Harvest Nation is a vertical aeroponic farm whose revolutionary design makes healthy living a viable option in communities challenged by location, climate, and
Harvest Nation is currently fundraising for a three-year pilot project. Their goal is to
provide communities in northern Minnesota with 40+ varieties of fresh, affordable
produce year-round. Harvest Nation plans to sell annual subscriptions for produce on
ten-day distribution cycles.
HOW MIGHT WE
Design a growing bin system that is modular and works for various heights and plants.
Aeroponics is the process of raising plants in a misted environment without a growing medium (eg. soil).
Aeroponics produces faster growth and higher yields while minimizing water and space.
Artificial lights maintain a precise brightness and duration for optimal growth.
A high-pressure mist of nutrient solution constantly feeds the exposed roots.
The leftover nutrient mist condenses, pools, and is collected to be re-pressurized.
SPRINTS 1 & 2
Market Analysis + Ideation
Preliminary designs focused on modular shelving and flexible materials.
SPRINTS 3 & 4
Low + Mid-Fi Prototypes
CAD renderings of the two best concepts: a slide-in shelving system (upper) and a
fabric bin (lower).
A stackable nylon bin and frame with a sloped bottom.
The fabric material is a cost effective and flexible alternative to solid plastics and
Sloped bottoms lead into drainage pipes connected to each story, creating a spillway to a central line which can then be re-pumped to be sprayed.
The tops slide in with 5 separate lid options. Each one may have a different hole pattern for various plant dimensions.