our story

ingarden was founded by a passionate team of individuals whose goal is to make people’s lives healthier through accessible, high-impact nutrition. ingarden’s roots stem from the mind of our co-founder Natalie Paterson, who has a background in nutritional science, health, and wellness. She saw a need for nutrition to not only be accessible in our busy lives, but also sustainable, sophisticated, and on the forefront of our technological landscape. The team’s top priority was to create an environmentally and user-friendly product that adds fresh nutrients to our daily lives—without any pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs.

After two years of extensive research, nutritional analyses, test runs, and design development, the first ingarden device was created. Crafted to harness nature’s processes using only high-quality, sustainable materials, ingarden grows the freshest, most nutritious microgreens for you to enjoy at home. ingarden is built for the future of food.

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Natalie Paterson / ingarden

natalie paterson,

cofounder

Natalie has a background in nutritional biochemistry and is currently pursuing a MS in food science. Growing up in New Zealand, she was inspired by her Māori upbringing to explore the value of growing your own food. Specifically, the Māori saying ‘he kai kei aku ringa’ which means ‘food from my hands’ struck a chord with Natalie. For Natalie, this notion underlined the current disconnect between people, food, and nutrition in contemporary society.

After studying food and nutrition extensively, she concluded that growing microgreens from home and tapping directly into their immense nutritional potency was the best way to seamlessly make people’s lives more nutritious and sustainable. With ingarden, Natalie has found a way to improve how we nourish ourselves through innovative, fresh, and accessible nutrition without sacrificing ease or convenience.

Natalie Paterson / ingarden

natalie paterson,

cofounder

Natalie has a background in nutritional biochemistry and is currently pursuing a MS in food science. Growing up in New Zealand, she was inspired by her Māori upbringing to explore the value of growing your own food. Specifically, the Māori saying ‘he kai kei aku ringa’ which means ‘food from my hands’ struck a chord with Natalie. For Natalie, this notion underlined the current disconnect between people, food, and nutrition in contemporary society.

After studying food and nutrition extensively, she concluded that growing microgreens from home and tapping directly into their immense nutritional potency was the best way to seamlessly make people’s lives more nutritious and sustainable. With ingarden, Natalie has found a way to improve how we nourish ourselves through innovative, fresh, and accessible nutrition without sacrificing ease or convenience.

christian saitner,

ceo

Christian is a Berlin-native making waves in the consumer goods space to create sustainable, long-term value for both people and the planet. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and is currently pursuing his MBA. 

As a semi-professional soccer player, Christian learned early on the importance of taking care of his body with the help of an optimal diet. After realizing that artificially produced food supplements could not fulfill his nutritional needs, he decided to opt for organic and fresh superfoods like microgreens. This motivation led him to strategically develop ingarden at the intersection of health, wellness, and technology, as he has always been fascinated by the food and beverage sector. He was excited by the untapped nutritional potential of microgreens. Through strategic business development, Christian aims to reconnect urban dwellers with not only their food but its nutritional potential, straight from the source.

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christian saitner,

ceo

Christian is a Berlin-native making waves in the consumer goods space to create sustainable, long-term value for both people and the planet. He holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and is currently pursuing his MBA. 

As a semi-professional soccer player, Christian learned early on the importance of taking care of his body with the help of an optimal diet. After realizing that artificially produced food supplements could not fulfill his nutritional needs, he decided to opt for organic and fresh superfoods like microgreens. This motivation led him to strategically develop ingarden at the intersection of health, wellness, and technology, as he has always been fascinated by the food and beverage sector. He was excited by the untapped nutritional potential of microgreens. Through strategic business development, Christian aims to reconnect urban dwellers with not only their food but its nutritional potential, straight from the source.

ShareTheMeal

ingarden has joined forces with ShareTheMeal, part of the United Nations World Food Programme, to fight against hunger and towards accessible nutrition. For every ingarden sold, we will share a nutritious meal with a child in need. ingarden purchases not only directly make a change in your own nutritional practice, but also make a difference for others on a regional, national, and global level. Join us in the fight to end global hunger and to shape the future of food as we work towards a more nutritionally-accessible and sustainable world. Access our ShareTheMeal fundraising challenge here.

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ShareTheMeal

ingarden has joined forces with ShareTheMeal, part of the United Nations World Food Programme, to fight against hunger and towards accessible nutrition. For every ingarden sold, we will share a nutritious meal with a child in need. ingarden purchases not only directly make a change in your own nutritional practice, but also make a difference for others on a regional, national, and global level. Join us in the fight to end global hunger and to shape the future of food as we work towards a more nutritionally-accessible and sustainable world. Access our ShareTheMeal fundraising challenge here.

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sustainability

ingarden is a certified carbon neutral company that places global food security and sustainability at its core. That’s why every ingarden is built to last, using high-quality, sustainable materials and biodegradable seed pads. ingarden’s patent-pending hydroponic technology allows for limitless soil-free growing from home—an important step towards our future food security.

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