A little over 5 years ago, we had a dream: to grow tasty heirloom tomatoes on our little balcony in our apartment in Singapore and save ourselves some money.
Singapore is one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Land is scarce and the majority of people live in high-rise dwellings. Less than 10% of food is locally grown and this was something we wanted to improve by allowing everyone the ability to grow a little of your own.
The high prices of imported fresh produce and concerns about pesticides inspired us to grow our own food at home but the problem of space in an urban environment quickly became an issue. Instead of growing outward, we had to grow upwards on our small balcony - like everything else on the small island of Singapore.
Another challenge was to keep the plants alive when we went away on business trips or holidays. After failing countless times with soil gardens, we devised a vertical hydroponic system that would automatically water and fertilise the plants. The first prototypes proved so successful at growing food that it quickly turned us into weekend urban farmers. Despite our hectic lifestyles, we were able to grow enough food without too much time or effort. Encouraged by this success, Thorben began developing the prototype systems further for commercialisation.
The goal was to come up with a food safe system and design that was functional and looked chic on any urban city balcony. Twelve months of 3D prototyping ensued, which led to the invention of a sleek, modular, simple to assemble and easy to maintain vertical gardening system that fits in the smallest of spaces.
Given the state of the world today, we need to grow our food closer to where we live, we have to start thinking about how and where our food comes from and we must engage the next generation to live a more sustainable life. Aerospring Gardens’ goal is to provide the best growing experience possible, to allow people to take back control over their food, to reconnect with it and truly experience the joy of growing their own food, right at home.