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PodPonics uses shipping containers to grow food downtown

CNN Video: A new farming method can condense an acre’s worth of food into one single pod. Photojournalist Greg Kilday explains.

Podponics is a new hydroponics growing system designed to decrease the energy consumption and expenses of traditional indoor growing.

Created by technology veteran Matt Liotta, the produce is grown within used shipping containers called pods in a traditional nutrient solution. Each pod utilizes a computer and a HVAC system to control the container’s environmental factors, which are regulated based on the plant’s varying needs throughout its life cycle.

In addition, Liotta designed custom light bulbs that emit a precise light spectrum with an ideal light intensity and duration. By only using the amounts of water, nutrients and light that a plant needs, the PodPonics system reduces energy consumption, thus decreasing expenses on a large scale. Podponics currently grows six varieties of lettuce, and plans to develop additional products in the coming months.

Visit their Facebook website here.


1 coalboy { 04.26.11 at 8:08 am }

This system is completely insane. Podponics is using electricity from coal-fired power plants to run the lighting they use to grow lettuce. FOOD should not come from COAL. Not to mention, that Georgia is the number one consumer of mountain-top removal coal that comprises worst environmental catastrophe in the Appalachian mountains right now.

2 plant in container { 05.16.11 at 10:42 am }

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3 John Chappell { 05.17.11 at 8:06 am }

I am a real estate broker however I belong to a 13,000 member church in the premier city of Rancho Cucamonga, California. My pastor(Diego Mesa) would like to explore the possibilities of starting a farm near our church or on the premises to offer to our membership fresh organic vegetables. I saw your broadcast on CNN in April and I shared it with him. He is very interested in this concept. We would like more information about PodPonics and its usage.

Member of Abundant Living Family Church

4 Bob { 03.10.13 at 7:07 pm }

I’m wondering if it is possible to use solar panels for the power source?

5 Tony Gallegos { 04.17.13 at 8:51 am }

Solar could be used to run the lighting and environmental control system. There is also a LED horticultural light system designed for this kind of application i.e. vertical farming, container (Pod), etc… The use of LEDs would reduce the amount of power needed to run the pod making solar more viable.
Please contact me if you would like more info on LED horticultural grow light.