Introducing  Ponix MicroAg LLC


Ponix MicroAg LLC is a development stage company preparing to bring you ideal environments for micro-farming and gardening, 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 larger gardens, commercial uses and other CEA applications.

Best uses for pPods:

  • Home growing on balconies, terraces, decks, and rooftops
  • Micro-farming, urban agriculture, 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 -
  • Hydroponics and other CEA applications -
  • Standard pPod™
  • Other pPod™ Sizes
  • Expanded pPods
  • pPod™ Accessories

The Standard pPod is 28 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 and open the bottom to access lower plants, planters & irrigation.

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.

pPods will also be available in 2 larger sizes.

The Agri pPod is the same height as the Standard pPod, but with a larger base - 40 inches wide by 30 inches deep - to accomodate commercial size flats.

The Alta pPod is designed to accommodate larger plants such as tomatoes, dill, and cannabis. It has the same base dimensions as the Agri pPod and is 60 inches tall at the back.

Both the Agri pPod and Alta pPod have a deeper tray than the Standard pPod to provide greater heating and irrigation capacity.


Attach multiple pPods of any size side-by side or back-to-back with no walls between each pPod segment 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 adding pPod extender units. 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 and highly recommended for Alta pPods located away from a wall.


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 at 78 degrees F through the tray beneath the plants for even temperature control and comes with a diversion valve that switches the circulating water to a drip watering system for greater irrigation control and convenience. This system is designed to keep a fully exposed Standard pPod from freezing with outdoor temperatures as low as 0 degrees F.

Multiple grow light options will be available, including top mounted high intensity lights and strip LED supplemental lighting that conforms to the frame.

An automatic front panel controller is being developed to make sure pPod segments are properly vented in hot weather and closed when temperatures drop.

Shelving units will become available for high-density plant starting and for growing micro greens.

 

 

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.

 

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