A community that gardens together stays together
An indoor oasis where patrons can come to and contribute to a community garden and enjoy healthy food and drinks.
3. Opportunity: Which pillar of well-being, and which aspect of that particular pillar, are being addressed by the idea? In what way does it influence a pillar? What type of individual and community would benefit from the idea?
A hydroponic community garden where patrons can come down and enjoy a healthy smoothie and contribute to a community garden can benefit anyone who lives in the city and does not get the opportunity to be in touch with nature and eat healthily. Indoor green space is good for the mind, body and community as it bring us together to improve our overall wellness.
4. Innovation: Why is your idea unique, novel, and/or impactful? What will the future look like if we’re successful in bringing your idea to life? How does the proposed solution differ from existing solutions addressing human well-being?
Hydroponic systems exist. community gardens exist, but few exist together. Community gardens have so many benefits, it has helped bring communities together and taught people to eat fresh and eat local. An indoor oasis is something that is good for the people, and the environment as that energy is being put into maintaining the space results in produce, and hydroponic systems have a much faster yield as well! The food made of the produce is a sustainable way to feed and eat healthily.
5. Action Plan: Please justify and briefly describe the major steps needed to make this idea a reality. Does the technology and understanding exist now? Is it likely to exist in the next 3-5 years?
There have been brands who have been able to achieve hydroponic gardens recently, proving it is possible. Park royal hotel in Singapore has a famous aeroponic garden. There are very few green spaces in the cities anymore, and a hydroponic system is perfect because it can be managed indoors while fighting climate change as hydroponic systems are a great way to grow produce indoors.
Firstly space needs to be dedicated to be made into an indoor garden. A hydroponic system needs to be chosen that works for the kind of food that needs to be grown (in this case fruits, veggies, nuts). Experts need to be brought in as hydroponic systems are very sensitive. If done wrong the entire system can be damaged, hence with the help of professionals, people can learn to do it right and perhaps learn to do it themselves as it is possible to DIY hydroponic systems at home. With produce grown, in house chefs can whip up juices, smoothies and snacks to promote healthy eating. In doing so, patrons can learn how to make it themselves and contribute to the community garden to do so. Children can learn how to grow plants, something that is becoming so rare as so many of us live in cities. A sustainable practice like this can benefit the community positively, and become something that not only lasts 3-5 years from now, but grows in that time!