A farm for a non-farmer

James planting seeds

If you asked me 4 months ago if I would be willing to run a farm I would have likely replied: “I don’t know how to drive a tractor… and I don’t think I’m wearing the proper shoes.” Being deeply embedded in the tech ecosystem, the cultivation of food was something I have overlooked until now.

I began Farm Lab One to test the capabilities of indoor farming. There’s a plethora of material online to read about and I found the more I looked into it the less I knew. So, as a way I like to learn and from a motto I heard once from a footwear company goes: “Just do it.” In other words, I wanted to get first hand experience and accurate data on the potential of indoor farming. This is just the beginning of the Farm Lab project and I will be looking to scale up the farm into a container once I master the smaller scale stuff.

You can look at this as a challenge: Can James, someone with practically no cultivation experience, grow lettuce and basil from scratch? Prepare to be both entertained and informed.

I planted Basil, Lettuce, and Arugula seeds and will be waiting for the seedlings to sprout before transplanting. The current location of the indoor farm is in a shared coworking space called Super 7000 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Three scales of indoor farm contraptions: a grow cup, grow tray, and a grow tower.

Metro Group was kind enough to sponsor two of the grow towers that you see on the right. They look quite nice, although they might be a little difficult to replant… I’ll have to see about that during the second harvest.

So here we begin, our small scale indoor farm is beginning to sprout and I will be getting my hands dirty (only metaphorically dirty unfortunately, the farm is actually quite sterile).  I will be updating this website as we progress and if you have anything you would like to share or ask feel free to reach out to me directly: james@schmiede.one

Happy farming!

July 28th, 2017 by