California Patent of the Month – February 2022

In recent years, more and more people have turned to growing food at home. Between growing tomatoes outside and herbs in your kitchen, people are always happy to have fresh and healthy food without supermarket prices. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time, the weather, or the green thumb to have a successful vegetable garden. 

HAMAMA, Inc. has an alternative solution. They have designed seed quilts which grow plants without the need for extensive botanical knowledge. The quilt is made of composted materials with seeds spread throughout them. You simply place the quilt in their tray system with either standing or flowing water, and forget about them. The seeds germinate and grow in just water as the composted quilt material provides the nutrients needed. Their quilts currently cover 10 varieties of flavorful veggies including arugula, cilantro, chives and green onions. These are quick growing plants which can be harvested within a week of watering. 

The remaining quilt material can be recomposted again, leaving as small an impact on the environment as possible. This solution readily bring microgreens to your kitchen, and brightens up the area with fresh plant growth.

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