the MyFood family smart greenhouse had a lot of traction at CES 2020, so much so that the unit exhibited in the Frenchtech Pavilion was sold during the show! Since the price of such a large model (family model, 22 m² / 242 ft²) varies between 8,600 and 22,000 euros (VAT included), that sale was a great validation of the product and the technology that drove it.
Mickaël Gandecki, co-founder, CTO and managing partner, MyFood, told me that the chef of the Tao restaurant at the Venitian Hotel was so impressed that he wanted his team to visit the intelligent solar aquaponics greenhouse during CES.
MyFood Family, Smart Greenhouse – CES 2020
Founded in 2015 by Mickaël Gandecki, Matthieu Urban and Johan Nazaraly, MyFood aims to combat the damage caused by industrial agriculture by bringing food production home, off-grid, with 90% less water and without pesticides The company’s mission statement says: “Our ambition: to make it possible to produce a healthy, diverse and ultra-fresh diet at home throughout the year. Reconnect with nature and enjoy a feeling of well-being. “
Why do people want it?
Combining several sustainable small-scale farming practices, MyFood offers good crop yield on a small area (22 m² / 242 ft²) compared to a normal garden. “Our 242-square-foot Family Smart Greenhouse produces between 300 and 400 kg (660 to 880 lbs.) Of plants per year, covering 80% of the needs of a family of four,“Mickaël Gandecki said.
For people living in urban areas, MyFood City is a smaller 38 square foot option that fits in a small backyard or rooftop.
Growing local organic food in sustainable urban gardens has been a popular trend in recent years, and MyFood arrived at CES with compelling solutions to address that booming market.
How does it work on the side of agriculture?
The full version of MyFood Family works with solar panels, can work without a network connection and is also equipped with a rainwater collection system.
In addition to the structure of the greenhouse, the basic model (8,590 euros VAT included) only offers the central module with the aquaponics system where the fish swim at the base of vertical towers that support the plants. Fish waste fertilizes the cultivation of vegetables while its roots clean the water by absorbing the waste. Aquaponic systems on average require about 10% of the water needed for regular agriculture.
Customers who want to spend a little more can buy raised beds to surround the greenhouse and benefit from some permaculture principles to produce more organic food. In addition to letting the soil breathe and promoting bacterial development, MyFood recommends creating an intelligent association of plants to grow in those beds. The development of a rich, diverse and sustainable plant ecosystem that mimics nature is inspired by the “Diversity” design principle of Permaculture. Finally, the beds become self-fertile after a while.
What’s new at CES and how smart is MyFood Greenhouse?
CES has to do with electronics and software, so MyFood Smart Greenhouse would not be there without intelligence and connectivity.
Thanks to a Smartbox full of sensors and equipped with SigFox connectivity, the greenhouse can be controlled remotely through myfoodhub, the complementary application. From the mobile control panel, users access data such as indoor and outdoor temperatures, humidity level, water temperature and acidity and crop evolution status.
From the mobile application to its website and YouTube channel, MyFood provides customer service, educational materials and recommendations to help beginner or experienced gardeners.
For example, when the sensors register high temperatures inside and the weather report predicts a heat wave in the coming days, the application notifies the user to deploy a dedicated shade cloth and open the doors.
On the software side, the company claims on its website to use artificial intelligence algorithms to take advantage of the knowledge base created by all the MyFood smart greenhouses that are connected to a common network. The Teams collaboration platform is an internal social network where clients publish ideas or questions and a team of agronomists from MyFood provides advice.
At CES 2020, MyFood launched a new plant monitoring system, which combines an indoor camera and artificial intelligence. The new feature will allow MyFood to remotely monitor the productivity of each greenhouse and provide expert recommendations or on-site support to its commercial customers, in case a problem is detected. The camera transmits the evolution of plant growth but does not send any images to the servers to ensure privacy.
“We are like a web hosting company that manages servers [greenhouses] who wish to offer an excellent support service to our clients“Said Mickaël Gandecki, who worked in the IT industry before co-founding MyFood.
Full version (family signature of MyFood) as of today 21,990 euros VAT included.
– Check with MyFood for the full list of features.
- Surface area = 22.53m² / 593cm x 380cm (242 ft² / 19.45 ‘x 12.47’)
- height = 253 cm / (8.30 ‘/ crest)
- height = 172 cm / (5.64 ‘/ gutter)
- Greenhouse only = 650 kg (1430 lb)
- Complete system loaded with water = 1500 kg (3300 lb)
Operating temperature range
- -5 ° C to 40 ° C (23 ° F to 100 ° F)
- Single phase 230V 50Hz
- Consumption <70W / h
- Aluminum greenhouse 22m²
- Automatic openers (x4)
- Greenhouse ventilation
- Integrated Worktable
- Fishbowl (x2)
- Wooden frame
- Zipgrow Tower (x16)
- 4000l / h pump (1000 gph)
- Myfood solids filter
- Continuous Flow Irrigation System
- Sensors and monitoring system – myfoodapp
- Welcome box
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