DOES THE AQUATREE™ USE STANDARD SEED MATS? OR ARE THERE SPECIAL ONES NEEDED?
We have an engineered Seed Mat we developed called a Mau Mat™. It has been specifically designed for the Aquatree™. The Mau Mat’s™ construction, size, and shape are all specific to the Aquatree ™ and have been designed to maximize your success while complimenting and enhancing the systems capabilities. You can buy Mau Mats ™ through our marketplace. Our marketplace will open after our KickStarter campaign finishes, but well before the Aquatree™ is shipping out.
Our Mau Mats™ have been fully tested with the Aquatree™ and will not break apart and harm the pump or leach particulate into your system. They are also assured to not contain harmful chemicals, are over 95% organic, and accelerate germination times.
ARE THE MAU MATS™ NECESSARY?
It depends what you are trying to grow. If you are growing wheat grass or free-range sprouts, you do not need mats but if you are going to grow lettuce, basil, cherry tomatoes, or other plants, you will need them.
CAN THE MAU MATS™ BE REUSED?
No, they are one time use but you will find that they are incredibly inexpensive and nearly 100% compostable.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I’M READY TO GROW MORE?
We will send you a link to our marketplace where you can purchase additional seeds, mats, modular expansion parts, solar panels, and much more!
WHAT SEEDS CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE?
Our initial seed offering consists of:
- Kale for sprouts
- Broccoli for sprouts
- Wheat Grass 1Lb bag for sprouts
- Mesclun Lettuce Mix
WHAT OTHER OPTIONS WILL I HAVE?
Additional seeds will be available on our marketplace including:
Other items will be rapidly added based on requests from our family.
WHAT MAKES GROW LOCAL™ SEEDS BETTER?
First, every time you purchase a pack of our seeds, another pack goes to provide food for someone in need.
All of our seeds are organic, untreated, fresh crop, non-GMO, heirloom varieties. They are the highest quality seeds you can purchase. Our seed varieties are hand selected and packaged specifically for the Aquatree™. They undergo rigorous testing and screening to ensure they meet our exacting standards.
DO YOU ADHERE TO THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE?
Yes! Our seeds are supplied by USDA-compliant seed harvesters who are licensed in all 50 states. All seeds are lab tested, with accompanying documentation, to ensure they meet or exceed federal germination standards. We partner with third-party companies to send the seed out for additional lab spot-testing on a regular basis.
WHAT IS THE SAFE SEED PLEDGE?
The Council for Responsible Genetic says the pledge is as follows: “Agriculture and seeds provide the basis upon which our lives depend. We must protect this foundation as a safe and genetically stable source for future generations. For the benefit of all farmers, gardeners and consumers who want an alternative, we pledge that we do not knowingly buy, sell or trade genetically engineered seeds or plants.
The mechanical transfer of genetic material outside of natural reproductive methods and between genera, families or kingdoms, poses great biological risks as well as economic, political, and cultural threats. We feel that genetically engineered varieties have been insufficiently tested prior to public release. More research and testing is necessary to further assess the potential risks of genetically engineered seeds. Further, we wish to support agricultural progress that leads to healthier soils, genetically diverse agricultural ecosystems and ultimately healthy people and communities.”
HOW DO YOU ENSURE SEED VIABILITY AND QUALITY?
We conduct regular in-house germination testing as an additional quality control measure.