Food Rising was announced earlier in the year by Mike Adams, the “Health Ranger”, and founder of NaturalNews. The organization has officially revealed its first product – a 3D printable “mini-farm” grow box designed to help grow food sustainably in virtually any environment.
A Look at the Grow Box
At first glance, the grow box doesn’t look like much. In fact, it really resembles nothing more than a medium sized plastic container with a modified lid.
And in reality, that’s what this system is based on. However, that’s deceptive.
It’s actually a unique hydroponic system that can enable sustainable food growth for homes, communities and more.
According to the press release from Food Rising, the grow box can grow fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as root vegetables with the help of an upcoming adapter. It uses roughly 1/20th of the water necessary for similar yields in either in-ground or raised bed gardening, and it’s 100% non-electric.
The release goes on to tout the fact that it’s 100% EMP proof, as it contains no electronics, circuit boards or other electronics, and most of the parts can be printed on a 3D printer, or scavenged. It helps to eliminate weeds, and contains absolutely no complex or moving parts (thus, no need for power, and no wear and tear-related breakdowns).
Really, the system is little more than a large plastic tub with a modified lid, a few specially designed cups (for holding plants), and a unique water-leveling float valve. The valve was 3D designed and printed, and uses some pretty common materials in its construction.
While the design is geared for use with a FlashForge printer, it’s compatible with any printer that uses t-glase filament (it doesn’t use ABS or other materials). T-glase is an amalgam of recycled plastic from leftover bottles, milk jugs and the like, which further helps to reduce pollution and litter, leading to a more sustainable society.
Currently, Adams is raising funds to get the grow box into 250 elementary school classrooms. The project is mostly funded, with 231 boxes accounted for.
Most of the funding came from Living Fuel, although Boku Superfood is also contributing. Individuals, organizations and businesses can make a direct contribution through the Consumer Wellness Center, or by purchasing products from Boku Superfood.
The designs for the grow box are open source, and Adams intends to release them into the wild, allowing anyone with their own 3D printer and a few other materials on hand to create their own at no cost (at least for the files). It should also be available through the NaturalNews 3D printer farm, which debuted earlier this year.
To access the files, you’ll need to visit the Food Rising website, where they’ll be available as a free download and able to be modified and tweaked to fit individual needs. While not available yet, Food Rising will also feature how-to videos to show visitors how to construct their grow boxes.