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Design for Good

How to Garden in Your Apartment and Eat Fresh Food

GMO-free, fresh, out-of-your-own garden produce is (almost) everyone's dream. For urban dwellers and gardening novices, however, it usually comes true only on farmers' markets days. UrbnEarth's founder Phil Weiner is on a mission to change that and make home-based food production easy and affordable for everyone. 

UrbnEarth is a company, that offers an alternative to supermarket food by providing solutions for city dwellers to grow their own food, regardless of space and soil restriction. UrbnEarth's UrbMat is a small-space garden system, which can grow herbs, vegetables and flowers in apartments, small living areas or other inner city green spaces.

UrbMat is 3' × 2' feet and creates an optimizing planting and growth layout for the included GrowUps Plant Starters. GrowUps are pre-planted seedballs - a mix of chili powder, compost, worm castings fertilizing, clay, and non-GMO seeds. The out-of-the-box garden has built-in irrigation for easy watering, a weed-control layer, 12 companion planted herbs, vegetables, and flowers.

UrbMat

 

In order to use the UrbMat, all you have to do is find an area that has soil or build a box for the purpose, lay the Urbmat on top, and match the GrowUps with each sqaure. The plant types that come with the UrbMat are Arugula, Basil, Carrots, Catnip, Cilantro, Chard, Lettuce, Marigold, Parsley, Kale, Radish, Spinach. The system costs $54.95 and through a partnership the company has with Two Degrees Food and Feeding America, for every Urbmat sold, it gives meals to kids suffering from hunger in the US. 

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