About Omega Garden™


1Consider these questions…

  • Do you want the best quality food for you, and your family?
  • Do you want your food to be free of herbicide, pesticide and GMOs?
  • Do you want food security?
  • Do you want to easily grow food that you know you can trust?

If you have answered `YES` to any of these questions, then you, and the Omega Garden™ can make it happen.

 

What is Omega Garden™?

Intelligent Hydroponics For An Intelligent Planet

The Omega Garden™ is a revolutionary rotary hydroponic system designed with efficiency, simplicity, and maximum yield in mind, able to operate growing fresh, delicious and ‘Safe’ food 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Say goodbye to pesticides and herbicides! Welcome to ‘Safe’ food, now easily accessible to anyone.

From the hobby gardener to the professional grower, all will find an Omega Garden™ suitable for their growing needs.

The food produced by Omega’s patented cylindrical growing system will allow you to harvest healthy, bountiful, and nutritious produce year round all from within the convenience of an urban setting.

The Omega Garden™ team is dedicated to designing hydroponic systems to meet the demands of the world today. With dozens of international patents, Omega Garden™ growing units are changing the way we get our food.

 

What Is The Advantage of Owning An Omega Garden™?

The Best Thing Since The Wheel.

  • Increase growing space: Grow in the circle with a design that greatly increases your square foot growing area. The Omega Garden™ unit, for example, can grow to maturity up to 80 plants in just 6 sq.ft. of floor space!
  • Maximize light capture: The same cylindrical design captures almost all of the lumens emitted by your light source, ultimately saving money and minimizing your time to harvest all by using ONLY 160 watts of electricity.
  • ‘Goldilocks Zone’ for optimum growth and nutrition value.
  • Optimize water and feeding: The cylinder rotates slowly through the feeding trough allowing plant rooting medium to absorb only the water and nutrients needed. This results in strong, healthy, and vibrant growth using 99.9% less water in the process.
  • Produce high yield plants: The effect on plants being constantly rotated, 360 degrees is known as orbitropism. This effect combined with gravity’s influence on plants, compresses the plant, producing more internodes, or flowering sites with shorter and stronger growth. You can get up to 3/5 times more in harvest per watt of power used!

Urban farming reduces transportation, packaging, spoilage, pollution, soil erosion, water usage, and contamination. It also reduces or eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers and preservatives.

Urban farming has many key benefits: higher food quality, a sustainable local economy, job opportunities, increased food security, more control of food production, creating more sustainable cities, community building and economic diversification.

Omega Garden™ systems are simply the most durable, efficient, and user friendly gardens ever created.

 

What Is The Funding For?

OBJECTIVE: To obtain the necessary funds to purchase equipment that will manufacture the Omega garden system efficiently, and at high volumes. A percentage of the acquired funds will be used to manufacture gardens for educational institutions

  • Thermoforming Machine
  • Processing Machinery
  • Injection Molds

There is no longer a reason to wait. This new approach to farming, that has been invented and patented by Omega Garden Int., will provide vertical integration of efficient farming right in the heart of the cities, and in your own home, solving age old urban farming issues.

 

What Can Be Grown?

Herbs of many varieties can be grown easily with fantastic results. Most strains of leafing and budding herbs adapt well to the nutrition, light, and growing conditions supplied by the Omega Gardens. Specifically, the following types have proven results with good yields per growing cycle:

Basil – Savoury – Mint – Parsley – Feverfew – Oregano – Thyme

Lettuces are another category of food that have proven, excellent, growing traits in the Omega Garden. Leafy lettuce varieties tend to work best. Head lettuce may still produce positive results but may be leafier than conventional gardening due to the rotation. Here are just a few lettuce types that have given great results:

Romaine – Rocket – Red & Green Leaf – Red & Green Butter Head – Pak and Bok Choy

Fruit and vegetable bearing plants of small to mid size also have demonstrated good growing yields in the Omega Garden™. Due to the rotation of the cylinders, larger heavier fruits may need to be staked or suspended, but a little tender care will go along way.

Strawberries – Blueberries – Peppers – Eggplants – Tomatoes

Flowers grow easily and beautifully in the wonderful glow of the rotating cylinders. A large selection of perennial and annual species result in colourful blooms that last for months.

Marigolds – Impatients – Pansies – Nasturtium

 

Examples Of Yield Per Garden

Crop: LETTUCE Plant Capacity: 80 Plants
Time from Load to Harvest: 20 Days*
Harvest Per Year: 18
= Yield Per Year Per Garden: 1,440 Plants of Lettuce

Crop: ARUGULA
Plant Capacity: 80 Plants
Time from Load to Harvest: 24 Days*
Harvest Per Year: 15
= Yield Per Year Per Garden: 1,200 Plants of Arugula

Crop: BASIL
Plant Capacity: 80 Plants
Time from Load to Harvest: 30 Days* With continual partial harvesting weekly that can continue for several months.
Harvest Per Year: 40 plus

Imagine the possibilities when you mix and match a variety of produce, or when you have two gardens

*These harvest times are based on experienced growers. Results may vary from garden to garden. The yield per garden varies on a number of factors and is dependent on environmental conditions, water source, level of pH etc. For detailed information please visit our website for instructions to get the most from your Omega garden.

VIDEO #2: This garden (BASIL) has approximately 20 sq ft of surface growing area. There was no CO2 enhancement or climate control, and it was operated in the basement with a wood stove for heat. The yield averaged 2 lbs per week at 4 watts per sq ft surface growing area. As a comparison, a modern commercial greenhouse supplements daylight with 16 watts per sq ft surface growing area. The cost for 80 watts (2 lamps) per hour of power locally is 12 cents per day @ . Nutrients cost less then the power costs per day. Rooting medium costs less then $9.00 per cycle. The retail cost of basil locally is $2.00 per ounce so you would gross approximately $250.00 per month.

 

Stepping Up With Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture has the potential to make a significant contribution to the solution of many current urban problems that fall within the rubric of healthy communities and sustainable living. These include:

  • environmental degradation and ecological restoration
  • resource consumption
  • health and nutrition issues
  • food security and access for lower income citizens
  • ecological education
  • local economic development and diversification
  • community building

All these can be influenced in a profound way by the activity of food production in urban spaces. Add to that the increased freshness of locally produced food, lower transportation costs, dietary diversification, and responsiveness to local needs and the advantages of producing at least some of our food in cities becomes obvious.

This is what makes the prospect of a city full of food gardens and overflowing with the bounty from urban farms so exciting for the world. Urban agriculture offers an immense opportunity to increase the welfare of all citizens and repair ecological damage and as we shall see a number of initiatives are already underway in this direction.

 

Why Rotary Hydroponics?

Hydroponics is often defined as “the cultivation of plants in water.” Research has since determined that many different aggregates or mediums will support plant growth; therefore, the definition of hydroponics has been broadened to read ‘the cultivation of plants without soil.”

The combination of the ‘Goldilocks Zone’ (proximity to the light), and Gravity is what makes the Omega garden so viable.

“The key to the gardens, is having the ideal ‘light source to plant’ relationship (the distance between the light source to the individual plant, and to the plants in the garden as a whole). In the Omega Garden™ system, all the plants are in the ‘Goldilocks zone,’ meaning they’re close enough to the light source to get its full growth benefits, but not so close that the leaves will get singed. Omega Garden laments, that in traditional greenhouse models, the artificial supplemental lighting is too far away from the plants to have a growth relationship. It merely keeps them awake, actually annoying rather than benefiting the plant. Unlike greenhouses, in which the focus is on the building, Omega Gardens are built “from the light out.” – Seedstock, Melinda Clark

Growers all over the world are using hydroponic techniques due to the lack of clean water supplies or fertile lands. Home gardeners use hydroponics on a smaller scale to grow fresh vegetables year round and to grow plants in smaller spaces, such as in apartments or on balconies.

 

Future Plans

Revolutionize the next generation of cities, utilizing urban vertical farming integration. The Farmdominium™ is designed to be a fully automated system. Each rotating garden is a module that can be removed from the carousel if required. In turn, each containerized carousel is a movable module in the larger system, simultaneously allowing easy transportation and the growth of fresh produce.

A Farmdominium™ can be either a permanent, or temporary installation. A temporary installation would be housed in an inflatable building, and a permanent installation could be in an inflatable building, concrete silo, or dome shaped structure. Silos, and domes allow for airtight pressurized operations eliminating both air, and water born contamination issues. Capturing the plant transpiration will reduce water requirements to minute levels compared to irrigated field farming, or greenhouse use.

Horizontal carousel frame conforms to intermodal shipping container specs for easy shipping, and stacking.

Power use; Power consumption per sq ft surface area in one Garden Unit module, with 158 watts in total for the lighting, is 8 watts per sq ft. We can compare this amount to the supplemental lighting, modern day greenhouse operations use per square foot, which is 16 watts, however, because this light is so far away from the plant in the green house (outside of the goldilocks zone) it is not in a growth relationship with the plant. It simply keeps the plant awake for long enough per day so that it does not go to seed. If this were a warehouse with no additional sunlight, this supplemental lighting would be completely ineffective and produce no usable plant material.

The Omega Garden Carousel (OGC) is designed to make the most efficient use of light, energy, water, land, and labour, to produce the safest, highest quality, healthiest plants possible in a fully controllable environment, ensuring ultimate food safety and trace-ability, while providing the means for a food production and consumption paradigm shift to global environmental and ecological sustainability, through intelligent vertical farming.

In order to fully appreciate the quality of the OGC design and the potential impact on global food production, it’s important to understand the relationship a plant has to light and gravity.

ABOVE: “The hydroponic “Omega Carousels” play a major part in the lives of the astronauts. Not only do they produce oxygen and improve the air quality, but they help improve the astronauts’ psychological condition and maintain a natural circadian rhythm while they are on their 180 day journey in complete blackness. The carousels line all the interior walls of the spacecraft and are able to grow hydroponically at 1/3g as the craft rotates. They tap into the layer of water protecting the spacecraft from solar radiation, and are supported by a structural ring that is repeated all the way around the craft’s ring. The air return and distribution and water supply are run under the floors, which are reoriented when the craft lands on Mars.”
Sourced: Allison Rozwat

 

In The Media

 

In Summary

Food is a complex subject so no single approach is recommended here. A diversity of approaches at different scales is presented that fits the existing configuration of the city as a dense urban space, rather than assigning large areas to grow food in the interstitial and under utilized spaces of the city.

For homeowners or apartment dwellers, this new Omega Garden’s™ will soon be the most popular system, requiring as little as 2 ft X 3.5 ft of space and can be stacked atop one another as your garden grows. This means that you could convert a bedroom or garage into a hydroponic farm and produce vegetables, herbs, flowers or other plants year round to sell at Farmers Markets, Restaurants or even to neighbors. Omega Garden Int. has sold a number of systems throughout Canada the USA, and around the globe.

Each Omega garden system grows 80 plants. A master grower with a single system should expect to harvest between 3 – 5 pounds of basil each week. (See above chart for more examples). Inasmuch as organic basil sells for about $2 an ounce ($32 per pound) in the supermarket, it is expected that your fresh produce would sell for at least half that price. Which would mean that you could gross as much as $320.00 a month from a garden that costs an affordable $1,495.00 USD to get started!

For more information please contact:
Omega Garden Intl.: info@omegagarden.com
Garden Architect: Ted Marchildon, omegagarden@gmail.com
Project Leader: Michael Tkautz, michael.tkautz@gmail.com
Omega Garden Int.  www.omegagarden.com
Toll Free 888 976 6342

Attached below are links to time lapse videos of basil lettuce, and arugula growing in the New Omega Garden.

These videos were done with out climate controls or co2 enrichment.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQmsgoFDj2M

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjaGceVzC0c

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQY5NHhHMBQ

All of the figures for productions are assumptions based on competent operations including clean water supplies, due diligence for invasive pests, fungus/molds, and overall operational technique. Estimates on yields are based on figures that we have observed, and are in no way to be considered guarantees of production from use of this technology.

“The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up… His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.” – Nikola Tesla –