A new economic engine
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.
- Create employment
- Shrink the food desert
- Live without pesticides, herbicides, artificial growth enhancement, etc.
- Create a replicable model for other communities with similar issues
- 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
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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.
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
- Community Involved?
- Partners Attracted?
- Policies Transparent?
- Surpluses Shared?
- Listening and Learning?
- Open Door Management?