Introducing Ponix MicroAg LLC
Ponix MicroAg LLC is a development stage company preparing to bring you ideal environments for gardening and micro-farming, starting with the pPod™ - the perfect enclosure for growing a wide variety of herbs and vegetables in any location, especially where plants can be damaged by wind, storms, pests, or freezing. The design is a rugged, compact plant pod that is easy to use, easy to look at and will keep your plants healthy and happy year-round.
It is also easily expanded for micro-farming and other CEA applications.
Best uses for pPods:
- Gardening on balconies, terraces, and decks
- Urban agriculture, micro-farming and community gardening -
- Starter and early spring plant protection -
- On-site herbs, greens, and vegetables for restaurants and markets -
- Schools: ecology, biology, & healthful food projects -
- Hydroponic gardening and other CEA micro-farming -
- Basic pPod™
- Jumbo pPod™
- Expanded pPods
- Heated Irrigation / Hydroponics
The Basic pPod dimensions are:
24 inches wide x 18 inches deep at the base
and 30 inches high at the back.
The front has two flexible sliding access panels - no swinging doors or lids. Open the top as seasonal plants get tall to allow more sun or high temperature relief, or open the bottom to access lower plants, planters & irrigation.
pPods also come with an optional built-in grow light.
This low-profile aerodynamic design withstands high winds and storms on balconies and roof tops and the double-wall polycarbonate panels provide excellent insulation and diffuse sunlight to help provide a more uniform growing environment.
pPods can be delivered with as few as 7 parts, so it can be assembled easily in minutes and no tools are required. Disassembly is just as easy, making pPods portable and easy to store.
The Jumbo pPod is a larger version of the Basic pPod.
The Jumbo base is 36 x 36 inches. The back of the Mini-Pod is 60 inches tall.
This larger size allows for growing taller plants that need to remain fully enclosed such as tomatoes, peppers, dill, and other tall herbs.
Attach multiple pPods side-by side or back-to-back with no walls between each pod to economically create larger enclosures.
As well as allowing more plants to be grown in a pPod environment, it provides more room for larger plants to spread out. The greater volume also helps to keep all the enclosed plants warmer during cold weather.
Larger enclosures can be created by attaching multiple pPods together. There is no limit to the number of pods that can be added on to a row of expanded pPods.
pPods can also be attached back-to-back to double the size of a single pPod enclosure. This configuration is very stable in potentially windy locations such as rooftops.
pPods are available with an optional heated irrigation system for year-round growing and as a foundation for hydroponic systems.
The irrigation system circulates water through the tray beneath the plants and comes with a diversion valve that switches the circulating water to a drip watering system for greater irrigation control and convenience. This configuration is also ideal for growing plants hydroponically.
A constant-temperature heater is incorporated into the circulation system to maintain a steady 78 degrees F at the base of a pPod. Heating through circulated warm water results in more even and reliable temperature control. This system is designed to keep a fully exposed Basic pPod from freezing with outdoor temperatures as low as 0 degrees F. Please see more details in FAQ.
The Future of Urban Agriculture
A farmer in California loads 1200 bushels of spinach into a refrigerated truck and sends it off to New York City, burning about 400 gallons of fuel along the way and reaching its destination not long before the spinach reaches the end of its storage life.
In New York, the same amount of spinach can be grown on the roof of a 60,000 square foot warehouse or "big box" retail store. It can reach markets and restaurants within a few hours of being picked, using less than a gallon of gas to get there. Or none, if sold or eaten downstairs.
We love rooftop farms. But sometimes, rooftops are not the most hospitable environments as they are exposed to wind and storms. One solution is to install a hydroponics green house which is productive year round, but is also a big commitment in construction and operating costs. A less expensive, more versatile solution that also provides a protected environment for year-round produce is the Expanded pPod.