Check out Aerospring Gar­dens’ ver­ti­cal green­ery sys­tem

Singapore Business Review - - STARTUPS -

Aerospring Gar­dens is the man­u­fac­turer of a patent­pend­ing ver­ti­cal aero­ponic gar­den­ing sys­tem, de­signed for ur­ban home gar­den­ers who want to grow their own herbs, leafy greens, and veg­eta­bles in lim­ited space.

This gar­den em­ploys wa­ter rather than soil to cul­ti­vate a di­verse range of veg­eta­bles and greens, thus grow­ing up­wards in­stead of out­wards, ex­plains Na­dine Keller, co-founder of Aerospring Gar­dens.

De­signed and man­u­fac­tured in Toa Payoh, Sin­ga­pore, this ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing sys­tem al­lows you to grow up to 36 dif­fer­ent ed­i­ble plants and veg­eta­bles in lim­ited space, says Keller. “It self-wa­ters and re­quires lit­tle main­te­nance. It’s easy to set up and ev­ery pole in­cludes lit­tle plant seedlings so that there is a gar­den from day one,” she says. The sys­tem in­cludes every­thing one needs to start grow­ing hy­dro­pon­i­cally. One just needs a bal­cony or out­door space that en­joys a few hours of sun­shine and a power plug.

From hobby to busi­ness

Aerospring Gar­dens was founded by cou­ple Keller, 40, and Thor­ben lin­neberg, 46, both hav­ing orig­i­nally come from cor­po­rate back­grounds. Keller left a promis­ing cor­po­rate ca­reer to join Lin­neberg in set­ting up Sin­ga­pore’s first ur­ban grow­store. “The busi­ness was borne out of the de­sire to grow our own food at home and it started out purely as a hobby, there wasn’t any in­ten­tion to start a busi­ness,” says Keller, adding that gar­den­ing was a sur­pris­ing stress buster for her, whilst Lin­neberg en­joyed in­vent­ing and build­ing his own hy­dro­ponic sys­tem.

“As more and more of our friends and ac­quain­tances saw and tasted what we were har­vest­ing on week­ends, they egged us on to de­velop the prod­uct fur­ther and turn it into a busi­ness,” says Keller. She says that be­cause they sup­ply seedlings with ev­ery sys­tem, they have pro­vided over 20,000 herb, veg­etable, and fruit seedlings to all of Aerospring Gar­dens’ cus­tomers. “For the first 6 months, this was done in our liv­ing room and the grow lights we had to use for the nurs­ery il­lu­mi­nated our apart­ment pur­ple. We could spot our unit from afar,” she shares. Aerospring Gar­dens has com­menced ex­ports to se­lected coun­tries and plans to launch an in­door sys­tem with lights in the next 12 months.

The fu­ture of food is at stake and con­ven­tional ap­proaches to agri­cul­ture need to be ad­dressed, says Keller. “There is noth­ing fresher than home­grown and teach­ing some­one how to grow their own is a gift we feel keeps on giv­ing,” she adds.

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