"Indoor gardening is here to stay"

Indoor farming has been adopted widely across the agriculture industry, from large-scale vertical farming operations such as AeroFarms and Bowery Growing to companies that sell smaller systems meant for customers to grow food in their own homes. In a time when food and beverage consumers valued essential products, healthy eating, convenience, and home-cooked meals, the indoor gardening market was poised for significant growth. 

“Indoor gardening opens the world of growing your own food to a much wider audience -- all the people who otherwise might be constrained by short growing seasons and extreme weather (particularly in Northern climates) or by a lack of outdoor space for a traditional garden,” said Hank Adams, CEO of hydroponic home gardening system provider Rise Gardens. “In addition, indoor gardens are highly productive in terms of the amount of food you can grow per square foot, and sustainable in terms of the amount of energy and water used to grow.”

Martin Laidla, public relations manager for smart garden producer Click & Grow, added that food trends such as plant-based foods, plant parenting, sustainability were made even more relevant once the coronavirus pandemic hit. These ideas lend themselves to the increased popularity of inside gardening among a wide variety of users.

“Smart indoor gardens don't require any previous knowledge or experience growing plants and the growth process is controlled by the technology, resulting in a higher success rate,” explained Laidla. “Indoor smart gardens usually grow plants 30-50% faster as they are designed to provide the best conditions for the specific plants to grow. Because of this, they also contain more nutrients.”

“The idea of farm-to-table slowly evolved into ‘garden-to-table,’ with more and more people seeing the benefits of growing your own produce,” said Adams.

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