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Two months in with the Click and Grow, here’s our review

Two months in with the Click and Grow, here’s our review

We’ve had the Click and Grow for about two months now. It’s given us two small lettuces, and we have been picking here and there at mustard greens, basil and parsley. Two months in I think we have a pretty decent understanding of the device and it’s pros and cons. Best put, the Click and Grow is disappointing if you’re looking to grow food at home.If you want a system to grow plants or have a fun activity with the kids, then the Click and Grow could be for you. Onto the Click and Grow Review however. 

Methodology: When reviewing this, or any other product, our first goals at GreenerPods is to see how well the device can help you grow your greens or food at home to make any measurable impact on nutrition and budget, followed by how seamlessly it blends into the home environment, and lastly how well it’s designed as a product. (more…)

Why is Home Grown Food Important?

Why is Home Grown Food Important?

Why is home grown food important? Why is growing food at home something that – for us – should be embraced in every household? The answer is complex and involves a number of factors. Nutrition, eating better, fresher, and healthy, it’s understanding to respect the food we put into our bodies and where it comes from. It’s taking an active part in that process, its also sustainability and decreasing our carbon footprints – just imagine the hundreds if not thousands of miles it took your “fresh” baby kale to travel to your supermarket, the plastic container it came in, it’s production and carbon output.

The point I’m trying to make here is, the agricultural supply chain is inherently more complex than how we perceive it most of the time.There are numerous elements we often forget to apply when considering our own eating habits. Additionally it allows a means for people to get the freshest greens and in turn nutrients available on their kitchen table with little to no work. Recently, a University of California, Davis study showed that vegetables can lose 15 to 55 percent of vitamin C, for instance, within a week. Spinach can lose 90 percent within the first 24 hours after harvest (see chart on page 4).Now what if that same spinach was picked fresh in your kitchen in February and tossed into a salad? That’s what we’re trying to accomplish here – in part.

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Hamama Greens Grow Kit Review

Hamama Greens Grow Kit Review

For part one, (the ordering experience) head over here. Otherwise, continue reading.

Hamama Greens is Based out of SF and they produce home grow kits for microgreens. When writing this review I reached out to them via their website, and Camille, one of the founders was awesome enough to answer my questions, so some of this comes directly from her.

In addition to general questions about the device, I asked Camille what she’d like to accomplish with Hamama, and her quote was pretty awesome. “Our goal is to help as many people as possible experience that gardener’s high and get hooked. The feeling of eating something healthy that you had a part in producing.” Which to us is very solid. We’d love for every household in the US to grow a portion of their food at home, in fact that’s a big part of our mission so this resonated pretty well with us.

Cool, so let’s start it off with this – we’ve had them growing for four days and so far it works, and pretty well, but onto that in a bit. First let’s look at what you get for $35 bucks (looking around the internet the price here seems to have increased. (more…)

Indoor Gardening Product Hamama Greens Ordered

Indoor Gardening Product Hamama Greens Ordered

Let’s start off with this Hamama Greens has a pretty great mission which we align with here, they “want to help create a world where anyone can grow and eat fresh food as a part of a healthy lifestyle routine.” Right on! As someone who believes accessibility to fresh nutritious greens is pivotal, this initiative speaks to me. Price wise it’s also economical, the starter kit which comes with everything you need to get going is $35, this comes with enough seeds to grow your greens for a month, and then a monthly subscription to seeds at $16/month.

From my research this is one of the less expensive options, which is awesome, as economic accessibility to fresh greens is super important, and the monthly seed subscription won’t break the bank. Lastly if you love the system, Hamama Greens also offers a microgreen flat they call a grow tray for $25. Not bad at all. You can all this on their website, and they use Shopify with a custom domain to process all transactions.

I ordered over thanksgiving weekend and the microgreen kit was shipped that Monday by USPS, and arrived here in Brooklyn NY, Friday morning. We’ll get to setting all this up soon and will post updates here.

UPDATE!!!!! We’ve been getting the Hamama Greens kits for ~ 6 months now, and wanted to update our Hamama greens review. In short we’re absolutely thrilled with their product aside from one tiny snafu which was the postman’s fault.

We have Hamama greens every 7-10 days with our salads and eggs and sandwiches and are love the product so much we’ve bough it for friends and family. Get on this! Here’s part two of the review.

In terms of other indoor kits, we’ve done considerable research and have opted to simply start growing our food at home in coconut coir and hydroponic systems. More on that later though. If you’d like a Hamama Kit, you can get one form their site or support us by getting one here.

Also check our out review of the home herb garden Click & Grow.

Sardine Parsley Pasta | Eat Cheap and Healthy

Sardine Parsley Pasta | Eat Cheap and Healthy

Eating good healthy food can be tough especially when you’re trying to stick to a tight budget. This Sardine Parsley Pasta recipe is quick, loaded with Omega3’s, quick to put together and quite frankly delicious.

If you’re concerned about the origin of your food or buy organic, there are a number of brands like Wild Planet, Conservas de Cambados, Cole’s Sardines and Vital Choice which take sustainability seriously. While about $.50 to $1 per can more, to me it’s worthwhile knowing that what you’re putting in your body is sustainable – is important. (more…)

There’s something rotten with our food

There’s something rotten with our food


There’s something wrong with our food.

Let me preface this by saying that this is entirely based off of my own experiences, and a number of assumptions here will lack the data I would normally want to have back up my arguments, but with a lack of it, I can write only through observation. 


Growing up in New York, no one had gluten allergies, no one was constantly bloated, and no one had to watch what they ate. Some folks had lactose intolerance, but that was about it. Fast forward 20 some odd years, and everywhere you turn someone has some form of food ailment or allergy.

This can’t be normal. In fact this isn’t normal. The moment I leave the US and go to Europe, Asia, Africa, and eat the local food all my dietary ailments end. I eat more, drink more, I lose weight, and don’t get hangovers even though I drink more, and all is good and well, then I come back home to the states and without fail a week later, I’m ill.

So I started thinking, why is that? Am I the only one who has this? Well a few weeks ago a friend was coming back from Europe and she posted on facebook that the same thing happens to her. I then asked a few other friends who travel abroad often, do they have similar reactions, not all of them, but a few do as well.

What is it? Why are we so prone to dietary illness here in the U.S. whereas other developed countries don’t seem to have the same issues? Where does our food come from? How does it get here, is organic really organic, how can we eat well, while keeping costs down, how can we grow things ourselves, indoors, or close to our homes year round. These are just some of the questions I’m planning to uncover as I embark on a this project.

Greener pods is as much an idea, as it will one day be a product, and hopefully a movement. It’s based on the belief that all people should have access to fresh greens and vegetables, and know where they came from, how they were grown, and sourced.

Here I’ll explore various ways to grow greens and veggies in an apartment, share a few easy, good, affordable recipes, I’ll look at some of the current gardening systems on the market, and will even try to build one or two of my own documenting the entire thing. I truly hope you’ll join me on this journey.