The miniponics project aims to find an economically viable solution to the installation of small scale hydroponic systems in rooftop of apartments, hotels, restaurant and clubs, bringing own-cultivated produce at it’s maximum nutritional value.
The production of outdoor miniponics greenhouses for hotels or restaurants can be several square meters and be able to produce a select variety of the vegetables the establishment finds more valuable (varieties of short plants that aren’t typically on the market, or basil and othe values aromatics).
The smallest members of the family could be installed on balconies or near windows in city apartments. The cost per plant of these installations will be high, but we are working on establishing an array of connected users that can share the production and also lower construction costs.
The ultimate objective of the miniponics project is to understand the process deeply enough to be able to build small scale systems under different conditions of size and configuration and continue to the business development stage, finding a solution that is both sustainable and economically viable.
To design and build an experimental hydroponic system, consisting of an ambient controlled greenhouse capable of hosting a variety of different hydroponic systems under many different configurations. This greenhouse can be subsequently used to perform a variety of different experiments, trying new substrate materials or testing many of the parameters of importance to the system.
Miniponics has an important social and educational role, involving the family and educators in the task, allowing for the interaction between neighbours that share the experience and the vegetables produced, connecting members of the household which now have a common task, establishing an intergenerational link between old and young.
Miniponics is a perfect laboratory of the many physical and chemical and botanical phenomena taking place, as well as being a perfect example of sharing and community living. We envision cities where schools have their own miniponics systems and share the production as well as perform all sorts of controlled tests with the many systems at play.