Farm in a Box

March 3, 2011 by

Turn your empty wall or fence into a garden. It’s as easy to hang as a picture. It automatically waters itself and allows you to grow indoors or outdoors in any season. And here’s the real dirt (or not): it’s a hydroponic system.

It’s Farm in a Box™ EcoTech Design Studio, an innovative new vertical garden system that makes organic home vertical gardening a real no brainer.

Here’s How Farm in a Box™ Works
1. Attach one or several units to a wall or fence.
2. Place one of the specially designed Seed Pods into each opening.
3. Add water to the built-in reservoir.
4. Replace the cap
5. Grow your own food.

Farm in a Box™ square prototypes at the EcoTech Design Studio’s Malibu, California facility. Photo: Robin Plaskoff Horton

Farm in a Box™ automatically regulates the flow of water maintaining the optimal level of moisture. With its built-in water level indicator, you can easily check the water level. As plants begin growing, you begin adding EcoTech’s MagicGrow™ organic fertilizer to the water reservoir, which allows you to water and fertilize simultaneously and automatically.

Hexagonal prototypes

The Farm in a Box™ shell is sustainably made from a blend of bamboo fiber mixed with recycled plastic. Although the product is still in the testing phase, EcoTech’s intent is to combine recycled ABS or PVC plastic with a 30% blend of repurposed bamboo fiber mixed with sierra resin (which takes five years to breakdown in a landfill.)

EcoTech hopes to create a shell that will be as free of toxins as possible, but until testing (for VOCs, etc) is completed, they can not state for sure what the final shell composition will be. All of the packaging, made from 100% post consumer content, can be composted.

One of the nicest features about this product: EcoTech envisions it retailing for less than $20.

Stay tuned in the next few days for upcoming post about EcoTech Studio’s big vision…





  1. John Olson said:

    I want this! Where can I buy some?!

    — March 3, 2011 @ 15:32

  2. Ellinor said:

    Sweeet! I love it! So0o co0ol

    — March 3, 2011 @ 17:51

  3. Jan @TWOwomenANDaHOE said:

    C-O-O-L!!! Love this!

    May all your gardens grow,

    — March 4, 2011 @ 08:29

  4. Victoria Lyon said:

    Fabulous! I wish these were going to be available by summer. However, I am so impressed with the fact that Echo Tech is being so responsible and going through all of the necessary testing to make sure that they are providing a growing system that will be healthy for those eating the foods harvested from the boxes, as well as good for the earth as they fashion these planters from recycled , compostable content. No green-washing here!

    — March 4, 2011 @ 09:30

  5. patty sechi said:

    A part of me (the designer part) loves this and wants it! Another part of me, the one that values getting my hands in the soil, says this is missing a lot of the important benefits of gardening – the relationship to the soil, to the earth and to your plants. I realize that not everyone has the space at home, but as the director of a diverse Community Garden in Greenwich, CT, I would encourage people to seek out a local community garden. An additional benefit not listed above is the community experience, which is as valuable and rewarding as growing your garden.

    — March 4, 2011 @ 09:43

  6. annette said:

    when can we get this

    — March 4, 2011 @ 10:03

  7. Tani Conrad said:

    I was hoping farm in a box would have cows.

    — March 4, 2011 @ 11:25

  8. Don said:

    Tani thats a great idea. I can grow food in my back yard. but cows in a box, now that I would buy!

    — March 4, 2011 @ 14:56

  9. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Annette and all of you who have asked–I will let you know as soon as these become available!

    — March 4, 2011 @ 15:41

  10. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    You make great points Patty. Community gardens are wonderful in so many ways–not just for the gardening experience, but as you say, but for becoming part of a community. I think EcoTech envisions this product as an inexpensive solution for people who may not have access to or time to be part of a community garden, or may not want to garden on a bigger scale. It is for those perhaps who need some food security and for whom growing at least some of their won food would provide that. Keep me posted on your community garden!

    — March 4, 2011 @ 15:45

  11. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    LOL Tani! That would require a really big box…:-)

    — March 4, 2011 @ 15:46

  12. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    I agree Victoria that taking the time to test things and being honest about the process is indeed a sign of integrity.

    — March 4, 2011 @ 15:47

  13. patty sechi said:

    thanks for your thoughtful thoughts, robin. you are right, that there is a place for all kinds of gardening. and yeah, i think cow in a box is the next big thing!

    not sure how else to keep you posted on the garden, so hope this is ok – we are just launching our website, and are listed on the american community gardening association site too.

    — March 5, 2011 @ 12:50

  14. Robin Plaskoff Horton said:

    Thank you Patti. I look forward to checking out the site and the gardens!

    — March 13, 2011 @ 11:24

  15. Mother Chaos said:

    Ooooooooo! This is redefining cool! We’ve already been startling the neighbors with how lovely bok choy and beets can be in landscaping…I’d love to confront them with a poetry of lettuce all along the fence!

    — March 29, 2011 @ 21:31

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    great idea !!!

    — March 21, 2012 @ 15:05

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    This is great â?? umbrella stands are unwieldy and ugly â?? this is so much better!

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    OK, it’s two years later…is it available yet???

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    OK, it’s two years later…is it available yet???

    — February 2, 2013 @ 23:58

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