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Now that Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC have all voted to legalize the cultivation of cannabis you would imagine there are plenty resources to guide you through the process of setting up a home grow, but dare to search through the countless blogs and you’ll end up much as I did – frustrated and confused.

Meet Luke Powell and Ryan Woltz – They moved to Denver to start an automated hydroponics company and set out to spread their knowledge and teach people how to set up their own home grow and walk them through the weekly grow process with step-by-step video instructions.

We wanted a system that didn’t break the bank and where everything could be purchased from just one or two websites, a system that would automatically take care of the lighting and watering so that we didn’t have to worry about killing our plants, and a system that could be put together in less than 2 hours…so that’s what we made. – Luke Powell

Their online course (Launching on Kickstarter today!) instructs you on how to assemble your home grow using easy to source components (95% are on Amazon Prime) and then gives you weekly instructions on everything you need to do to ensure a successful harvest. They even add a technology and automation element:

Being engineers, we couldn’t help but incorporate a little technology and make your grow that much easier to manage – So your home grow will automatically water your plants and control their lighting schedule.   

We do this by using a small computer called an Arduino.  Now if you don’t have any idea what that is – don’t worry, that’s why we’re here.  Just think of it as the brain of your home grow, it will tell your lights when to turn on and off, and it will tell your pump when to water your plants.  You don’t have to know anything about computers to use our system! – Ryan Woltz

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Aside from teaching you how to build, automate, and cultivate, their class will also feature industry experts (professional growers and budtenders) and even cooking classes on how to create your favorite cannabis infused treat!

They admit that this is only the beginning of their growing adventure. With this course, they want to create the first open source growing platform where people can compare apples to apples (or more appropriately buds to buds) and spread their knowledge in this new and exciting industry. So if you’re as excited as I am about this easy to set up home grow – Back their project today and join the Growing Revolution!

The Founders 

Luke Powell

Is a civil engineer from Clemson University (‘13) that has a passion for sustainability and the urban agriculture movement. After starting his engineering career in the Oil and Gas industry in Houston, Texas, he quickly realized that his passion for teaching about the benefits of organic horticulture and decided to move to Denver, CO to start an automated hydroponics company.

Ryan Woltz

Is a graduate of Clemson University (‘12) with a degree in civil engineering. Having a lifelong fascination with computers and horticulture, Ryan began building an automated hydroponic system soon after securing a stable job with a heavy highway construction company. After a year of working in the construction industry and learning electrical engineering and programming on the side, Ryan moved to Denver, CO to join his longtime friend and previous business partner Luke Powell to start an automated hydroponics company.

How it all came to be:

Luke and Ryan met during their sophomore year of high school and continued their friendship throughout college while joining the same fraternity, and choosing the same major (Civil Engineering). Throughout their tenure at Clemson, Luke and Ryan were both presidents of their fraternity, while starting various businesses together – from Campus Newspapers to an Ice Luge manufacturing company they were always embodying the entrepreneurial spirit and the ambition to make a difference. After both graduating and getting ‘real world’ jobs, Luke and Ryan began collaborating on an idea to start an automated hydroponics company, and subsequently moved to Denver, CO to make their dream a reality!

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