As an outgrowth of the trend toward healthier eating, people are seeking out organically grown food — or better yet, growing it themselves. But not everyone has the time, space or climate to have their own garden.
Enter Hummingbird Technologies’ personal gardening startup Nectar. Co-founders Danny Verghese (a Washington University grad), Tejesh Patel and Marin Assaliyski aim to change the way gardens are grown. Their gardening system is simple, automated and small enough to fit on a kitchen countertop.
Nectar is essentially a “smart” greenhouse. Lighting, hydroponics and sensors control temperature, humidity and pH to create optimal growing conditions.
What differentiates Nectar from other indoor growing systems is that it can grow complicated plants, says Patel. The app can mimic climate conditions of plant yields from locations all over the world.
Verghese adds that the app also connects users to each other, creating an online community of gardeners.
Hummingbird Technologies won a $50,000 Arch Grant in November. They plan to launch a Kickstarter campaign in February.
Verghese expects the product to be available on Amazon by the end of 2016.