The Future of Ag-Tech: The Modern Gardener
Agriculture is changing with technology.
Agriculture is changing with technology. The relationship and interaction between gardener and garden is being revised with an increase in technology and information. The “modern gardener” will now have its own space.
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A New Type of Garden
The Ag-tech space is developing. We are revolutionizing the way beginner and intermediate growers alike interact with their garden. With new tools and technology, and new methods of growing, the way we yield crops will have a productive domino effect.
Aeroponics, for example, is no longer science fiction. The advanced form of hydroponics, growing suspended plants in mist, is a significantly more sustainable growing technique. By reusing and maximizing water usage, this growing practice has been proven to use 94% less water than common growing practices. Over the course of a year, that adds up quickly, especially when growing 500 heads of lettuce in a square foot. There is mass appeal behind quick yielding, pesticide-free plants that generate less runoff waste and cleaner water for the future.
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“The relationship and interaction between gardener and garden is being revised with an increase in technology and information.”
Vertical gardening is another example of a recent, sustainable growing practice. By maximizing space by growing plants vertically, yield can be increased year-round. Different vertical gardening setups can be light efficient as well as water efficient. One example would be by using a cylindrical hydroponic system with lighting suspended in the center. What isn’t attractive about reducing energy impact, increasing yield, and maximizing space?
The Missing Link: A Human’s Touch
Parallel to these new growing methods is automation. With Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, robotics, and neural networks, farming will be revolutionized. But how do we get there?
To grow plants, we need to replicate what a human does. A human has five senses to make a decision and be a master grower: eyes, ears, smell, touch, and taste. A machine can have machine vision, NLP & Conversational Interface to “hear,” smell and taste sensors, and mechanical robots to touch.
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“While the ag-tech space changing, the booming “sharing economy” mindset has been impactful in sharing growing information through technology.”
While this innovation is revolutionary, an individual’s “personal touch” will still be crucial, even in a future full of automation. Remaining attached to the goods you consume is important to ensure its greatest quality and sustainability. In addition, magic happens when a plant is being properly nurtured by human energy, and it is much more rewarding for the grower once it is harvested.
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While the ag-tech space changing, the booming “sharing economy” mindset has been impactful in sharing growing information through technology. The industry is democratizing how people learn, pass down knowledge, and grow. With learning resources, such as mentors, forums, and new technology, and accessibility to these resources, such as free education, integrated technology, and community relations, yields and time spent managing the garden will be as efficient as possible.
With the Earth and global community’s best interest in mind, it’s important we harness new ag-tech techniques and new information sharing methods to the best of our ability. The Modern Gardener will be the most environmentally mindful, time conscious, and productive gardener the world has ever seen.
“The Modern Gardener will be the most environmentally mindful, time conscious, and productive gardener the world has ever seen.”
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