now serves over 45,000 other window farmers worldwide.
For more information:
- Windowfarms.org – Vertical Hydroponics for Urban Windows
- Podponics – the website of the system using shipping containers for hydroponic growing featured in the show.
- DIY hydroponics instructions (PDF) or purchase kit
- Joe’s blog post for Episode 206: Hydroponics
- Chef Nathan’s recipe for Basil Pesto with Angel Hair Pasta and Parmigiano-Reggiano