IDEAS For Us | March 24, 2014

Connecting a Garden to the Internet

An “Internet of things” is a connected web of computers and devices. As the Internet increases its connectivity, a garden is bound to sprout up somewhere among these “things”. Students in Orlando, FL have constructed an aquaponics garden as a solution to local food problems. As a student-run project, this garden pushes the boundaries on modern gardening, including connecting it to the Internet!


This is the Livin’ Harmony Aquaponics Garden, built by Jonathan Carr and Robert Papson. It is as a testbed for intellectual groups like Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to reference for food-based initiatives.


In summary, aquaponics is a type of gardening that uses symbiosis of fish and plants. Briefly put, fish make nutrients for the plants and the plants clean the water for the fish. Below is a summary diagram.


It is relatively easy to maintain an aquaponics garden if/when its components balance themselves. Why connect it to the Internet? This system can automate the balancing process and can send alerts to the owner. This makes schedules easier.


A sensor box was installed to automate some of the monitoring process. It currently watches over a small portion of the garden, but newer revisions will expand its capabilities. Two other UCF Students, Ryan Harrigan and Tyler Lukasiewicz programmed it with an arduino.

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– Ryan Harrigan
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