My idea to prevent food waste is a community farm where people donate plant and food scraps to feed pigs and chickens in exchange for fresh fruits, vegetables, and/or eggs. People could also rent out the goats to eat their weeds and buy goats milk. The farm is a place to bring in old food and leave with something fresh and new!The plant and food scraps are first used to feed the chickens and goats, then excess scraps are put to use in creating compost. The compost is used to fertilize the fruits and vegetables in the garden, which are all accessible to the community. Ideally, people living within 3 miles from the farm could participate, ensuring that less food is wasted among the community.
To start off, the farm could have 25 chickens (per .5 acre) and 3 goats (per .3 acre), a fruit and vegetable garden with the remaining available space, and a trading area where people drop off their plant and food scraps for something in exchange.
What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
I could visit a community garden and would collect data about how many people invest time and efforts into the gardens and take note of the amount of people who do not participate in the garden, but would be interested in swapping in food scraps for something new. We could start small, by adding chicken coops to community gardens, and collecting data about how many people bring plant scraps in exchange of eggs per week.
What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?
Some guidance from the OpenIDEO community that would help me in fulfilling the plan is advice on how to share a survey about interest in the farm to an entire community and finding a place to start the farm and getting the idea approved by the city. The OpenIDEO community could also help me find what cities would want a community farm and an idea to to find out the number people who would contribute. I also need an idea on how the person managing the farm could make a sustainable living.
Tell us about your work experience:
I am a senior in high school student in AP biology. I have taken conceptual physics, biology, and chemistry throughout my high school career. IDEO was introduced to us during our AP Biology ecology unit; we are currently focussing on the issue of food waste.
How far along is your idea?
- It’s just been created! It’s existed for 1 day – 1 month