The Water Garden, formerly the AquaFarm, is an innovative three-gallon aquaponics system that is both eco-friendly and self-sustaining from urban farming startup Back to the Roots. Available through the Back to the Roots website, the Water Garden retails for $59.99.
The innovative Water Garden is a mini ecosystem, as the plants clean the water and fish feed the plants. The kit comes with fish food, a beta fish coupon, gravel for the tank and organic seeds. The "closed-loop" sustainable farming method uses 90% less water than traditional farming methods and is self-described as a unique convergence of aquaculture and hydroponics.
Started by Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez in their UC Berkeley dorm-room, Back to the Roots produces eight other urban farming tools, including the Mushroom Farm that uses coffee grounds and two ready-to-grow basil and cilantro cans.