where it all began…
meet us: nate and rob
(Dr) Rob was raised on a wood farm in southeastern Massachusetts, and since moving to NYC has made it his mission to make the place a bit greener! His Ph.D. dissertation focused on Vegetated Infrastructure, and after meeting Nate in early 2016 began to use his plant knowledge to design food growing systems. As well as running R&D, manufacturing, and dispatch at Urban Leaf, he has also become famous for his “Upper Westo Pesto” (fortunately he has a very good supply of fresh basil).
overcoming challenges to urban gardening
Our first product is an eco-friendly beginner hydroponic unit called The World’s Smallest Garden. It’s possibly also the World’s Easiest To Use! The World’s Smallest Garden lets plants water themselves – using patented hydroponic technology. There are no more excuses for “I tried to grow a plant once, but it died”
Business As a Force for Good
Our products are entirely US made, and most is in fact done in New York State (including the plastic injection molding) which means we can keep transport related carbon emissions low. Our products are assembled a couple of hours north of Manhattan by an amazing organization that provides employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
We use a biodegradable PLA plastic to manufacture the plastic parts of our product. It costs us a little more this way, but we feel its money well spent.