Proposal for sustainable food system to benefit under nourished school children and their communities
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Proposal for sustainable food system to benefit under nourished school children and their communities



GoodtoChina is a social enterprise that designs solutions for social innovation and sustainability that encourage a paradigm shift from non-sustainable behavior towards sustainable and healthy ...

GoodtoChina is a social enterprise that designs solutions for social innovation and sustainability that encourage a paradigm shift from non-sustainable behavior towards sustainable and healthy behavior. We tackle urban challenges by creating opportunities for change through the development of contemporary systems and environments and by providing tools and education to influence a change in people behavior: as a consequence of these interventions we help to propel new opportunities for social and environmental reform and economic revenue through changes in demand and supply to traditional systems.

Each strategy and design solution addresses the 3 pillars of sustainability, namely, social, environmental and economic.

Our umbrella goal is to create environments whereby people, business and environment are healthier and happier.

The impact from the systems we propose can be measured across both tangible and non-tangible elements that include: happiness, pollution, energy usage, renewable energy, food sources, renewable materials & construction.

We do this through a variety of products and services:

Sky Farms is one of our products and services

Sky farms: An innovative platform of experiential urban farming which encourages sustainable and healthy living, supports a paradigm shift from the conventional food model, which is rural, disconnected and monoculture to an alternative contemporary approach which is urban, connected and distributed.
Sky farms are designed to support social innovation and sustainability: they connect and engage communities, educate and enable sharing in collaborative socially desirable environments

Impact: positively impact the psychology and quality of life of urban residents by repurposing unused spaces and so encourage a re-distribution of the food chain, increase knowledge of how to grow local organic food, increase green space in the city that will help to reduce hot island city effect and reduce energy usage for cooling and heating,



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  • *In China,almost 70% ofwaste thrown into landfills is organic,compostable material. (70%的垃圾是有机的。)
  • Solutions for roof top and ground level : ready to go packages for schools and small biz – 10 beds and a composter
  • Until now we have been local so we are developing “knowledge sharing packages” so to be able to provide solutions beyond shanghai Sky farm installation solutions range from our roof-top or ground level ready to go packages to full design solutions. Packages start with a ready-to-go farm - this includes ten raised planting beds (with drip system, LED lights, etc.), one composter. Knowledge share and build  SkyFarms represent modern, cosmopolitan, urban green space with a holistic approach, bringing urban farming to life beyond growing vegetables, with activities to engage schools and businesses such as yoga, tai-chi, theatre, art shows plus a mix of workshops.  For this reason the Sky Farm installation is accompanied by workshops and events that support the sustainability of the space, drives interest and engagement and encourages informed decision making for healthy and sustainable lifestyles. Reach and Scalability The Sky Farm installation is entirely scaleable and can be installed in any school or business. The experiential nature of the Sky Farm is completed with an inspiring video series that enables teachers, volunteers and employees to engage in their own environments where-ever their location. To optimize the accessibility of our Sky Farms, GoodtoChina proposes to develop a twelve part video series, which will be distributed online (TBD). The videos encourage a direct, hands-on approach to motivate and help new Sky Farmers every step of the way! The entire series is categorized into four themes: Introduction to urban farming, Maintaing your urban farm, Making the most of your urban farm and alternative farming.  

Proposal for sustainable food system to benefit under nourished school children and their communities Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Sustainable Eco System Solutions for Kids in residence at economically poor schools To improve child health and education through growing nutritious food, helping to create local community development and economic independence
  • 2. Contents The goal Challenges Learning from Urban-Rural prototyping, practice and iteration SkyFarms mission journey network Creating community, events and workshops the urban farm Urban solution Rural solution Development status How you can help
  • 3. Challenges Farming and Food Crisis People Food Disconnect Kids in school residence in poor rural areas poor nutrition Limited access to food variety and healthy nutrition Lack of knowledge of how to grow sustainably Values of farming undervalued
  • 4. Proper nutrition is a powerful good: people who are well nourished are more likely to be healthy, productive and able to learn. Good nutrition benefits families, their communities and the world as a whole. Undernutrition is, by the same logic, devastating. It blunts the intellect, saps the productivity of everyone it touches and perpetuates poverty. Approximately 40 percent of children in rural China are stunted as a result of maternal and childhood malnutrition, according to a 2009 UNICEF report. Compelling reasons to increase efforts. A group of leading economists, the Copenhagen Consensus, has consistently confirmed that taking action on undernutrition is the single most important, cost-effective means of advancing human well-being
  • 5. Apply deep learning from Urban - rural developments to rural solutions Share knowledge through experiential learning Use design to change values Include ongoing maintenance Set up school eco system for food, waste, water, people flow and benefits.
  • 6. Measure impact Knowledge Psychology (happiness) Food & soil production Waste reduction Economic change School values
  • 7. WaterCapture( 收集水分) Urban - Rural solutions for Malnourished kids Experiential learning Kids teacher Benefits: Healthy Activities Psychological+ Concentration/attenti on + Fewer sick days Reduce Water Demands (减少对水的需求) Composter (堆肥) Reduce Waste (减少垃圾) Create Wealth (创造财富) Organic Waste* (有机垃圾) Water Plants (灌溉) Nutritious Soil (有营养的土壤) Safe, Local Produce (健康,新鲜的食物) School Kitchen Green houses Volume food production
  • 8. Urban Farm and Veggie Oasis
  • 9. Package A for Urban Schools Ground level educational size farm: Practices concept from Farm to Table Closed loop sustainable food system that encourages leadership and teambuilding. Physical requirement flat area, preferably with water source Minimum 10 beds + composter + integrated maintenance system
  • 10. Package B for Rural Schools Ground level educational & experiential farm + green house to grow greater volume Includes: Package A + poly tunnels to support and protect the growth of vegetables in varying climates. Enable greater volume to support nutritious and independent eco system food supply for school children. +
  • 11. Local - Scalable + Eco system development Workshops & events + Urban farming Video series : on-line distribution Infrastructure Knowledge share and build Reach and Scalability Applied Applied In Development
  • 12. How can you help Short term: Sponsor a local migrant school • Test locally the model for scaled role out to malnourished, in residence school children, in poor rural areas • Help us give migrant & malnourished children a chance to eat healthy nutritious vegetables • Give them the opportunity to experiential learning, change the values associated with food • Provide a highly interactive living green space in a deprived area • Enable Volunteers to work with local migrant school children Long term: Support our urban farming experiential learning video series and help us reach many malnourished rural in residence school children