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This smart garden initiative for kids in Abu Dhabi is changing how they view homegrown food


13-July-2021

There’s no better way to get the kids involved in growing and harvesting!

Team Yalla simply loves to hear about new initiatives, products and concepts that have been homegrown in Abu Dhabi. We’ve even written about it too!

And this one is brilliant as not only does it involve growing your own fruit and veg, it involves kids in the process too, so they grow up loving what’s good for them – result!

So what is it?

This month, young visitors to Kidzania’s outlets at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall and The Dubai Mall are learning how to easily grow healthy fruits and vegetables at home.

And they are doing this through a unique interactive experience delivered by Masdar City-based start-up innovation, the HydroArtPod.

As part of KidZania’s ‘Kids For A Greener World’ interactive workshop, kids will learn how easy it is to grow fruits and vegetables at home using the HydroArtPod – an app-controlled smart garden that empowers and enables people to grow food and flowers indoors, according to a Masdar press release issued on Sunday said WAM, the UAE’s News Agency.

Kids at each mall get hands-on experience of the HydroArtPod, giving them the opportunity to explore their natural environment and understand how they can contribute towards protecting it.

They’ll also get to learn how to grow their own plants and find out more about the importance of saving water and recycling.

HydroArtPod inventor, Aline Pate said: “My inspiration for designing the HydroArtPod was to help every home be able to make a little difference toward their own health and minimise our impact on the environment.

“KidZania’s ‘Kids For A Greener World’ is an important initiative to raise awareness among younger generations about food production and the environment. We are delighted to partner with KidZania and Emaar in helping the next generation learn how to take care of our world.”

The HydroArtPod has been developed by Masdar City-based tech start-up, by AlinePate, which is currently being incubated at the sustainability focused startup accelerator, The Catalyst.

The automated HydroArtPod requires minimal user effort, removes the need for chemicals, packaging and transportation, and ensures a steady supply of fresh produce with minimal food waste.

Users can also grow edible and decorative flowers easily at home.

The HydroArtPod can be mounted on the walls in a home for easy access, while also looking like a piece of art.

 

Source WAM – UAE National News Agency

Image source – UAE National News Agency

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