Theme/Year: Food Systems 2015
Category: Open Challenge
Status: Award Winner
Felipe Hernández, Germán Hernández, Luca Rossettini, Jorge Armando Céspedes Camacho, Patricia Villa-Roel
Groundless agriculture methods such as aeroponics represent an opportunity to solve several issues like: Amount of land employed in farming, with a reduction of four times the area, they can achieve the same production; A half of the total time employed in traditional farming; No need for pesticides that destroy the organisms in the ground; No need for fertile land and no damages by deforestation; A reduction of fossil fuels not depending on imported products, long distance transports to the cities and food preservation; 90% of reduction in water consumption. Hexagro adapts to any urban space with its modular system by simply assembling the different units into a tree system. It is possible to connect it to a smart phone with an app and prepare the system to grow. Groundless agriculture systems are a great way to grow clean food in urban spaces but sometimes spaces are too small, maintenance may require too much time and the wrong procedure may ruin the crop. This system was developed with inspiration based in nature strategies to reduce space and energy use while increasing efficiency. With years of development and work with experts in the urban agricultural field, Hexagro is now developing several groundless agriculture systems to bring farming into people's houses and achieve a positive environmental impact in the future. Its design makes it easy to use, after planting the seedlings less time is spent in maintenance to make the plants grow big and healthy. By rotating the tree two times a day, plants absorb the largest amount of sunlight possible, or better yet, it can be equipped with LED lights to make the crop more efficient. When produced more than needed, it's possible to sell clean-food products to the main local Hexagro distributor in the area, or become one.