July 20, 2010 by Robin Plaskoff Horton
Toyota is designing green roof technology and now Huyandai is getting into the urban agriculture act: Nano Garden, by Hyundai Engineering & Construction and Gromo, is a hydroponic vegetable garden for the urban apartment kitchen.
Silver winner of the Fast Company Idea Awards, the Nano Garden’s got one up on Mother Nature. Instead of reliance on the unpredictability of sunlight and rain to feed the plants, Nano Garden’s built–in lighting promotes plant growth while water via your apartment’s plumbing quenches the plants’ thirst. Users control the amount of light, water and nutrient supply, setting growth speed. And don’t panic, it’s organic: no need for pesticides or fertilizers thanks to the hydroponic technology. Nano Garden alerts users when water or nutrients are needed, and also functions as a natural air purifier, eliminating unpleasant odors. Goodbye green grocer, hello apartment farmer.