Now, with summer fast approaching, gardens will be ready at the end of April and will ship right away in May. Shipping to retailers will begin in June.
The Home Aquaponics Garden was one of the most highly funded food projects on Kickstarter, a web-based platform for creative startups.
The garden is a self-contained fish tank and garden ecosystem that grows food. An air pump pushes the fish waste water to an upper tray, where the plants use the fish waste as fertilizer. By filtering out these waste nutrients, the plants clean the water for the fish. The filtered water then drips back down into the tank.
Designed for homes and classrooms, the Aquaponics Garden is meant to teach families how to grow their own food with all natural fertilizer in an all-natural, closed-loop system. With all of their products, Back to the Roots strives to inspire others to grow their own food to lead a healthy, natural lifestyle.
Ready to use upon purchase, the Aquaponics Garden includes rocks, growing medium, organic seeds, fish food and beneficial bacteria and water conditioner to jump start the system safely for the fish. A coupon for a discount on a pet fish for the system also will be included.
The Aquaponics Garden is currently available on preorder at www.backtotheroots.com, and will be available more widely in mid-June.
Back to the Roots is an Oakland, Calif.-based urban farming company that was founded in 2009 by two Berkeley soon-to-be graduates and was off the ground with its first order from the Berkeley Whole Foods Market. Back to the Roots Grow-Your-Own Mushroom Garden allows anyone to grow fresh mushrooms and fresh food on their kitchen counter in just 10 days. They also are sold at Safeway, Home Depot, Nordstrom and Amazon.com.
To learn more about Back to the Roots and its sustainable food products, visit www.backtotheroots.com.