210. Hydroponics | Ryan Agrey from Hope Innovations

Hope Innovations

Another Rockstar Millennial is going to be my featured guest today to talk to us about his business Hope Innovations.ca is a new up and growing hydroponic business who has developed an indoor garden that will grow anything you wish, anytime of the year, anywhere.

Does not matter the size of your place,season it is or the type of plant. It is an easy affordable system that gives anyone the opportunity to grow their own healthy chemical free food.

Garden of Eden hydroponic kit

We created a hydroponic kit that is less than half the price of any hydroponic kit out there the same size. We have found an innovative solution to no longer need to transplant everything you want to grow in your system. We created a system that you can set up, fill up, plant up, with no way to screw up. This system can be used indoors or outdoors, and requires less than 15 mins of maintenance a month. We have created the first “anyone can succeed” hydroponic system, that will allow everyone to grow there own food with no risk of dangerous chemicals or preservatives added, while still growing nutritious delicious food.  



You’re just north of me in Canada, right so? Do you want to tell listeners about your self?Tell us a little about yourself.

For sure, I am Ryan Agree. I’m from a small town called Edson, in Alberta, Canada! I’m the founder ofHope Innovations.ca .

HOPE stands for

  • Hydroponic 

  • optimized

  • personal

  • environments

If you have a

  • bad climate
  • or don’t have space to grow

You can grow year round

  • affordabilty
  • chemical free
  • making it accessible to anybody to have their own food


Engineering Roots

Ive always been interested in

  • creating
  • building
  • designing

connix competiiton

I entered and ended up winning from North America in my age group

I love

  • designing
  • creating

Naturally I thought I’d get into engineering after school, but after doing some job fairs and talking to people in the trade but after talking to some people in the field it kind of soured me to the whole idea.

I wanted an a job where I could

  • design
  • create and
  • build design

but that job doesn’t exist except what I do now. I am still hoping I can make that job work

Doing what my friends are doing, so all my friends started getting jobs around Edmond

high school

definitely do university

  • that education invaluable
  • you won’t lose

ended up

  • mainly lumber
  • oil and gas
  • coal

graduated in 2008

right as the recession hit. You are handing out resumes as people are putting up out  of business signs

Eventually got a job and ended up running some facilities

never really happy wanted to scratch that itch to build and design things and do what I did kind of as a kid

I always see stories of these people who do these things


or doing something for 50 years and it’s really intimidating that someone just coming out of school could break into a market so competitive. After watching shows like 

fewer 0s

  • every day people
  • see a problem come up with a solution
  • really be successful and do something they love
  • successful people

People who were geniuses Steve Jobs

At the pinnacle of the entrepreneur world and realized they are not a whole lot further ahead and a lot of people coming out of school and that gave me the confidence that this was something I could do

Hope Innovation The Perfect Planting Cup

I was lucky

I had been socking away money for years

funding the idea

a bit of an epiphany

relied around the idea of growing food around areas where we weren’t growing food and utilize a small footprint

  • don’t have the weather
  • don’t have the space

And pump out the food as possible

It drew me into hydroponics

looking at the feasibilty

  • mostly just an idea
  • talking with the family
  • to start with
  • hydroponics seems like the way to start so let’s

give it a whirl

  • we went to Canadian Costco
  • realized you can’t just get one, a kit or anything.

Not yet!

  • that’s what we thought was odd
  • this is something I think people will need


So we started

Hope Innovations

2 years of development design

  • affordable
  • super simple
  • grows things like crazy!

That would be the story in a nut shell.

Sorry everyone But I have been so busy with grades I could not get these show notes done this weekend! I will asap!

Hope Innovations Garden Of Eden Hydroponics Kit

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Here’s the link to their facebook page!

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and their awesome website Hope Innovations.ca !

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I already have so many questions! I kind of want to hear that story and that’s part of your journey but where would the idea come from. I have already been to your website and your facebook page, I see why your engineering background tell everyone about your product! What is it how much does it grow?

It would be


that’s the beauty of it

4ish by 3 feet

about the size of a small coffee table

24 cups

comes with lights

everything you need to grow

started it off

need a central theme


anybody can do

hydroponic expert


pay for itself

start growing food

start saving money after



want it to grow food the way we say it does


expensive or complicated

small simple

expensive and don’t grow anything kind of like a novelty

trying to just grow something hydroponically

build our own kits

why don’t people have these on shelves

must not be as easy as we think it is


compressed bricks




grow for 2 weeks then you’d have to transplant

first part you realize

via hydroponics

you have to et rid of all the soil

remove the soil

cly bees or perlite

like surgery

shaking and trying

lost to 30% to 50%


hard on the plants

it is

time it takes to get to that point

a lot of time your waiting

look off the roots

something along those lines

hydroponic system is very clean

have that futuristic look

around about 70 years

aztecs used back in the day

technology developing

everyday people

kits like ours


the first step we wanted to remove this transplanting step


big problems we run into

drop whatever seeds you want your done


does the rest

problem when you have seeds

you can’t

dark damp environment


fungal problems


balance of trying to have all the things the seed needs

wick like systems

wick the water to the peat moss

didn’t work very good

super complicated

how would we build it

wicking idea

self-watering method



bunch of versions

perfect for what we do


will draw water up

ideal water to air ratio

antifungal properties

readily availaibe

easy to mass produce

affordable to keep using it

protect the seed

shell coating

keeps it from getting fungus


pests to start growing over it

cup design

keeps it dark when it does spout it can get to the light easy

short enough the roots can get to

starts growing

start up something

can someone do this cheaper then me

I developed

push you out of business

always looming

let’s see if we can patent this idea

it’s a process

we’re patent pending

here back in the states and canada

keep the values with this company

huge corporation

out produce us!

designing the kit in such a way

it didn’t need a bunch of moving parts

no leaks


optimal flow

ideal space between your plants



supports all the weight when your there

nailed it

to top everything off


very universal

any seed you want

seeds from the local grocery store

drop it in

proven it numerous times

drop the seed

your done

used different lights

on your balcony outside

anything you can do with hydroponics

much more

that’s the

with the organic garden

being able to walk outside

grab what you need

go to your indoor garden

grab what you need

don’t have to wash it

pretty unique!

really really neat

we grew up on the farm

picking it up

brushing off

our seasons are staggered

garden here

in about 2 more weeks

picking things



huge hail storms

sucks you get all psyched up

it just gets crushed

it’s a really cool idea

be able to walk into the next room

not something

having green stuff were you’re living

have that with the garden

peppers in the middle of winter!

pepper plant in the basement in the middle of winter



really good success

chili peppers

green peppers





just growing lettuce

24 plants

ready to harvest them


3-4$ here

system pays for itself




weirder stuff





it could be

that’s the one thing that’s great about it

not just for the hydroponic crowd

harvest time isn’t the end of it


gardening season isn’t over

that’s the one part that people can find for it

best part

organic community

chemical free


stood out to me

grew some beans

cool cause they could pick it off

no concern to have to wash it

clean as can be

neat kind of experience

completely chemical free


bone meal

organic based nutrients

environmentally friendly way

sustainable holistic

not really

the cool part about the system

sourced about what works the best

as much as you want for anything

huge impacts



specific tools

not so much

limit the amount of

15 minutes a month of maintenance

knife a bowl

sign up for the community


hate people who spam

only guy who is going to send

prices on systems

kickstarter will be able to buy whole system

ball rolling

some capital

to start manufacturing

interested in the idea


success make some

wouldn’t be cooking

garden pickled carrots

don’t last me a month


i have to admit

my mom’s with the secret ingredients

I help cut them up and put everything in the jar




can eat them year round!

look forward to at the end

biggest thing is

my quote

finding dori

just keep swimming

not gonna be fun


going to be that way and expect it

starting to get tough!

kind of

took me too long to realize it

not something I should quit because it’s

balance starting up

if it’s hard

gonna mean something later on


not someintg

hard things are worth doing

don’t give up early

because a problem came up it’s not meant to be

very lest stay positive

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

How did you learn how to garden organically?


Tell us about something that grew well this year.


Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new?


Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.


Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden.


What is your favorite activity to do in the garden.


What is the best gardening advice you have  ever received?


A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.


A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?


A favorite internet resource?


A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can recommend?


If you have a business to you have any advice for our listeners about how to sell extra produce or get started in the industry?


Final question-

if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale?

My biggest thing is what we need for a greener planet

the education

the opportunity for people to have what they need

learning to read and write

access to have the info




get experts opinions

learn so much always at my fingertips

that’s what I think the world needs

we just finished talking to a non-profit of this

for that exact purpose

an organization called Child’s dream


don’t have schools

don’t have stationary

teachers don’t

palce you can do a lot of good

5 kids stationary for a year for

supply that next piece

teaching material

access to knowledge

build ideas

the best of the best opinions

do what they

solution that we hope

have with

$15/per kit

5 kids



Do u have an inspiration tip or quote to help motivate our listeners to reach into that dirt and start their own garden?

I guess I’ll go back to dori

just keep swimming

I don’t want to act like I have a lot for answers

do’t let people because it’s hard that you don’t quit

you turn around and go cak…

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