Plug-in farming 

“They’re for the nooks, the crannies, the rooftops,” said Nick Halmos, the founder and CEO of Cityblooms. “You can set it up in a parking lot and there are no permits. All we need is a pocket of land, some water, and an extension cord.”

The Cityblooms units look like a cross between a greenhouse and a raised bed. They are minimalist in design. But there’s a lot going on underneath the hood. There are integrated fans, sprayers, drains, pumps, and filters so that each unit can maintain just the right temperature and moisture levels. Farmers can control everything remotely from a tablet. “Essentially it’s a modular robot for growing food,” Halmos said. “Sometimes we call it a growbot.”

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