Benjamin Staffeldt grew up on a farm and has been working in a garden center. When he and his wife Sara moved into a rental home, it was only natural he'd want to start farming his shared backyard. They began with containers and then bought a greenhouse kit to extend the growing season. Soon after, they were selling their produce to local supermarkets and restaurants.
By deciding to grow vertically, they maximised their greenhouse space, and by choosing aeroponics as their main system, they were able to produce even more.
To fully customize the growing experience, they added a thermal wrap to their aeroponics towers which helps refract light to help keep the temperature stable within the grow chambers.
They're hoping to commercialize their hybrid system - Art Garden. It's geared toward those looking to grow in a cold climate and in a small space. This is all part of an increasingly customized growing world that Ben hopes might make farmers out of more of us....