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GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES IN THE CITY

在城市裏種植屬於自己的蔬菜


Short Summary

City dwellers today are losing their connection to nature.  We all rely on big corporates to provide us food and vegetables. This is not very safe or environmentally friendly. 

While many people in Hong Kong have balconies, not many use them for growing much of anything. This is because balconies have a unique problem: accessibility. Put a few pots on your balcony, and you have a hard time walking around them to reach the far one, as it is a long, narrow shape.  In addition, most people plant the traditional way by growing in soil.  However, this uses up a lot of water and requires a great deal of time and effort to care for the plants.

To overcome this we designed a hydroponics system that does away with the use of soil for growing and sits easily across your balcony rather than alongside. Placed with the back to the railing, the space use is minimal, while all your plants can be reached with ease. 

Best of all, this means you can now grow your own fresh, safe, tasty vegetables in the city!


簡介

生活在城市的我們失去了跟大自然的聯繫,我們往往要依靠大型超市和零售商去為我們提供食物與蔬菜,無論從安全角度還是環保角度來看都不見得是個好的狀況。

雖然很多香港人都擁有自己的露台,但很少人可以利用露台種植。其中最大的問題是因為大部分露台的設計都是很窄,以致人們連在露台走動都有困難,更何況是種植蔬菜。再者,現在大部分人依然使用傳統的方法,即使用泥土種植,而這種方法需要很多時間打理,耗水亦甚多,這些原因都導致在露台種植變得困難。

現在,我們設計了一種不需要泥土便可以種植的方法,使大家在窄長的露台內,都能夠輕鬆種植屬於自己的蔬菜,現在,就讓我們在城市裡面種植屬於自己即新鮮,又好吃,且安全的蔬菜吧!


Hydroponics is the Future of Growing 

水培種植,未來種植的新方向

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What you get with the CH64 Balcony Unit

CH64 露台適用的水培系統

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The CH64 is meant for the smallest of balconies.  At just 89cm (less than 3 ft) in width it fits on just about any balcony or utility platform.

Horizontal space is where the greatest limitations are, so we also use vertical space . Completely vertical gardens have their own serious restrictions, such as tall plants interfering with plants above them. Plants, by nature, also want vertical space. This is why the design is at an angle, giving plants that very important vertical space while minimising the need for horizontal space.

As not all balconies are created equal, we have built flexibility in the system, and can supply various sizes to fit just about any balcony. Even if yours is not much more than a utility platform you may very well have the space to put down a hydroponic growing system, just have its legs straddle that air-con unit.

The system is very easy to use.  You can leaving it for a few days without attention and your plants will be still fine, even during the hottest time of the year when plants grow fast and need the most care.  

Furthermore, the systems are easy to assemble and disassemble, making cleaning easy. The pipes in which the plants grow have to be cleaned every few months to remove algae, broken off roots and other debris. The lightweight PVC pipes can be lifted off the frame with ease, and both ends can be screwed open so debris can be flushed out in the blink of an eye. 

Special needs? Don't worry. Our systems are modular in design and have many options for customisation, at very low cost.


CH64 系統89cm (少於4呎)的寬度可以讓你即使在最小的露台下都可以種植蔬菜,現在香港的露台普遍非常窄,種植蔬菜並不容易,所以我們希望設計出一款可以讓大家有效利用露台垂直空間的水培系統。我們的多層設計可以讓蔬菜有足夠空間生長之餘亦不會佔用太多露台的空間,務求在佔用最小空間的情況下讓讓大家種植最多的健康蔬菜。我們亦明白露台的大小各有不一,所以在設計上我們希望有更大的彈性,所以就算在細小的露台,安裝依然不成問題。

這個系統的另一個特色就是容易使用,無論任何季節,即使因為需要出外公幹或者旅行而沒有時間打理蔬菜,蔬菜依然會很健康地生長。另外,這個系統的裝嵌和拆除均非常方便,清洗亦十分容易,水管只需要隔幾個月清洗一次以清除水藻和污穢即可。不過由於PVC水管十分輕,而且兩邊均可扭開,拆除十分容易,所以清洗絕對沒有困難。

如有特別需要,可以直接聯絡我們,我們可以以優惠價為你度身訂造屬於你自己的水培系統。


Specifications 

規格

Standard SPECIFICATION: 4 small and 2 large pipes

標準規格:4條小水管和兩條大水管

Width 寬度:

S: 799 mm (38 plants )

M: 939 mm (48 plants )

L: 1079 mm (58 plants )

Depth 深度: 911 mm. 毫米

Height 高度: 1650 mm. 毫米

Plants 可種植植物數量: Up to 58 plants / 最多58棵

*** NOTE: Perks ONLY available in HONG KONG for now. ***

*** 注意:此項目只適用於香港 ***


What Happens to the Proceeds

The funds raised for the sale of the CH64 hydroponic growing system of course first of all go to the production and delivery of these installations. Any profits and funds raised outside the direct sales will go to the further development of the company, most notably the development of indoor hydroponic growing solutions. Over time we hope to bring more greenery to all of Hong Kong, and when that is done, the rest of the world starting with the Asian market.


資金會如何被運用

所有籌集到的資金會首先用作製作CH64水培系統。在扣除製作及送貨成本後,剩餘的資金將會用作擴展我們公司的業務。今後,我們希望可以研發出一個可以在室內使用的水培系統,使香港,亞洲,甚至全世界的人可以過著更加綠色的生活。


Why Crowdfunding

The combination of the product that I have and my target market seem to me to form the ideal profile for crowdfunding. I have an innovative product which I want to sell directly to end users, mostly private people rather than companies. No middlemen and no retail shop markups, savings that go straight back into lowering the price of the product and making it more affordable.

It is also a product of which production can start at small scale. By using existing component where possible the production startup costs are very low, and there is no need for a huge investment just to get started. Like growing a plant in my hydroponic growing system, the SparkRaise crowdfunding platform is to act as the medium in which a seed can grow. With crowdfunding as a basis, the risks of the startup and further expansion can be highly limited - both on the side of the investors (i.e. the buyers) and the business. This way there is no need for me to invest large amounts of money, or to find external investors to put in a large sum, and risking it all just to get started.

For the future, when the business grows, crowdfunding can provide a form of stability by assuring sales for the company without having to keep a large stock, thus reducing cost. After the first campaigns, the company should be getting firmly rooted in the marketplace. I expect crowdfunding to remain a significant part of the business operations for a long time to come for the many advantages it offers for both the business and the buyer.


為何選擇眾籌

作為一件創新的產品,我希望我的產品可以跳過零售商直接售賣到消費者手中,而眾籌項目提供了一個機會讓我可以直接跟顧客有所互動,這是我當初考慮啟動這個項目的原因。另外,由於免卻了中介費和零售商的上架費用 ,製作成本可以大大減低 ,產品的售價亦因此可以減低,使更多人可以負擔得起我的產品。 此外,眾籌令我可以不需要大量資金投入都能夠啟動我的水培項目,這些都是我選擇眾籌的原因。

而選擇SparkRaise 的原因是因為這個平台可以讓城市水培茁壯成長,當中最大的好處就是可以減低風險。對我來說,眾籌不但可以令我自己不需要太多的資金投入便可以啟動這個項目,而且省卻了尋找單一投資者作大額投資的煩惱。而對買家來講,他們不需要再被動地等待他們喜歡的產品面世,相反,透過眾籌平台,他們可以主動選擇自己喜歡的產品。所以我覺得眾籌平台無論對作為創業人士的我還是消費者,都可以帶來很多好處。

在未來,眾籌依然會是我拓展業務的重要渠道。例如,當我在往後再推出新產品的時候,我可以先利用眾籌的方式進行預售,並了解買家的需求,才確定製造貨物的數量,這樣一來,我便不需要儲存太多存貨,成本和售價便可以降低。所以,無論從短期還是長期的角度去看,眾籌都能夠為我以及我的公司以及我的顧客帶來很多好處。


About City Hydroponics

I am Wouter van Marle, Founder of City Hydroponics.  I am originally from the Netherlands and have been living in Hong Kong for more than 10 years. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF GROWING OUR OWN FOOD

I have always liked planting on my rooftop and balcony. I think nowadays people living in the city are losing the connection to nature and we all rely on big corporates to provide us food and vegetables. This is not very safe or environmentally friendly. I therefore started to grow my own vegetables hoping that my family and I will be able to eat healthy vegetables.

HOW I STARTED GROWING MY OWN VEGETABLES WITH HYDROPONICS

When I first started planting I started with the traditional way of growing in soil. However, I then realised that it did not work very well. For instance, it used up a lot of water and it took me a lot of time and effort to take care of the plants. And then I thought it would be great if I could build up my own hydroponic system to make things easier. Initially, I started with a very small system and tried to figure out if it would work. Since then I have modified my system several times and few months ago I finalised the version that you see in this campaign.


關於城市水培

我是Wouter van Marle,我來自荷蘭,在香港生活已經超過10年 

自己種植食物的重要性

一直以來,我都十分喜歡在露台和天台種植食物, 因為我認為城市人應該保持與大自然的聯繫。我一直覺得我們日常的飲食過分依靠大型超市和零售商,一方面十分不環保,另一方面安全程度亦成疑。 為了讓自己和家人吃到更有益的蔬菜,我便決定自己種植蔬菜。

我如何開始使用水培方式種植

其實當我開始種植的時候,我是使用傳統的方法,即是使用泥土來種植的,然而我發覺效果並不如想像中好。例如,我需要很多時間去打理我的蔬菜,而且需要常常灌水。於是我便考慮改用水培方式種植。首先,我製作了一個很小的水培系統來測試這個項目的可行性,經過幾次的改良後,終於得出了現在的版本。


Risks and Challenges

RISKS RELATED TO THIS CAMPAIGN

The main risk is a potential delay in delivery due to mainland manufacturers not delivering on time (especially for the first order due to the New Year break). Despite that, samples so far have arrived on time and regarding specifications of the system there have not been any serious issues so far beyond what is to be expected with samples. This still has to translate into orders, which is where the risk lies.

CHALLENGES AHEAD

After this campaign the main challenge will be to expand this business. It is a one-man show at the moment, so when it grows City Hydroponics will have to expand and start hiring staff and everything that comes with building a business. In addition, City Hydroponics would like to add new designs and indoor systems, in particular, will be added to the mix. Another challenge will be to extend the marketing reach to the Chinese speaking part of Hong Kong.


風險與挑戰

項目的風險

雖然到目前為只所有樣本均如期送到,而且並沒有發現任何重大問題,但由於內地的工廠出貨速度不穩定 (尤其第一批產品將於農曆新年前後生產),產品送抵的時間可能會有所偏差。

未來的挑戰與展望

在這個眾籌項目完成之後,將要面臨最大的挑戰就是業務擴展。現時,所有工作皆由我自己一個人完成,隨著城市水培繼續發展,公司需要開始聘用人手來確保公司的健康發展。此外,城市水培在未來將會設計更多新產品,當中包括室內的水培系統, 希望在大家的支持下將我們的理念以及產品宣揚給更多香港人。


LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION?

想知道更多資料?

For more information, why not contact the campaign creator directly:

如果想進一步了解城市水培,可以直接聯絡我們的創辦人: 

Website  網站: http://www.cityhydroponics.hk/oursystems.shtml

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hkcityhydroponics/?fref=ts

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DISCLAIMER: Delivery of rewards and perks are subject to best efforts and not guaranteed. Crowdfunding activities in general may give rise to significant risks, including fraud and failure of delivery. Please consider these risks when determining the size of your contribution and before contributing to a campaign.

免責聲明:本網站並不須就閣下在任何眾籌項目購買任何產品而招致的任何損失負上任何責任。而眾籌活動本身亦存在一定風險,包括交貨失敗等。 在支持任何項目或購買任何產品之前請先衡量當中的風險。

Funds raised on this page will go to:

City Hydroponics

Grow your own vegetables in the city! Hydroponics is the future of growing!

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  • ONE MEDIUM CH64-M Hydroponic System 中型CH64-S水培系統

    HKD 2800      Physical

    SAVE 20% OFF RETAIL PRICE 比原價低20% (orig price 原價 HKD3,500)
    Includes 包含:
    - Balcony hydroponics unit CH64-M (939mm width x 911mm depth x 1650mm height)露台適用水培養系統 (939mm 寬 x 911mm 深 x 1650mm 高)
    - Fits up to 48 plants 最多可種植 38 棵蔬菜
    - FREE installation in Hong Kong (valued at HKD350) 免安裝費 (原價港幣350元)
    - Coveted City Hydroponics Club Membership 附送城市水培會員資格
    - Access to cool hydroponics growing tips 城市水培種植貼士
    - Access to special City Hydroponics events 參與城市水培舉辦的活動
    - City Hydroponics T-shirt 附送城市水培T恤
    - Thank you acknowledgement on our website 我們會在網站上會寫上你的名字以表示感謝

    Estimated Delivery:
    April 30, 2016

    1 claimed out of 5

  • ONE LARGE CH64-L Hydroponic System 大型CH64-S水培系統

    HKD 2850      Physical

    SAVE 20% OFF RETAIL PRICE 比原價低20% (orig price 原價 HKD3,600)
    Includes 包含:
    - Balcony hydroponics unit CH64-M (1079mm width x 911mm depth x 1650mm height)露台適用水培養系統 (939mm 寬 x 911mm 深 x 1650mm 高)
    - Fits up to 58 plants 最多可種植 58 棵蔬菜
    - FREE installation in Hong Kong (valued at HKD350) 免安裝費 (原價港幣350元)
    - Coveted City Hydroponics Club Membership 附送城市水培會員資格
    - Access to cool hydroponics growing tips 城市水培種植貼士
    - Access to special City Hydroponics events 參與城市水培舉辦的活動
    - City Hydroponics T-shirt 附送城市水培T恤
    - Thank you acknowledgement on our website 我們會在網站上會寫上你的名字以表示感謝

    Estimated Delivery:
    April 30, 2016

    1 claimed out of 5

  • ONE Small CH64-S Hydroponic System 小型CH64-S水培系統

    HKD 2750      Physical

    SAVE OVER 25% OFF RETAIL PRICE 比原價低20% (orig price 原價 HKD3,400)
    Includes 包含:
    - Balcony hydroponics unit CH64-S (799mm width x 911mm depth x 1650mm height) 露台適用水培養系統 (799mm 寬 x 911mm 深 x 1650mm 高)
    - Fits up to 38 plants 最多可種植 38 棵蔬菜
    - FREE installation in Hong Kong (valued at HKD350) 免安裝費 (原價港幣350元)
    - Coveted City Hydroponics Club Membership 附送城市水培會員資格
    - Access to cool hydroponics growing tips 城市水培種植貼士
    - Access to special City Hydroponics events 參與城市水培舉辦的活動
    - City Hydroponics T-shirt 附送城市水培T恤
    - Thank you acknowledgement on our website 我們會在網站上會寫上你的名字以表示感謝

    Estimated Delivery:
    April 30, 2016

    1 claimed out of 5

  • City Hydroponics Club Membership 城市水培會員資格

    HKD 500      Service

    Join the City Hydroponics Club in HK today at a DISCOUNT!
    As a HUGE THANK YOU for your support membership gets you: 以優惠價成為城市水培的會員 (兩年),你可以得到:
    - Access to cool hydroponics growing tips 城市水培種植貼士
    - Access to special City Hydroponics events 參與城市水培舉辦的活動
    - City Hydroponics T-shirt 城市水培T恤
    - Thank you acknowledgement on our website 我們會在網站上會寫上你的名字以表示感謝

    Estimated Delivery:
    March 01, 2016

    1 claimed out of 50

  • City Hydroponics Fertilizer Set 城市水培肥料套裝

    HKD 250      Physical

    Buy a fertilizer set for use with all City Hydroponics systems
    適用於城市水培之水培系統的肥料

    Estimated Delivery:
    March 01, 2016

    0 claimed out of 50

  • Water Quality Measurement Set 水質測試套裝

    HKD 250      Physical

    Buy a total dissolved solids (TDS) probe and pH probe, for use with all City Hydroponics systems
    適用於城市水培之水培系統的探測器,可用作測量水培系統內的TDS值和酸鹼值

    Estimated Delivery:
    March 01, 2016

    1 claimed out of 50

  • City Hydroponics T-shirt 城市水培T恤

    HKD 250      Physical

    Show your support for City Hydroponics by buying one of our cool T-shirts! (There are four sizes, S, M, L and XL and three colors, Orange, Blue and Black )
    購買城市水培的T恤 以表達你對我們的支持! (有加大,大, 中,小 共四個碼,並有橙色, 藍色和黑色三種顏色供選擇)

    Estimated Delivery:
    March 01, 2016

    0 claimed out of 50