We believe that a significant percentage of our fruits and vegetables will be grown locally in controlled environments within the next decade. We hope to be a part of this process, by helping to lower the cost of entry as well as train the next generation of farmers who operate these systems. The capital required for large-scale controlled environment agriculture (CEA) like vertical farms or climate-controlled greenhouses far exceeds what is available to young entrepreneurs. There is also a lack of educational materials for CEA plant science that is engaging and both hands-on. That being said, there is a clear desire and demand from schools to implement community gardens, and teach STEM skills in conjunction with physical experiments.

NASA has been doing CEA research for decades to plan for future trips to deep-space and eventually Mars. We believe by approaching CEA research from this angle it provides educators an exciting opportunity to teach plant science in a different way tha...
We believe that a significant percentage of our fruits and vegetables will be grown locally in controlled environments within the next decade. We hope to be a part of this process, by helping to lower the cost of entry as well as train the next generation of farmers who operate these systems. The capital required for large-scale controlled environment agriculture (CEA) like vertical farms or climate-controlled greenhouses far exceeds what is available to young entrepreneurs. There is also a lack of educational materials for CEA plant science that is engaging and both hands-on. That being said, there is a clear desire and demand from schools to implement community gardens, and teach STEM skills in conjunction with physical experiments.

NASA has been doing CEA research for decades to plan for future trips to deep-space and eventually Mars. We believe by approaching CEA research from this angle it provides educators an exciting opportunity to teach plant science in a different way than ever before. By providing kits which standardize groups of users, it becomes much easier for them to collaborate and work together to answer big questions like "what seeds should we take to Mars" by compiling massive datasets. By making these kits open-source, it allows them to be "pulled" by any individual or school who wishes to participate, rather than just "pushed" through sales channels. Our goal is to work with leading researchers to study phenotypical responses based upon changes to the canopy and root zone. By keeping the data we collect open-source it will encourage universities, research labs, and corporations to work with us to disseminate and glean further value from the citizen science data collection.

It is our goal to operate in an extremely lean fashion, that will allow us to continually pivot as this rapidly changing industry evolves and our partnerships mature. It is our eventual goal to be a major contributor to the plant science research community, and we view St. Louis to be the best place to begin this work. We also strive to be a model ed-tech IoT startup focused on providing an engaging experience that excites and empowers the next generation of farmers.
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