Natufia Labs, a start-up which automatically grows edible plants in professional and domestic kitchens, has completed a $1.2m seed round led by Butterfly Ventures, Techstars, and Ginco Investments.

The funds raised will be used to enable the company to expand into Europe and the US.

The Natufia Kitchen Garden automatically grows an assortment of fresh plants, vegetables, flowers and herbs in households and restaurant kitchens all year round.

Using machine learning and data analysis, the connected garden processes environmental changes and adjust its settings accordingly, with the automation said to increase the vitamin levels by 400%.

Gregory Lu, chief executive of Natufia Labs, said: “Consumers are more aware than ever about what they are buying and they want to know what is on their plate, where it came from, who made it and if it was traded fairly. The Natufia Kitchen Garden empowers consumers to grow their own produce at home. The future depends on the decentralization of food production.”