About Eduponics Institute
Eduponics Institute USA is dedicated to preparation of teachers, non-profit organizations and businesses in the techniques, technology, and economics of indoor urban gardening. Our goal is to cultivate not only fresh, locally grown food but also a cadre of professionals who can produce food and teach others.
Our motivation is the inequality that has created food deserts in too many cities around the world. We believe that together, all of us can live better lives by building systems that serve everyone.
What we do
We teach hydroponic gardening to individuals, entrepreneurs or non-profit organizations interested in addressing issues of food production and equitable distribution in the context of worldwide and localized hunger, sometimes called food deserts.Our curriculum considers diet, nutrition, food production and distribution, technology, business development, marketing and sales, all in the context of observed inequalities and how socio-economic development and status affect food distribution and well-being in a system.
Students will come away with an understanding of possible solutions to problems in contemporary food system and ways they might participate therein, as well as with some practical skills in gardening and food handling.
Our training program is "STEAM" based, the usual STEM acronym to which we add "(A)griculture" by which we mean a broad array of communication skills that build awareness of our indoor urban gardening objectives. We have worked with both certified and uncertified non-profit partners and have concentrated in programs of re-engagement of disaffected students who are restarting their education or careers and on issues affecting immigrants.
We draw upon our own long experience and that of our sponsoring organizations, which are ethnically diverse and community based. We attempt to address several objectives.
Our basic program can fit into traditional academic calendars, or it can be configured for other time frames. Equipment must be ordered and delivered with up to six weeks lead time.
Regarding stated specific goals, the project
The local program host must provide floorspace. The minimum configuration is 600 square feet.
RecruitmentEach of our partner organizations will distribute information about the program to its constituency. We anticipate this will reach several thousand households. We will request PSA time on local radio and publicize in neighborhood news organs and on affiliated websites.
InstructionWe operate on a mastery-learning model, and each student's activity will be tracked with respect to specific skills attempted and mastered.
LanguageWe currently provide curricular tools in English; we anticipate having a Spanish curriculum in 2023, and we can already supply Spanish interpretation. The presence of interpreters is encouraged—to the extent that floor space allows and does not impact the experience of other learners.
BenefitsWe anticipate that participants will benefit in the following ways.
BudgetA budget can be developed quickly for any school or other group desiring to train others in this technology.
Multi-culturalism and OriginsThe project team is culturally diverse and is drawn from a professional organization that has agreed to provide teaching and support for this project at discounted rates. We apply the principles of affirmative action in the selection of staff and management. Our principals worked together for decades and have strong personal commitments to fair and open hiring. Several past projects have been based in ethnic communities affected by food deficits, both economic and cultural. As a group we have individually or collectively worked with minority youth to teach work skills, adaptive and collaborative behavior, and intercultural understanding. The team brings decades of experience dealing with youth and education.
Programs led or managed by principals have included
Covid-19We have and will continue to utilize applicable policies to prevent contagion, including masking and extra hygiene as required. We also note that due to the food-handling aspects of our activities, both required and voluntary, we are probably more attuned to these matters than most other projects.
Why we do it
We seek to expand and diversity food sources for all people, with particular emphasis on cities. We thought we should explain why.Who eats? Growth, obsolescence, deprivation and the urban food desert
Conclusion: We must adopt urban vertical farming to increase food production and feed our future population. Vertical farming allows more production on less land with less environmental impact.
You can be part of the solution.
A. Rees Clark, Ph.D.
Co-founder, Senior systems analyst
Dr. Rees Clark is a former geographer, city planner, university professor, and systems analyst who just cannot decide what he wants to be when he grows up—despite almost 60 years experience and experimentation. His long-time friend Michael Twiggs dragged him kicking and screaming into indoor farming, and together they have created this small effort aimed at alleviating issues of hunger and food distribution.
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