Eduponics™ Institute USA
A new economic engine
Outreach

Twin Dilemmas

Dilemma 1: Deficient Nutrition

  • Lack of retail food outlets
  • Distance from farm to market leading to loss of nutrients
  • Lack of variety
  • Reliance on low-end grocery chains and fast food shops
  • High fat and sugar diets; few fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Often called the food desert

Dilemma 2: Weak Local Economy

  • General unemployment
  • Lack of (re)training options
  • Disappearing employers

The New Economic Engine

Potential new employment can have secondary benefits over time including "export" income from goods and services, training, consulting, data processing and the use of the program as a destination training center. The multiplier effect as new economic acitivity is created can include higher incomes and business and tax revenues increase.

Goals

  • Create employment
  • Shrink the food desert
  • Live without pesticides, herbicides, artificial growth enhancement, etc.
  • Create a replicable model for other communities with similar issues

Objectives

  • Create Model Program
  • Organize for Success
  • Manage Operations
  • Train Workers
  • Build Strong Financial Support
    • Budget realistically from operations
    • Monitor budget compliance
    • Manage risk
    • Expand judiciously
    • Report accurately, transparently

The Eduponics™ Model


graphic of long vs. short food supply chains
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The long supply chain coupled with pricing disadvantages in some communities leads to poor quality and reduced nutrition. Local production improves both.

Results!

The following effects may be noted by adopting local sourcing:

  • Improved Nutrition
  • Greater dietary quality and variety
  • Community based, local, hydroponic farming in modern, urban, vertical form, efficiently operated by technically trained employees working in

    • Hydroponic farming, primary activity
    • Hydroponics as seasonal supplement to traditional farms
    • Repair & maintenance
    • Equipment sales, service
    • Related training
    • Home applications
    • Non-profits, schools, housing


Success Criteria

  • Community Involved?
  • Partners Attracted?
  • Policies Transparent?
  • Surpluses Shared?
  • Listening and Learning?
  • Open Door Management?