Urban Farming moving into the Home – Grove Labs Vision “A farm in every kitchen”

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Courtesy: Grove Labs website

Grove’s Smart Aquaponic Garden allows consumers to grow food in their home, year round

The food is natural, organic and sustainably grown.  How long will it take before you harvest your first crops?  Grove Labs provides the following time estimates:

  1.  Day 1:  Install your Aquaponic Garden
  2.  Day 3:  Look for sprouts
  3.  Day 7:  See your ecosystem come to life
  4.  Day 18:  Your fish guide delivered
  5.  Day 24:  Buy your fish and put them into the fish tank
  6.  Day 30:  You are learning how food grows
  7.  Day 45:  Harvest your first vegetables
  8.  Day 48:  Share more harvest with friends
  9.  Day 60:  You are now an Urban Farmer

The Key to success:

Monitoring and controling the bacteria with the Grove OS.


Who is behind Grove Labs?


The Grove Labs website shares, “We’re a passionate team of MIT engineers, entrepreneurs & inventors, modern farmers, Harvard biologists, designers, food lovers, and impact-driven problem solvers dedicated to developing technology, products, and experiences that enable more people to grow their own food in productive home ecosystems.

Our core team brings wisdom and experience from SpaceX, Apple, the United States Air Force, the Australian Army, NOLS, GrabCAD, and an ecosystem research farm in West Virginia. Our backgrounds are diverse, but we’re united by a common mission. We’re also fortunate to have a group of advisors, partners, and investors who are contributing their wisdom, capabilities, and networks to help us maximize our positive impact.”


Is a $4000 purchase price too high? We think so!

For high income innovators (2.5%) and lead adopters (13.5%), this purchase price is probably not a problem, see the Value Curve below.

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Generated by Value Innovations, inc. using Slalom(R) software

But for the early and late majority, representing 68% of the market, this price is probably excessive and Grove Labs will have to focus on reducing cost (see Value Curves below).  Grove Labs has no control over the cost of LEDs but they are dependent on the manufacturers success in driving costs down.

Value Curves generated by Value Innovations, Inc. using Slalom(R) software

What do you think?  We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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