GrowGrip News: Good and Bad
A few weeks have gone by and I’ve been delaying my update a bit (it’s more of a procrastination hoping some good news would arrive). I’ll start off with the bad news. We’re having a horrific time with the extrusion molding process. The overall shape of the GrowGrip is working fine, but we can’t get the center hole for a pelletized seed to be formed accurately enough for my specifications. Currently we’re working on a secondary operation to carve this hole out.
What does this mean to you? First is a possible slight delay with our KickStarter shipments or maybe a slight change to the design. We’re currently considering making two variations of the GrowGrip, one with the hole and one without. The seed hole’s primary purpose was to enable the commercial growers to bulk plant their seeds. Not having the hole has little effect on the growers that will either transplant seedlings or manually place the seed into the GrowGrip. We should have a decision on this possible change in the near future.
Now for the good news - We just received a notification that one of our commercial customers is going to get ORGANIC CERTIFICATION on their facility using the GrowGrips! This news will ripple throughout the industry to farms that have been unable to get certified because of their growing media. Unfortunately, we are unable to have a “certified organic” label on the product because it is classified as a device and not an “input” like a fertilizer or pesticide, which means that each farm will still need to get their own approval for use. Oddly enough, the certification agency treats the GrowGrip no differently than using a shovel or a garden hose. But, once we get this first farm certified, it will open the floodgates for other farms.
Once again, I’d like to thank everyone for their support (and patience) as we hash through some of these details to bring you the best product we can!