As the winter rains come down, many of us are thinking about 2018’s annual crop. We’re buying seeds and marking calendars for when to plant because cannabis is an annual that goes in the ground after the last frost and is harvested before the first fall rains. Unless, of course, you grow indoors.
And if you’re thinking of doing that, you probably want to keep an eye on Cloudponics’ $2,490 GroBox, which debuted on Amazon.com this week. The fully automated gardening cabinet weighs 176 pounds and ships to your door from San Diego.
As we detail on GreenState, GroBox is a classic San Francisco start-up tale, right down to getting kicked off Kickstarter, and crowdfunding $20,000 in pre-orders on their own. Several hundred GroBox units have shipped since it debuted in summer of 2017, and at first I thought the idea was far-fetched. But after kicking the tires a bit — we think 2018 will see a sea change in personal gardening automation. Here’s to a fruitful season. — David Downs
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Learn what “biodynamic” cannabis farming is from the growers themselves at Sebastopol, Calif. dispensary SolFul’s education series tonight, featuring Mike Benziger, formerly of Benziger Wines. Tickets are available here.
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