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Start-up Future Farms Is Out To Solve The Food Crisis With Clean, Soil-less Farming

Introduction

Future Farms experiment with the concept of hydroponics for urban and conventional farmers and they manufacture hydroponic kits with specific components imported from foreign countries.

Product or concept

Future Farms sell different types of hydroponic kits by manufacturing and building hydroponic systems for residential and commercial farmers.

Problem being solved

Increase in growth of vegetables and crop varieties in limited land space in urban regions

Process or technology involved

  • Scientific instrumentation is imported.
  • Actual systems and product lines are built/developed in-house with local materials.
  • The leafy vegetables are grown using the nutrient film technique.
  • Driponics runs on a hybrid deep water culture technology — no water pump is needed to circulate the water, just air.
  • Aquaponic is employed – where fish is harvested and the waste is used to feed plants to grow. 
  • Plant accessories include tiny to large net pots, coco peat for base and clay pellets termed ‘leca’.
  • The focus is mostly on leafy vegetables.

Sustainability benefits

  • Systems are lightweight and earth-free, thereby reducing pesticides.
  • Reduced water consumption by a whopping 90 percent.
  • Cut down farming cost by half.
  • Increased yield (it says it manages four acres worth of produce in a single acre), Accelerated the growth cycle (seed to plant takes about 35 days now).

User segments that will benefit

  • Residential Communities
  • Restaurants
  • Urban Farmers
  • Grocery Shops

People or organizations involved

Sriram Gopal

Future Farms

Innovations or USPs

  • Multilevel stakeholder interaction for latest technology input - working with the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu; in aquaponics, they are involved with the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for aquaculture, with its Tilapia fish centre in Vijayawada.
  • Future Farm products are on par with EU standards. 

Related engineering, science or business topics

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Water Resource Conservation
  • Biotechnology

Awards & recognitions

Future Farms was a part of Stanford Seed Program, a year-long leadership programme designed for high-potential Indian business leaders and start-up founders to scale their ventures.

Other interesting highlights

Future Farms now grows 16 crop varieties, classified under English Exotic, Asian Exotic and Indian Exotic, across 15 acres of land spread over 10 states.


Office located at:

Perungudi

Videos

Behind the Scenes with Future Farms (India) - #18 Our new Hydroponic large-scale farm, Kelambakkam

Getting Started - Leaf Station Pro (Hydroponic Home System) - Future Farms (India)

The Hydroponic Grower's Kit - Be a Better Grower!

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Know more about the people behind this

The future is farm fresh : The article talks about how Future Farms aims to make every resident an urban farmer.

When engineering a farming revolution becomes your dream, passion, and business : The article talks about how Sriram Gopal got the idea to start Future Farms and the journey ever since then.

Make a visit to get a first-hand experience

Future Farms - Contact : For more information regarding the farms, you can contact the company through their website.

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Purchase the product/solution

Future Farms - Products : For more information regarding the products offered by Future Farms, you can contact them through their website.

Connect with experts

Experiment through do-it-yourself projects

How to Make a Simple $3 DIY Desktop Hydroponic System : The video shows one how to build a simple table-top hydroponic system.

Create a simple hydroponic system at home : The video describes a easy to follow method to build a simple hydroponic system for your home.

16 Easy DIY Hydroponic Plans You Can Build in Your Garden This Weekend : This page has 16 different hydroponic systems one can build at home/garden.

Learn more

How to achieve profitable hydroponic production : The article focuses on the factors that make a commercial hydroponic farm profitable for the farmer.

What Are The Advantages Of Hydroponics? : The article lists down the different advantages of hydroponic farming when compared to traditional farming practises.

Growing Up: Hydroponics Cultivates Food Without Soil : The article explores the different types of hydroponic systems available for soil-less cultivation of leafy vegetables.

Hydroponic Gardening For Beginners : The article goes through the important factors to remember when purchasing a hydroponic system for homes.

Urban Agriculture: Can it Feed Our Cities? : The article explores whether urban agricultural systems such as hydroponics can feed growing cities like ours.